David and Mi Rebok

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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“Song of Cambodia”
Dave+Mi Rebok, Phnom Penh, September 2019

Until We Meet Again…

Mi’s Mom left us on July 9 for a better world. One of Mi’s many grannies had left us 3 years earlier. One by one, off we go. We will eventually be hanging out together somewhere. Mi’s Mom had been a believer nearly all of her life, as her Dad was a pastor. She left 4 daughters (Mi is the oldest) plus 10 grandkids, and 8 great-grandkids. All 8 of them are 3 years old or younger, and can’t figure out where she went. She was 76, and made the grade apparently, as she was on the internet up, down, and sideways at the hands of everyone she knew who has a facebook account. In this magical age of electrons, there is no better sign that someone is loved. Miss you, Ma!

Steel Orchids

Not to be confused with the cast in the Hollywood film Steel Magnolias, we had a women’s conference in Phnom Penh this month. As you can guess, they love getting together for a day to lift each other up, and to lift up Jesus Christ, who is their purpose for convening in the first place.

Whenever I think of the unity of women, I am always reminded of this movie, and nothing would make me happier than to see the women of Cambodia united in prayer, in purpose, and in ministry, reaching out to each other and to the rest of the country whose women so desperately need affirmation that they have value and have received spiritual gifts to be used to make a difference in this broken world. Orchids are native to SE Asia, they are fragile, and they pass away. But if we see the women of the region grow in character and conviction more solid than steel, then we can be certain their actions will be witnessed and emulated by future generations. The next generation is our target, and they live among us now!

Please pray…

*** for our clan to go on without our Moms on both sides of the ocean. The way in which Khmer people grieve is no different from us Westerners. They cry, they tell stories, they collect photos, and they pick up the pieces and get on with their lives.
*** for the women’s ministry across Cambodia, that they will encourage each other to live in a way that has an unmistakable impact on this culture, that their faith would be stainless steel, and that all of us guys would be bowled over in amazement at their love and accomplishments.
*** for the men’s ministry nationwide, that men would possess the initiative and have the strength to take the reins of leadership in churches and families, which would in turn be solidified in harmony, knowing that pastors, husbands, and fathers love them sacrificially, just as Jesus loves His worldwide church.
*** for new tax laws in Cambodia. As the government ministries and the tax department duke it out, we receive a lot of conflicting information. We wait for clarity, and in the end we hope, being a not-for-profit organization, that we won’t have to take a big hit.
*** 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

The first two pages were very girly, so it’s time for some guys. You may be wondering, and the answer is yes, men’s ministry is alive and well. Our clan is mostly girls age 2 up to 70-something, but we have a few guys whose future depends on their courage to be strong and tender at the same time, giving the best possible assurance to this clan that all are in good hands. Two of our favorite guys are our nephew Rith and his two-year-old son Jason, taking a rest in the shade in Khmer people’s favorite furniture, namely the hammock, next to the Mekong River.

At our house, all the kids, not just the 3-and-unders, have seemingly infinite energy. Even though our house in Illinois was fully carpeted, living under my parents’ roof was refereed as a non-contact sport. Young guys in Phnom Penh, however, in a house with tiles in lieu of carpet, and a cement yard where there ought to be grass, never fail to engage in energy release in the form of what my Dad called “rough-housing.” Every evening when I come home from work, the boys have new fight stories to tell, complete with cuts and bruises to back up their respective sides of the account. Which don’t agree, I might add. Where am I going with this? May those of us who are believers offer stability (faith of steel) as we live among our clan, and may they see said faith for what it is, the light and love of Jesus.

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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 3.24.2020

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

2. for the budget process which was very complex as usual, but seemed to go smoothly enough, so we are thankful for that step. The next step is the possibility of current year budget cuts, and we would ask for wisdom for the Colorado office as they dig through every detail of all our countries’ budgets. If we thought doing Cambodia’s budget was a job, we in Cambodia need to remember what Colorado goes through every year!

3. for Somaly at the Mekong Island Church, who had a mini-stroke in Feb and a second stroke in March. She’s only 49 years old. She can still speak, and now, though her left side is limp, she can stand by herself and walk with a walker.

4. for Dave+Mi whose trip to America in April just got cancelled. Our new plan is to go in spring 2021. Dave hasn’t seen his family since 2017, and is not happy about this major alteration, but we know it is the right thing to do.

5. for a lady named Sakon who is 70+ and just found out she has cancer. She was my first language tutor in 1994 and a very sweet lady.

6. for churches and other places which have been strongly encouraged to have meetings of no more than 10 people at once. Naturally we are all hoping Cambodia will not need a nationwide lockdown in the near future.

Many thanks! Dave+Mi Rebok

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Updated: March 24, 2020

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