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We want to praise God and thank all of you who have helped through your prayers and funds towards the Redemption In Christ Church (RCC) building project.

  

We have recently purchased the land and are currently working with a local architect to help design and construct the building that will be used for the church and dorms.

Please continue to pray alongside RCC as they make this big transition.

Please Pray

  • Transition – The new church site will be in a different section of Phnom Penh. We hope with the purchase of its own land, we hope there will be more stability to build a continued community but please pray for this transition. The relocation is in a different area of Phnom Penh. Most members are unable to move. Please pray for wisdom in dealing with these changes.
  • Outreach – RCC has already begun outreach activities in the new area. The challenge but also the wonderful opportunity is this land is located on railroad tracks. One side of the tracks are the poor while on the other the more wealthy.  Pray for wisdom and leading in knowing how to reach and bridge people of a diverse demographics. Pray for spiritual protection and that God would use them to be a light in the area.
  • Pastors & Family – We’ve noticed our pastors and families go through a lot of stress, challenges and spiritual warfare. Please pray for Pastors Hong & his wife, Ratanak, and Pastor Pheakdey & his wife, Kunthea, and son, Nathaniel.

 

Pastor Hong & Rachel at their wedding, later at RCC Sunday worship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor Pheakdey & family; Nathaniel was recently baptized at RCC

  

 

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Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We wanted to express our gratitude for your support and prayers for the church building project. We also wanted to provide an update on the progress of the project.

Thanks to your generous support we have raised $28,000 of the $36,667 we need to raise. God has also been faithful in providing land for RCC to build the church and dorm. RCC was able to put a deposit for a 9 meter x 20 meter which will be perfect for the building. It is also located in an area of the city that will be suitable for the students residing at the dorm as well as church members coming to worship.

Please continue to pray that God would raise additional partners to help with the rest of the support needed and that purchase of the land and construction of the church would go smoothly.

If you have any questions please contact: pl710@mac.com (Paul Lee, MTW missionary in Cambodia).
If you would like to support financially: please visit https://mtw.org/projects/cambodia-city-church-planting

Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year’s!

Our family had our fill of tradition korean soup, dduk-gook, while in the States but tomorrow morning we’re headed out to airport to return to Cambodia. We’ll be eating on the go instead.

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The last couple of months have been busy. We got our driver’s licenses renews and all our dental and medical check-ups. Every week or two, we’d pack up again and change locations between Paul’s parents’ in NY and Susan’s mom’s in NJ’s. Yet is was also full of amazing gifts from our Heavenly Father – the beauty of the fall foliage, snow and snowball fights with cousins, enjoying delicious, new foods or comfort, childhood foods, and amazing experiences with friends and family.  The biggest gift is the reminder that we are loved and cared for by our Father through the people He’s surrounded us with.

There are times on the mission field you feel alone, wondering if anyone remembers us as the years away increase. There are times where you wonder where you’re place is in this life. Our time back was a constant, overwhelming reminder that we are not forgotten, we are not alone. People were willing to drive or fly hours and miles to see us for just a moment, to make time in their own busy schedule to care for us and to be present with us.  People were praying. People were asking. People wanted to know.

We are thankful that God allows us to get a glimpse at how He is working here – in the States, in the churches we’ve visited, in the individual lives. We are thankful we get to understand more intimately the struggles and the victories. We hope that this would spur us on to pray faithfully and specifically for those He’s placed in our lives. We are thankful we are reminded that we are a part of the global Church and we need one another.

Lastly, we want to share that our last Sunday here, Dec 31, Caleb Lee was confirmed at our home church by our friend and pastor. It’s one of the greatest gifts as a parent. Humbled by our Lord. Please continue to pray for him as he continues his journey of faith with his Lord and Friend. Please pray also for Nate as we prepare him and need wisdom to discern his own faith.

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Thank all of you for all the ways you are the hands, feet, mouths of Christ, pointing us to Him. Thank you for the ways you have helped raise Caleb (and Nate) in the ways of the Lord. Thank you for the ways you each uniquely love, care for, and support us so that we are sustained and comforted.

After all these years, you would think it gets easier but goodbyes are so hard. Instead…”See you soon, God willing.”

Please pray:

  • Thank God for Himself. Acknowledge and thank Him for these amazing, real blessings.
  • We will catch our flight from JFK (NY) to Cambodia at 1PM. Please pray as all of us are sick with a cough, cold and fatigue. Pray for strength and health as we return to water damage to our home that needs to be addressed.
  • Pray for our adjustment. January is a very busy month of ministry and homeschool.
    • Jan 9:  Pech & Sok Ny’s wedding. Two young believers from our church, KCC.
    • Jan 11-13: Annual Pastors’ Conference with former co-Leader, Albert Shim, as the guest speaker. Please pray for him as he leaves his busy USA schedule. Pray for his wife, Tina, and three kids, who he leaves behind.
    • Jan 21-27: Two visitors
    • Jan 26-Feb 3: Short-term team from our home church, Sojourner Presbterian Church. Pray for their packed week during which they will be serving at KCC/Prey Thom, Precious Women and Angk’jeay.

