When Brothers Dwell in Unity

I took a couple of days off from writing. By the time I got back to my room each evening I was wiped out–not from the ministry, which is non-stop, but from the bacterial infection I have been fighting all week.

Today has been the best day so far and I believe I’ve turned the corner. I only have some nasal congestion and I can deal with that! I have a full week to go, so I am grateful to be on the mend. It will make next week much more enjoyable. I am thankful, since in my 21 visits to Cambodia, this is the only time I have been sick! Sadly, I passed on my sore throat to Dr. Tom, but he graciously told me, “I love getting sick. I get to treat myself!” Now that is a comment from a man who really loves his profession!

Dr. Tom and I have spent hours with our Bibles open, discussing and dissecting passages of Scripture that concern the Gospel of the grace of God. It’s been uplifting to say the least!

Dr. Tom taking notes as I share some thoughts about grace.

Last night Van and Ravy made it to town. Van is my staff leader in Battambang city. It was so good to see them face to face again after three years. They are a wonderful couple who love the Lord and share their love with the Hope Now men in Battambang. They also work in sharing Christ with children.

Enjoying the evening with Van and Ravy

This morning I met with fifteen of the Hope Now men for our mini Bible conference; Mini because it was only three and a half hours long. I taught from the book of Acts 1:1-13. Next Saturday (another 3.5 hours) we will pick up with verse 14. My goal is get through chapter two. After I leave, Pastor Tom will continue through the wonderful book of Acts. I’m just here to prime the pump. It was an awesome time with the men, singing and studying together.

Pastry time.

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!

Psalm 133:1
The room is readied by Sam the church custodian; the kind of custodian everyone loves. He keeps the church so clean and welcoming. We help the church pay for his monthly stipend.
Teaching and encouraging these mighty men!
I love this picture of our table at the break. Bibles, notes, reading glasses. It’s a picture pure study!
Heaven Came Down!
Victory in Jesus!
The Family of God. The raw and uncut version. Genuine!

Afterward we all headed for a massive buffet lunch.

We stopped by Dr. Tom’s home to see his giant “Bengal monitor” lizard. “Hoover” is the creature’s name. I asked Tom if he bites, and he said, “Um, not really.” What does that mean?! I kept my distance. It was very cool to see, but truthfully, the little monster freaked me out.

The doctor and his dinosaur.

Tomorrow is Sunday and I will preach in the Cambodian speaking service and the English. Thanks for your support and prayers!


  1. I’m glad you’re looking forward to a more “well” week. It’s fascinating to see the pictures. Do they sing all in English? Praising God you are there to encourage & guide. I agree about that ‘little” monster. Where is Dr Tom from?

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      1. Thank you. I don’t want to take up so much of your time with my questions. I should have known the answers – now that I went to that site I was reminded. Sandy

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  2. Thanks for sharing all your interactions brother everything so far is amazing except for your little sickness situation but glad to see it subsiding. And yes I’m going to call it a dinosaur lizard creature looks creepy and willing to bite a hand off. Have fun and keep the stories coming brother!

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  3. Thankful you are on the mend. May the remaining time be filled with continued strength and encouragement. Have you been able to see Piseth? I pray he continues to walk close to Jesus.

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