Archive for May, 2017

Full Steam Ahead

We have been back in Phnom Penh nearly two weeks and I cannot believe how much is happening.  Last week we told you all about our trip home and how blessed we are, today I want to share with you some exciting things that are happening, and also update you on items we may have mentioned for prayer while we were in the UK.

Our Early Learning Centre has been going well but I feel recently that we need to upgrade many areas, we have always set out to help develop the children as much as possible but our staff are not trained to teach to the desired level we require. We have over 60 children and many of them come from desperately poor families and I would urge you that if you want to help make a difference to a family’s life this is the perfect opportunity it costs £20 a month to sponsor a place that’s all.  £19 of that £20 goes to the development of the child, nowadays in many of the large organisations that provide child sponsorship less than half your money helps or goes to where you think it does. If you would like to sponsor a child send us an email on davyandesther@gmail.com, if you want to give a gift to buy resources we have a PayPal link ‘Donate’ button, please help us in this if you can.  The other option is if you have an ELC or a group who would like to help us improve you could organise a sponsored event.  If so then send the money to Elim missions HQ and designate it to “Cambodia ELC Resources”. Finally if you have experience teaching and developing ELC teachers would you consider coming to train our staff please prayerfully consider all the above.

Be Free is doing well, recently one of our staff members Channak had a baby boy called Harmony, they are a very musical family with a older daughter called Melody. All the girls in Be Free are doing well, one of them is getting baptised on Sunday and we are so proud of the decisions she has made and the growth we have seen in her, Jesus has truly set her free! The big news out of Be Free is that Sokim is pregnant!  Many of you have been praying for Sokim and Somnang and we are so excited to report this answer to prayer. Esther and I are very happy for them both, please continue to pray for health throughout the pregnancy.

Tomorrow in church we are having a Baptismal service at 2pm where we have 6 people getting baptised, as I have already mentioned one of our Be Free girls, also Nita’s mum, Visal’s mum and our wonderful home help whom many of you have met Mohm is also taking this big step in her life, Esther and I will be baptising her and I’m quite sure there will be a wee tear or two. Thank you for your prayers for Dren and the family who are doing ok after the devastating loss of his mum, they send their thanks to you all for your prayers.

Our church planting is going so good!  We are on the verge of starting our 4th church in the Saang area, we also have seen some good things happen in Chroy Chrey .  Just this week we held a clinic led by Rachel and Brian Henry who are visiting us from Wellspring Elim. These guys are wonderful people, friends for a long time and they fit in with our Khmer family so naturally. Brian has been preaching and teaching and we have been encouraged so much by all he has said.

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Rachel & Bong Paula praying for one of the ladies

Only this week we launched a new work in Bayab and we have high hopes of what God is going to do there and in the surrounding areas. In two weeks time on Sunday 11th June we will have our church launch in Kep city, we have been consistently sewing into 70-80 young adults lives through the English classes and youth work, I myself will be coaching football to the secondary and high school teachers and students, building bridges to the cross.  Please pray as we launch Kep city Elim church that people will find Jesus in a relevant disciple making way. Again without harping on we need resources in Kep if you can help financially towards any of the work in our church planting donate by using the PayPal button on the side. You may not be able to be here but you can enable us who are and by doing that we harvest together, all reaping the rewards.

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First Happy Kids Club in the village

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Bong Paula praying with the ladies

The guesthouse has been secured praise God and the first amount of money we raised has been sent to start the refurbishment.  I have been flat out with Pastor Chamnap trying to get quotes on lots of different things, please pray that all the quotes come back better and lower than we could wish for and that the remainder of the money raised reaches us in time to get everything done by early August. If you’re reading this and you are a mission based NGO or church in Phnom Penh please contact me on +85592975434 if you have teams coming to PP and you need accommodation all the money we get for teams staying will be supporting our church planting and used to bring people to Jesus.

Please take some time to pray for all these things, we cannot thank you enough for continuing to journey with us, we are so honoured to serve God for Elim in this way.  Rachel has been sick for two days join us in praying for her health and strength to return! If you can help us financially, if your spirit has been stirred please help us today; praying God’s blessings over you all.

In closing we want to say a massive thank you to Phil McKee and Glenn McMurray for organising two events in the past week which raised funds towards the work of Elim in Cambodia.  Thank you to everyone who participated in and supported the Car & Motorcycle Show and for the teams and supporters who took part and attended the football match in memory of a very dear friend Alex Andrews.  On behalf of everyone here we send our deepest gratitude for supporting the work in Cambodia.

Greetings from Cambodia

We arrived back in Phnom Penh last Saturday and it was wonderful to see some of our Khmer family at the airport. Meg and Ruby were beyond excited when we arrived at our friend Will’s where they were so well cared for in our absence.

