Sokhom

JESUS Fish

The flooding in Cambodia this year caused a lot of damage. Crops were washed out, homes, buildings and roads were damaged, and things were very chaotic. But God works in all things!

We have called it a flood of mercy for many reasons. First and foremost, because the Good News of Jesus has spread even more as a result of the flood. Thanks to your support, our preaching students, doctors, and other servants were able to show God’s love to the people with bags of rice to eat, rice stems to plant, and even the occasional water rescue. Beyond this, God is even using the fish that were lost from CCM Center to spread the name of Jesus.

You see, when the dam burst, our fish farm washed out and we lost 50-60 thousand fish!  But then people downstream saw the fish (blue catfish and tilapia that are unique to the area) and wondered where the fish came from. Those in the know told the people they were from Jesus Place. Jesus Fish from Jesus Place from the Jesus People.

Jesus used a fish to pay the tax, two fish to feed thousands, and tons of fish from the other side of the boat to show the disciples who he was. Perhaps God isn’t done using fish to spread the gospel!

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2018 Golf Tournament and Beyond

Thanks again to all of our 2018 Golf Tournament sponsors and participants! The funds we raised will go toward flood relief and the various components of our work in Cambodia (preacher training, leadership seminars, orphan care, water well drilling, medicine and food).

Click here to see pictures from our wet but beautiful day of fellowship and encouragement. If you were able to join us for dinner after the tournament, you heard first-hand how humbled and thankful Sokhom is for all of you. God has truly blessed this ministry! Sokhom returns to Cambodia very soon. Please continue to pray for him, for the work, and for the people of Cambodia!

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Muslim Wants More Jesus

On the second day of teaching in a mostly Muslim village, this woman really made me nervous. Her expression never changed – she just stared at me. She sat in the same spot and did not move during the class sessions. I was clueless as to what she thought about our teachings about Jesus, but she did not seem very happy to be in the room. As we shared Jesus with these precious souls many laughed at our illustrative stories while others seemed to show great interest in the One we called Jesus. But this Muslim woman just stared at me.

I figured she was mad at me and hoped she did not get violent. I figured I could outrun her but had no idea where I would run to.

I asked the group if they had ever heard the Bible read. None had! So I asked Sokhom to read the Bible to them. Many smiled and showed interest while others were extremely respectful; however, this Muslim woman just stared at me.

Taking a chance, I asked if anyone had any questions, and she raised her hand. “Uh-oh,” I thought, “Here we go!” To my complete surprise, she asked Sokhom and me, “Why are you only going to teach us for two days? Why will you not stay for at least one month?” I was relieved, elated, excited, humbled, and thankful to the Lord. What did I ever do to deserve such an honor as to be the first one to share Jesus with these adorable souls!

This kind of thing happens regularly in our ministry in Cambodia. We share God’s loving truth with Muslims and Buddhists who have never heard the name Jesus. There is no greater honor for a preacher than to be the first to tell the story of our great Savior and Lord.

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Flooding Relief Update

The floods from the typhoon (worst in our province since 1951) devastated the rice crop in Cambodia, which people depend on for food. Thanks to your generous support, Sokhom was able to purchase 15 tons of rice seed for people to plant. In a few months, the harvest will be ready and food production will be back on track. He also purchased 5 tons of rice and will purchase more as it becomes available to give to the hungry. Each of these bags will carry a message of love… a literal message (a note actually attached) and a symbolic message of the love of God through Jesus Christ.

There had been a delay in getting the rice to our CCM Center due to the washed out bridge to the west and the main road to the east. Since it would take months for the government to do the necessary repairs, we finally received permission from a government official to pay to fix part of the road. That allowed us to get the rice in and handed out to the people in need. Price gouging has been an issue as well due to the shortage.

The other good news we are happy to announce is that the school and all of the CCM Center is cleaned up and running smoothly again. Skype teaching has resumed, as has treatment at the medical clinic.  Since the buildings are made of concrete (no sheet rock, etc.), the clean up went quickly considering the circumstances.

We still need ongoing funds to continue meeting the needs of the people. $30 feeds a family for a month! We also need funds to restock our fish hatchery and to bring in 1,500 loads of topsoil for our 70 acres (washed away).

If you can help, please contact Mike (214-533-4266) or send your donation to Cambodia Christian Ministries (10550 Marsh Lane, Dallas, TX 75229) with Flood Relief in the memo line. Please feel free to share this update with others.

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Prayer in School?

One of the greatest honors and privileges in the world for a Christian is to share Jesus with those who do not know Him. This is commonplace in Cambodia where over 90% of the people are Buddhists. Some have heard of Jesus but most know little or nothing about Him!

Here, right next to a Buddhist statue in a high school courtyard, Sokhom, Mike and 300 Cambodians worshiped God and took the Lord’s Supper! Who says there is no prayer in schools! God has given us such a unique opportunity!

CCM is on a mission to share the love of God in Christ everywhere we go as we help people physically and especially spiritually. So many of you have joined us on that mission, but we could always use more help. If you are interested in partnering with us as God continues to grow this ministry, please contact Mike (mike@cambodiaministries.org or 214-351-3731).

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Medical Mission Update

The January Medical Mission Trip performed over 11,000 patient treatments this year!  Even better, there were over 600 students in Bible classes during the trip and 29 people became Christians!  Check out Mike’s update along with pictures and video for more information, and please continue to pray for Sokhom and others doing the Lord’s work in Cambodia.

 

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Cambodia Update!

Mike got back in from Cambodia just last week.  Check out his report and see not only the good work and loving service being done but the new brothers and sisters who have accepted the gospel of Jesus!  No surprise… God continues to do amazing things there!

 

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See and Hear the All New and Improved SOKHOM

Not really!  He is still the same loving, humble servant of the Lord we know and love. But Sokhom will be speaking this coming Sunday, April 23, at the Walnut Hill Church of Christ in Dallas, TX, where he will be honored for his labors for the Lord in Cambodia. If you are close to Dallas or you can make the trip, everyone is invited to attend.

Schedule

8 – 9 am – Donuts and coffee with Sokhom
9 – 10 – Sokhom will teach Bible class
10 – 11 – Worship (Mike will preach)
11 – 12:30 – Recognition of Sokhom and Luncheon

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For Tola So Loved His Mother

Once, while serving at Cambodia Bible School (CBS), helping the preaching students hone their public teaching and preaching skills, we worked on sermon illustrations. One of our students, Tola, said he had an illustration for John 3:16. He then proceeded to tell us that a few years ago his mother had a serious heart condition and would likely need a heart transplant. He said he offered to give her his heart. I asked him if he knew where that would leave him and he said, “Yes, I would die”.  If you look closely at Tola’s photo you will see that he has had his own heart problems that required open heart surgery.

What an amazing young man! What great love for his mother! What a powerful demonstration of his future success as a servant of the Lord in ministry. Tola has since graduated and is sharing Jesus as a young house church leader in his village.

For more information about Sokhom, CCM, and what God is doing in Cambodia, visit our website at cambodiaministries.org or e-mail Mike at mike@cambodiaministries.org.

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