David and Christine Manfred

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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Greetings from Cambodia. Thank you so much for standing with us in prayer over the years as we work with our mission team and Cambodian believers to bring the Good News of Christ to a land that so desperately needs Good News.

We would love for you to join our support team! Please pray with us that the Lord would add additional prayer and financial supporters this year. If you desire to receive monthly personal requests, please let us know at manfrednews@gmail.com and we will add you to our updates. If you desire to give financially, details are provided in the sidebar. For regular monthly support, you can check the box for “make this a recurring gift” as you fill out the online form.

Thanks so much for standing with us in prayer, Dave and Chris

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12

We ask for your prayers for the Gospel’s continued advance in Cambodia. Christ’s Church is experiencing some very real attacks… particularly against key younger leaders:

On June 19, we had a service of installation for a 27 year old man, Nguon Chamroeun, to lead the “next generation” church in Phnom Penh. On June 20, he drowned at a waterfall. One of his friends who was there when he fell said that, although there was no one around him, it appeared like he was pushed.

On June 24, a leader from one of our churches in the north, Mr. Truy Pich, was walking his cattle home in the evening and was bitten and killed by a snake.

On June 25, one of our Bible School graduates, Tum, who lives in far north eastern Cambodia, was involved in a motorcycle accident. Our most recent report is that he remains unconscious and has been taken to Vietnam for treatment. In the words of our missionary colleagues, Jeff and Heather, “he’s involved in church plants, teaching, and is just a really solid, compassionate follower of Jesus. Once again, we plead for a life, knowing how much we need him here.”

This is very much a season of attack.

We need the prayers of God's people.

In the midst of all of this, our sense is also that the Lord is very much at work.

In the case of Chamroeun, He was one of the brightest and best young leaders… a deep love for Christ, a gifted discipler of university students, a winsome smile, an excellent mind, a love for God’s Word, humble, and gracious. Literally, one of the finest followers of Christ I have ever known.
In the midst of his homegoing, we have seen many touches of God’s grace:

On Tuesday, we had three vehicles leave from the church before dawn traveling three hours to the waterfall where he drowned. At that point, his body had not yet been found. Within a half hour of our arrival, his body surfaced near the waterfall and we were able to bring him home to Phnom Penh in our pick-up truck (there are no ambulances or hearses in this remote area of Cambodia). We are so thankful that we could find his body so quickly

Even though his body was in the water for more than 20 hours, because it was a cool mountain stream, he looked just like the Chamroeun we knew and loved. His mother was so thankful to see her son before the ravages of death disfigured him. We were able to get his body embalmed at a local hospital and then continued our journey to Phnom Penh.

His fiancée traveled in our truck, along with our missionary colleagues, Joe and Kay Kong and a friend, who were able to minister to her throughout this incredibly hard ordeal.

We arrived back at the church in the afternoon and, after preparing the body, the church had a service to call young people to take up Chamroeun’s unfinished work with the same heart and passion for the Lord and people that Chamroeun had. 14 young people came forward to respond to this call… one of the people who came forward was his fiancée.

Over the course of three days, there were 5 different services with hundreds of people attending to celebrate his brief but abundant life. Many shared testimonies of how Chamroeun impacted their lives. Chamroeun’s father shared a testimony deep from his heart about the goodness of God… That is something only the Lord can do.

In the midst of many tears and pain, it is a beautiful thing to see the Church being the Church… loving the Lord and loving each other.

On Sunday night June 25, one week after Chamroeun was installed as the pastor of the next generation church, the young people gathered to worship the Lord and to share testimonies... committing themselves to take Chamroeun's place. The key verse motivating them is John 12:24: “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds”. There is a depth of commitment from the Holy Spirit that we haven't seen before.

But the battle is very real. There is a depth and breadth of attack on key young leaders that we also have not seen before.

The Cambodian Church needs the prayers of God’s people for fresh advance. In the midst of these attacks, please pray that as one kernel dies, that hundreds more will be raised up to take their place.

Many, many thanks for standing with us in prayer.

In Christ, Dave and Chris

Cambodia

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Updated: June 27, 2017

Status
Home Assignment
Country of Service
Cambodia
Address
915 Aurora Ave
St Paul, MN 55104

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