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the Duffy’s in Cambodia

Back to Cambodia October 2009

The Cost of Missions (josh)

All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was
promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners
and nomads here on earth. 14 Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country
they can call their own. 15 If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone
back. 16 But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not
ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. (Hebrews 11:13-16 NLT)

A life of missions can be, of true obedience to God’s There is great sacrifice
at times, lonely and full of calling for our lives. involved in a life of for-
Prayer requests: reminiscing. “Goodbyes” eign missions, and I sup-
become so commonplace We have confessed that pose, that is why the re-
 That our health would be and it seems like you are we are but aliens on this ward is so great. We may
well. always leaving family planet, who are ulti- not all be called to come
and/or friends. That is the mately searching for the to Cambodia, but we
 Committed prayer and
price many of us pay for residence which God will surely can all play a part
financial support. eternally provide for us.
serving God on the for- in seeing the Great Com-
 That our relationship with eign field. mission fulfilled.
Holy Spirit would deepen I try not to think of home,
and deepen. To me, nowhere on this my friends, my family too In the words of John
earth feels quite like much, because I might be Piper, “Go, send, or dis-
 That we would pick up the
“home”. There are places tempted to give foreign obey”.
language quickly. missions up and return.
I stay for a time, but none
 That we would strive to where I feel like I actu- As it is though, We desire
humbly serve the ministry ally ‘rest’. a heavenly residence. The
here in whatever capacity writer of Hebrews says
they deem necessary. Abraham, Isaac, and that because of this, God
 That our work would have Jacob are truly relatives is not ashamed to be
a lasting impact. of those who also live like called our God, and that
this. We all have gone out He has prepared some-
from the comfort of our thing great for us.
dwelling places, in search

What’s new at Cambodian Mission Outreach

-The CMO construction School (elementary). Edu- to). Approx 70% of these
project is within 2 mths of cation is provided, and youth are unbelievers.
completion. This means the future of Cambodia is
that there will be plenty being trained in a Chris- - Full-time staff have
of room for the elemen- tian environment. been hired to help out
tary school, the English with the English school
school, the guesthouse, - The Saturday evening and provide Spiritual
and the New Life in Youth Program is hosting counsel to the youth en-
Christ church sanctuary! well over 200 youth who rolled. These staff are all
are enrolled in New Hope local Bible College gradu-
- Approx 170 children are English School (of which ates.
enrolled in New Hope Jenny & I are committed
the Duffy’s in Cambodia (Oct/09) (pg2)

The "romance" of a missionary is often

made up of monotony and drudgery; there
often is no glamour in it; it doesn't stir a
man's spirit or blood. So don't come out to
be a missionary as an experiment, it is
useless and dangerous. Only come if you
feel you would rather die than not come.
Lord Wolsey was right: "A missionary ought
to be a fanatic or he encumbers the ground."
There are many trials and hardships.
Disappointments are numerous and the time
of learning the language is especially trying.
Don't come if you want to make a great
name or want to live long. Come if you feel
there is no greater honour, after living for
Christ, than to die for Him. That does the
trick in the end. It's not the flash in the pan
but the steady giving forth of light, it's
shining on and on that we need out here.
Our job is to make all hear the Word. God's
job is to give penetration to His Word.
(C.T. Studd)

Trials of the Cambodian Christian (jenny)

To know the Christians of Cambodia, is to When I asked some of the youth dent confided in me, "and I have so much
know some of the cost of taking up one's what they had been through in regards to hurt in my heart. I know that God can help
cross and following Christ. Some of us their newfound faith and their family life, me, but I am not free to choose my relig-
rejoice in our decision to leave our parents mostly all of them had been rejected by ion. My family chooses my religion, and so
and family to venture out to far away lands their family for a time. Some had parents I could only be Buddhist."
and bring the gospel to the unreached. who would not longer call them 'son' or In the midst of crushed emo-
For some of the Cambodian youth, they 'daughter', or even talk to their kids at all. tions, troubling decisions and dedication
too have left their families, but there was But for most of the youth I spoke with, this to the tradition and approval of the family,
no 'missionary send off' or going away lasted only for a season. Jesus continues to knock on the hearts of
party; but rather, an angry ultimatum: These young adults described to the Cambodians, and He continues to
choose Jesus or family. me how the parents began to notice a compel the Cambodian church to pursue
Josh and I have a student who good change in their sons and daughters. His bride. Not just a few Cambodians
refused to choose, insisting that family is The parents became happy about the have come to this ministry with only the
God-given, but the family insisted that as improvement in their child's behaviour, intention of studying English, but have
long as their child followed Jesus, connec- and although the parents certainly didn't become lovers of the King, as a result of
tion to the family would cease. As a result, encourage or approve of their child's dedi- seeing the joy of the Christians, and meet-
university may not be possible for this cation to Jesus, the parents would no ing Jesus for themselves.
student anymore, since all money for longer chastise them for it, but instead just And so what about these Cam-
schooling once came from the family. 'leave it alone.' bodians who meet Jesus and are given
It seems that to choose Christ, is Some still sit on the fence between Bud- the choice of going against the grain of
not just a matter of changing faith, but of dhism and Christianity; between family their culture? Some count the cost and
betraying Cambodian culture, which is and truth. Some know that Buddha cannot conclude that He is worth it. Jesus never
deeply rooted in Buddhism. There needs help them and Jesus can, but they cannot said that being His disciple would be easy,
to be no other reason for being Buddhist, commit knowing that their families would but that it would be worth it. Though trials
other than the fact that you are Cambo- be so angry. come, they have counted it joy, and their
dian, and so to be anything else is to 'not "I know that when I pray at the faith being tested by fire, emerges from
be Cambodian'. Pagoda temple, nothing happens," a stu- the flames strong and imperishable.