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Cambodian New Year – Cultural Context:
Since eternity past, Satan strives to steal worship from the only God worthy of it.
Khmer New Year, by far the most anticipated Cambodian holiday, is a three-day event in mid-April. Cambodians are taught that angels who protect the nation undergo a “changing of the guard”. At a time annually announced by the prime minister, Cambodians bow and worship “angels” (2 Cor 11:14), expressly forbidden by God’s Word (Col 2:18).
Cambodians also offer them a sacrifice. For example, for the “year of the monkey”, an appropriate sacrifice on the altar would be bananas. After three days, people are permitted to eat the food offered to demons.
Community and family pressure the reluctant (e.g. Christians) with, ‘You are Khmer; therefore, you are Buddhist.’
Praise the Lord for the insight from my Cambodian language & culture teacher. I started prayerfully planning teachings to combat this with Bible truth (ex. Col 2:18; Ex 20:3-6; Acts 5:27-29; Rev 22:8-9).
“Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus” Colossians 1:28
Ex-LGBTQ Discipleship – “R”:
Recent convert “R” and I have been making steady progress washing out the lies of the world with the inspired, inerrant Word of God. Praise the Lord!
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2
LGBTQ Evangelism – “K”:
“K” has joined me for church three times. At 22 years old, like most unmarried Cambodians, he lives with his parents and helps with the family business – selling second-hand clothing along the road.
The second time I picked him up, his mom scolded him in front of me – ‘Cambodians are Buddhist! We do not believe in Jesus!’ After some pleading, she allowed him to go.
When the pastor finished preaching, he handed off to a young Cambodian to share testimony – how she handled the challenge of honoring parents while putting Jesus first. There is no way this was coincidence. God provided guidance specific to his challenge. Praise the Lord!
Although he is not yet ready to give his life to Christ (and I appreciate his honesty), I asked if he feels anything during worship. He replied, ‘sro-sreye’, which is ‘fresh’. Praise the Lord for each step!
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9
LGBTQ Evangelism – “O” (2+ hrs away):
Last you heard of “O” (January’s update), local pastor was not willing to welcome him for worship. Churches rejecting the LGBTQ is a global epidemic. This was an opportunity to prayerfully troubleshoot a workaround.
Unable to force pastors to accept the LGBTQ, the only option is to provide a middle ground for strengthening the wounded for release “into the wild”.
Taking it easy, I returned to the salon, took him and another transgender co-worker to eat. He loves to read, which works out well. We read “The Prodigal Son”, accompanying Scripture and prayed together.
While in the area, I returned to the same church. Pastor was away. As is often the case, the pastor’s wife was much more welcoming of those with “unusual struggles” than the pastor is. She assured me to tell “O”, ‘Don’t be afraid to join for worship.’
Praise the Lord for each step!
“By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.” Proverbs 25:15
Neighborhood Youth Ministry:
The kids are learning to multiply. We walked through the neighborhood and shared the gospel with several families. Praise the Lord!
“Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” Hebrews 10:38
Drug Rehab Center:
Wife of a worship leader friend serves at a drug rehab center and invited me to share with the guys.
‘People are not willing to look up until they are on their backs (hit rock bottom),’ as they say. I shared the gospel and my testimony to dispel the myth that “deep sin” is unforgivable (1 Tim 1:15). We worshipped and prayed together. It was a tremendous blessing. Praise the Lord!
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
LGBTQ Outreach to Rural Farming Community (2+ hrs away):
The Lord convicted to go out there on Saturday afternoon. I checked at the church to make sure service times had not changed. Leader there sent me to the pastor’s house. He was not home, but his daughter, aware of my story, brought out her son who struggles with homosexuality and substance abuse.
We talked and walked through Scripture. After Pastor arrived, we had a group discussion using my testimony as proof that “Jesus can do this!” Ultimately he said he was not ready to give his life to Christ. Having done my duty, we prayed together.
Next day, I rounded up the the willing from the two target families and went to church. On the spot again, the deacon/elder asked me to preach. ‘Don’t Worship Angels‘ was the message I had prepared. A few in the small congregation looked as though they were about to climb out of their skin.
After church, mothers of “Barber” and “Tailor” prepared a delicious lunch for us. Praise the Lord!
“For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” Ephesians 4:12
“10,000 Reasons” in Khmer:
Language teacher has been teaching me hymns and worship songs. The Lord empowers. Praise God!
Click to Watch Video – 10,000 Reasons, Khmer language.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” Psalm 103:1
Discussion with Joshua Berglan of Live Mana Worldwide:
Joshua has an intense testimony that the Lord is using to reach those who feel that they have gone too far to be forgiven. And he is not afraid to share it. It was a blessing to exchange war stories. Praise the Lord!
Click to Watch Video – Discussing respective “deep sin” testimonies (1 hr, 15 mins).
“But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” Genesis 50:20
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Ways to Partner:
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– Conviction, eyes to see and ears to hear for the LGBT.
– That seeds would bear fruit, that the Lord would raise up Cambodian evangelists.
– Revival for the U.S. church – that we would stand for difficult truth in these days no matter what the cost.
– Pray for our marriage and the promised son.
– Financial support to keep me in the field doing what I am called to do.
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“You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
“Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind,”