Sunday, March 12, 2017

March Happenings

March is moving right along.

This is Dale Lundy.  He comes every year to teach in the school as well as help build up the church here.
This year, Dale is teaching Isaiah in the afternoons to all but one of our students.  We are grateful that he loves the Khmers as we do and is willing to share his knowledge with them.
(Sorry; this is an old picture but I haven't taken a new one this year)

Rich is teaching Acts in the mornings.

I am having one of our older students, Kimsroeun, teach me Romans in the afternoons.  He didn't pass it the first time he took it.  Since we have Richard Roger's commentary "Paid In Full" translated into Khmer, along with the study guide, Kimsroeun is reading and studying that.  He goes over his answers in the study guide with me.  In addition, he has to read each chapter of Romans 3 times and then each day, he teaches a chapter to me (with the exception of chapters 7 and 8 that are broken into 2 lessons each).  He has to select the most important verses in each chapter and memorize them(so far, he has memorized at least 3 verses in each chapter).  This will take us to the end of the month. Kimsroeun has nearly completed all his courses.  He is very sharp and is doing a great job teaching the book of Romans to me.  He has taught through chapter 5 so far.

We are having to make a bit of a change from this however.  Tuesday, I am going to assist Doris Morrison on her trip back to the US.  She is an older lady that has lived her for many years.  She runs a children's English school in Phnom Penh.  She has had several medical issues in the last year and her doctor has finally told her that she needs to return to the US to have more extensive testing done. However, she is very weak and has other difficulties, so it was decided that she didn't need to make the trip alone. Thanks to the donations of many people, my plane ticket as well as hers, has been paid for.  We leave Phnom Penh late Tuesday night and will arrive in Lubbock, TX  on Wednesday afternoon.  I will stay a couple days to help her get settled; then stop off at Rebekah and Evan's in the Dallas area (I am flying through there anyway, so might as will enjoy it a bit!)for the weekend before returning back to Cambodia.  I will be gone a week.  During that time, Rich will meet with Kimsroeun some of the afternoons to help until I get back.  Please pray for Doris and I; that our trip may go smoothly.

We always request that you keep the school, our students, graduates, and Christians here in your prayers.  Also, in April, Rich and I will both be teaching in the Thai Christian Church Camp on Leaving a Legacy as husband/wife, father/mother, grandfather/grandmother, strong family.  Please pray for us to have wisdom to teach as God would have us to teach.

Much love,
Ronda

PS.  We also just celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary!  It has been a terrific 34 years.  We have been extremely blessed and are looking forward to more blessings to come.




Thursday, February 23, 2017

Quick US Trip

Thanks to a generous donation, we were able to make a quick trip back to the US to meet our new grandson, Ezra James.  He was born on January 2nd, to Reuben and Emily.

My dad is teaching Minor Prophets at the school now. So, that freed up Rich to be able to get away.

This is Emily, Reuben, and Ezra in front of their house in Virginia.  We had a great visit and hope we were able to help a bit.
On of the days while Reuben was working, Emily, Ezra, Rich and I went to the Botanical Gardens.  It warmed up for us a bit and we had great weather.



 Most of the time was spent in Virginia, but we did make a weekend run to TX so that we could meet up with all the rest of the kids and grandkids.  Since Rebekah and Evan lives almost exactly between Jason's and Randall's, it makes for a great meeting place.  Rich's parents were able to make the drive from Midland, so met with all of us as well.

This is Avery, Jason's daughter.
 This is Kenley, Randall and Kassie's oldest daughter.
I didn't get a good picture of Ryah, Randall's 2nd daughter, but we did manage to enjoy some great food.  This was at Rosa's.  
 This is Rich in Virginia, just keeping Ezra occupied.





















This is a picture of the gang at Rosa's (minus Reuben, Emily, and Ezra).  There are few things sweeter than getting to be with family!  So proud of my kids!!  God has blessed us so greatly!

We are now back in Cambodia.  Dad will give his final in Minor Prophets tomorrow.  He and Mom leave on Monday.  Veasna will also give his final on Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther.  We will have 3 days of Evangelism week.  Then on Thursday, March 2nd, Rich will begin teaching Acts.  I will have one of our older students teach me Romans.

Much love,
Ronda

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Scott Keele and Jerry Lundy

It was nice to have Jerry Lundy and Scott Keele here with us.  For those of you who don't know them, they are both from the Broken Arrow Church of Christ.

Jerry is pictured here with Khemrin and It (pronounced Utt).  They both needed the book of Ephesians to graduate.

Jerry taught all day for a week.  I translated for him. Jerry also got to play a little soccer one Saturday morning with some of our students as well as some of the dorm students from the BEST Center.

It was Jerry's first time in Cambodia and hopefully, he will want to come back.
This is Scott's 3rd time to Cambodia.  He taught the book of Colossians in the mornings for 2 weeks.  Then in the afternoons the first week, he taught a class on how to teach a class.  Then 2nd week, he taught on song leading as well as a couple new songs.  Veasna translated for him.

This picture was taken just before Scott left Cambodia on Sunday evening.  He preached on self-control; Veasna is translating.

Rich is currently teaching all day on The Resurrection.  On Friday, my parents are coming from Thailand.  Dad will be teaching Minor Prophets and Veasna will be teaching II Corinthians.

Please keep the school, our students, graduates, and Christians in your prayers.

Much love,
Ronda

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Graduate meetings

 We had some of graduates come back for a time of study and fellowship on Jan 5th and 6th.