We have been greatly encouraged to see the Khmer Church grow in number and in maturity throughout the country. In Phnom Penh, one such church is Redemption in Christ Church (RCC). RCC was a planted in early 2012 with the goal of being a witness of the gospel in their community called Toul Sangke. They have been reaching out to the community through English and computer classes, medical clinics and children’s ministries. Through these outreach efforts, families and university students in the community have been coming and have become members of RCC. As they have been growing together in the gospel, they have been worshipping together, deepening their relationship with God and each other and reaching out to the local community through evangelism and mercy ministries.

 

Phnom Penh has also been growing at a rapid rate which has posed a challenge to the local Khmer churches including RCC. The cost of rent for a church building has been increasing at a much faster rate than salaries. This has resulted in churches having to move locations after the leases end. This not only effects the churches but also the communities they were ministering in. Because of rising rental prices, RCC had to move in 2015 to another area of Toul Sangke and now they may have to move again.

In discussion with the Cambodian pastors in the presbytery that RCC is a part of, we have decided on purchasing land and constructing a church building to provide a stable location for the church.  Through Mission to the World’s Ambassador’s program, we have been granted a 1:2 matching grant. For every dollar that is raised, Ambassadors will match two dollars.

The total budget is $110,000. If we are able to raise $36,667, $74,334 will be matched. The funds will be used to provide a church building for RCC to continue ministering in their community for many years to come.

Would you prayerfully consider partnering in this effort? 

If you have any questions please contact: pl710@mac.com (Paul Lee, MTW missionary in Cambodia).
If you would like to support financially: please visit https://mtw.org/projects/cambodia-city-church-planting

 

It’s already been a little over two years since we returned from our last HMA in 2015.  We are getting ready for our next 2-month HMA.We will be focused on the east coast, specially New York and New Jersey. We are trying something different this time. We hope to make it a little more sustainable and restorative for our family but also have more quality time with our loved ones and home church. It’s been seven years since we’ve last celebrated the holidays or birthdays with family.

Late-Night Airport Welcome HMA-2015

We hope our east-coast friends and supporters understand and would be willing to meet us in our area, if possible. In hopes to make this more feasible, below is our schedule where we will be visiting our supporting churches in the tri-state area. For our west-coast supporters, we plan to take our next HMA near you!

OUR SCHEDULE

Oct 31, Tues @10:50 AM – Arrive at JFK (NY)
Nov 5, Sun @2:30PM Sojourner Presbyterian Church (Hackensack, NJ) – Mission Presentation (but worship service at 12:30PM)
Nov 10-12 MTW Global Mission Conference (Dallas, TX)
 Nov 19, Sun @9:30AM Northshore Community Church (Long Island, NY) – Preach & Present
Nov 29, Wed @8PM Cham Doen Presbyterian Church (Englewood, NJ) – Mission Presentation
Dec 3, Sun @10:30AM Good News New Brunswick (East Brunswick, NJ) – Preach & Present
Dec 10, Sun @11AM KPCOW (Pelham, NY) – Preach & Present
Dec 17, Sun @10:30AM Riverside Community Church (Elmwood, NJ) – Short Presentation
Dec 24, Sun @12:30 PMSojourner Presbyterian Church – Preach
Dec 31, Sun @12:30 PMSojourner Presbyterian Church – Preach
Jan 1, Mon @1:00 PM – Depart for Cambodia on

We hope to see many of you. If you are able to attend any of these venues and need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

PLEASE PRAY for our time back in our passport-country. We need your prayers.
  • To be able to connect, be refreshed, encourage and be encouraged, listen and share, enjoy and savor all that comes our way.
  • To represent well what God is doing in Southeast Asia at these speaking engagements but also when we meet with people. To share God’s heart and testify to His goodness and power.
  • Logistics – Paul & Susan both need to renew their driver’s licenses as soon as they arrive.
  • Time – God would work out time to meet and have quality time with every suppporter.
  • Health check-ups – Always a daunting task but we all need to have our general, eye, dental, etc check-ups.
See you soon!

BTW, this means Christmas cards can be sent to us to our homes in the States either Paul’s parents’ home or Susan’s mom. If you need an address, please let us know.

Ordination Ceremony

Praise our Father who is doing wonderful things in the midst of challenges. Today two brothers, Sophearek and Pheakdey (siblings), were ordained in the village where Sophearek serves, Kampong Trach. Pheakdey, along with his wife, Kunthea, and their newborn son, Nathanael, serves at RCC in Phnom Penh, alongside Pastor Hong and wife.

Please pray for them and the other pastors in the Presbytery – for spiritual protection, faithfulness, strength and wisdom to shepherd His flock and to be the light in this nation. Pray that God would provide their needs as all of them are bi-vocational. Pray for their church plants and ministry, in a nation where less than 3% are believers.

 

Please pray for our dear friends who are mourning the loss of a family members this week.

Vina’s Father
The father of our sister and friend, Vanvina, Pastor Sam Ath’s wife at Khmer Christian Church (KCC) died today from a heart attack. He was not a believer.

  

Funeral ceremonies have begun tonight. Tomorrow morning is when they will lay their body in the coffin. Some of us on our team will be attending. Please pray that we can be a comfort and encouragement to this family and their community.

Srey Path’s sister
Earlier this week, the younger sister of another one of our members, Sreypath, died on the way to the hospital in Phnom Penh from the village. Sreypath is doing ok but having lost both her parents when young and growing up as an orphan, this has been very difficult. Her sister was suffering from many health issues. She was also not a believer.