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April 2014 - news from Suhs in Cambodia

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Equipping and Empowering 
Emerging Leaders in Cambodia
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What's in the air?


Around this time of the year (March and April) in Cambodia, the excitement builds as Khmer New Year approaches. It’s the biggest holiday of the year.  Most Cambodians will go to their home villages, leaving the city unusually empty and quiet. It is a family time—time to meet with relatives and friends, share gifts and stories and enjoy food and games.  
It is also the hottest time of the year. Average temperatures are high 90s and above, with up to 80-90% humidity. With the heat and humidity, there will be more frequent power cuts as the demand increases. Cambodia’s power imports from neighboring countries are still inadequate. 



For the believers, it is a spiritually challenging time. Being a Buddhist/animistic society, most of Cambodian holidays involve religious ceremonies of different kinds. Many activities are held at local temples; they are mixtures of social entertainment and religious events. It is difficult to separate the religious from the social:  they feel obligated to participate, and may face exclusion or even persecution if they don’t. Many new believers stumble and return from the New Year’s holiday feeling defeated or discouraged. 

To think of it, the situation is similar to that of the early church in Corinth.   New believers, who were formerly temple worshippers had to face the temptation and persecution as a minority within their society. It’s challenging, but this also provides opportunities for gospel witness as believers shine the light of Christ to their families and friends. Please pray for Cambodian believers to be strong and wise facing temptation and persecution and for churches to be able to support and equip their members.  Pray for our family in this physically and spiritually challenging season. 
 

The Bigger Ministry of Logos International School


Matthew shared that, as a boy, he rode his bicycle past the former Logos campus and dreamt about going to a place like that.  In fact, he went out of his way in order to pass by.   His family was poor, and it didn’t seem likely that he would ever go there.  He prayed, and it seemed that his prayer was not answered.

However, God brought Matthew to Logos as one of the Cambodian teaching staff.  Logos employs Cambodian staff in various capacities—regular classroom teachers, Khmer language teachers, teacher’s assistants in elementary grades, as well as support staff.  One of the programs that Logos is developing and improving is the “teacher training program” which aims to enrich people like Matthew to become well-qualified teachers—a great need here.  CRWM has been able to support this program with training resources (educare) through our network.
Logos and its parent organization Asian Hope, Inc. have a broad vision for education in Cambodia.  There are programs for local kids to go to catch-up school to make up for inadequacies in the local system, neighborhood kids outreach and satellite programs.   Several hundred Cambodian kids are impacted by these programs. Joyce is glad to play a part in the bigger mission of education in Cambodia through the strategic work of Logos and Asian Hope.CRWM may recruit partner teachers to teach at Logos—though we have not seen the fruit of that yet.

                                        Logos High school Bible Camp 2014

The Battle...


We are hurting for some friends here.   Two of our friends one American (the wife of Joyce’s colleague at Logos) and one Cambodian (faithful staff at Evangelical Fellowship of Cambodia), recently had a recurrence of cancer.  They are facing uncertainties, difficult decisions and daunting treatments. They both have incredibly strong faith in God, but it is discouraging for all of us.

Two other mission families close to us have been going through testing as well. Both are families with young children and vibrant ministries. But one family is struggling with emotional breakdown and possible depression and will return to the states at least for 2 years. The other family needs to decide whether to return to the states for medical treatment for one of their children.  One of the contributing factors is the limited medical service in Cambodia.
Another friend had a panic attack on the way home from work and called Joyce for help.
This young Cambodian lady is the only believer
in her family and often faces spiritual attacks. Thankfully the organization that she works for is helping ensure some rest and treatment.

We are reminded of the frailty of our life and the vulnerability of cross-cultural living. We sense the spiritual undercurrents of our day-to-day living and struggles. We are busy with ministry, but we need to keep ourselves alert and alive spiritually. In the midst of all this, a friend sent us an email saying he and his wife were praying for us according to Ephesians 6:10-17. What a timely reminder that our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of evil and that we are not left defenseless in this warfare. Please pray for the aforementioned friends who wrestle with illnesses and for all of us to be strong in Him in the face of challenges, both physical and spiritual. 
 

Praises and Prayer Points:

  • Logos High school Bible Camp was a success in Feb. Joyce shared God’s words and chaperoned the group. David enjoyed his first high school camp experience.
  • Gil co-hosted Reformed Church of Japan short-term mission team and CRWM Japan colleagues in early March. It’s a significant move for RCJ to start cross-cultural missions.
  • Demand for individual coaching/mentoring has been growing. Gil individually meets with eight Cambodian leaders on a regular basis. This is the most exciting and needed ministry.
  • Refocusing Leaders Network 2014 has launched with 34 participants. Gil is one of the facilitators. We will meet several times through this year, learning and sharpening each other. Pray for the refreshing work of the Spirit in these leaders’ lives.
  • Timothy Leadership Training continues to grow by a dedicated team of master trainers. Pray for Navy/Ly as they continue provide leadership and prepare to visit US/Canada this summer for support raising for their work with TLT. 
  • New Life Fellowship Phnom Penh Thmei conducted another baptism for 16 young people. It’s exciting to be a part of this growing family of God. Pray for leaders and Justin, CRWM partner missionary, as they seek to reach out to and disciple young believers.


*The pictures above are taken during the Logos school Character day and Carnival.

We as family continue enjoy our life in Cambodia with a great circle of friends, rewarding work, fine school and other provisions. Thanks for your continuous care and support for us. God bless you.

                                                                Gil & Joyce Suh (David, Isaac, Mary)

                         
                            P.O Box 164 Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
                            www.crwm.org/suh