Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Using English Classes Show the Love of Christ
Many Cambodian people want to learn English. As an international language, English is seen as a chance for more opportunities and a better job. Myra uses her skills as an English instructor and speaker to meet this need in Cambodia. In the process Cambodians are coming to know the love of Christ.
Myra is focusing on studying the Khmer language and talking with the Cambodian people. She conducts English classes in the capital city of Phnom Penh and in rural villages and schools.She builds bridges of friendship over which the message of Christ can travel.
Email Update- Septmeber 1, 2011
“Before God uses a man, He first breaks him.”
Pain is essential for growth. I learned this truth and still learning through circumstances that God allowed in my life so that I can be like Him. It is very uncomfortable and I even told God to SLOWLY mold me because it is not pleasant when His hands are “scraping” the “unnecessary” and dirt in my life. Yes, I need to be broken so that I can serve Him better.
Yes, life is not always easy and once in a while I encounter hardship of some forms in the field and real challenges that threatens my commitment and focus. But His grace is always sufficient for me. I Praise Him!
I like this quote from Mother Theresa: “Like Jesus we belong to the world living not for ourselves but for others. The joy of the Lord is our strength.”
Yes, the joy of the Lord is my strength, indeed! (For the joy of the Lord is my strength. Nehemiah 8:10)
I don’t know what the future holds (I mean the details of what’s going to be like in terms of ministry) but I know that I am safe in His hands no matter what happens around me and whatever changes He makes or will make in my life.
PRAY FOR MY 2-MONTHS HOME ASSIGNMENT. I will leave for Cebu on October 9. Pray for people to take over the 2 English classes.
NEW English Class at home
Today I just started a new class in my small place. I have 4 new students and all single, young ladies. To save time (their free time is 11:30-12:30 at noon) and some money for transportation, I told them that we will hold the classes in my apartment and they all agreed. I also like this new set-up because it is a small group and I can easily build friendship and focus with them. I have already invited them to join the Bible study on Sunday at home. Please pray for open hearts and salvation.
“One Student’s DEVELOPMENT”
Last Wednesday, a student and I talked about CREATION in the Bible (I’ve already taught her and some students about this topic a few times before). After our Bible study, I asked her if she truly believes in God, the Creator-God. I told her that I wanted to know what she really thinks and that she does not need to agree with me. I even emphasized the word ONE GOD. (Buddhist may believe in many forms of god or gods) She then answered like this, “Yes! If there is no God then where do we come from? Where does monkey comes from and so and so forth? (She explained this in Khmer) I am happy with this development. Thanks for your prayers.
I teach English every Saturday in Baipai village and I know that teaching English is not my number goal. I want them to know Christ and grow in the knowledge of Him. Most of these students attend the Sunday worship group with Chantha and Ponlork, our Khmer volunteers. But on my side, I feel like I have not really done something more significant other than teaching English. So, two weeks ago I decided to give out a small card to each student that has a memory verse on it both in Khmer and English and I asked them to memorize it. Before the class ended we shared what we understood from those Scripture verses and also some prayer concerns.
Please pray that the Word of God will continue to speak to them as they memorize one Scripture verse every week. By doing this, I feel connected with the students and I believe that this is one way of “discipling” them. They need to be nourished regularly so that they will grow. The WORD of God is POWERFUL and I know it will bear fruit.
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