The study was on Colossians chapter 1.  This is a picture of Colossians 1 in my Khmer Bible.
 Rong, one of our graduates from last year, taught on Colossians 1:  1-12
 Veasna, who teaches and translates at the school, taught on Colossians 1:13-14
 Sokun taught on Colossians 1:15-17.  However, I forgot to get a picture of him.  He works in Battambang province.

This is Kimsruv. He works in his home village with his brother, who is also a graduate.  His youngest brother is in school now. He taught Colossians 1:18-23
 And then, Nuon, taught on the last verses of Colossians 1.  Nuon is working in Pursat province.  It is a new settlement that the government established.

We enjoyed a lot of singing.  One of the things that the graduates miss being out in villages is the singing.  So we spent about 45 minutes each morning singing.
 These next pictures are of lunch the 2nd day.

The first day, we had stuffed fried frog with rice.  It was really good.  We also had a soup.

Then on the 2nd day, we had fried chicken with rice.  It is fun to get together and listen to all of the kids visiting and having a great time together.

In the afternoons, Rich had the graduates get up and talk about their work; the good things, the problems, etc.  It is encouraging for the graduates to get input from others.  But also it's good for our current students listen to what the work is really like on a day to day basis.




The afternoon of the 2nd day Rich also had them play some games.  Here, each of them has a sheet of verses that they have to write where they are found.  The contest was to see who could get them all right the fastest.  One of our students got all but one of them quickly, but couldn't find the last one!

Friday evening, we had a night of pizza and sandwiches and played bunco.  It's always great to have them back.  We are so proud of the work that they are doing in their different locations.  Please keep them all in your prayers.

Our friends from Broken Arrow, Jerry Lundy and Scott Keele are here now to teach.  Next blog will be about them.  Hopefully I'll get a couple pictures.

Much love,
Ronda

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Graduation

 As I told you in the last blog, we had another graduation on Friday night.

Piset, one of our graduates, gave the talk.  He did a great job!  He talked about how before God made the light, it was all darkness; and that is how the world is spiritually.  He talked about how it is difficult but that as they leave the school, they need to be the light and stand strong.

We had 2 graduates.  Standing closest to Rich is Somrach.  And then Makara is standing by Veasna, the other teacher at the school.


Neither Somrach or Makara plan to preach full time as of now.

Somrach is studying Photography - in the form of camera and videos for weddings, etc.

Makara is finishing up his Bachelor's degree in Finance and will then go on to gt his Masters.
Please keep both of these men in your prayers; that they will be Christian examples and spread God's word to those around them.

Much love,
Ronda

Thursday, December 1, 2016

More pictures of camp and updates

 I thought that I would post some more pictures of our camp.  I know that Rich posted some on an earlier blog, so if you missed it, go back a blog post.  This was our 3rd nationwide camp.

It seems that we just can't make a trip without car trouble.  This time is was one blowout in the tire wall. Then, on the way to get it replaces a couple days later, the car overheats.
  It is holding the umbrella.  The Cambodian people REALLY don't like to be in the sun.
 One of the games we were playing to get to know each other at the start of the camp.


 And you can't be at the coast without beautiful water pictures!

Kimsroeun, one of our students leading singing one night.
 Singing together.
 Eating together.
 Rich had the lesson on Sunday morning.  Our theme was "The Love of God"
 The camp is split up into 4 groups.  Each group is responsible for different chores 3 times a day.  Rich's group was on helping with the meal, serving the meal and washing dishes on this particular occasion.

My (Ronda's) group won!  We were simply the best!
 The camp!!!  It is wonderful for the Christians here to get to be together and encourage each other.
 Some of our classes.  The classes were divided into men's, women's and children's classes; and then those were divided into 3 age brackets.
 I taught about 14 ladies over the age of 25.


 Lomang, after playing one of the games.
 Beautiful sunsets!  God richly blessed us with these days.

As for an update, Rich is now teaching Luke to all but one of our students.  I am having Khemrin teach me the book of Philippians in 9 lessons, plus memory work and reading.
 Veasna is teaching Spiritual Formation to all the students in the afternoons.

One thing I thought was interesting...Phyllis is one of the American teachers at the BEST Center, teaching English this month.  She also does sign language.  On Sunday, we had a lady and boy come to services that couldn't hear.  Of course, Phyllis doesn't know Khmer (Cambodian language).  I translate for English speakers during our class and service time.  So, I was translating from Khmer to English; Phyllis was listening to me on her headphones and then translating that into sign language.   Some of the signs are different here than in the US, but we hope they understood most of the lessons.

Tomorrow night is graduation, so we will be blogging on that next.  Please keep us, the student, our graduates and the Christians here in your prayers.

Much love,
Ronda

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Water Festival -Church Camp 2016

November 13-15 is the annual Water Festival in Cambodia.  Over a million people pour into Phnom Penh for the boat races. Each town can enter a team in the boat races. It's really exciting and cool.  Here's a picture from the

Instead of doing that, as much fun as it is, many from the churches here meet together for church camp.  (People have the holidays off, so it makes a good time to gather together.)  Here's some of what we did instead of enjoying the Water Festival:


This young lady from Siem Reap and Thorng from CBI had their own water festival as they were baptized into Christ and His death so that they could be raised again to a new life.


We taught and studied a lot about God's Love for us and showing that love to each other.







We worshiped together.








 We worked and ate together.  I think we had the best time at Water Festival.

Rich