吳約瑟、吳黃月甜代禱信(58)2019年2月

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親愛的親友及主內兄姊們平安:

        恭祝大家農曆新年快樂,果子更多!我們因天父聽了十二月的代禱信所分享的禱告事項而歡喜,感謝主!多謝您們為新光幼稚園的聖誕節慶祝會禱告,流程順暢,來參加的家長比我們預料的多。幼稚園的小朋友都上台唱歌,用鐘聲彈奏音樂,彈木琴或讀書等表演。

        活石堂的聖誕節慶祝吸引了新朋友和舊朋友來參加。當天的程序有崇拜、福音信息分享,兒童、婦女和青年人分組獻唱,還有柬埔寨民俗舞等節目。最後是柬埔寨地道雞肉咖哩粉作為午餐,各人都歡喜快樂。

        十二月有中華福音使命團短宣隊一行十二人來一星期多,他們主要在教會外牆繪畫以「天父的花園」為主題的壁畫,和用彩虹的顏色重油教會門前的大閘。他們畫的外牆壁畫有專業水準,其中有花、太陽、天虹和動物等。他們完成後,吸引多15名幼稚園學生和3名小朋友來託兒所。

天父的花園

天父的花園

教會門前的彩虹顏色大閘

教會門前的彩虹顏色大閘

中華福音使命團短宣隊

中華福音使命團短宣隊

        天父帶領活石堂組成執委會,由四名弟兄和一名姊妹為成員。波拿(Phalla)願意成為活石堂的傳道和執委會的主席。他與他的太太莎域(Savy)在活石堂開始時作傳道三年,波拿後來去視博恩工作七年,而莎域就一直在活石堂事奉。

        我們準備退休,今年起,會多次來回加拿大和柬埔寨,兩地停留各半時間。約瑟的醫生需要半年時間來調教他現在每天需要服用的藥物。我們在二月四日去了加拿大,現在的氣溫是零下20度左右,如有寒風吹襲,氣溫會降至零下40度。但在室內有暖氣便會很舒服。

        多謝您們多方面的支持和禱告。以下是我們的感恩和求恩事項:

感恩事項:

  1. 教會組成了執委會,波拿為教會的傳道。
  2. 教會外牆壁畫吸引至新光幼稚園有多15名學生和3名小朋友來託兒所。
  3. 去年八月有兩位從澳洲來的義務老師在幼稚園幫助教書,她們在一月時再來三星期幫助教師訓練、編輯教案和重組教材。她們是委身的基督徒,並在我們的教員中有好的見證。

求恩事項:

  1. 我們進入退休的過渡時期。
  2. 我們的兩個兒子、兒婦、女兒和她的丈夫都能熱心愛主。
  3. 教會有會友結婚兩年便離婚,祈求天父憐憫他們,叫他們的心靈得醫治。
  4. 珍妮(Chantie)在聖誕節前開始返教會並接受主,但現在停止了聚會,她因為未信的丈夫而拒絕我們去探望她。請為她的信心能站立得穏禱告。

        多謝您們的禱告和多方的支持!

主內                
約瑟,月甜上

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Dear friends and family,

        Happy Chinese New Year and a fruitful year to come! We have exciting things to share since the last time we wrote in December 2018. Thank you for praying for the Christmas celebration of Sonlight Kindergarten. It went well and more parents attending than we anticipated. The students sang, played music with the bells, xylophone and read book. Every student was involved in something.

        Christmas celebration at church drew some new friends and old friends who came before. We had worship, sermon, special songs from ladies, youth, children, Khmer traditional dance and lastly finished with chicken curry meal. We all enjoyed ourselves very much.

        Another highlight is the drawing of a mural (big picture) on the outside wall of our church building and repainting of our gates. The Hong Kong team organized by our mission did a very beautiful and awesome job! While they were drawing, people of all ages stopped and admired at the beauty of the drawing. It shows the wonderful creation of God with the sun, rainbow, animals and flowers. An amazing thing happened is that we had about 15 students enrolled for our kindergarten and a few toddlers to our nursery.

The Garden of Heavenly Father

The Garden of Heavenly Father

Rainbow Colour Gate in front of the church

Rainbow Colour Gate in front of the church

Short Missionary Team of CEMHK

Short Missionary Team of CEMHK

        God did another wonderful work in our church; at the end of January our church committee with five members was set up. Phalla was willing to be our local pastor. He and his wife, Savy served with us at the start of Living Stone Church for three years; then he resigned and worked for Christian Broadcasting Network for about seven years. But his wife stayed in our church and has been with us ever since.

