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Reconciliation in Cambodia
Around two years ago, as an OMF local group, we started a house church in a village in Cambodia, when a local man Piseth* and his wife got baptized. Together, we prayed that their neighbours would know Jesus, especially Roat*, because their relationship had not been good for a long time. Every time I visited either one of them, I heard bad things about the other.
Though Roat’s two children attended a Sunday school at Piseth’s house, the pandemic meant that had to stop. Instead, we started Sunday schools at each of their houses, separately. One Sunday after house church, I visited Roat. He told me that he wanted to believe Jesus Christ, stop drinking and love his wife better. Though he was slightly drunk, I told him if you want to believe Jesus as your Saviour, you need to deal with your wrist string – a local custom that has connections to another god. Immediately, he cut it off in front of all of us. I was so surprised, but led him in prayer with his wife, who wasn’t ready to believe in Jesus yet, and his two children who attended Sunday school.
Next day, Piseth visited Roat and talked about the Bible message for an hour and a half! Even Piseth said afterward he was surprised to spend such a long time with Roat. Since then, Roat goes to Piseth’s house for church on Sunday. God’s transformational work is beautiful and surprising. We have prayed for Roat’s salvation and a better relationship between these neighbours, but did not expect both things to happen at the same time! As Hudson Taylor said, ‘When we pray, God works.’ Hallelujah!
An OMF worker in Cambodia
New book: Utterly Amazed
So said former OMF worker Miriam Davis, whose new book Utterly Amazed: following the call of God in Japan tells the story of how those first two years became forty-two, and the surprising challenges of retiring to the UK in 2017.
As Chris & Kesia Pain, OMF Japan Field Directors, say in their foreword,
‘Miriam has experienced the joys, challenges and pitfalls of missionary life. She tells the story of those 42 years with honesty and a keen eye for how God was at work sustaining her, changing her and using her for his purposes… The way in which she has shared her feelings, weaknesses and struggles gives testimony to God’s work in her life, and ultimately gives God the glory.’
Join Miriam on her journey of following God through all the twists and turns of sharing the good news of Jesus cross-culturally. Discover his faithfulness through culture shock, heartbreak, burnout and the joy of this journey, and find comfort and challenge for your own life.
Utterly Amazed (RRP £7.99) is now available online at Amazon and from all good bookshops. You may need to quote the ISBN 978-1-9160519-5-9 for your local bookshop to order it for you.
You can also get copies from the OMF (UK) office. To order, contact Reuben Grace on 01732 880 321 or email email@example.com.
New prayer guide for Japan
We are pleased to announce the release of a new 30-day prayer guide for Japan to help inform your prayers for this land. The country is well known for its natural beauty, distinctive culture, and advanced technology; there is much to admire. It is a land that leaves memorable first impressions.
Yet this guide will help take you and your prayers much deeper. Bringing together contributions, not only from OMF workers but also 16 other Christian organisations, and local church leaders, the guide explores deeper topics to explore and pray into – both things to admire, but also to wrestle with. Pick up copies for yourself, your church members or small group to engage with the stories and concerns of Christians in Japan.
The guide is available for £1.90 through online bookshop 10ofthose with discounts for orders of 5, 10, 25 or 100 copies.