Friday, March 22, 2019

February and March - Redo







I will try another way to post pictures since some of you said you can't see the pictures. A quick picture of some of our books (translated into Khmer) at the Peace Book Store.  This set is on the ACTS of the Apostles.






The end of February, CBI hosted a Communication Seminar (called the Listening Lab).  Rick Northern came to lead this.  He and his wife, Gail, ran the Ship of Life for 5 years.  They had not been back to Cambodia since 2010. It was great to have them and to host them at our house.  We had about 40 attend the seminar (6 hours a day for 2 day).  Some could not stay the entire time. But, many skills were gained and good was done. In some of these pictures, you can see the interactive nature of this seminar. It was great!!! 












Sophannmai, Matthew and Linna working on listening












Rick Northern teaching the group, with Veasna translating into Khmer.   (Veasna made all the slides in the Khmer language.  What a chore, but what a help that was!!).  
















Sokcheat, Kakada and  Titya practicing their skills











We also had a group of 21 Thai Christians come in March. More on that in the next blog, but here are one of two pictures with them:

Singing after worship at the Phnom Penh congregation.  There have the words and music on their phones.   -RICH 

Monday, March 18, 2019

February and March















A quick picture of some of our books (translated into Khmer) at the Peace Book Store.  This set is on the ACTS of the Apostles.

The end of February, CBI hosted a Communication Seminar (called the Listening Lab).  Rick Northern came to lead this.  He and his wife, Gail, ran the Ship of Life for 5 years.  They had not been back to Cambodia since 2010. It was great to have them and to host them at our house.  We had about 40 attend the seminar (6 hours a day for 2 day).  Some could not stay the entire time. But, many skills were gained and good was done. In some of these pictures, you can see the interactive nature of this seminar. It was great!!! 









Sophannmai, Matthew and Linna working on listening!















Sokcheat, Kakada and  Titya practicing their skills 
























Rick Northern teaching the group, with Veasna translating into Khmer.   (Veasna made all the slides in the Khmer language.  What a chore, but what a help that was!!).  





We also had a group of 21 Thai Christians come in March. More on that in the next blog, but here are one of two pictures with them:

Singing after worship at the Phnom Penh congregation.  There have the words and music on their phones.   -RICH 













Monday, February 18, 2019

Parents and Grandbaby

On January 26th my parents, Loren and Penny Hollingsworth, came to Phnom Penh from Thailand.  As many of you know, they have been working in Thailand since Sept. 1973.  Now, they spend half of the year in Alaska and half on this side of the world.  They typically are in Thailand for the months of November through January.  Then they come here for the month of February before returning to Thailand for another month.

This year, Dad is teaching I and II Thessalonians at CBI.  On top of that, he is teaching Sacrificial Systems (and how it relates to Jesus and us as Christians) in the evenings, 3 nights a week, for any of the Christians who want to come. 
 This is Dad, Rich and me, and Mom at the school gate.  We are grateful that they are able to come every year and spend time with us, as well as share the gospel and their Christian examples to the Christians here.  This is their 12th year to come to Cambodia. They started coming one year before we moved here.


On another note, one of our new students, Rotanak, was called home.  His brother got in a serious motorcycle accident and has to have someone with him 24 hours a day.  Rotanak's parents called him to come home and sit with his brother.  The thought is that in a month, he can return to the school.

Please pray for his brother as well as for Rotanak; that he will have a heart to want to return to the school.
 Exciting new for us!  Our 6th grandchild was born February 8th. 

Micah Paul is, of course, incredibly cute!  Both he and Mom are doing well.

May he be the mighty man of God that his namesakes were.
Here is the family.  Reuben, Ezra, Micah, and Emily.
I am blessed to be able to go in a week to help them (and play with sweet grandsons) for a couple weeks.

How magnificent are God's bountiful blessings! 

Much love,
Ronda 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Our students

A quick update on our students.
From left to right is:
Ratanak, Bunthai, Sophanmai, Leak, and Matthew (pronounced Matthei in Khmer).

Ratanak started at CBI in September with another student Soma.  However, Soma went home to do 12th grade over again when he didn't pass the Exit Exam.  Ratanak is a little quieter and keeps a lot of thought to himself. He is doing well.

Bunthai has been at the school for about a year.  He is really starting to understand and teaches well.  He has not been baptized yet because, according to him, he wants to make sure that he understands more before making a committment to the Lord.

Sophanmai, or Mai (pronounced My-ee) is 18 years old.  She is from Battambang province, in the village where 2 of our graduates work.  She has some Bible knowledge and is quite sharp.  She really enjoys getting better grades on the quizzes than the boys do!

Leak is our oldest student.  He has been at the school for 2 years. He has shown a lot of growth in the last year.  His Bible knowledge and understanding has really increased.

