The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Ps 23:1
The months running upto March were incredible and so fulfilling. After getting back from an Iris Global leaders retreat in Indonesia there seemed to be an explosion of fruitfulness. God started breaking out in healings and signs and wonders at the Dream Centre with multiple kids getting healed and encountering and God and being forever marked by his presence. Other kids even having gold dust on their skin after receiving prayer. (some of you have received some testimonies by email – to sign up for our emailprayer updates click here)
We saw some of our local Khmer neighbours getting radically touched by Jesus and transformed and they then went on the spread the flame and saw other people saved and delivered.
We also had some great visitors including an incredible team sent out to do heart ministry to our whole team and a visit from a wonderful couple from our home church in the UK. It was a blessed time but it was a full time.
In the period leading upto mid march I (Steve) was also the closest to burnout I had ever been. Not just because of tiredness but also because heart issues that I had started to notice and I knew needed dealing with. Thankfully He gave us rest at just the right time.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
In the middle of March we were able to go back to the UK for a break. After a couple of weeks of rest we were blessed to be able to receive some personal one on one ministry up in Scotland with a ministry called “Restoring the Foundations” (RTF) .
With the constant pressures of serving on the front line in a dark spiritual environment we both saw areas where we needed greater freedom and healing in our hearts.
The week of RTF ministry impacted us both significantly. Jesus used it to bring great healing and freedom in so many areas of our lives. During one of the sessions I received a life changing revelation of the Father heart of God which led to much breakthrough in that area of my relationship with Him. (For more information about the ministry and how it works this is the website www.restoringthefoundations.org).
God was so faithful to provide what we needed just when we needed it, including a miraculous provision of funds.
The rest of our time in the UK was an incredible gift and blessing. We were able to connect with and catch up with some of our wonderful friends and family there and Grace was blessed to spend some time with her cousins and grandparents! She also learned to walk during this time (now she is running around everywhere)!
Over the last few times since being back in the UK we have begun a relationship with a wonderful church in our home town called City Church NE Lincs. Some of our family have been attending for a while and the church has embraced us and have been such a blessing and encouragement to us; often going out of their way to bless us. One Sunday we had the opportunity to share about Cambodia and some of the exciting things God is doing.
At the end of April it was time to return to this beautiful nation and we travelled back feeling refreshed, encouraged and ready for the season ahead
Since coming back to Cambodia we have been in this theme of transition, freshness and newness. God is doing big things and it involves big changes.
In Sihanoukville we are currently looking for some additional paid Khmer team members and are transitioning from the old Dream Centre site to a brand new piece of land which is higher up the hill and feels like a bit of an upgrade! It is an empty piece of land so we get a blank canvass to build and grow on. We are also in the season of having some of our amazing team members back in the States for a break and we have a new family of five wonderful missionaries who have come to join our team down here! They have been in Cambodia 6 years and they are a great addition to our team!
He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Ps 23:3
In the midst of all this transition some big questions have come up for us as a family to pray about and consider. Our International Directors have asked us to consider something that we are currently in the process of praying and seeking the Lord on. It is a decision which is quite big for us as a family and for both teams in Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh and so is not to be taken likely.
Whatever we decide we really pray it will be God’s best. We came out here for Jesus for His Glory, for His name and for His will. We didn’t come out here to build a big successful ministry for ourselves or a name for ourselves we came out to Cambodia for Him alone.
We didn’t come out for comfort, consistency, for ease or to have a nice time, we came to Cambodia for Him so above all we are praying that whatever the cost, the potential discomfort, or any other challenges that this decision could bring we pray that we will have the faith and the ability to say Yes to Him, for Him and not for us.
Please pray for us as we continue to seek Him on this one.
…to be continued…
Steve, Mollie and baby Gracie.