1/23/2023 4 Comments
Some good news from Cambodia
Jesus has been doing some wonderful things over the last few months. There are lots of testimonies and many things to be thankful for. We have included some pictures below with some text briefly describing each one (hover your mouse over/ click on the images below to see each description):
We have regular ministry with the street kids on the riverside. One night when I was sharing there were a few new faces so I shared a gospel message then we got to pray for some of the kids. A few of them got healed, one kid got healed of headaches another said he felt fear leave as we prayed and another received healing in his leg after asking for prayer for bad knee pain. We then asked them if they would like to receive a blessing from Holy Spirit. Lots of them got touched by God’s love and kindness. Two of them in-particular seemed touched by God’s love for them.
We had a team from Perth, Australia visit our railway slum community and after kids club they did some family visits with our social workers. They got to pray for some people and we saw Jesus do some miracles. One lady had intense pain in her legs from back damage, after two lots of prayer Jesus fully healed her and she felt no more pain! She readily decided to receive Jesus' into her heart! Another lady received healing in her body and her eyes which were sore also felt better after the team prayed.
We got to give new school uniforms out to the children who were on the stop for the one programme and preach the gospel to their parents. Out of the 18 parents that came I counted 8 of them put their hands up to receive Jesus! Please pray for us as we disciple them and at least 2 others that received Jesus during this time (during the Australian team house visits.) (Photo by Iris Phnom Penh).
During our adults discipleship programme in the community we work in we had a time of testimonies. Three of them contributed and shared how they got completely healed by Jesus after prayer from the visiting team. That created an atmosphere of faith in the room. After praying for them at the end of the discipleship time two others testified of being healed of different issues in their bodies and others testified of feeling peace and all heaviness leaving. Please pray for the others who got touched/ healed or put their hands up to receive Jesus the week before but didn’t yet come and please pray for more men in this community to be impacted by the glorious gospel that sets us free.
Our team were able to find somewhere to live for a family that were at risk and living in their tuk tuk. We found them a place in a community we didn’t even know about before. (The room we found for them already had murals of Jesus on the walls! We are praying that this place is an open door into this community and a strong discipleship group can be established here). We have started a family discipleship group in this (unreached) community and in the first meeting of the new year another family from that community joined in with them also!
During our team retreat our bus driver was powerfully impacted. He had walked away from the Christian faith in 2003 but as He was sitting around watching the meetings he was so touched by the presence of God and our team’s love that He stood up on the last night and repented and rededicated his life to Jesus! 20 years and Jesus has got him back in His fold! He got baptised the following morning!
Thank you so much for praying along side us, giving support and being such a huge encouragement! You are a part of this work also and contributing to the victory with every prayer, gift and encouragement that you bring.
(All of the above testimonies and prayer requests above were shared in our Signal Messenger update prayer group and is a more regular way to stay updated from us and receive our prayer requests click this link if you are interested in joining it ).
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10/14/2022 1 Comment
Back in the Kingdom of Wonder
We are so thankful to be back in the kingdom of wonder and we have so much anticipation for all that will happen here. We arrived just over 2 months ago and it feels like so much longer ! We hit the ground running as the kids started their school straight away and so our first few weeks we focused on getting them settled in. They are really happy and well loved by their new friends and teachers. We also spent the first month or so getting out house straight and adjusting back into a city that has changed so much in the five years that we have been away!
God really went before us and while we were in the UK a dear friend and someone who served with us before in Cambodia felt God ask her to give us all her furniture. This was an incredibly generous gift and helped so much as we weren’t starting from scratch. Now everyday I am reminded of Gods provision as I see all my friend’s beautiful things around me!
We have really loved reuniting with our old team mates and meeting the new ones. Every Monday we have “family time”, a time of prayer and worship with our team and it has been really special! We are really thankful for each of our team members!
We are looking forward and planning to connect with our team on even deeper levels and we truly believe the more unity and love in our team the greater the impact we can have. We have so much belief and confidence in each of our Cambodian team and we long to help champion and serve them in anyway we can.