        We are at awe of what God has been doing as we are preparing for retirement. Thank you so very much for supporting us through different ways, especially your prayers and care. As we went through challenges in serving God in Cambodia your prayers and care helped us to go on and of course with God’s calling to stay on. We are now planning to stay in Cambodia as missionary advisor for half a year and half a year in Canada each year. We have been in Calgary, Canada since February 4. It is very cold now; these few days the temperature went down to -24°C during day time. With the wind chill factor, it can get to-40°C.  But staying inside it’s warm and cozy.

        That’s all the news for now. Thank you for partnering with us in our mission service. Please continue to praise God and pray for our needs.

Praise items:

  • Church committee is formed with Phalla as the local pastor.
  • 15 more children enrolled to kindergarten after the mural is drawn on the outside wall of the church building.
  • 2 volunteer teachers from Australia came in last August 2018 and again in January 2019 to help training our teachers who are inspired by their teaching method and utilizing all our resources. They also reset the teaching curriculum and files. They did a fantastic job. Both are committed Christians which is a good testimony to our staff.

Prayer items:

  • Our transition period preparing for retirement.
  • Our two sons, daughter and their spouses that they will be closer to God and live a life pleasing to God.
  • One couple of our church just got divorced; please pray for healing and most of all that they can be reconciled by God’s love and grace.
  • Chantie came to our church shortly before Christmas and accepted Jesus as her Saviour and attended our church about four times. Then she fell and hurt her foot and stopped coming. She does not want us to visit her because of her unsaved husband. Please pray that she will stand firm in her in found faith.

        We’d love to hear from you and pray for you if you have any prayer requests!

In Him,                     
Joseph and Liza Ng

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親愛的兄姊、親友們,主內平安:

        不經不覺2018年快將過去。柬埔寨是個佛教國家,沒有聖誕節假期,但對我們基督徒來說,大喜的信息是:「神愛世人、甚至將他的獨生子賜給他們、叫一切信他的、不至滅亡、反得永生。」主耶穌不單來到世上拯救我們,祂已從死裡復活,坐在父神的右邊,為我們祈求。

        活石堂的會友們為著今年在23日主日慶祝聖誕而興奮,我們印製了邀請卡去邀請親友和鄰居來參加。年青的婦女會在那天跳柬埔寨民族舞;青年人會用戲劇表達聖誕的意義;兒童主日學的孩子,將和弟兄團及姊妹團一起唱詩。一位有做手工藝恩賜的姊妹會來佈置教會。聖誕期間有由差會舉辦的短宣隊到訪,那日會有福音信息,預料今年聖誕節會有一個歡樂的時間。

以下是我們的讚美事項:

  1. 三個星期前有會友帶了她運動時認識的朋友返教會,我們向她傳福音,她願意信主。她名叫「真蒂」。
  2. 有一位有講道恩賜的會友,每個月幫忙講道一次,他名叫Laeng。
  3. 新光幼稚園主任上個月參加一「與神相遇」的聚會,之後有很大的改變。

以下是我們的代禱事項:

  1. 活石堂在12月23日慶祝聖誕節,願會友帶領未信主的朋友來參加。
  2. 新光幼稚園在12月21日有聖誕節聚會,會邀請家長參加。
  3. 社區中有不少人想學中文,計劃在明年一月開始辦中文班。現在有一位老師,希望能有多一兩位老師加入。
  4. 差會主辦的短宣隊會在12月22日來金邊,這次參與事工主要是油漆教會門口鐵閘,在向街道的牆上畫牆畫。這是一項艱巨的工程,請為他們的健康及安全求恩。

        多謝你們一直在多方面的支持及關懷!敬祝你們聖誕蒙福,新年結果纍纍!

主內                
約瑟,月甜上

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Dear friends and family,

        For us Christians around the world Christmas is a joyous time of a year. We are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Jesus came not only to save us from sin but He has already been raised from dead and now He is in heaven by God’s right hand side interceding for us!!

        Our church family are all excited about Christmas celebration on December 23rd. They are passing invitations to family, friends and neighbors. The young ladies are practicing a Khmer dance. The youth group is practicing a drama. Children Sunday school kids are preparing for their songs and the lady’s group and men’s group also involve in singing. A lady who is talented in craft is making decorations. This year, a short-term mission team organized by our mission will also join us. We anticipate for a great time celebrating Jesus’ birthday!

The followings are our praise items:

  • About three weeks ago, a church member and his wife brought Chan-tie to church. They met her in the gym. She walked to the front after the sermon was preached and received Jesus as her Lord and Savior.
  • Laeng has been our pianist for many years. Recently he showed his gift of preaching. He is wiling to speak once a month.
  • Sokphearin, our administrator of Sonlight Kindergarten attended a seminar on “Encountering God”. She has changed a lot and her attitude is very positive.

