David and Mi Rebok

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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“Song of Cambodia”
Dave+Mi Rebok, Phnom Penh, March 2021

Leadership Matters

Created by another organization and offered to be used by others, Leadership Matters Course (LMC) is conducted in Phnom Penh 2 – 3 times a year. Not long ago, we had 33 students and 10 trainers, one of whom was Mi. This was beyond our expectations, and they nearly busted our meeting room of limited size. They were eager to learn, and loved it.
One of our local staff leads the seminar, and is in the L O N G process of translating the entire curriculum into Khmer language. It’s laborious, but the pay-off is worth the wait.
By the 2nd of 4 days, students were already excited of possibilities for using the training in the near future, thereby agreeing to allow God to multiply His leaders through them.

Never Die

A “grandma” in one of the rural churches left us and went on to a better world. I was fortunate to attend the baptism of more than twenty at a service about ten years ago, where she prayed as she was about to get dunked at a public picnic spot on the Mekong River. She was in her early 70s. We are always reminded that Jesus receives us one heart at a time. Nothing else counts, not age, not race, not previous beliefs. A famous singer once said that “Jesus died for all the sins of all people for all time.” Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26)

Grandma Koke was a grandma to everyone in the church, even to me. Didn’t matter to her where any of us came from, whether next door or across an ocean she had never seen.

Please pray…..

*** for our cousin Thy (“tea”) age 39 who has stage 4 breast cancer, that God would see fit to heal her. She has gone off chemo, has a lot of pain, and her time is almost up. She received Christ several months ago with Mi’s help, and she lives with her Mom who has been a believer for a long time. A single Mom herself, we would love to see Thy be healed, so she can raise her 5-year-old son.
*** for our upcoming trip to America in May, that the coronavirus won’t wreck our logistics.
*** for the teens in our clan who raise the bar on creative rebellion. I won’t go into details.
*** for our curriculum translator Sok Sophan who is as dedicated as he is gifted.
*** for leaders raised up nationwide to be sent into the fields and reap the ripe harvest, and for more to alter their belief system in favor of a loving Savior who died so they may live.

Side Street

Hot season is underway. The temperature is around 95 F in the afternoon, and April is going into triple digits, during which I don’t do well from day to day. There’s about 2½ months that I struggle with this, so that’s roughly 20% of every year. Mi likes it because she’s “tropical.” (She doesn’t really like it, she just puts up with my dumb jokes. Hey, that’s love.) Our nephew Nak and his 3 kids enjoy shooting photos. He and our niece Sroh are classic examples of Khmer in a new millennium who adhere to their culture so tightly that they can’t imagine ever turning away from it in order to believe in a Savior who died for them. Not yet!

When I moved in with this family, it soon became apparent that I had struck a vein of gold. After getting married, Mi and I were in it together. In this house, plus her extended clan (I don’t even know how many people we’re talking about) are boundless opportunities to speak into their lives, which is what we foreigners came here to do, given that the Khmer allow it.

Fortunately, I have been one of those outsiders who never forgets that I came from somewhere else, and that my right to get involved in the lives of others is not automatic. May I retain this humility throughout my stay in this land where “East Meets West” is not as romantic to them is it is to many well-intentioned Westerners. On the other hand, some of us wouldn’t have been called here if it was not the original purpose of our God for us to get directly involved in the lives of a lot of local people. But we need to walk on eggs while we do it. Get in only when they let us in.
Our sister Anna once wrote, “…it takes a lot of work but the outcomes are beyond words.”
May we ask God for wisdom, wait for it, then be struck speechless. One heart at a time.

This newsletter at: www.cmalliance.org/worker/rebok-david-mi (prayer requests updated monthly)
Donations to: CMA Donor Accounting, 8595 Explorer Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920, USA
or online at www.cmalliance.org to Rebok Work Fund for anything related to our ministry in Cambodia
or the Great Commission Fund for the work of the CMA around the world – Thank you!

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

Please see prayer requests in letter above.....

.....and please pray for these things below which are updated monthly.

Updated 4.29.2021

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

2. for our cousin Thy’s family. About 8 months ago, Mi helped Thy to become a believer. Thy died recently and left behind her mother and her 5-year-old son.

3. for our Uncle Bo and Auntie Kin whose daughter overdosed and died. She had been married to a guy who was violent, and had enough of it. Our cousin Voleak was 33, and we thought the world of her. Her parents will grieve for a long time.

4. for us to wrap up our work, still a lot to do in the next 20 days before flying to the US.

5. for our 3 months in the US from May to August, that we can see everyone without the coronavirus getting in the way.

Many thanks! Dave+Mi Rebok

Cambodia

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Updated: April 29, 2021

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