David and Mi Rebok
Prayer Letter/Ministry Update
“Song of Cambodia”
Dave+Mi Rebok, Phnom Penh, February 2017
That good old time religion
It had been a few years since I visited Wat Phnom. ‘Wat’ means temple, and ‘phnom’ means a hill or a mountain, and Wat Phnom is one of the most famous temples in Cambodia. A widow of some renown in the 14th century consigned a bunch of guys to build a small hill and put a temple on top of it. Her name was Penh, and Cambodia’s royal capital city Phnom Penh is named after her hill. They have done a good job lately, keeping the temple looking nice, so I got some decent shots as a reminder that Buddhism has for centuries been the official national religion in Cambodia and in neighboring Laos and Thailand.
We wonder when Jesus will reveal Himself in a mighty way in SE Asia. Not “if” but “when.” Our friend John said recently, “If He has something in mind, I believe I’ll one day see it.” Joel 2:28 says, “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” At age 57, I’m in the “old man” section of that verse, but I don’t mind. Our God eventually reveals Himself to anyone who looks to Him and waits eagerly. “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3) One day, we’re all going to witness what God has in store, and dreaming it will no longer be necessary. But for now, we keep in mind a religion to which people all over East Asia have clung to for over 2,500 years.
*** for Mi’s Mom who is under care more care and scrutiny than she likes, and is recovering at the slow rate you would expect for someone who is 73, that she won’t be discouraged by her own immobility.
*** for family members, especially Mi and her 3 sisters, to agree on how to take care of their Mom. Meds, therapy, and every other aspect becomes a need for concerted wisdom.
*** for our new truck, that we would be able to visit churches safely and help transport others as well. It is a 2005 Toyota Hilux that our team mates sold when they semi-retired back to Australia. Thanx so much to all who contributed so that we could buy it from them.
*** for the Island Church which has relocated and is trying to get wind back into its sails. They just had a great service at the beginning of February with more attending than usual.
*** for the churches that conducted Christmas programs throughout December and January, and for all who joined, whether believers or not yet, that the Holy Spirit would work in them, watering seeds of faith and hope planted in what is often hard ground.
*** for Buddhist people to grant uneasy acceptance to the presence of our “foreign” religion, and to not see our mission or the national church as a threat, but rather as a light of love in the darkness.
As we are get ready to go to the US in late March, we are already starting to miss everyone we encounter daily, whether they are in our house, at the office, or at church, and of course Mi and I have each accumulated a healthy supply of friends on the side. But we only go away for 3 months, so it doesn’t feel like being “away.” What hurts is coming back here and not seeing people in the US for the next 21 months, but we’re not going to talk about that. On this side, we are REALLY going to miss our niece’s twin boys who are now 15 months old. They live with us and are a source of endless entertainment. Now to my clan in Illinois we say… See you soon and when we do, it will be as though we never left. We love you so much!
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Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer
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.....and please pray for these things below which are updated monthly.
1. for all our relatives in America and Asia who are not yet believers.
2. for Dave+Mi as they make preparations for their 3-month home assignment beginning in late March. Lots of work-related loose ends to tie off before we go!
3. for Dave as he gathers tons of data for the annual field budget, that nothing would be overlooked in that lengthy process, which is due to be finished in mid-March.
4. for Mi and her sisters to work out taking care of their Mom who had 2 strokes last year, and needs care at home around the clock.
5. for our youth in the churches who have made recent commitments to Jesus, that they would follow through with their claim to want to follow Him, and not fall away to peer pressure from friends.
Many thanks! Dave+Mi Rebok
Updated: February 27, 2017
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