“God has ascended with a shout, the Lord, with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a skillful psalm. God reigns over the nations, God sits on His holy throne. The princes of the people have assembled themselves as the people of the God of Abraham, for the shields of the earth belong to God; He is highly exalted.” Psalm 47:5-9.
Dear Friends at WHCC, Greetings from Cambodia! Can I be honest???? Most days we definitely feel like foreigners living in a strange land. Some days it feels like we live on the other side of the world….then there are other days when it feels like another planet!! Knowing that BJ and Nathan have been able to be with you these past weeks has been very encouraging for us, but it has also caused us to miss you! Thank you for sharing of yourself with them, and thank you for welcoming them back with open arms! We’re glad for their time with you, but also can’t wait for them to return this coming Wednesday! As we complete our day here, we recognize that today is Faith Promise Sunday at West Hills. Thank you for your faithful support of the ministry here in Cambodia through Faith Promise, and we pray that God would grow and extend the global influence of West Hills. Our prayer is that the necessary resources would be released through the body, and that laborers would be thrust into the Harvest!! Perhaps God is moving in your heart to join an existing work somewhere in the world (we are praying that God would continue to grow our team here!) or even pioneer a new work – regardless, we’re praying for you! Despite living with the daily reality of being separated from loved ones, every so often there seems to be days when the geographical/cultural/linguistic chasm is bridged…..at least a little! This past week two events seemed to bridge that gap for us. The first is the upcoming Presidential election in the U.S. on Tuesday, and the second was the coronation of a new king here in Cambodia. Humor me for just a moment and consider the following…..this next week the American people will elect a President. The individual chosen will inherit the responsibility to lead a nation, and the decisions he makes will impact not only Americans but individuals the world over. The ballot will allow the voter the opportunity to choose a candidate, making their voice heard in the democratic process. Yesterday was a historic day in the history of Cambodia as well! A new king was coronated in a lavish ceremony here in Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni will sit on the throne of his father. Norodom Sihanouk had been king for the past 63 years, and has abdicated because of his declining health. The President of the United States of America and the King of Cambodia have one important thing in common. They both hold their position by Divine Decree, and their authority is derived by the King of Kings! The outcome of the elections in America is not a mystery to the God who reigns over all nations with sovereign control and Divine providence (Romans 13:1-2). The new King of Cambodia has ascended to the throne by virtue of Divine providence. Praise God that as Christians we can live in confidence knowing that the one true God sits on His holy throne forever! We are certainly praying for the upcoming elections! And we would covet your prayers on behalf of the Cambodian people. Pray that the Holy Spirit would draw the new King of Cambodia to the person of Christ. Pray that he would have a heart of mercy and benevolence towards the poor, and that he would serve the Khmer people. And pray that the Church would continue to grow and be matured into the likeness of Christ. Thank you for your faithful prayers on our behalf! It is a blessing to serve here in Cambodia as representatives of the everlasting King!! Jodi is heading into the final ten weeks of her pregnancy. We are excited about the new life God has entrusted to us…..though I think it is safe to say that the delivery will not come soon enough at this point! Every day brings something new and exciting with the kids. Mikaela is enjoying 2nd grade, Kamryn is a whirlwind of activity and CJ is thrilled with anything that resembles a ball! We pray that God would draw them to Himself, and that they would have a heart and passion for things of Christ. We continue to be blessed by the ongoing ministry in our home, in the midst of our local church and with the Cambodian body of Christ. Your prayers and support are vital to the work here…..thank you for your faithfulness! In His Bonds, Daren, Jodi, Mikaela, Kamryn and CJ PS – For more information on King Sihamoni please visit: http://edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/asiapcf/10/29/cambodia.newking/index.html