Tuesday, 2 March 2021
Thank you for your prayers! I am writing this as I wait in Seoul for my second flight!
Praise: the fact that I was in the air meant that your prayers for a NEGATIVE result from COVID-19 test was received, and the nose swab itself was painless and very fast!
Praise: for the time I had with Mum and Dad, bittersweet, as we held hands and prayed together, as they not only released me back to my heart country, but I also released them into the heart of Our Loving Father!
Praise: for Ian and Ramona L. My brother Ian was able to come with me into the airport and he helped the other counter attendants to download my specific COVID-19 insurance for Cambodia which I did not know I had to purchase beforehand! I thank God for the ladies at the counter who informed me that I needed to have this special insurance for 20 days as stated by the Cambodian government. Anyone who did not have it on arrival at Phnom Penh would have been turned back! Ramona waited patiently in the car as this process took more than half hour since we had problems printing the receipt from my phone. So Ian did his troubleshooting and all was good!
Praise: maybe only 6 people were in my section, so I had the whole row to myself and the rows in front, to the back and to my side were empty!
I got to see the full moon which gave light into the section I was in, and I was marvelling at how God orchestrated this because having that light made the area feel ‘light’ and not claustrophobic! I did not sleep much yet it was a restful time!
Prayer: for my entry into Phnom Penh at the airport, with my 2 suitcases and carry-on and my knapsack, that I would be able to manoeuvre all of this getting into the bus and off to the designated hotel! Sometimes there are no trolleys available!
Prayer: that the second COVID-19 test at the airport would be just as easy as the first and NEGATIVE!
Prayer: for favour with the authorities/government officials when I get to the airport; and also with hotel staff at the designated government hotel.
With a grateful heart to all of you, my dance partners, as you definitely interceded for me on the praise points above! I felt the lightness of steps and His strong hands as He led me through this first part of the journey!
Monday, 22 February 2021
Thank you all for your continued prayers and support!
I wanted to let you know that on March 1st I will be returning to Cambodia! Life there has not been at a standstill, but rather God has allowed church services and discipleship classes to resume on site. Schools are open and we just had an amazing Global Leadership Summit Cambodia conference on 17/18! We prayed and God did the impossible. In the midst of COVID-19 we had a big turnout for the conference with attendees who are leaders of influence from the government, education and corporate world, and from a non-Christian background!
God knew that I would not have been able to meet many of you face to face, but I have had opportunities to ZOOM and chat and messaged with many of you and I am grateful for your prayers for Mom and Dad!
I remember when I was returning in 2011 and Pastor Chris had helped me to rewrite my personal mission statement: in the visible reality that I would be a teacher, mentor and servant, and in the invisible reality I would be an intercessory prayer warrior for Cambodia specifically for those God would bring across my path! In 2021 this has been adjusted. One of my main visible roles is as an ‘intercessory prayer warrior’ for the leadership of my church there, New Life Fellowship church, and its church plants. The leadership has graciously allowed me to partner with them in prayer meetings with the different leaders as well as with the Youth leaders at the church. I also have partnered and become a prayer mentor to the Director of Prison Fellowship Cambodia, Oun Muylen, and prayer partner to Director of BRAVE NGO, Sister Mel.
My dad just celebrated being 94 years ‘young’ on the 18th February and I am glad I was able to be on site to be here with him and Mom! I say ‘young’ because the GREAT I AM is the AGELESS ONE so my Dad is a ‘young’ one!
Please continue to pray for them to find a place with an ensuite laundry that is affordable and also for their continued good health.
With the advice and support of siblings, we were able together to get important steps in place for my parents. I am blessed to have amazing siblings who have allowed me to monopolize my parents’ time while being here!
God placed certain individuals to help me get my COVID-19 test for International travel. This test is on February 27th SO…
…I ask for your prayers that the test will be easy (the swabbing can sometimes be uncomfortable) and that it will be NEGATIVE and that I will be able to receive the results within the 24 hour time period.