We have started going more consistently to the projects and outreaches we are involved with. It is in this times of outreaches we feel so full of Gods pleasure! I remember over 10 years ago Jesus gave me a picture of finding Him in the slums and on the Riverside/Red light area. It is something I always things about when I am in those locations and surrounded by such hopelessness, poverty and lack; I remember His promise to me that He is right there and as soon as I fix my eyes on Him again I watch as He moves on our kids and our families in awe and wonder. Everytime we go out on outreaches people are always hungry for prayer and a touch of God and its been wonderful to see people be healed and touched by His presence (see the little slide show below for some more testimonies during these outreaches and some other praise reports!)
We had the opportunity during the holidays here to go visit our old hometown on the coast. We lived there for two years in between living in Phnom Penh. It has changed beyond recognition, which was a little sad. However the people we love there and the communities we worked with were just the same and it was incredible to be reunited with them.
After returning back we had a worried mum call our team about her daughter and another girl (15 & 17 years old) that had been trafficked to a massage parlour in this town on the coast and were trapped and not allowed to leave.
So our amazing team and some friends down there pursued the rescue of these girls. The work they did plus the miraculous answer to prayers from all around the world led to the girls getting released and sent home after only a few hours! God is so faithful !
Moving across continents to a land where you can understand only some of the language (it’s slowly coming back) and where everything is so different (it’s very hot all the time), with 3 young children and so much to learn it has honestly felt very vulnerable. I have certainly been confronted with my weakness and my humanity many times. There have been so many times I have wanted to complain; complain about the heat, the smell, my discomfort, my inability to do the things in the way I want to, my inability to solve all the need around me … the constant sweating …the trash that is everywhere…. But its at those times I have realised its an invitation for me to tap into the greater reality of the kingdom and the joy that comes from thankfulness and praise. It’s been really cool to see how my years at Bethel have had such an impact on the way I see situations and the hope that rises up in me when its hard. I am learning how to see beauty in the midst of the mess.
We have been so blessed by the kindness of our community here and especially our co-directors Jillian and Mitch and Sdam ; they have loved us so well in so many practical ways. We are sometimes feeling the great loss of not being close to our families here but we know God does provide everything we need and is bringing us people who can journey with us in Cambodia.
We want to thank you all for being such a support to us ! We feel so held and covered by such an incredible group of people. We couldn’t do this without you guys ! He is worthy of it all.
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Thank you all so much for all of your love and support and prayers.
All our love from over here,
Mollie, Steve, Gracie, Benjy and baby Abigail
7/1/2022 6 Comments
Ready to Set Out
Jesus is faithful, we say it a lot, but time and time again when there has been many reasons to doubt and question God, in the end He has shown himself strong and completely trustworthy.
It turned out us staying an extra 6+ months instead of heading straight to Cambodia in January was in God’s plan all along. Even though the required brain scans that caused the delay were necessary, they came back all clear eventually.
In the meantime we found out the underlying cause of my (Steve’s) fatigue. A close family member suggested I had a food tolerance test (a simple blood test) and the results came back that I was intolerant to wheat, cows milk, coffee(!) and some other things. As soon as we cut those things out of my diet I had full 100% energy again. Energy levels I haven’t had in about 7 years!
Not only did the extra time bring clarity on my health but it also enabled us to make an extra trip back to Redding, California to get the rest of our stuff, see some close friends and have time in a place that is very special to our hearts.
Jesus used this time to do some things that absolutely astounded us and powerfully ministered to our hearts (click here to watch a video we recorded with bethel while we were out there). Not only did He hugely minister to us but He also impacted our kids. Particularly our oldest child Grace who one night -while she was praying - Jesus walked into her room, told her He loved her, as He said that -she said she, “felt lightning going through her body”. She seemed so impacted after that moment she wanted to tell everyone!
This once again reminds us that we can not only trust Jesus with our very lives and destiny in Him, but we can also trust Him with the precious hearts of our children as we transition to a completely new place with Him in this chapters ahead.
We have booked flights to fly to Cambodia at the beginning of August and are so excited for the things that Jesus has planned!
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THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! - TO EVERYONE OF YOU WHO HAS SUPPORTED, ENCOURAGED, PRAYED FOR US AND WHO STANDS ALONGSIDE US ! WE COULD NOT DO THIS WITHOUT YOU ALL ! YOU ARE A HUGE PART OF THIS JOURNEY AND WE THANK GOD FOR YOU!