Update from Pastor Jim and Glenda Buckley, Cambodia
It’s 4:28 pm in Cambodia. Glenda and I are in our hotel waiting for our “taxi” to the mission for supper. Our “taxi” will be a scooter ride to the mission provided by two college students from Hope Bible Institute. Our five days of teaching over 200 pastors and lay leaders concluded yesterday (Friday) and was a powerful and busy week. We taught six hours a day Monday through Thursday in weather that felt like a sauna. Very hot and humid and we drank gallons of water. On Friday we taught 3 hours in the morning, then had graduation services for the students and a wedding for which Glenda played at 4:00 pm. What a powerful week teaching men and women who have been through so much. Many are survivors of the Khmer Rouge destruction of the 1970’s. Students we taught included former members of the Khmer Rouge and former members of the guerilla fighters who opposed them. In the group were former commanders and assassins who are now Christians and one in Christ. Awesome example of forgiveness. Many women attended along with the men as many churches include some strong women lay leaders and one very respected women who is a pastor, a recipient of one of the motor bikes we gave to the mission two years ago when pastor Ken and Shawn and Edgar Mello went to Cambodia.
We arrived in Phnom Penh last Friday after 22 hours in travel, including 17 in the air. We then traveled for 5 hours to Battambang where we have been all week. I preached in the mission church on Sunday and we began teaching on Monday. Today is an off day then tomorrow we will visit a church before leaving for Phnom Penh on Monday to fly home on Tuesday.
Thanks so much for your prayers as God has blessed us and the conference in incredible ways. We had 12 baptisms during the week and made some very special friends for life. See you on Sunday, June 19, if not before at Vacation Bible School next week, maybe as early as Wednesday.
Want to get involved?
We believe in the power of prayer, and so do our mission partners. Taking the time to pray for the missionaries we support and their needs is a great way to be involved in missions. To see a list of our mission partners, check out our mission partners page.
There is no doubt we are a blessed people, and we live in a world where there is tremendous need. As we seek first the Kingdom of God, we realize that we have the priviledge and the responsibility to help meet the physical needs of others and care for our mission partners who are working all over the world. If you would like to help financially, contact the church office.
Newbury Park First Christian Church is a church on the go! Whether it is a weekend trip to Mexico to work at the Ninos de Baja Orphanage, a short term service trip to Haus Edelwiess in Austria, or a trip to places like Chile, Peru or Ecuador, going on one of these trips with a group from NPFCC will truly expand your view of God's Kingdom and help you realize what a difference you can make. For information about upcoming trips, contact the church office:
Recent & Upcoming Mission Trips:
Slide show from our trip to Ninos de Baja, an orphanage in El Porvenir, Mexico. April, 2010.