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Welcome home note from Mohm

Our time in the UK was pretty manic but filled with so many precious moments and reunions with family, friends and churches that are partnering with us.  It was also wonderful to connect with new pastors and church families to introduce what God is doing in Cambodia.  There were many highlights during our furlough, two of which we were looking forward to for two years.  The first was the wedding of Matty and Emma Scott, and the second was the missionary conference organized by our IMD.

Emma and her younger sister Heather affectionately call us Mummy and Daddy number 2 and are such a blessing to us.  We are so proud of them both and it was so special to be living with our best friends, Phil and Ruth, for the month leading up to Emma and Matty’s big day.  Their wedding day was perfect and was a testimony of not only the love they have for each other but how much they love God and put Him first in every area of their lives.  Both of them love our Cambodian family so much they arranged for the wedding to be live streamed to Phnom Penh and blessed them with a gift to have a party afterwards.  That’s how big their hearts are that they are always thinking of others.  Matty & Emma we wish you God’s richest blessings as you begin a new and exciting journey together as husband and wife!

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Mr & Mrs Scott

When we are in Cambodia we miss our family and friends so much, sometimes just to do the simple things in life like having a cuppa and a chat face to face rather than over skype.  David misses playing football with his mates so he was delighted to spend a few Wednesday nights kicking a ball about and I was happy sitting crocheting with my sister and having a few coffee dates with friends.  We love seeing our nieces and nephews and are so proud of the young adults they have grown up to be.  Spending time with our parents is so special and we cherish those moments.  Friends and family thank you for the blessing you are to us, for your hospitality, kindness, love and support; we come to our Northern Ireland home and pick up where we left off and that’s what we love so much!

We have been blown away by the support of churches in the UK towards the work of Elim in Cambodia.  It is a huge honour to share about what God is doing and we are so thankful to every individual, every church who prays and gives to enable lives to be changed in our part of the world.  We could not do this without you and on behalf of our team here, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts and as you pray for us we will be praying for you; as you impact your local communities and win the lost for His kingdom!

Our last Sunday evening in Northern Ireland is always spent with our home church Bangor Elim and we cannot express enough how much we love and appreciate our family.  Pastors Gary and Davy, elders, missions team, members and friends; thank you so much for walking this journey with us, for being a part of everything we do, for raising the funds to keep us in Cambodia and supporting projects that are making a huge difference to the amazing people we are blessed to do life with.  Special thanks goes to our dear friends the McKee family who don’t only host us but treat us like part of the family, we are so thankful to you Ruth, Phil, Emma and Heather.

The second highlight was the Missions Conference, over the years we have been able meet some fellow missionaries if our furloughs have been around the same time but mostly we know each other through being on the monthly missionary hubs.  It was so special to spend the weekend together hearing stories about what God is doing throughout the world.  We were pretty shattered after five weeks of furlough and were looking forward to a time of refreshment and rest in God’s presence.  The worship was wonderful and the presence of the Holy Spirit amongst us was powerful, as family we prayed for one another, encouraged one another and got to know one another.  Thank you so much Paul for caring for each of us so much that you knew this was a time we needed to have together; for all the missions team who worked so hard to pull the conference off; for all the speakers who ministered to our soul; and to all the wonderful volunteers in Bridge Community Church for hosting us and spoiling us so much.

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With Paul & Greta Hudson

We travelled from Leeds to Harrogate for the final few days of our time in the UK joining with the wider Elim family for the annual Elim Leaders Summit.  It is a time for Elim Church leadership teams from across the nation to come together, meet with friends and to enjoy the presence of God together in ministry and worship.  Harrogate Conference Centre is a fantastic venue and it was amazing to join with so many brothers and sisters and worship our God together.  Elim Sound led the worship so beautifully and the teaching was inspiring.  We joined with the mission’s team at two lunchtime seminars where I had the privilege of sharing about Be Free for a few moments along with fellow missionaries who shared about Be Church and Be Loved.

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sharing about Be Free

On the Wednesday evening all the missionaries were prayed for, and I know I speak on behalf of all of us who stood on the stage that it was such a humbling experience and one we will never forget.  As everyone in the auditorium stood to their feet and applauded us (eyes filling up again) we were emotional.  We were so encouraged that although we are all serving God in a foreign land, we have family cheering us on, praying for us; and that means so much to all of us.  Thank you Chris Cartwright for leading the Elim movement, we will be praying for you and for the NLT that you know God’s guidance in the days, and months, and years to come.

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Elim missionaries

In closing we want to advertise a special event that is taking place today in Bangor Elim church, the Annual Car & Motorcycle Show is celebrating its 15th year!  It runs until 5:30pm today, pay a visit to the burger stall and you won’t only enjoy a good burger but will be helping raise funds towards the work of Elim missions in Cambodia!

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