The New Year started with great challenges but The Joy of the Lord must be our strength For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever amen. (Rom. 11:36) Church service on Sundays and Friday youth Fellowship is going on normally every week. Attendance of some is not regular though due to demand of work and many other reasons. Preschool and English classes are also going on but because of the lack of teachers for the English class, some students stopped. Thursday Children’s Bible class in Prek traeng is regularly handled by two committed teachers. Water baptism will be conducted on March 8th for some new believers and other church members who have not yet been baptized.
A special meeting of the VDC and local authorities of one of the four CHE villages which are on the phasing out stage was held for the initial turn over of responsibility of the community development program to the VDC with the support of the local authorities. A summary report of the results of the development program activities was presented and it shows that most if not all of their community projects are progressing and are in good hands. There is honesty, faithfulness and right judgment in the leadership. The VDC chairman with the support of the members courageously said that they will continue to commit themselves to take responsibility in leading the development program and are willing to extend to the neighboring villages if possible. All of them (VDC and CHE volunteers) have heard the Gospel shared to them but not all have professed their faith yet. God is not finished with them yet. Brethren, I need your full support to be able to continue watering the seed sown in these people’s lives.
About 40 kilometers from Svayrolum commune is another new CHE village called Tnaot Nyee, with 380 families. There is an atmosphere of openness to the Gospel of salvation among the VDC and CHE volunteers in this village. It is ripe for harvest but lack workers.
Survey in Pereang, Preveng province is done in ten villages recently. Pereang is sixty kilometers from Phnom Penh. About half of the way is dirt road in the middle of rice fields far from the villages. We leave Phnom Penh at 7:00 A.M. by motorbikes to be able to arrive in the village at 10:00 o’clock. One time one of the staff’s motorbikes was pricked by a nail along the road so he has to walk it for many kilometers to find a vulcanizing shop in the nearby village. He said, he walked passed about one kilometer and he remembered to pray to God for help. After praying, a man in the field saw him and told him he has a vulcanizing tool and air pump too. He was so happy God heard his prayer at last so he was able to catch up to Pereang
As we were interviewing the villagers our hearts went out with some widows who don’t have enough rice supply for their families. We prayed and entrusted them to God who is able to meet their every need. Please pray for us and if God is calling you as you read this news, please don’t hesitate to respond to His call. You can write me through the e-mail address above. Thank you for your prayers and financial support. (Download a pdf file of this report: linda-p-jan-feb-news-2007.pdf)