Dear Friends & Partners,
Never in the depth of human experience is there a greater suffering that one man had made and brought about the greatest triumph for mankind than Easter.
“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Mark 14:36
The Father gave in to all the Son had asked. Even at his darkest hour, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death” Mark 14:34, yet He had prayed that the will of the Father take precedence.
YET NOT WHAT I WILL
Sok Chan receiving a certificate of excellence in 2014
The Easter message of hope became a reality to an Emmanuel Community School (ECS) student, Em Sok Chan, who was called to heaven in early March. Sok Chan was diagnosed with a late-stage bone cancer a few months back. We were hoping and praying for a miracle. During his illness he had held a wooden cross in his hand all the time and he looked to us to have the faith to be healed (Acts 14:8-10).
Sok Chan continued with his schooling despite his illness
Nevertheless, Sok Chan did lose the battle with cancer. Our initial reaction was to inquest of the Lord for prayer gone astray. Thanks to the Comforter He had made provision to one of us a glimpse of Sok Chan in heaven – very happy and jubilant in the bosom of our Lord.
While Sok Chan was ill and needed the wheelchair to move around he had been known to be a faithful witness to his fellow students. He had indeed done far more than many who received the Lord as Savior and outlived the 13 years Sok Chan had on this earth.
BUT WHAT YOU WILL
Sunday School where children are deep into bible study
Hundreds of children are being schooled at ECS and all have heard of the good news and many have accepted Jesus Christ as their Saviour. Sok Chan is probably the first amongst them to be promoted into the company of heavenly saints. What a timely reminder that the works we are called to do here together with you our friends are not wasted but have great implication. The children of ECS are becoming the salt and light of the nation and their good works now and into the future will bring much glory to our Father in heaven (Matt 5:13-16).
Ps. Joyce giving a word of comfort to Sok Chan
We were encouraged once again by the mission team from Perth’s Zion Praise Harvest Church (ZPH) who ministered to children annually over the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Like many of us the happy memory of Christmas – music, message of hope, food and gifts – lingered on beyond our childhood days. Thank you, Pss Patrick and Joyce and ZPH ecclesia.
Davith delighted with the new Yamaha keyboard
The regular keyboard that ECS worship team had used for a number of years had suddenly broken down and unrepairable. But thanks be to God a timely replacement was found. May he be inspired to write more new songs as he did with the previous keyboard.
Let your request be made known: Phil 4:6
We were asked by a church mission director recently how their church can pray for the works in Cambodia. Apart from praying along with all that have been written may we be bold to share from our hearts the followings:
• that there be a mighty visitation of the Holy Spirit to impact teachers and students with the enduring love of and for Jesus Christ;
• that God will raise up leaders even of Billy Graham or Malala Yousafzai (the Nobel Peace Prize winner who stood against terrorists and fought for girls’ education) stature amongst Emmanuel school students;
• may the door be kept open for the gospel in Cambodia and
• to rejoice with us that as Teresa recuperates from recent surgeries the bountiful grace and mercy of God is enabling her to complete the ministry God had given her (Col 4:17; 2Tim 4:5).
And now may God, who gives us his peace, be with you all. Amen. Romans 15:33
Tim & Teresa
phones: tel: +61 413 956 234 (Tim) | +61 412 303 176 (Teresa)