Joyce Johns

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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JOTS FROM JOYCE
CHRISTMAS 2018

Christmas greetings
During this year, it seems there have been many unexpected events around the world. American Thanksgiving has just passed with the reminder to give thanks every day, even for unexpected events. Now Christmas is just ahead, and we are reminded why we give thanks, Jesus is the reason for the season. He knows the events of the past, present, and future.

I have mentioned Hang and his family in my last 2 newsletters. He now has artificial arms, enough for basic functions, and he is adjusting to using them. We are assisting with a better house, which should be finished soon. I am glad for the family that is helping to oversee the project. They are strong in their faith and speaking truths into the lives of Hang and Srey Leang. The altar that had been built has now been torn down. Hang knows it was of no value. Pray that Hang and Srey Leang will open their hearts to God this Christmas.

In O’Krieng, in the village of Srei Ampil, there is now a small structure for a school building, but there needs to be a good foundation laid too. Praise too for the bridge that crosses the creek as supplies will need to be transported for the school building. A Khmer American church has helped with funds for the building and given school uniforms. The village kids, about 50 who mostly have never gone to school, are now meeting in the small existing house (also a temporary worship place) on the land. The government has given permission, but the kids will have some Christian education along with the regular subjects through a Christian teacher. Pray for all who are helping at the school and for the students who will study. Pray that God would be honored in that place.

One of the widows I visit recently told me of a dream in which she saw God standing nearby and He nodded His head. She in fact never heard about Jesus until her husband was in the hospital back in August. Recently she was on the back of a motorbike which ran into someone else and Long fell off the back. She had some injuries, but praise God, no broken bones. She asked me to pray for her healing and she repeats something to the same effect as I pray. Long says she would like to go to a Christmas celebration with me, so pray that God would really speak to her heart, not just be someone in her dreams.

In Kbal Romeas, like most other villages, people have been busy with rice harvest. The few believers there, are now studying basic literacy and Abundant Life orally. It seems in the last month that they are binding together more, maybe because they are getting a little persecution and especially since some church leaders from Mondul Kiri came to encourage them. Pray that the Christmas celebration there will draw more people into the circle of believers and then spread out. Things seem to move slow, but God is more interested in our perseverance than quick faith. Pray too for a worker from Mondul Kiri to come and help, Bunong to Bunong would be great.

Together in His service, Joyce Johns

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

Pray for:
- Christmas celebrations throughout Cambodia to be God honoring and hearts open to receiving Jesus
- Pert and Pyal as they continue to assist me and for God’s plan for them in the New Year
- Family members with health issues
- Nursing and Midwifery students in their 3rd year as they prepare for their finals
- God to bring a few Christians into the nursing school this coming year

Praise for:
- the larger group of missionaries with whom we fellowship here in Stung Treng
- a little cooler weather
- all of you who continue to support and bless through emails, care packages, etc. You can give online at www.cmalliance.org, log in and look for my name. If any questions, let me know.
May God give you wonderful Christmas celebrations and remind you of the daily hope that we have.

Cambodia

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Updated: December 03, 2018

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Field Assignment
Country of Service
Cambodia
Address
PO Box 9506
Stung Treng
Stung Treng,
CAMBODIA

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