Joyce Johns

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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JOTS FROM JOYCE
MARCH 2020

We were reminded at our field retreat hat God is still on the throne despite the issues our lives and around the world. God says our times are in His hands (Psalm 31:14, 15a)

It’s been a while since I have written, so will summarize some.
I returned from a short time in the US at the beginning of Dec. Right after that we had Lao friends come to do a Christmas program in Na Ong. The people were attentive. Then in January when a short term team came, the gospel was clearly given in Lao again and about 8 people made profession to accept Jesus. Praise the Lord for His Holy Spirit’s work. Pray for Jeremy and I and others who work with us to disciple them despite some language barriers. The children and some of the women enjoy the simple teachings.

December was also a time to rejoice in Kbal Romeas. Three ladies made profession to accept Jesus when a clear message was given. Then the end of February, these 3 plus a man from the partner church was baptized. Pray for that small group, they seem to make 1 step forward and 2 steps back. We do rejoice that the children love to learn.

In the midst of rejoicing, sometimes there is sadness too. At the end of January, my Mom left this world for a better place. She didn’t suffer long at all and in all that I rejoice. Thanks for the many who sent condolences. God gave me great comfort. Then early this month inn O’Krieng village, one of the older members passed away after a long illness. It seemed to be a rather sad event as few attended. Some good news has arisen from that in that the worship services will move to that village instead of the distant place they were meeting. I am so glad God has led them to do that.

In mid-February, I had a short-term team come from my home church. They were able to experience a little culture and the ministry I do here. It was a good time for them to make new relationships and have a broader understanding.

As for other events, I still meet with some students and single teachers. As I write this, these events are on hold due to the temporary closing of all schools and colleges.
Some good news for me. I have teammates. Cecilia from C&MA Philippines came to ST the beginning of January. Cameron an apprentice from Oregon is in language study at the moment and will come to ST sometime later in April. The Farmer family who has been here before is now seconded to us, so we are more than one!! It means I can divide out some of the workload.

Additional info from our Colorado office and our field in relation to COVID 19
Cambodia is not yet on lock down. And our team is actively involved in ministry, but in more limited ways.

One of the huge challenges is the amounts of very inaccurate and even dangerous advice that is being posted on Facebook a round Cambodia. The Lord has been using the Alliance Mission Cambodia team by helping the Cambodian church utilize social media in ways that it never has before. There is a brand new KEC Media team led by one of our missionaries and 5 Cambodian young adults. They have been producing about 2 videos a week over the past couple weeks, most of them somehow connected with COVID-19. The government mandated that March 22 was the first Sunday that churches in Cambodia be closed around the country because of the virus. Therefore the media team has been actively involved with producing videos

Some of us have been distributing flyers re COVID 19 as many people are not sure what it is or what to do. This can allay some of the fears. People are quite receptive to this

Across the globe, Alliance international workers remain in over 60 countries, following local government protocols and restricting unnecessary travel. Some workers in high-risk categories for COVID-19 have relocated to where medical access is more readily available.

The Alliance office in Colorado Springs remains open, though many are working from home, and donations and checks can still be received. If you give through your local church and their doors are currently closed, please know you can support us online. Visit cmalliance.org/give and choose “GCF” or choose “international worker” and type in the IW’s name.
The effects of COVID – 19 are being felt in our US and the C&MA is facing a significant financial shortfall and expect that may continue into the next fiscal year.

Please pray for discernment, for protection, and for a new openness to the gospel.

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

Praise:
-good health amidst the virus
-encouraging prayer retreat
-students studying Abundant Life

Pray:
-team relationships
-those in Na Ong- believers and others; also pray for a solution to their water shortage
-wisdom for all of us in the midst of this virus
-vehicle
Blessings to all of you who faithfully give when you are able. Thanks also for those who keep in touch by email and other means. You can go to www.cmalliance.org/give and choose whatever category you would like to give towards.

May God keep you in good health during this time as well.

Together in His service, Joyce Johns

Cambodia

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Updated: March 30, 2020

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Cambodia
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Stung Treng,
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