Cambodia – More than you know

I always pray about what to share.  You can never share all of the details of a trip.  I also know everyone’s time is valuable.  But, there is too much to share.  The team we took to Cambodia was amazing.  The results of the trip are indescribable, and the events around it all are crazy.  Thank you for your prayers and support, we could not do it without you. First, I will share the main story, then the back-story on how your prayers opened doors.

We had a team of medical professionals in Cambodia. Each person on this trip contributed in amazing ways.  The Lord knew exactly who we needed on the team Over the course of the trip we were able to help close to 900 patients.  We also had the privilege of leading over 150 people to the Lord!  Unbelievable!  We worked in a mission hospital, in remote feeding centers, in a government hospital, and even in a Buddhist Temple. The Buddhist leaders said they knew we were Christians and were willing to allow us to share the Gospel, at their temple, in exchange for a medical clinic.  Talk about a crazy opportunity.  It is the first time I have preached from the steps of a Buddhist Temple.  What was the fruit of that opportunity?  We had a man with severe cancer who only had a few months to live get to hear the Gospel and ask Christ to save his soul!  It was well worth it.

We had the privilege of working with two of the ladies MANNA sponsored to go to nursing school. It was such a joy to be able to work with them and see them use the talents and education. They kept telling us how grateful they were for MANNA and the opportunity.  Kim used her Physical Therapy training to work on several dozen patients. I love watching her in action and getting to use the talents the Lord has given her.  After working at the government hospital, we saw 51 patients receive Christ, and the head of the medical district for the region was so grateful, he offered to help eliminate any red tape for us to bring in equipment for future work!  That is favor!  Lives were truly changed on this trip, both in those we served and the team that came to serve.

Now, for the back-story.  I can always tell how impactful a trip is going to be by how many roadblocks and obstructions that happen.  Several years ago, our youngest daughter ended up in the hospital with a collapsed lung leading up to our trip, she was discharged literally the day before we left.  Last summer, our car died just before the trip, I barely made it home that day.  We had to figure out how to get around for about 10 days before leaving the country for 2 months.  This trip was no different.  The night before the trip our washing machine quit working and the toilet broke.  While we were gone, the internet went out and our vacuum quit working. LOL!  Fortunately, my mom is a trooper and was able to take care of our girls in the middle of it all.  Even our team was affected. 2/3 of our team came down with intestinal issues, and one person had to get IV fluids, on the bus no less.  But, the Lord is good, and through it all, everyone is well and over 150 people now know Him as their Savior.  We don’t often publicize the crazy things that happen, but sometimes it is good to let everyone know how grateful we are for your prayers.  Your prayers for our teams and us have a greater impact than you know. You may not know all of the interesting things happening when you are praying, but they are.  Here are some pictures of the trip and the fruit of your prayers.

Happy Thanksgiving from Guatemala

I had the privilege of working with a team in Guatemala the week of Thanksgiving.  I even made it home in time to have turkey with my family! It was a great trip and team. We had a Vacation Bible School in two villages with some Mayan kids and took water filters to families in the area.  We poured concrete and built a block wall at the orphanage and took the kids to the zoo for an outing.  They loved it! We also organized a large carnival at a church in San Lucas to invite the community. That evening for church there were over 300 people present and at least 6 people accepted Christ as their Savior in the service!  We finished off the week by having a special Thanksgiving meal with the children at the orphanage.  They said they wanted to have a meal where we all sit together at a table and pass the food like they see American families doing on television.  The things we take for granted!!  Here are some pictures from the week.  Thank you for your prayers.

More to come

Since making it back from Thailand we have been in 5 churches in 3 different states sharing updates on what the Lord is doing in Asia.  We have also had several new churches invite us to come share this spring for the first time!

