Joyce Johns

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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JOTS FROM JOYCE
MAY 2021

Greetings,
Amidst a lot of changes, God is still the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He is our Rock when situations are shaky and He is our peace in the midst of storms.

It took a while for COVID to move around to our part of the world and it came in like a storm. Last year with the mild strain, there wasn’t much concern and there were zero deaths. The new strain that rolled in around mid-February has left the government a little shaky about how to weather this storm. Since Feb 20th, there have been about 150 deaths. The government has put restrictions of several kinds: curfews, travel bans, and lockdowns especially in areas in and around Phnom Penh. Praise for the government as they actively work, giving vaccines, and now trying to help relieve food issues as people are without work and shops and markets are closed as well as some factories. With restrictions it is difficult to go out and there is little money. Some organizations besides C&MA are working with locals to deliver food. If you are interested in making donations, go to this link for CAMA https://secure.camaservices.org/camagive/ Look for the box that says disaster relief. Pray that people will have food and other items they need and will see the love of God through Christian organizations. Sometimes tracts are included in packets.

In the provincial areas there are some COVID cases, but no heavy lockdowns (only a few small villages), some curfews, and wearing masks and practicing hygiene. Last month we did go to one village who requested masks, hand sanitizer, soap, and couple of thermometers. We met on the outskirts as they were careful about letting people in. We have not been able to go to Na Ong (Lao village) but call to check in on them. Even so, Proin and Syma continue work at learning Lao language and we still have Lao ministry prayer time. Pray for ways to keep encouraging church groups.

Have you ever felt that your life was just ZOOMING by? From April 18th- 24th, much time was spent on zoom for meetings regarding Field review (they do once every 5 years) about the past 5 years, what is happening now, and where we are going. Most everyone on the team is interviewed and recommendations are made for adjustments to our field strategy. That was then followed by our field leadership team meeting by zoom, besides teaching students by zoom, and some sessions on health care by zoom. Will be joyful to talk face to face again. Praise for technology that allows us to meet.

Stung Treng team items: Cameron’s arm and wrist are healing well, has the sling off and starting some physiotherapy. Cecilia is hopefully on a May 27th flight to the Philippines to see her father who has failing health and just to get a break. Pray for no flight cancelation again.
Cameron, Cecilia, and I teach students online though connections in some villages are not always so clear, but good to keep in contact. The Farmer family and Brooke are doing well trying to keep a steady course in home schooling. Praise for a good team.
In addition to those items, I have an extra responsibility as our field director goes on home assignment. As assistant field director, I have stepped into the role of acting field director for 2 months and then the next assigned field director returning from home assignment will take it from there. Pray for God’s wisdom to lead and that not being in Phnom Penh the whole time will not be a hindrance. Praise for the good office staff that are trying to be flexible amidst lockdown areas.

Thank you for praying and giving for support and various ministries. There are a few changes in giving beginning in July. You can specify, but in fact the money will go into a general fund for each missionary and we can use it according to the budget that we have. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. You can still give through www.camalliance.org/give and look for my name. You can also give towards the Labensiek church as a project special.

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

Pray for:
-Missionaries that are planning to come and some going over the next few weeks who will need to COVID testing, quarantine, and extra expenses (coming into Cambodia)
-Containment of COVID 19 and that vaccines will continue to be available and effective
-Believers to stand firm in faith these days especially if they cannot meet like they normally would.
-Proin and Syma (Esther too) will continue to adjust especially in language learning

Cambodia

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Updated: May 18, 2021

Children's Names
Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Cambodia
Address
PO Box 9506
Stung Treng, Stung Treng,
CAMBODIA

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