With the COVID-19 precautions, my expenses have increased. I have to quarantine for 14 days in a government appointed hotel, since in the past week, two individuals who were in quarantine bribed a security guard and escaped and since then, there has been a community transmission and 32 people were affected! Usually I would have been allowed to self isolate at home since I live alone, and therefore no expenses, but now with this incident, I have to stay at a hotel! Please pray that the hotel chosen for me will be a good one. We all have to pay the same price but are not given the luxury of choosing which government hotel to quarantine in! Not all hotels are the same. PLEASE PRAY THAT COVID-19 TEST ON ARRIVAL WILL BE NEGATIVE AND THE COVID-19 TEST AFTER QUARANTINE WILL BE NEGATIVE!
In the past month there was a leak in my old washing machine that is on the rooftop. This affected the tiles so that the tile flooring on the rooftop had to be replaced. Why is this a praise item? God allowed this to happen while I was away so I would not have to deal with the noise of construction, the disruption of life with strangers coming in and out (and in this COVID-19 environment, not safe). As many of you know, this is my prayer room, on the rooftop, so I praise my God for allowing me to not be there. I want to thank God for Channak, Julia, Chetra, Lauren and David and Krong and Liep who have been checking in and looking after my place!
Please pray for wisdom for Channak as he seeks to get a good deal for a new washing machine and a fridge for me. YES, my fridge (bought second-hand and my washing machine a third-hand bought in 2015) also died! Praying that both of these appliances will be in place by the time I get there, and for His providence over them!
Thank you, my dance partners, for your continued waltz, salsa, hip hop (whichever style you prefer!) with me as I put my hand in His hand as HE leads me in this dance in the country chosen by Him for me! My continued request is TO BE ABLE TO LEARN TO SPEAK IN KHMER so that I CAN COMMUNICATE HIS HEART to those there in their heart language and to be able to PRAY IN KHMER! “So Father, please attune my ears and my voice to Khmer!”
Please continue to send me your prayer requests and your stories so I can in turn go to the Heavenly Father on your behalf. It is an honor to join with you on my knees as we approach Him who sees you and hears you and listens to you, O precious ones!
Monday, 1 February 2021
Wednesday, 30 December 2020
As I listened to Pastor Candace and Worship Leader Ramona give their final interviews with Pastor T.J., I was drawn by the themes that they spoke about as their lessons learnt from their time at Rexdale Alliance Church, my home church in Toronto. It made me begin to think over the lessons I have learnt and am still learning from the past year as I borrowed their themes of life lessons and reflected on how God has been working on me “From The Inside Out”, a sanctification process to become more like Him, to be a servant leader here in Phnom Penh amongst those He has brought to me. I thought about how He has moved me beyond my comfort zone and how He has surprised me with new opportunities to serve Him!
Before COVID-19, when the Skills Teaching Centre was opened to provide free education for those who could never afford an education, I was basically a facilitator, a teacher and a co-teacher and mentor. During COVID-19 when the Skills Teaching Centre was closed, and teaching went online, I had to learn new skills on teaching online, on preparing curriculum to be presented on a new medium. Previously, my relationships were centred on those I worked with at the Centre. In this unexpected season I now have to work with the staff in the office, with the church planting team, and with the pastoral and prayer team as we mobilized to look after the community, not only in the city, but also in our satellite sites as well. God surprised me with these new relationships as I was drawn into not only a discipleship role but also as a partner in delivering and praying over blessing packages which we delivered to over 200 families within the city, and to even more families in the countryside. I was humbled by the dedication of the staff and was introduced to other organizations who liaisoned to help Cambodians all over the country! There was severe flooding and the aftermath of that with dengue fever and other illnesses. I was humbled to be a small part of different teams who lent a helping hand at such a time as this!
|BLESSING PACKAGES STILL BEING SENT OUT: THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ME THAT WE CAN TOGETHER BE A BLESSING TO MANY!|
As I think of the new year ahead, I am reminded of Ned Graham’s words as he spoke at his father’s funeral, the noted evangelist Billy Graham. He said that he wished everyone would follow his father’s example to be F.A.T.: faithful, available and teachable!
I pray that I would remain faithful to His words, to speak and not compromise His truth, but to do so in grace and love. I pray to be available to step out of my comfort zone to follow where He leads, and to have a teachable spirit, to have a hunger to know more about Him so that I can be His servant leader in my heart country of Cambodia!
I pray and thank God for all of you who have helped me in my different roles dancing with Him in Cambodia! I never want to become nonchalant of the awe of serving Him and experiencing His Presence!
A Blessed New Year to all!
Your sister, Vidya