BJ and Andrea Lopez Update
Categories: Updates from the Lopez Family
Dear Family and Friends,
Time has passed by so quickly, it’s already Easter and we just celebrated the start of a New Year in Cambodia (Cambodian New Year start in the middle of April). Andrea and I and our teammates, the Beck’s, have just completed our 8th year in Phnom Penh. Time sure does fly by. God is so faithful!
Regarding our family, we have been through some highs and lows these past few months. 7 years ago we set out to pursue the Lord in bringing in children in crisis. Before the Lord and before our children we have sought to demonstrate Christ in every possible way known to us. By His grace we have been obedient to His calling, not perfectly. Unfortunately obedience to Christ is no guarantee that things will go smoothly or as planned or hoped. Ponleu and Tola have chosen to go their own way. Obviously we are grieved and it has affected each of us. However, we continue to trust in the Lord and not lean on our own understanding.
We have been experiencing many highs as well, one of them being, witnessing the Lord using this situation to draw Sarah unto Himself. She will be baptized on Easter Sunday. 5 months ago we were contacted by a crisis pregnancy center about a young unmarried woman wanting to give up her unborn child. When she gave birth in December she changed her mind and decided to keep him. In January, we were contacted again because the young lady had again changed her mind and wanted to give up the baby. At that time we were asked to name the baby for legal records. Boaz Michael is the name we gave him. 2 days later we were informed once again she changed her mind. As the weeks and months went by we continue to receive reports on Boaz about his failing health and inability to gain weight. We continued to pray and trust the Lord. On Monday April 11, we were asked to foster Boaz, now 4 months old, for the next 6 months in order to give him a stable home, environment and proper feeding and care. We are trusting the Lord as our hearts grow closer to him each day.
We are grateful for the living Word of God, which reveals to us the One True God, Creator of the universe and unveils His eternal plan to redeem humanity. We are so blessed to have the Word of God in our own language and to have Biblical resources that have been written down for the benefit for God’s people. As many of you know through God’s grace and strength we were able to translate Dr. John Piper’s book “Fifty Reason Why Christ Came to Die” into the Khmer language a couple of years ago. A couple of months ago our team was able to give a couple hundred copies to a Christian radio ministry. They have informed us that they started reading our book on radio since March till the day before Easter Sunday. We are so excited and encouraged for such a great opportunity for God’s word to be proclaimed boldly throughout the country of Cambodia in their own heart language. Pray that our great God and Savoir will move powerfully in the lives of the Cambodian people. Pray especially that His church will be strengthened and encouraged from the hearing of the reasons why Jesus Christ came to die. For the the death of Jesus is of foremost importance for the world. And the central issue of Jesus’ death is not the cause, but the meaning—God’s meaning.
Let us all move forward this season showing the world that God is more satisfying, more precious, more to be desired, more glorious than anything we could ever imagine.
To God be the glory,
Bj and Andrea Lopez