We will be in another church this weekend, then on Tuesday I head to Guatemala to help with a team.  I will get home the day before Thanksgiving, which is a reason for thanks already.  Of course, the last time I got back from a trip the day before Thanksgiving, I spent the flight throwing up in the bathroom on the plane.  I don’t fit well in the plane bathrooms to begin with, much less trying to throw up.  However, it is the only time I have ever lost weight over Thanksgiving. LOL!  So, there is always a reason to be grateful.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support of our mission work!

Back from Thailand!

I’m back from my most recent trip to Thailand.  We had a great team and did a lot. The team hit the ground running in Thailand.  We helped with a soccer practice, worked with an English class and took part in Thai, Deaf, and Urdu (Pakistani) church services to start off the trip.  We hosted an outing with the Thai youth and held a field day for the Pakistani refugee children.  We also worked in a remote village where we taught English, put on a soccer camp, did crafts with the kids, fed the kids, gave them new socks, and provided water filters for the school.  Then, we had a church service in the village, handed out water filters to the families, and had a large meal with the church.  To finish off the trip we went and visited the International Detention Center where we were able to minister to refugees from Pakistan and Iran.  It was a very humbling experience to say the least.  Several members of the team had family and friends living in Thailand and they were able to visit them as well.  Looking back, it is hard to believe everything that happened.  The Lord really blessed the trip.  Then, 15 hours after arriving home I was in a missions conference.  LOL!  Nothing quite like jet lag.  Here are some pictures from the trip.

New Family Video!

In case you do not get our email updates, our new family video is here!  I put this video together with photos and video clips from our teams and trips in 2018.  It has been a great year, and still more to happen.  Thank you for your prayers and support. As you watch this video, know that you had a part in making it possible.  All of the lives that have been touched, were as a result of your involvement.  I am also grateful for all of you that joined us and used your talents to serve others around the world.  Thank you for going with us and making this year a blessed year.

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Now, on with the video!

 

Japan!

We rounded out our summer leading a group in Japan.  Not a lot of teams go to Japan, so it was a huge blessing to the Japanese Christians for a group from America to come see them.  I was told stories of how there are fewer than 1% of the people professing to be Christian and it can be lonely and discouraging at times. But, to have a team come shows them there are more people like them in the world and it gives them hope and encouragement.  We got to spend time with a missionary that has been in Japan for 68 years!  He is a World War II veteran that moved to Japan as a missionary in 1950!  It is not often you get to spend time with someone like that and hear their stories and all that the Lord has done for decades.  What a blessing for us!

While in Japan, we were able to take part in a fellowship of several Japanese churches at a camp that MANNA helps support.  We also helped clean up the camp and cut down some trees to clear the land for a new dorm that will be built.  The group that came helped raise the money for the dorm and they got to cut down the first tree where it will be built.  That was pretty awesome to be a part of.  We also visited several churches and were with a church in Chofu that is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year.  We met one of the members of the church.  Her great grandfather was the last Samurai in Japan. Talk about a heritage!

Vietnam!

We just finished up our team to Vietnam and it was a great experience for everyone.  We started off the trip with a great time of fellowship and worship at church with both Vietnamese and other believers from other countries.  2 people were saved that morning!  What a way to start a trip. Later in the trip we got to work with a new school MANNA has begun helping this year and a feeding program in Saigon.  The school is called Saigon Redemption School and they are working to help tutor kids that have fallen out of the school system and help them learn to read and write.

We then helped the missionary organize a new building he is moving into with another school.  We helped move boxes of supplies, clean, and move around furniture to help them setup.  To end the trip, we spent time as part of a youth camp for Vietnamese kids.  It started off a bit crazy as the police showed up and wanted to know what was going on and why we were gathering.  A group of us got away and prayed for those who were working for the police.  Fortunately, the Lord gave us favor and we were able to host the camp unhindered.  By the end of the camp 15 youth accepted Christ as their Savior and 10 of them surrrendered to go into the ministry full-time to help their nation!  It was amazing sight to witness and a tremendous blessing.  Here are some pictures of the trip: