David and Mi Rebok

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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“Song of Cambodia”
Dave+Mi Rebok, Phnom Penh, July 2020

Open Windows

Our King Jesus is at work advancing His kingdom in Cambodia. We who try our hand at this operate only in open windows. In 1975 the Khmer Rouge regime closed us down for nearly 4 years, then the occupation of a communist country for 10 more years kept missionaries at bay until we could go back into the region in early 1990. God has His reasons and His timing. He knows what He’s doing. We get strapped in, and hang on for the ride. I showed up in 1994, after the opening. For 30 years, we have had freedom… to walk on eggs. “What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.” (Revelation 3:7)

You Go First

New Jerusalem Church in Phnom Penh met in decent-sized groups before the government closed gatherings of more than 10 people. The corona virus is almost non-existent here, as they make it difficult for tourists to get in and out. We pray and watch this invisible bug.

Before church closings, there had been some hushed talk about the larger churches splitting into smaller ones, in order to spread the love around this city of at least 2 million. The reason they don’t talk at high volume is because this notion of dividing isn’t popular. It is done in the US with successful results, and another way in which it helps is that those who sit in church too quietly often don’t want to be pushed to grow. If the group is small, no one goes unnoticed. In Jesus’ kingdom which requires believers to grow, being pushed is a tool for encouraging everyone to discover how they can all find and employ their spiritual gifts.

And of course, we always have the next generation to create visions for. I had a youth leader who used to remind us that without this generation’s tough love shown to “the leaders of tomorrow” all the efforts of today’s leaders will disappear into a sinkhole. Thank God I had leaders before me who knew how to utilize metaphors I couldn’t forget if I wanted to.

Pastor David at New Jerusalem opened his house first. He knew that in order for this model of church multiplication to get off the ground, he would have to pilot the lead plane in formation. He always asks if I have any ideas, but it’s interesting how every time I get a hunch, he does one better. He and I have been meeting one-on-one for years, and he still “wants to know” so I come up with something. He thinks about it, lets it ripen in the sun, and consults others (always a good idea, especially when any idea originates with me). Then he comes back and puts a spin on it that only Asian people would ever dream up. And he’s right every time. So in this odd mix of East Meets West, somehow God uses us all to arrive at solutions. We all stand back, and we bask in knowing God was behind it from the start!

Please pray…

*** Yes, we have Covid and rumors of Covid, though not many cases, and the government is taking care to keep it outside the country’s borders. But now that it’s rainy season again, we can’t forget the ever-present threat of dengue fever and the fragility of small children who die from it every year. The tiger mosquito attacks everywhere, urban or rural, day or night.
*** for all church members to recognize their gifts, and for the older leaders to help the younger ones find their way out of their shell so they can lead the next generation.
*** for the AIDS project that Mi oversees. We thank God that the volunteers and the local coordinator have been faithful to carry on this work for many years, and that the funding has always been adequate. Thank you for helping to make this a reality.
*** for new tax laws in Cambodia. Government authorities and the tax department in flux for a long time, we receive a lot of conflicting information. In the end we hope, being a not-for-profit organization, that we won’t have to take a big hit. The tax liability, if we can’t continue to get around it legally, will set us back at least $100,000 per year. Yikes!
*** for our open window of ministry opportunity, that the political horizon will continue to allow freedom of religion. In many Asian countries, this is not the case, and we want to see our local leaders take advantage of this, boldly reach out, and strike while the iron is hot.

Side Street

Mi’s Mom left us last year in July, but it’s sort of like she’s “still around.” Cambodian people don’t reminisce openly for the most part, as they tend to live in the present realities which occupy their time, use up all their energy, and ignite all their frustration. I wish my family members over here would take time to simmer in past memories, so as not to get stuck in the present. The never-ending quest to strike a balance between past and present. Hmm… I have learned more than I ever thought possible, living among these people and immersing in their trials and tribulations.

May Mi & I never stop learning from each other. And may all of us foreigner-types and local Christians alike live up to these words of our King: “I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” (Revelation 3:8)

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Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

Please see prayer requests in letter above.....

.....and please pray for these things below which are updated monthly.

Updated 9.26.2020

1. for all our relatives in America and Asia who are not yet believers.

2. for our cousin Thy (“tea”) age 39 who has advanced cancer, that she would be healed, or at least that she would be free of pain by the meds given to her. At this point, she has refused to continue her chemotherapy. She just accepted Jesus this month, and lives with her Mom who is a believer.

3. for a young lady we know who was severely abused by her husband and is in a shelter, that she would not give in to her notions of leaving the shelter and returning to the abusive situation, as she has been hinting.

4. for a girl named Seth age 16, who has a leg badly damaged in a motorbike accident, and is still in the hospital after 4 months, that she would finally be healed.

5. for Mi’s new ministry assignment helping hospital patients and assisting our teammates with patients who are transported from distant villages, so they can receive care they need.

Many thanks! Dave+Mi Rebok

Cambodia

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Updated: September 26, 2020

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Field Assignment
Country of Service
Cambodia
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c/o Greg & Julie Connon
5920 Whirlwind Dr
Colorado Springs, CO 80923

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