Cambodian Update 3/29


Sorry it took so long to get back to posting. Hope to do better in the future. Anyway I said in my last post that I wanted to tell you all more about the students I am working with, so here goes:
First I want to tell you about Pheaktra (pronounced like Petra). He has been a Christian for a little over 3 years. I first met him 3 years ago, the last time I was here. He was just a new Christian then and spoke very little English. The Lord has had his hand on Pheaktra from the beginning. Not long after he became a Christian he was asked to go out to one of the village churches to give his testimony. He stopped to get gas at a local station and also decided to fill out a form for a gas card (not unlike our card where you get free gas after every so many fill ups). Anyway, he had just finished filling out the form and started to walk over to the attendant to give it to him when suddenly a large steel beam from a construction site next door broke loose and crashed down exactly where he had been standing just seconds before. He says that at that time he realized 2 things, the enemy did not want him to go and that God was watching over him. His English is now much improved and getting better all the time.
He hopes to be able to act as an interpreter for the mission team next year. He told me when I got here that he had been praying for 3 years that the Lord would send someone he could learn English from (lessons with native speakers are too expense for college students to afford). So when Savy in Salt Lake City called him in January and told him to look for an apt for me, he was thrilled.  
There is no question that Preaktra is now the leader of the group here in Phnom Penh. His faith in the Lord to take care of every situation is amazing. As is his clear love of the Lord. He is not only eager to learn more of God’s word but wants to see the others learn it as well. He is constantly reviewing the sessions with them to be sure they understood everything and encouraging them to ask more questions. 
He is also acting as a go between for the US based Vineyard Cambodian Partnership and the local pastors, whom he keeps in touch with through Facebook and Messenger. In January he made many of the arrangements for the mission team. He also makes regular trips out to the villages to preach and get to know them and their needs better. All this while attending Phnom Penh University where he is a dental student. Right now he is in the middle of exams, so please keep him in your prayers.
Next time I will tell you about one of the other students.