Only a few hours remain in my three month village stay. I’ll be moving back to the city for the next three months, and preparing to move back to this same village for another year. I have continued teaching a couple English classes for village students for the past few months. I have also been able to teach Bible lessons with the students in one of the classes once a week. I have been encouraged by some of the kids that have been studying the Bible with me. One girl told me that her friend asked her, “If God created everything, then who made God?” It was nice to hear that the children are talking amongst themselves about what is being taught, and pondering the deep truths of Christianity. Please join me in praying for the students here that the Holy Spirit would convict them of their sin and the truth of the gospel.
My language ability has greatly improved during this time. One of the neighbors tutored me in reading, and I had lots of daily practice in speaking and comprehension. I have been able to do most of the Bible teaching for the kids’ class in Khmer. This morning some of my students that are in 6th grade invited me to go to class with them. I had never had the chance to observe a Khmer class, so I took them up on the offer. It was another good reminder of how far I still have to go. I was only able to understand about 60% of what was said with the background noise and speed with which the teacher spoke. I appreciate your prayers for further progress in language ability, and I am thankful for the progress God has granted me so far.
About a month ago, missionary Esther was involved in a car accident. The church plant in her village, about 7 km away from this village, is where I have been preaching a few times a month. She and her students started teaching in this village several months before I moved here and will continue teaching on Saturdays and Sundays like that have been doing. You can read more about her accident here: http://plantingcambodia.com/2011/03/car-accident/