David and Mi Rebok
Prayer Letter/Ministry Update
“Song of Cambodia”
Dave+Mi Rebok, Phnom Penh, October 2016
To the ends of the earth
Leaksmy and I enjoy getting into the thick of power meetings between the regional church committee members and congregations. There are often issues that are not enjoyable in themselves, but we are glad to participate in the process. Mi likes it because it allows her to use her first-hand knowledge of the culture to offer solutions. I like it because I learn a lot.
Churches run into all sorts of issues, and they are no different from problems in churches in America or anywhere else. And it doesn’t seem to matter whether the church has ten members or a hundred. Differences of opinion regarding philosophy and ministry strategy, shortage of funds, shortage of leaders, tension over leadership styles, doctrinal nitpicking, jealousy, competition (elbowing for recognition), persecution from neighbors, hanging on to the past (unwilling to change), lack of creativity and new ideas, lack of contentment with not being wealthier (lurking materialism)… Any or all of this sound familiar? As different as this culture is from American culture, we are all people, and churches are loaded down with people challenges. As so many are fond of saying, “Challenge equals opportunity.” Mi and I try to take on the same attitude, knowing all along that God didn’t plant His Church in Southeast Asia for no reason.
I had always dreamed of seeing the “ends of the earth” wherever that was, ever since I was young and first heard that phrase at the tail end of the book of Matthew, but only God knew how far I would have to go to get my wish. Having been an avid viewer of PBS, to the dismay of my Mom who calculated it was too dangerous to come and live here, I sort of knew what the ends of the earth looked like, but not until I became involved with the people did the culture sink into my brain’s limited capacity. Relationships are built, which is the culture’s highest priority, therefore it was worth the trip.
*** for Mi’s Mom who is under care more care and scrutiny than she likes, and is recovering at the 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 point of differing opinions and contention.
*** for the Island Church as they search for a new place to meet. The current place fell through, and no one in the church has enough space in their house to meet, so they continue their search.
*** for Christmas programs already in the planning stages around the country, that they will be a light to many who join them, and for safety for us and a lot of other folks who will travel to them.
*** It looks as though it has rained sufficiently in the last few months in SE Asia, since the last time we wrote and didn’t know if it would rain enough for the rice crops to take hold. Reminds me of every year in Illinois with everyone staring at the TV, the sky, the almanac, and each other, wondering if it’s going to rain enough, too much, or just the right amount for the corn fields to be as high as an elephant’s eye.
The kids in our house have started school again, and it is not their favorite part of the day. However, they agree to bring their books every evening, and allow me to correct their English homework, and to try their hand at two-way conversations. They improve from year to year. Our niece had one of her twin boys (11 months old) in the hospital with a 104 degree fever this week, but he is better now. That’s about the 8th time one or the other or both of them have been hospitalized, but they always seem to recover quickly. We are in the middle of figuring which days to take off and head to the beach in November, when there is a long national holiday, so the kids out of school can tag along too.
Sometimes it rains so hard that our yard floods as the water runs off the street, but because it is so cool at night nowadays, you don’t hear me complaining. Sleep comes easy and 8 hours go by fast. Rainy season is about over, usually comes to an end in November, after which it gets dry and dusty but stays cool. In early December, we will start making runs to Christmas programs in the rural areas, where up until 100 years ago, there was no such thing in Cambodia. As the rice harvest is about to begin, we look for a greater harvest of new believers in the land.
I have probably used these verses in a previous newsletter. If I have, well… they are too good not to use again:
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.” (Matthew 9:35-38)
This newsletter and other prayer requests can be found at:
http://www.cmalliance.org/worker/rebok-david-mi (prayer requests updated monthly)
Donations may be sent to: CMA Donor Accounting, PO Box 35000, Colorado Springs, CO 80935, USA
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Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer
Please see prayer requests in letter above.....
.....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 the budget process for next year, one of our biggest accounting projects for the year involving dozens of spreadsheets, that we will have wisdom throughout, and not overlook anything.
3. for our literature ministry, which has sold a lot of books and MP3 players in Nov and Dec, and recently joined the national book fair, that they can stay above water financially.
4. for Mi’s ministry to the AIDS hospice in the provinces (she just returned from a trip there) and for the staff who are all volunteers, many of whom are HIV positive and love their work.
5. Mi & I just found out that we got medical clearance to stay on the Cambodia field. Always have to hold our breath until we get notice from the mission doctor, and now we can exhale.
6. for all the Christmas programs going on at churches nationwide, that they will have an impact on neighborhoods and villages for our Lord who came to live among us for a time, and that non-believers here would understand the gospel message.
Many thanks! Dave+Mi Rebok
Updated: December 27, 2016
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