True Hope

August 26, 2009

Cambodian "Cow God"Where do Cambodians place their hope? Of late, some have placed their hope in a dead calf. In the province of Pursat, Cambodia, about five days ago, a calf with “reptilian” skin died after only being born three days earlier. Residents believed it to be a reincarnation of a cow deity that in ancient times lived in the area. Some also have claimed that by drinking its saliva or water that had been poured over its dead body their aches and pains were healed. The community held a three-day funeral in hopes that the cow god would revisit soon, and stay longer the next time.[1]

The hope of a dead calf is really no hope at all.  We know that such a god cannot offer true hope. But when that is all you know, where else would you turn? Life is hard; pain and suffering make up much of this life.  And so many Cambodians turn to “gods” such as these, who in reality are no gods at all.

Will you join us in praying for the Cambodian people? That the light of the Gospel would shine forth into the darkness, and that many would come to know the One True God? Cambodians have no true hope outside of Christ. We go, that we might beg them, on behalf of Christ, to be reconciled to God, that they might have true hope.

May God be glorified in Cambodia, and in us,
Nathan and Christiana

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[1] Heng Sinith, “Cambodian village worships cow with reptilian skin,” http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gkkgQupj_lWIxw_huyo_1FCL5OAAD9A7B0000
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Quote of the Day

August 25, 2009

Years are slipping away and time is flying.  Graveyards are filling up and families are thinning.  Death and judgment are getting nearer to us all.  And yet you live like one asleep about your soul!  What madness!  What folly!  What suicide can be worse than this?
Awake before it be too late; awake, and arise from the dead, and live to God.  Turn to him who is sitting at the right hand of God, to be your Savior and Friend.  Turn to Christ, and cry mightily to him about your soul.  There is yet hope!

Holiness by J. C. Ryle p. 118


Quote of the Day

August 24, 2009

Many admire growth in grace in others, and wish that they themselves were like them.  But they seem to suppose that those who grow are what they are by some special gift or grant from God, and that as this gift is not bestowed on themselves they must be content to sit still.  This is a grievous delusion, and one against which I desire to testify with all my might.  I wish it to be distinctly understood that growth in grace is bound up with the use of means within the reach of all believers, and that, as a general rule, growing souls are what they are because they use these means.
Holiness by J. C. Ryle p. 114


The NEW and Improved ActionCambodia.org

August 24, 2009

new-websiteJust in case you didn’t get the e-mail update (if you didn’t you can sign up here: http://actioncambodia.org/subscribe.html):

Thank you for all of your prayers for Christiana and baby. Christiana is doing well and all her doctor visits indicate baby is healthy. Please continue to pray that all goes well.

Over the past few months I have been working on a new website for Action Cambodia and it is finally done! I would like to invite you to visit our NEW site: http://www.actioncambodia.org

Let us know if you have any problems (or if you see any mistakes!). I hope the new website will allow you to keep better informed as to what the Lord is doing in Cambodia in and through the Action Cambodia team.

Currently Christiana and I are at about 70% of our monthly budget for Cambodia, but still less than 10% of our outgoing fund needs have been raised (for travel expenses, vehicle, and other necessities). Please keep us in prayer and ask that the Lord would move in the hearts of His people to give so that we can make our January departure date.

Thank you all for your many prayers and support,
Nathan and Christiana

Pray for us: http://www.actioncambodia.org/get-involved/pray.html
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Quote of the Day

August 6, 2009

A single day in hell will be worse than a whole life spent in carrying the cross.

J. C. Ryle Holiness p. 99


Quote of the Day

August 5, 2009

Think what the children of this world will often do for liberty, without any religious principle.  Remember how Greeks, and Romans, and Swiss, and Tyrolese, have endured the loss of all things, and even life itself, rather than bend their necks to a foreign yoke.  Let their example provoke you to emulation.  If men can do so much for a corruptible crown, how much more should you do for one which is incorruptable!  Awake to a sense of the misery of being a slave.  For life, and happiness, and liberty, arise and fight.  Fear not to begin and enlist under Christ’s banner.  The great Captain of your salvation rejects none that come to him.

J. C. Ryle Holiness p. 81