Matthew ('Matthei' in Khmer) is our newest student.  He is 18 years old from the TNT area.  His dad is a church leader; and he is the youngest of 9 children.  One of his older brothers and his brother-in-law are both graduates of the school.  Like Mai, he has some Bible knowledge, so are not starting out without knowing any Bible, like most of our students.

Here is Rich and Veasna with the kids.  Please keep them in your prayers as they study and learn more about God, His Word, and His desire for their lives.

Please keep the Christians here in your prayers as well - that they might stand strong in the Lord.  Many things are changing here very quickly and in a few years, I think Cambodia will be a totally different place.  Please pray too, that we have the wisdom to know how to be the most effective in helping them.

Much love,
Ronda

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Family visits and Graduate Meeting

 New Years Day marked 6 weeks since my mastectomy and reconstruction surgery.  I am doing great!  I told my doctor about 5 times that I had people all over the world praying for me and for him.  It was very humbling and very very uplifting to know that so many people went to our Almighty God in my behalf.  Thank you all so very much!

Rich's mom, Glenda Dolan came for a month visit.  She had planned the visit since the summer.  The trip obviously was different than what she had envisioned, but she was a great help to us.  She arrived the day after I got out of the hospital and left Dec. 26th.

Our daughter, Rebekah, and her husband, Evan and son, Jack came to visit and help out.  Of course, Jack had to ride the motorcycle!  (Well, he really just rode it in the gate.)

 This is the day that Glenda left to fly back to Midland, TX.  (Reuben, our 3rd son, had just called on skype, so I was talking to him and decided to include him in the picture.)
 Too quickly, it was time for Rebekah, Evan, and Jack to go home as well.  It was great having them here.  It is really hard not to lift all that cuteness when he looks at you with those big pleading eyes (I am not supposed to lift more than 7 kilos right now)!  I may have cheated a time or two.







On December 31st, both congregations had parties, so this is a picture of the first party that we went to.  This was at the Phnom Penh Church of Christ building.  We have just moved to a new location, so a fun way to "break in" the building.

Then we went to the party with the University Church group.  I didn't get a picture there, but there were brothers and sisters from Siem Reap and Battambang there as well. 
 On January 3rd and 4th, we had Graduate Meetings.  Each morning 3 graduates taught.  The theme was "Being a Good Neighbor".  The text was the book of James.

We started each day with about 45 minutes of singing that was wonderful!

Sochea taught on James 1:17.  He taught about all good things come from God and the best of those things are spiritual.  He talked about the gifts/talents that God has given each of us and that we are to use them to His glory.
He also talked about the faithfulness and unchanging nature of God.
 Kakada then taught on James 1:19-25.
He taught about how we need to rule over our mouths.  To really listen and take time before we speak.  He taught that we are Christians and need to be examples to others of good speech. 
He also talked about being doers of the Word; that it isn't good enough to know the Bible, but we must DO it.

Piset taught  then on James 2.  (I didn't get his picture). 
He taught on truly loving all others, not just those that can help you or that look right.  He also mentioned that our faith and love has to have action.  It does no good to say you love others if you do nothing.

Thursday afternoon, they played Bible games and enjoyed being together. 
 Sokun started off the teaching on Friday morning with a lesson from James 3. 
He taught about the tongues and the comparisons that James made to a ship's rudder, a horse's bridle and fire.  Then he compared the bad ways that the tongue is used with the good ways that we need to be using our tongues and speech.
 Rong taught next on James 5:7-11.  He talked about that we are to try very hard to do the right things and be good examples.  He taught about how important patience is in our life and dealings with other people.  That if we are patient with them and treat others well, even if they treat us poorly, that they will see our examples and we can share our hope with them.
He taught that we need to be careful about not grumbling or complaining, because again, we are examples and people will notice if we are not happy and complain all the time.
And he taught that we must endure.  Christ was the ultimate example of that; the example of Job is given in these verses; and with patience, we can endure.

Nuon finished the teaching with a lesson on James 5:1-6.
He talked about the dangers of loving and wanting possessions.  He talked to the other preachers and our students about being careful that they are doing this work for the right reason; not for the money or what they might receive.  That there are many temptations with possessions and "things"; and we must be careful that doesn't become a priority.

All the lessons were very good (I gave you a very brief summary of them).  It is wonderful to see these men teaching and remembering the difference from when they first came to the school.

Friday afternoon they had a sessions discussing their different works - the good and the problems.  Trying to encourage each other and learn from each other.
Then Friday night we had our Pizza/Bunco night that is just fun!  We hope that they were all encouraged as we were. 

Classes will begin normally again on Monday. Rich is teaching the book of Luke and Veasna is teaching on the Characteristics of Jesus.

Thank you all again for your prayers - for me and also for the work and people here.  What a blessing it has been to be able to be your "feet" working here.  Please continue to pray for the Christians here - that their faith grow and that they can stand strong for the Lord.  Also pray for God to send us students who's hearts are open to study and growing in God's Word and living for Him.

Much love,
Ronda