The followings are our prayer requests:

  • Pray for Christmas celebration of our church on December 23 that we can share the meaning of the birth of Jesus may touch the hearts of the new comers.
  • Pray for the Christmas celebration of Sonlight Kindergarten on December 21. We are inviting also the parents to come.
  • Some people in our neighborhood are showing interest in learning Chinese. Hopefully we can start the class in January. We need one or two more teachers
  • Short term mission team will come on December 22 to 30. Their major job is to paint the wall and draw on the side of the church. The theme is the Garden of our Heavenly Father.

        Thanks for supporting and caring for us! We wish you a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

In Him,                     
Joseph and Liza Ng

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親愛的主內兄姊及親友們:

        我們從柬埔寨向您們問安!在新聞中知道世界各地有海嘯或地震等天災,但神很恩待柬埔寨,這裡沒有颱風、地震等,但有雨季,特別附近國家打風時,我們這裡會下大雨。

        「你們是世上的光……你們的光也當這樣照在人前、叫他們看見你們的好行為、便將榮耀歸給你們在天上的父。」(太五14、16)我們住的房子要經過一小路,途人常將垃圾隨便掉在地上。兩、三星期前有人打掃了這小路,但過了不到一天便有人將空的膠水瓶、小食用的膠袋和飲水的管子等雜物丟在路上。有一天,有人丟了一個透明膠袋,內有死老鼠。月甜覺得打掃小路乾淨後很舒服,提議每天回家時撿起一些垃圾。當鄰居看見我們兩個外國人在路上撿起垃圾時,起初他們覺得有點奇怪,慢慢在面上有了笑容。幾天後,有幾位男士合力將路面高低不平的地方填平了,現在垃圾少了很多。我們能做的不算多,但也能引起鄰居的共鳴,感謝主!

        活青足球隊在星期日下午青年團契後踢球,有十多人參加。每次踢球前有靈修時間,參加的青年人中,有未信主的家長不喜歡孩子返教會信耶穌,只是這幾位青年仍來參加團契和去踢球。請在禱告中記念他們有追求和接受真道的心。

        多謝你們一直的支持和代禱!請繼續在禱告中記念我們,以下是感恩和禱告事項。

感恩事項:

  1. 有位曾住在大學學生宿舍的舊生,現在任職教育部。他協助我們辦理幼稚園的註冊手續。
  2. 教會有新人來聚會,其中有活青足球隊的成員。
  3. 門訓領袖訓練班順利進行。

祈禱事項:

  1. 我們在柬埔寨事奉已經二十年了,現屆退休年齡,需要新宣教士。求主帶領合適的傳道來我們中間。
  2. 有一位弟兄曾任牧者多年,最近接觸他,知道他轉了去與他的弟弟一起做工。我們鼓勵他重回牧職,但教會能給他的薪酬比他現有的低,他答應會好好為這事禱告。請記念他能得到天父的引領。
  3. 請繼續為昂震(Oun Chen)弟兄禱告,他的頸長了一個拳頭般大的腫瘤。
  4. 亞Nick在過去幾個月瘦了6至7公斤。她與丈夫和女兒曾來我們教會聚會,只因與一位會友發生誤會,就沒有來聚會了,請記念他們屬靈和身體的需要。
  5. 有些青年人會考不合格,請為他們的前途禱告,求天父給他們智慧選擇升讀副學士還是職業訓練。那些會考合格的同學能考入大學,但有些需要助學金才能上大學。請記念他們!
  6. 有三名女大學生將會在十一月大學一下學年開課時入住女生宿舍,請為她們從外省搬來金邊生活,又記念她們能與其他宿生融洽相處。

        謝謝!願天父祝福你們!

主內                
約瑟,月甜上

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Dear friends and family,

        Greetings from the hot and wet Cambodia! Even though the typhoons and monsoons do not hit Cambodia but is also affected by the weather in the surrounding countries. Cambodia is really blessed by God with not much natural disasters. We are saddened by the devastation and destruction brought by earthquakes, tsunami, hurricane around the world.

