"The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple" Ps 119:130.
We came to Cambodia in 1998, and while the gospel has made progress, the battle has been a slow, hard fight. We began studying the Khmer language immediately and have just recently become proficient speakers, able to preach and teach effectively (even preaching on the radio). Khmer is spoken by everyone and is the native tongue of over 96% of the population. Buddhism, heavily mixed with ancestor and spirit worship, is the national religion with around 98% of the country claiming to adhere. Sadly enough, many churches here have quite a few people in them who failed to truly understand the Gospel and are just trading one tradition for another that seems to be better at the time. We greatly look forward to translating the Picture Bible Book and believe it will be a great weapon to use in attacking a satanic stronghold. Rarely are we able to spend long, single periods of time with anyone, so teaching the story of God from creation to redemption sometimes takes several months, and much continuity can be lost from one lesson to the next. Even when finished, the message has only gotten out to a handful of people. The Picture Bible Book should enable us to rapidly teach the whole story of the Bible and help the Khmer to see God in His entirety, not just bits and pieces over a long period of time. It will also be a book that we can quickly show the Khmer believers and Church leaders how to use, thus giving us a possibility of reaching many, many more people than we could have before.
If you would like to be part of the Cambodian ministry, send support to:
Central Missionary Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 12964, Houston
Earmark your check for Steve Schnell.
Just in From Mongolia!
I believe that the Picture Bible is just the tool we need to penetrate this culture and help transform the worldview of the Mongolian people. Often times, we take for granted the Biblical viewpoint which even the lost of our nation have had the privilege of inheriting from our faithful forefathers. Those who have grown up in atheistic Communism or the multi-god systems of Buddhism and Animism have tremendous difficulty comprehending the gospel. It is necessary to start from “In the beginning God” in order to lay a foundation from which to believe. The Picture Bible does a great job summarizing the central message of the Scriptures and its application to our lives. The dynamic narrative and excellent illustrations will encourage readers of all ages to take in the Old Old Story for the very first time. We are in the process of setting up a large-scale print shop in Mongolia. We are not only targeting the 10 million Mongols residing in Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan and Russia, but are hoping to be used of the Lord to see this book and the Bible distributed throughout the unreached people groups of the 10/40 window. If you want to take part in this effort, you can pray for, network with, and send funds to:
PO Box 189
Winchester, OH 45697.
Earmark your check for Mickey Cofer
In the ’60s, the Hmong people of the highlands of North Vietnam fought alongside the USA in the Vietnam War. After our withdrawal, they came under severe persecution, many of them shot on sight. Their plight continues until this day. Over the years, many thousands of Hmong were able to flee to America, but a few have been left behind in hostile countries.
In September, some missionaries heard rumors of a large group of Hmong people living in a remote mountainous area in north central Thailand. They went to investigate and found around 7000 people who had been forcibly removed from their country. Their personal papers, passports and money were taken from them. They were huddled on the side of the road without the bare essentials of life. They had constructed meager bamboo shacks with thatched roofs and dirt floors. Now they are a people without citizenship in any country, having no food, not allowed to work and not even allowed land on which to grow food. To return to their own country would mean certain death.
One of the missionaries, whom we know well but cannot name, said of the Hmong people, “It is amazing that most of the Hmong people can read and write, especially amazing since, for over 40 years, they have been forbidden to teach their language. They are true home-schoolers.” Our missionary says of his contacts with them, “For the last 10 years of my life, I have been in-training as a missionary (language and translation). The opportunity to preach and teach the Hmong people for the last few weeks is worth every day of the 10 years of preparation I have made. It is a wonderful privilege to be able to share God’s Word with these extraordinary, intelligent, thoughtful people, who eagerly listen to every word, then rush out to share it with their whole family group.”
To see a 5-minute clip on the rice relief effort to the Hmong people, go to: www.rlingo.org/HmongRLI.wmv or www.rlingo.org/Asia.html
“And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” Acts 16:30, 31.
If you are interested in helping feed the Hmong people refugees, please contact:
Relief Logistics International
P.O. Box 136010
Ft. Worth, TX 76136
If you want to help, pray for, or send funds to the missionaries working with the Hmong people, send to:
No Greater Joy Ministries
1000 Pearl Road
Pleasantville TN 37033
Designate funds for the Hmong work.