“Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, and my lifetime as nothing in your sight.” Psalm 39:5
Dear Friends at WHCC,
Thank you for praying these past weeks during my trip to the North America. It was very a busy time, but it was a blessing to reconnect with many of you at church and a profitable time at our International Council Meetings in Canada. I regret that my time with limited but am thankful for the wonderful church family that we have!!
Special thanks for praying for Jodi and the kids…they did great! The time was especially sweet sense Gina Brandini was here with them —- thanks Gina!!! It is great to be home, thankful to serve here in Cambodia.
I’ve had a very bizarre couple of days. Two young ladies we know here in Cambodia were killed in a moto accident out in the province on Friday morning. I was having breakfast with Pastor Chinhho when he received the call about the accident. I went with Chhinho in our van to pick up the bodies and deliver them to their villages. When a tragedy of this sort takes place there is little infrastructure in place to help, so it is left to family and/or friends. We knew that both of these young ladies were Believers, but live in communities that are virtually unreached with the Gospel. Chhinho performed the funeral of one of the ladies today. It really was an encouraging event – despite the fact that she is one of a few Christians in her village. A large group, including BJ, Nathan and myself, from Shalom Church here in Phnom Penh made the two hour journey for the services. Chinhho preached out of John 14 during the funeral, and I Corinthians 15 at the graveside. She had prepared her family by telling them that if she died (she was only 30) she wanted a Christian funeral since she was a follower of Christ –though they didn’t understand since she was the only Christian in the family. This is the same village that Shalom has been doing an outreach in for the past several months and this particular young lady was the person who invited the church out (I mentioned this village in my message on the Sunday I was at WHCC). In fact she is pictured in our most recent newsletter at a meeting with Shalom Church (March 2004). The second young lady killed was from another village in the same province, and was a single mother of four young children. Needless to say it has been a sobering time, but as I reflected today on the way home from the funeral I was struck by God’s goodness. Consider (and rejoice) in the following:
* The bodies were released to us without any sort of payment (bribe)
* Because we had a vehicle the family was not required to pay $100 for government transport – private vehicles will not transport bodies due to fear of evil spirits
* The Church was able to demonstrate a willing and servant heart towards the families
* The gospel was shared to those who attended the services
* There will be ongoing ministry opportunities within these communities as a result of this tragedy
We do not understand the timing of these events, but I would ask that you would pray for the families of these two ladies. Of particular concern are those children who will be affected. Pray that God will give wisdom and direction and that we would be faithful to love and act in Christ like compassion.
As I came home today I was most encouraged by our Mikaela. She asked about the accident, and the children who now did not have a mother. But her very first response was to remind us that we should be thankful that both of these individuals are now in heaven with Jesus!
Thank you for your faithful prayers and support on our behalf. Because of you we can stand with these folks in their time of need, and have the opportunity declare God’s love for them and the hope that is in Christ.
In His Bonds,
Daren and Jodi Beck