        Recently we are reminded by the verse in Matthew 5:14,16: “You are the light of the world…. Let your light so shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” There is a small road that leads to our house and people and children used to throw away their garage there. Two weeks ago, the garbage along the road was removed and taken care of. A day after there were garbage of water bottles; candy and biscuits wraps, plastic bags and straws again and one day even a plastic bag with a dead rat. So, Liza started to pick up the garbage before she went home. At first when people saw this foreign old lady picking up the garbage they thought it was strange, then after a few days they had a big smile on their face! After a week, there is not much waste any more. After several days, a few men were putting stones and cement to fill the uneven parts of the road. Praise the Lord whatever small thing we do for others there is influence to the people around us.

        Thank you for supporting and praying for us over these years. Please continue to remember us. These are our praise and prayer items:

Praise Items:

  1. A former dorm student who works in the Ministry of Education helps in our registration of our kindergarten. Praise God that we do not need to pay bribe to the official whom we met in a district office.
  2. Some new comers come to church, some are not Christians so that we have opportunity to witness to them.
  3. Our Disciple-Maker class goes well.

Prayer items:

  1. We have been serving in Cambodia as missionaries for about 20 years already. Please pray for the smooth transition into retirement in the future.
  2. There is a pastor and family met with us talking about working as staff in our church. He mentioned that they are going to pray about it. The main concern is the salary that we offer does not match up what he is earning now. Please pray for God’s leading.
  3. Oun Chen who has a tumor on his neck around his throat still needs our prayers.
  4. Nick is losing about 6 to 7 kilos in the past few months. She and her husband and daughter used to attend our church. But they stopped because of some misunderstanding between another member. We tried to talk with them but no result. Please pray for her healing physically and emotionally and spiritually.
  5. Some young people did not pass the grade 12 state examination. Please pray for God’s guidance whether going to work, to study for diploma or vocational skills. As for those who passed the examination, some of them need help to pay tuition for going to university.
  6. There will be three ladies coming to stay in our dorm in November when school starts. Please pray they will get along with other ladies and that they will know the Lord.

        Thank you. May God bless you!

In His service,                
Joseph and Liza Ng

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親愛的主內兄姊及親友們:

        「我的心哪、要稱頌耶和華。你們要讚美耶和華。」(詩篇104:35b)我們好像詩人一樣,心裡存著感恩的心!8月19日星期日是我們結婚四十周年,在教會崇拜後切蛋糕,見證天父在這40年的恩典及祂的愛。

        6月和7月兩個月逗留在加拿大,8月初我們回到金邊,很開心見到教會人數有增加,會友們邀請朋友和家人來參加聚會,請為他們能早日認識耶穌祈禱。

        大兒子思義和兒婦小鳳剛作第三任父母,女兒取名為寧,是我們第五名孫兒。請為兩位姐姐,哥哥禱告,讓他們能早日適應和妹妹的相處。

        約瑟患上睡眠窒息症,晚上睡覺時用了呼吸機,不再打鼻鼾。現在睡眠質素好多了,白天精神很好。

        多謝您們的代禱和支持,以下是感恩和祈禱事項:

感恩事項:

  1. 教會會友帶了新朋友及親人來聚會。
  2. 大兒子思義和兒婦小鳳的第三名孩子剛出生,母女平安。
  3. 我們在8月19日星期日40結婚周年紀念,主日崇拜後與會友同慶祂的恩典。

祈禱事項:

  1. 教會有七位年青人參加中學會考,需要入大學和選科的指引,祈求他們能有智慧及看清楚天父帶領前途。
  2. 教會未信主的新朋友能早日信耶穌。
  3. 為教會開始門徒訓練,求主預備多些人來參加。
  4. 繼續為找傳道人來禱告。
  5. 學校需要找一位愛神愛小孩的老師。
  6. 活青足球隊有未信之年青人參加,他們的父母不想他們信耶穌,求主作工。
  7. 幼稚園的註冊事情,求天父給我們開恩。
  8. 為昂震(Oun Chen)弟兄禱告,他的頸有一個大腫瘤,願主減輕他的痛楚。

        多謝您們的禱告。

主內                
約瑟,月甜上

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Dear friends and family,

        “Bless the Lord, O my soul. Praise the Lord” (Psalm 104:35b) Praise the Lord for He is faithful and merciful. One of the highlights this month is the celebration of our 40th wedding anniversary. We celebrated with a delicious cake after the Sunday Service. Through all these years we have experienced ups and downs as all couples go through. Only the love of our Father keeps us together and makes our relationship stronger!

        After two months in Canada during June and July we came back and are so encouraged to see our church attendance has been growing. Some ask friends and some relatives to attend our Sunday service. Pray that they will find Jesus as their personal Saviour soon.

        Joanna, the 3rd child of Simeon and Phung arrived. She is our 5th grandchild. She has jaundice and was in the hospital for two days. Mom and baby are home now. Please pray for the adjustment of the older sister and brother.

