David and Christine Manfred

Here are some Praises:

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In the past there were 6 Manfreds in Cambodia and now we’re down to just Chris and Dave. We’re newly getting used to our “empty nest”. In the midst of family changes, we have a lot of praises to give thanks for along with prayer requests that we appreciate you bringing to the Father on our behalf.

Cambodia has been remarkably spared from the ravages of Covid… about 230 total cases and 0 deaths so far. This is truly God’s grace over this land. The government has had some restrictions including churches being closed for public meetings however the Lord continues to work in amazing ways during this Covid season

We have heard reports from the KEC (the C&MA churches in Cambodia) in and around Anlong Veng in northern Cambodia that more than 600 people have made professions of faith in Christ so far in 2020… most of them since the Covid crisis hit.

About 100 KEC churches around the country have done COVID prevention training to a total of almost 5,000 homes (50 homes per church) since COVID hit. This has given the churches greater visibility and credibility in their communities and with government authorities.

Construction of the Urban Ministry Training Center teacher dorm and student residence was finished on June 30. This was a 3.5 year project to fund and construct this large 4-story building. Our thanks to God and to our many partners who joined with us in prayer and giving to finish this huge project that we believe will be a great tool to reach Phnom Penh for Christ through the students who study and live there.

In Cambodia, most people are afraid to donate blood, particularly in this time of Covid. People who need blood can only get it if people specifically donate for them (typically family). When a surgery is performed, the expected amount of blood must be donated BEFORE the surgery can take place. Mr. March is a new believer from northern Cambodia who had a severe bleeding ulcer. Missionaries from our team who live in his village sent him 8 hours to Phnom Penh for the life-saving treatment. He needed 8 units of blood over 2 days to save his life but he had no family nearby to donate the needed blood. They would not do the surgery until the blood was donated. 4 people from our Phnom Penh mission team, 1 faculty member and 3 students from the Urban Ministry Training Center donated the needed blood. Mr. March has now returned back to his village, thankful for healing through the gift of shed blood… both through Christ and through strangers.

Here are some Prayer Requests

With Jeff and Heather Williams return to the US for their one-year Home Assignment, we have taken on a few new roles and would appreciate your prayers as we juggle these new things with our other responsibilities:
1. Chris has begun working with the Addiction Recovery Center. This center is located more than an hour away on busy roads. Pray for safety as she drives there every week. Pray for wisdom as she works with the Khmer staff who lead this important new ministry and the clients who are finding freedom in Christ through discipleship and counseling.
2. David will serve as the mission representative and advisor for both the Urban Ministry Training Center (UMTC) and Elim Bible School. He will also be teaching once class per trimester at the UMTC. In September, he will teach the “All Nations” class on missions. Pray for wisdom as he serves in these new ways.

The Urban Ministry Training Center is scheduled to open in early September but in these days of Covid, like the rest of the world, there is much uncertainty. There are specific needs for more students and also for two more teachers. Pray that the Lord would provide the right teachers and the right students.

The Kerns are a new family appointed to serve in Cambodia and scheduled to arrive here in August. Because of Covid, visas must now go through the Cambodian Embassy in Washington DC and there are many additional complications. Pray for favor for them to receive this needed visa to enter Cambodia.

Jenna is now in the US and will be studying at the University of Northwestern, Saint Paul. Pray for good transitions for her as she enters into this new phase of life.

Cambodia has been graciously spared from the ravages of Covid. Please pray for that ongoing grace and for the Lord’s health over our team.

For those who are so led, your gifts to our ministry and the work of The Alliance are very much appreciated, particularly with the economic realities that come with the Covid crisis. To support us, please visit https://cmalliance.org/give/. Under Gift Type, choose “give to The Alliance” or “to a worker you love.” Under the latter, type “David and Christine Manfred" in the search box, click on us, and then select the fund(s) of your choice. The Great Commission Fund is the most important one since that is the one that keeps us in Cambodia. Then enter the amount you want to give and scroll down to continue with your information.

Thank you again for being our partners in ministry.

Grace and Peace, Dave and Chris

Cambodia

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Updated: July 31, 2020

Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Cambodia
Address
c/o CAMA Services Cambodia
PO Box 118
Phnom Penh,
CAMBODIA

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