David and Mi Rebok

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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“Song of Cambodia”
Dave+Mi Rebok, Phnom Penh, May 2018

The Big Picture

For the past year or more, I have been reflecting on the big picture of why I am here. I had more reflection time than I wanted when I got into a motorbike accident last December and was flat on my back for 13 days in the hospital with a shattered pelvis. If that sounds serious, trust me, it is. What that does is slow a person down, a person who already has a lot to do, then said person has to scramble to catch up on work that piles up, meanwhile the next newsletter gets pushed back 6 – 7 months. But there is a lot to be said for taking time to slow down and think about one’s life, isn’t there?

The whole process of reflecting back started over a year ago while crossing the Mekong River on a ferry boat. One of our churches is on an island accessible only by that boat, and it reminded me of when I first started going over there in 1995. The big picture helps me not get stuck in the present, in my only little circumstances which, if I chose to, I could allow those circumstances to discourage me. But if I look back to when I first arrived here, then petty annoyances and trivialities suddenly evaporate, and I am freed up to contemplate all the good things I have encountered here since I arrived in 1994. For some reason, it amazed me that such deliberate contemplation actually works. I recommend it.

Now What?

That’s up to our God to determine now what. And it’s up to us to keep an ear to the ground, so that we can hear the footsteps of the future approaching. There is lots of advice (or should I say warning?) in the Word of God about “keeping watch” and listening for the sound of “approaching hoofbeats” (the 4 horsemen) and other references to the future. I was just listening to the song by Larry Norman called “I Wish We’d All Been Ready.” I hadn’t heard that since I was in junior high. And its message is still as valid as ever.

But when??? That is not up to any of us, despite how many numerologists and other scammers come out of the walls with theories on the exact date of the end of the world, or the next 7.8 earthquake in California or whatever else they’re selling. Don’t buy any of it. I used to hear all these debates on university campuses, because somehow the peddlers of cult doctrine and end times predictions counted us college kids to be among the most “receptive” people around. (Nice word for “stupid”) Before I had been a believer for even one year, I was already sick of those people. There is no debate. Just be ready.

Please pray…..

*** for large-scale revival to take place all across SE Asia.
*** for Mi’s Mom who is completely immobile at age 75, that Mi and her sisters and nieces would have wisdom to take care of her.
*** for Dave’s hip to heal completely. It is taking longer than anticipated, especially since I have tried to be so careful, but at least I can say that now most days are 90% pain-free.
*** for Mi’s hospital visitation ministry to keep going at the church.
*** for our once-every-5-years national election in Cambodia in late July. There are many words to describe elections in this country. Stability is not one of them. But as I need to remind myself: The future of Cambodia is NOT in the hands of the Cambodian government.

Side Street

The twin boys continue to rule our household, making sure that specific immutable laws remain in place, such as, “There is no such thing as an indestructible toy” and other absolute truths. I wanted to ask for their viewpoint on the upcoming election, but they and their younger sister were crashed out at the time (see left) and therefore unavailable for comment. It must be nice to not need to have an opinion on something like an Asian election, much less be required to expand on it. Not that elections in America are any less insane. Don’t even get me started. Either way, our God is in control… “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jeremiah 32:17)

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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.

Updated 5.27.2018

1. for all our relatives in America and Asia who are not yet believers.

2. for Mi’s Mom, still at home and not able to do anything for herself, that she would not become discouraged by her condition, and if medical help is needed, we will have the wisdom to help her.

3. for our national church bookkeeper Sok Kree, and for Dave who is helping him get a handle on Quickbooks software.

4. for our theological education program to obtain sufficient funding this year, and to recruit more students as well, that the program may enrich the lives of many.

5. for my pregnant goddaughter Liap… 4½ out of 9 months (halfway there) and she is glowing!

Many thanks! Dave+Mi Rebok

Cambodia

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Updated: May 27, 2018

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Country of Service
Cambodia
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c/o C&MA Cambodia
PO Box 118
Phnom Penh,
CAMBODIA

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