        Thank you for praying and supporting our ministry in Cambodia. Please continue to praise and prayer for our needs.

Praise Items:

  1. Our church members are bringing their friends and relatives to attend our church.
  2. Joanna, our fifth grandchild, was born to Simeon, our eldest, and Phung.
  3. We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday August 19.

Prayer items:

  1. Seven young people took the matriculation examination on August 20 and 21. They need guidance and wisdom to go for university and the field of study.
  2. The need of salvation for the new comers.
  3. The discipleship training for our church.
  4. The need of a pastor in our church.
  5. Our school needs a teacher who loves the Lord and the children.
  6. Most of our football team members are young people just finished grade 12. Many of them are new to our church. However, their unbelieving parents do not like to see them coming to our church.
  7. The registration of the kindergarten is experiencing tedious procedure that slow down the progress of registration.
  8. Please pray for Oun Chen. He has a lump on his throat. Pray that he has less pain.

        Thanks for remembering us.

Joseph and Liza Ng

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親愛的主內兄姊及親友們:

        一年一度的父親節,給我們有機會表達對父親的愛,同時也給我們思想天父爸爸的大愛。靈修時讀到羅馬書八14-16:「因為凡被神的靈引導的,都是神的兒子。你們所受的,不是奴僕的心,仍舊害怕;所受的,乃是兒子的心,因此我們呼叫『阿爸!父!』聖靈與我們的心同證我們是神的兒女。」是的,我們可以坦然無懼的來到祂面前領受祂的愛與恩典!

        感謝天父的看顧,施恩憐憫幫助我們解決工作証的問題。柬埔寨基督教聯會協助我們申請外國資助証明書,他們也幫忙重新辦理教會的註冊事宜。

我們的讚美事項:

  1. 五月十四日有五位弟兄姊妹受洗加入主的名下。
  2. 新光幼稚園的學生及幼兒院人數有增加。
  3. 女兒欣義與夫婿今年三月開始遷往加拿大卡其利城居住。女兒一個月前已找到工作,而女婿要待取得永久居留証才可找工作。

祈禱事項:

  1. 為教會的重新註冊禱告,因以前企名的弟兄返了天家,現在找到另一弟兄作企名人
  2. 柬埔寨國家現在有很多新政策,以前在教會名下的幼稚園不用另外註冊。請為新光幼稚園註冊能順利完成禱告。
  3. 請為新洗禮的亞活之信心禱告,因他家人反對他信耶穌。
  4. 請為教會有六位青年人今年中學會考求恩。
  5. 請為七月二十九日大選能和平地選出總理禱告。

        謝謝記念及支持!

主內                
約瑟,月甜上

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, friends and family,

        Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! The world just celebrated Father’s Day; it gives us opportunity to show our love to our fathers who brought us up, cares for and loves us! It reminds us the great love of our Father in heaven. Romans 8:14-16 say “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God. For you didn’t receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God;” Sometimes our own fathers might disappoint us but our Heavenly Father is always there to guide and help us. How comforting to know we are God’s own children, not servants!

        We are thankful that our Father helped us through the Evangelical Fellowship of Cambodia to get a card saying that we are missionaries supported by foreign fund, so we don’t need to apply for work permit. They also are helping to process the renewal of our church’s registration.

        Thank you very much for caring for and supporting us through many ways. Please continue to remember our praise and prayer items.

Praise items:

  1. There are 3 brothers and 2 sisters who were baptized into the name of Jesus Christ in May.
  2. There is more enrolment of students in our kindergarten and toddlers in our nursery.
  3. Our daughter, Lydia and her husband, Patrick have moved to Calgary, Canada since March. Lydia has been working since a month ago. Patrick is applying his permanent residency before the can work.

Prayer items:

  1. Please remember the registration of our church; a brother whose name we used went home to heaven and now we changed into another person.
  2. Recently the Cambodian government has many new policies about foreign companies, NGOs and institutions. Before we didn’t need to register kindergarten under the umbrella of a church. Please pray that things will process smoothly.
  3. Please pray for the faith of “Wood” who was baptized in May. Because his parents do not want him to believe in Jesus, he is not allowed to come to church.
  4. There are 6 young people will write the grade 12th examination; please pray for wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
  5. For a peaceful election for prime minister in July 29th.

        Thank you for your prayers and support!

