The answer was clear, simple, and obvious: preach the Gospel. “For I determined to know nothing among you save Christ and Him crucified”. John prayed again. “Lord, they won’t believe me.” Again, the answer came: “Christ died, and was buried, and on the third day He rose again.”
With the help of Pastor Borin, our long time Cambodian companion and co-worker in Cambodia, John began to explain the Gospel. When he finished, he asked the people to raise their hands if they believed and accepted Christ. Every hand in the house went up, and John was overwhelmed. On the drive back to our home, he asked Pastor Borin, “How many of them really believed?”
“We don’t know,” replied Pastor Borin
“Maybe only one, but we hope all of them.”
John’s other responsibilities include administrative oversight of all aspects of the work in Cambodia, whether it be signing work agreements with the Secretary of State, hiring staff, or keeping inventory at Cosette’s Hope Children’s Home (CHCH).
Linda’s responsibilities are primarily home and child centered, and virtually every Cambodian who knows her calls her “Mommy”. Between her own children and the children of CHCH, there is no lack of work to be done, and Linda is grateful that her “work” often includes taking a van load of children to the beach for an afternoon, doing art projects with the kids, or playing a wild and crazy game of “Duck, duck, goose.” In her spare time she is resident administrative assistant to John.
Our children are not just along for the ride. Our older daughters have been full-time nannies to several of the children who came to us as infants. They have also been school teachers to the older children of CHCH. Our younger children take a more relaxed and natural approach to ministry: They consider the children of CHCH their brothers and sisters, and love and enjoy them as such.
We have been privileged to have this unique opportunity
to minister as a family. Prior to our move to Cambodia in 2000, Linda
had not lived outside a 20 mile radius and still clung to dreams of
a big house in a quiet area with a little white picket fence. Can you
say “comfort zone”? It was a jolt to leave that dream, but
in the tearing away of all that spelled comfort, we have found not only
our greatest trials and challenges, but also our greatest joys and blessings
among the people of Cambodia.
John, Linda, and family,
have been serving the people of Cambodia since 2000. We have 13 children,
all of whom Linda has given birth to, and all of whom have lived in
Cambodia at some point in our ministry. Our three oldest are now married
and living in the U. S. Three of our four youngest were born in S.E.
Asia, and to them, Cambodia is home and America is some place we visit.
Our ministry through the years has involved all of us in varying ways.
During our first year in Cambodia in 2000, John found himself looking out the window of a 12’ x 12’ house into the lush, tropical jungle. In a strangely surreal moment, with maybe 50 people seated on straw mats before him, he realized that he was truly ministering in a foreign land. He prayed then, as the reality sank in: “Lord, what do you want me to tell them?”
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