Dear Family and Friends, We Exalt the Name of Jesus! He alone is worthy of all glory and honor and praise! Greetings in the grace and truth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Apart from whom we would have no hope in this life or the life to come! A great deal has happened since our last update. There have been several changes for us over these last few months. Some where expected, but most were not. But through them all we rejoice in the faithfulness of our God whose grace is sufficient for all things that come our way.
In our last update we mentioned that we brought in our home a little girl name Heo. We are so happy to say that Heo is doing really well. We are so thankful because God is so faithful! In four months, she has gained 15 pounds and grown 11/2 inches, went from grade 1 English to grade 2, and has memorized chapter two and three of the book of James. She is getting the hang of the idea of ‘family’. She is beginning to trust us a little more each day. She seems to be enjoying herself and really cuts loose on the weekends and evenings after her homework is done. She is very diligent but yet is joker, too. She has a great sense of humor and very clever. We are really enjoying our time with her. This whole thing has really taken our language learning to a whole new level. Please continue to pray for her. Before we were moved to bring Heo into our home we visited & investigated several orphanages in hopes of finding her a home. On one such visit we were told that if we ever wanted to help support one of the older orphans we could by employment and discipleship. That’s how we met Tabitha, whose mother also died of AIDS with three children. In this culture it is expected that oldest child regardless of age should start taking care of her siblings. This meant that Tabitha had to stop going to school (6th grade) and start providing for her ailing father and two siblings. Eventually her father died a year later and they were sent by their remaining relatives to an orphanage of 130 children. We thank God that she was sent to this orphanage because it is run by a Christian couple whose passion is to see all their kids come to know the Lord. After a year of hearing the Gospel she came to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 years have past since she trusted in Christ Jesus and now she is eager to be discipled. Therefore, Andrea invited Tabitha to come live with us to work and be discipled. She jumped at the offer and we all have been blessed ever since. Tabitha recently completed her baptism classes at Shalom Church and was baptized on April 4th. She has been an awesome testimony to Heo and to the rest of the Khmer community. Please keep her in your prayers. Every Tuesday we hold the Shepherd’s Conference in our home with our fellow missionary friends. We come together for a time of fellowship, worship, and time in the Word listening to messages that I brought from the states. In a recent message by John Piper, we were all encouraged by his message entitled, “Admiring the Sovereign Mercy of Christ”. In three simple points he described that: Jesus’ mercy is tenderly moved Jesus’ mercy was self-denying Jesus’ mercy intends to help. Living in a country where darkness has had its way for so long can easily discourage us. So please pray that our constant contact with the poor, the afflicted, and the unsaved would tenderly move us to be more self-denying, and to display God’s mercy, love and compassion in practical ways for the glory of God! In the words of Job, “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last HE will take His stand on the earth. Even after my skin is destroyed, yet from my flesh I shall see God” (Job19:25-26) For His glory, BJ and Andrea Lopez Hebrew 12:1-2
BJ and Andrea Lopez