Joseph and Liza Ng

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親愛的親友及主內兄姊們平安:

        哈利路亞!我們的主耶穌已經復活並勝過那惡者!祂永遠活著!我們像那兩個門徒,在以馬忤斯路上遇到耶穌,並與祂談話,但因眼睛迷糊、不知道是祂。他們的眼睛未看到復活的耶穌,心中仍然悲傷。我們像門徒哀慟哭泣(可十六10),也像多馬要看見主手上的釘痕和用手探入祂的肋旁才信。很多時我們被過去的傷痛,無望,憂慮和恐懼蒙蔽,叫我們的眼睛迷糊而忘記祂的恩典和慈愛。我們今天能得到安慰是因祂活著,祂已升上高天,坐在全能者的右邊,並在五旬節賜下另一位安慰者,聖靈成為我們的保惠師。祂並沒有撇下我們為孤兒。因此我們體會到以馬內利,主仍與我們同在。

        四月十四至十六日是柬埔寨新年。每逢過年時,柬埔寨人會換新的神靈,家家戶戶會上香、拜祭等,佛堂更會給青年人開派對。信徒中有未信的家人和朋友的,會有很大壓力,求主賜信徒有堅強的信心。

        多謝你們用不同途徑來支持我們的事工,特別用禱告記念我們。請繼續頌讚看顧我們的天父,以下是感恩及禱告事項:

感恩事項:

  1. 我們在四月十六至十八日參加了一個由「天父心」事工舉辦的退修會,主題是:如何經歷天父的愛,我們都是天父所愛的兒女,是祂所喜悅的。
  2. 活石堂和新光幼稚園的同工們有好的配搭。
  3. 柬埔寨基督教聯會EFC有消息來說宣教士不用申請工作證。

祈禱事項:

  1. 屬節弟兄和家人已參加活石堂多年,最近發生誤會令他很生氣;他不返教會,也不讓太太和女兒返教會。請在禱告中記念他和他的家人,能在天父的愛中解決問題。
  2. 教會的註冊需要更新,請記念。
  3. 女兒欣義和女婿帕特里·南成(Patrick Ramsing)在卡加利定居。女兒在找工作,女婿申請加拿大移民。也請為他們能找到一所屬靈的家禱告。
  4. 約瑟患睡眠窒息症,請代禱。

        謝謝你們!願天父的愛擁抱你們及祝福你們。

主內
約瑟,月甜上

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Dear family, brothers and sisters in Christ,

        Hallelujah! Our Lord Jesus has conquered death and the evil one! He is alive indeed!! Many times, we are like the two disciples who were going to Emmaus.  They were sad and told Jesus who appeared to them that Jesus was dead. We are like the disciples who mourn and weep. We are also like Thomas who did not believe until he saw and touched Jesus’ hands and side. We are occupied with our hurts, hopelessness, worries and fears that we forget that Jesus is alive and His promise of sending another comforter, the Holy Spirit during Pentecost. We now have the power to overcome our sins and problems!

        We are grateful that you have been supporting our ministry through different ways and especially your prayers. Please continue to praise our Father who loves and cares for us, and please remember our prayer requests:

Praise items:

  1. On April 16-18 we attended a conference for Christian workers under Fatherheart ministries. We are reminded that we are the beloved sons and daughters of our Father. We just need to open our hearts to receive His love and guidance.
  2. Our staff at Living Stone Church and Sonlight Kindergarten work together well.
  3. We just got words from Evangelical Fellowship Cambodia that as missionaries who do not receive salary from Cambodia do not need to apply for work permit.

Prayer requests:

  1. Sochet and his family have attended our church for some years; recently he had some misunderstanding with one of our part time staff. Now he’s angry; not only he doesn’t come to church and he doesn’t allow his family to come. Please pray that our Father’s love will fill him and heal his bitterness and hurt.
  2. We are still working on the renewal of our church registration.
  3. Lydia and Patrick have arrived in Calgary about 2 weeks ago. Lydia is applying for a job with the city and Patrick is applying for the permanent residency. Please pray for our Father’s provision and His leading to a church for worship and fellowship.

        Thank you. May our Father in heaven bless you.

Joseph and Liza

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親愛的親友及主內兄姊們平安:

        您們好!柬埔寨過去兩個月的天氣比較涼快,晚上睡覺不用開風扇。剛過去的十二月比較忙碌和熱鬧,幼稚園的老師在十二月頭已開始預備聖誕慶祝。我們在12月22日放學後舉行聖誕活動,有不少家長來參加。每班學生都上台唱歌,有一位同學朗讀英文故事書,又有一位用手鈴彈出一首聖誕歌。我們負責短講,盼望家長們能認識聖誕節的真正意義。

        活石堂的聖誕慶祝有一百多人參加,平時主日是50-60多人聚會。有兩位婦女送出生果拼盤及一個生日蛋糕來慶祝耶穌降生,感恩有五位接受耶穌為救主!足球隊的青年也來參加,一起用膳。下午有很多青年來參加青年團契的特別聚會,願主的話能打動他們的心。

        聖誕的兒童主日學來了五十名小朋友,幾年前的聖誕節有二百名小朋友來。現在柬埔寨出生率是每一個婦人生2.1個孩子,出生率比以前低了。教會附近有一間工廠結業。有些幼稚園的家長因此要搬去新區居住而退學。教會附近的斯坦福國際學校,也因此而結束。

        十二月三十日是我們家的一個大日子,小女欣義跟帕特里·南成(Patrick Ramsing)在湄公河的一隻船上舉行結婚典禮和晚宴。當天的婚禮簡單而隆重,在湄公河看日落和晚上五光十色的金邊!婚禮後,他們去東南亞幾個國家渡蜜月,三月時會去加拿大卡加利。帕特里是美國人,需要有工作証才可在加拿大逗留。請為他們找工作、適應新婚生活和尋找屬靈的家來禱告。多謝您們在過往的日子用禱告關懷來支持小女欣義。

        多謝您們在過往的年日中支持我們和事工!請繼續在禱告中記念我們。

感恩事項:

  1. 水禮班有五位肢體參加,其中有三位是一家人,一位父親和兩個兒女。
  2. 有新的小朋友來讀幼稚園和託兒所。
  3. 教會有兩位單親母親一起在街市賣飯,她們每星期忠心的來教會聚會和十一奉獻。

禱告事項:

  1. 足球隊的成員能夠在每次踢球前的靈修時間中聽到福音,認識救恩。請記念講員溫拿(Vannak)。
  2. 請記念幼稚園行政主任淑卑淪(Sophearin)的靈命增長,她是新信主的。
  3. 有些幼稚園老師和託兒所的媬姆未信主,但願他們能在查經中認識主。
  4. 請為新信的一對夫婦禱告:施嫆(Si Yorn)女士和她先生昂震(Oun Chen)。昂震頸項上生了腫瘤,祈求天父醫治及使他們的信心增長。
  5. 很多學生感染腮腺炎,求天父保守其他小孩子。
  6. 我們會在三、四月和六、七月去加拿大四個月。去年八月約瑟入醫院住了15天,申請了亞省的醫療保險,但按規約瑟一年內要在加拿大住滿六個月。去年八和九月約瑟已在加拿大住了兩個月,由於尚欠四個月,所以需要作此安排。

        多謝您們為我們的需要禱告。請分享您們的禱告事項,好讓我們可以互相代求。

約瑟,月甜上

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Dear friends and family,

        Greetings from Cambodia! May be many of you have experienced some cold weather. We are happy to have cooler weather here! December is indeed a blessed and happy month for us. From the beginning of this month, the staff of our school was busy preparing for Christmas program. We celebrated Christmas after school on 22nd so many parents could come to watch their children sang and danced. An older student read a story book in English and one did the “Jingle Bells” with the musical bells. We had a short gospel message presented; pray that the parents can learn the real meaning of Christmas. It was a wonderful time for all of us!

        Living Stone Church also had a big group came for Christmas program. The speaker gave a powerful message on the meaning of Christmas. Two ladies of our church brought fruits, jelly and a small birthday cake. Praise God there are five who accepted Jesus as their Savior. The football group also came too. We all stayed for lunch eating the Cambodian noodles. Then in the afternoon we had a big group came for the youth fellowship. Pray that they will continue coming and find Jesus.

        December 30 was a big day for our family. Our youngest daughter Lydia was married to Patrick Ramsing on a boat in the Mekong River. It was a beautiful evening and the ceremony was simple and memorable. After the wedding, they went touring Southeast Asia before heading back to Calgary, Canada this coming March. Please pray for their adjustment, finding jobs and spiritual support. Thank you so much for supporting Lydia in prayers and many other ways in the past years.

        We are grateful to you for supporting our ministry in different ways. Please continue to give thanks to God and pray for our needs. Thank you!

Praise items:

  • There are five brothers and sisters attending the baptismal class; three of them are from one family – father and two children.
  • Some new students and toddlers coming to our kindergarten and nursery.
  • There are two single mothers selling cooked food at the market who come to our church and give tithing faithfully.

Prayer items:

  • Our football team that many teenagers and young people will come to know the Lord. Pray for Pastor Vannak as he shares God’s word before the game.
  • Pray for Sophearin, the administrator of Sonlight Kindergarten, that she will grow deeper in the Lord.
  • Some staff of our school are not believers yet. Pray that through Bible study that they will know Jesus.
  • Please pray for new believers Si Yorn and Oun Chen. The husband, Oun Chen, has a big lump outside his neck. Please pray for his healing and their faith.
  • Many students and toddlers in our school are suffering from mumps. Please pray that the rest be protected from getting it.
  • We need to go to Canada in March, April, June and July. Joseph was in the hospital for 15 days in August last year. In order to activate our Alberta Health Insurance we need to be in Canada for six months in a year.

        Thank you very much! Please share your prayer request if you have any so that we can remember you in our prayers too.

Blessings,
Joseph and Liza

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主內弟兄姊妹們平安:

        您們好!聖誕節快到了,柬埔寨沒有聖誕節公眾假期,但商店和百貨公司已用聖誕節為題推銷貨品。「這一切的事成就,是要應驗主藉先知所說的話說:『必有童女懷孕生子,人要稱他的名為以馬內利(翻出來就是「神與我們同在」)。』」(馬太福音一22-23)但願柬埔寨的人能明白聖誕節的意義,是耶穌放下了祂在天上的榮耀,降卑成為人,生在馬槽,為了叫神能與我們同在。

        我們已回金邊一個月,再次適應這裡炎熱的天氣和生活節奏。活石堂的人數有些微上升,感謝主!我們仍需要一位全時間的本地同工來作牧者。現在有幾位來聚會的想參加水禮,請為他們禱告。

        九月份有十多名小朋友要升讀小學而離開幼稚園,我們捨不得他們離去,但願他們在新的學校有良好的適應。託兒所的小朋友少了,聞說在我們託兒所附近開了一間學校,學費比我們便宜。我們會印製幼稚園和託兒所的新宣傳單。

感恩事項:
– 教會有新人來聚會。
– 青年人成立了足球小組。
– 女兒欣義十二月底在柬埔寨結婚,計劃明年三月去加拿大定居。
– 幼稚園已請到一位煮飯的嬸嬸。

求恩事項:
– 教會在12月17日舉行聖誕節慶祝,盼望每人能帶一位朋友來參加,並能明白聖誕的意義。
– 幼稚園會在12月22日星期五放學後舉行聖誕慶祝,盼望家長們能來參加,並明白聖誕的意義。
– 請記念教會的註冊申請。
– 明年一月會有水禮班。
– 幼稚園的招待員Srey Leak上星期接受了主,為她的靈命成長禱告。

        多謝您們在禱告上成為我們的伙伴,使我們得著支持和鼓勵。敬祝聖誕節,新年蒙福,與天父更親近!

主內
約瑟,月甜上

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Dear friends and family,

        Greetings from Cambodia! Christmas season is around the corner. The malls and shops are advertising their goods. Let us not forget the real meaning of Christmas! ‘So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”’ (Matthew 1:22-23) Our Saviour Jesus’ birth is the meaning of Christmas.

        We have been back to Phnom Penh for about one month. Getting adjusted to the hot weather and way of life here. Praise God everything is well with living Stone Church. The members still come every Sunday and there is a slight increase of people coming to church. God is good and faithful. We are still looking for a full-time pastor preferably a male. About 4-5 people attend our church are asking about the baptismal service because they have decided to follow Jesus.

        In September about 10 students left our Sonlight Kindergarten and went to grade school. We miss them and pray that they can adjust well to their new schools. There is a drop of students and toddlers in our nursery due to various reasons. We heard that there are many schools opened near us and their tuition fee is cheaper than ours. We are planning to make new pamphlets for promotion.

        Thank you so much for caring and praying for us. Your partnership is very important in our ministry here in Cambodia. Please continue to remember our praise and prayer items.

Praise items:

  • A slight increase of people coming to our church.
  • Lydia, our youngest daughter, is going to get married in Cambodia at the end of this month. They will move to Canada in March.
  • We have found a new cook at our school.

Prayer items:

  • Christmas program at church is on December 17 this year. The members are encouraged to bring 1 non-Christian friend to come. Pray that they will know the meaning of Christmas.
  • After school on December 22, we will have a Christmas celebration for Sonlight Kindergarten. Please pray that the parents know about our school and the real meaning of Christmas.
  • We are still working on the church registration.
  • A baptismal class is planned for four people coming to our church in January 2018.
  • Pray for Srey Leak, the school’s receptionist, will grow spiritually. She received Jesus few weeks ago during a Bible study.
  • Lydia and Patrick’s job hunting in Canada.

        Wish you a blessed Christmas and a fruitful New Year!

In His service,
Joseph and Liza

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