CBI Update

February 4, 2014

Students:

1. Student Body - We currently have 14 students. We added 3 in Dec/Jan, but two of those have stopped studying. They were both married students and it was very difficult for them.
2. Student Baptisms – You may have seen on the blog – randrdolan.blogspot.com that Rong & Veng were baptized into the body of Christ in December and Charea & SeakChang were baptized into Christ in January.
3. Rotha, Piseth & No Vanna will graduate February 28th - We have been helping Rotha and Piseth make up some classes that didn’t pass before. That’s taken some extra time from our teachers and staff.

Current Classes:

Jan 2-Jan 20 – Cross of Christ – Rich Dolan
Jan 6-31 – Gospel of Matthew – Ray Hull (from Oklahoma)
Jan 21- Feb 7 – Characteristics of Jesus – Tray Kim Try
(Try is a 2010 graduate. This is his first class to teach at CBI.)
Feb 3-28 – Epistles of John – Loren Hollingsworth
Feb 10-28 – Historical Christian Evidences – Tol Veasna
Feb 28 – GRADUATION OF ROTHA, PISETH & VANNA

December, January and February, Veasna and I also have been teaching smaller classes to help some of those close to graduating be able to make up classes. Veasna taught Acts and is now teaching Sacrificial Systems. I taught N.T. Greek and Colossians and am now teaching 1st Corinthians. In addition, Veasna translates for our guest teachers; Ray and Loren.

New Students:

We added the wife of a Christian. They have a small daughter, who was nursing, and it became too difficult for the mom to study. Added another married man in Jan. He was studying during the week and traveling home to his family on the weekend. He had to stop to help with the government process on a well drilling project he is involved in. He hopes to come back later to study. Added Sophea in January.

Graduates News:

Of the 32 CBI graduates, 15 are working with churches (10 church plants), 9 are working with other ministries (SNACK program, orphanages, Sophy’s school, etc…) and 2 are working with ministry training schools (CBI and Sokhom Hun’s school

Evangelism Week:

Scheduled in March 3-7 and April 21-24.

Prayer Requests/Concerns:

1. Dennis & Sharon Welch have planted a new congregation in the north of town. So, Dennis will be teaching less at CBI to focus on this new work.
2. All are grads as they work and face different obstacles.
3. Our students – that we may be faithful in training them to do what God wants them to do.
4. Our 2nd son deployed to the war until March or April.

Graduate Enrichment:

Graduate Encouragement weekend in March. This will be a time to recharge and build each other up.

(Borey is facing persecution from his family because he is a Christian. Kimsrauv is facing opposition from the local mayor who wants to shut down the church there. Etc…)

Upcoming Schedule:

March 3-7 – Evangelism Week
Mar 10-April 11 – Psalms – Rich Dolan
Mar 10-21 – Sermon Prep Class
Mar 24-April 11 - James
April 14-16 – Khmer New Year Holiday
April 21-25 – Evangelism Week
April 28-May 30 – Gospel of John – Rich Dolan
April 28- May 30 – Isaiah

*I will be teaching at the Thai Christian Camp April 11-15


CBI UPDATE

August 16, 2013

Students:

1. Student Body - We had 11 students. Added 5 more this week and supposedly have 3-5 more coming soon. The new school year is always exciting.
2. Neoun Graduated in late June. He is the married man who studied for a year, then stopped to be with his family and came back 2 years later. He is currently working with the SNACK program (feeding and teaching poor kids in the villages) and has just planted a congregation in north Phnom Penh
3. Phally, Sreymom & Kakada graduate in mid-Sept

Classes:

April 18-May 17: Romans – Rich Dolan;
Wisdom Literature – Dale Lundy
May 20-31: Humanity of Jesus – Rich Dolan
O.T. History 2 (First ½) – Veasna Tol (his 1st full class to teach)
June 3-14: Evangelism Class (2 weeks, all day) – Tim Brumfield
June 17-22: School Break – 1 week
June 24-July 5: O.T. History 2 (Second ½) – Veasna Tol
June 24-July 26: ACTS – Dennis Welch
July 8-26: Sermon Prep Class – Rich Dolan and Tol Veasna
July 29-Aug 2: Evangelism Week

*Had to take off July 29th. The 28th (Sunday) were the national elections and most people had to travel back to their hometown to vote.

New Students:

Of the 5 new students we added between March and May, only Sothary is still in school. Two boys studied one week and didn’t come back. Leave stopped to study at the University. SreyPov dropped out.

As the new term starts, we added 5 more students, with 3-5 more to come.

Graduates News:

Of the 28 CBI graduates, 15 are working with churches (10 church plants), 8 are working with other ministries (SNACK program, orphanages, Sophy’s school, etc…) and 2 are working with ministry training schools (CBI and Sokhom Hun’s school)

Evangelism Week:

July 29-Aug 2nd One big group each day. Monday, we took off due to the national elections. Tuesday - a village close to TNT (not much success this time). Wednesday - one of two villages Sokhorn (Dec 2012 Grad) works with. Thursday to Takeo, a church plant GimSrauv (Dec 2012 Grad) works with. Friday about 2 ½ hours by van to a church plant Borey (July 2012 Grad) works with.

Prayer Requests/Concerns:

1. All the graduates and their various works
2. New students, they are like a deer in the headlights as they start to study.
3. License for 15 passenger vans. Still no word on our appeal.
4. My two youngest children, Reuben and Rebekah, who married this summer.

Graduate Enrichment:

We are planning to have a weekend (Thurs-Sat) seminar or retreat for our graduates. This will be a time to recharge and build each other up.

Upcoming Classes:

August 12-16 – Jesus the Man (Part 2) – Tol Veasna
August 12-23 – Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther – Dennis Welch
August 19-Sept 11 – Major Biblical Doctrines – Rich Dolan
August 19- Sept 13 – Bible Basics (new students) – Tol Veasna
August 26-Sept 13 – Ephesians – Dennis Welch
Sept 12-Sept 27 – Daniel – Rich Dolan
Sept 16-Sept 27 – Colossians – TBA
Oct 3-5 – Pchum Ben Holidays
Oct 7-Nov 1 – Evidences from Science and History
Oct 7 – Nov 1 – Biblical Intepretation
Nov 4-Nov 15 – 1st & 2nd Timothy and Titus – All Day

P.S. : I am sure the Welches enjoyed and recharged during their furlough time. The Dolans appreciate everyone who helped with the 2 weddings this summer, including those who worked hard to make it possible for us to be gone from here. My little health scare made us late in getting back. Thanks to everyone who helped; both in Cambodia and in the US.

CBI UPDATE

April 17, 2013

Students:

1. Student Body: Currently have 11 students. (4 graduated in December & 4 more in March.) We are taking on new students now.

2. Four graduated March 30th

  • Sokchea is working fulltime with the Ship of Life (run by Partners in Progress). He has the chance to talk with and teach people as they wait to see the doctors.
  • Tola is working with the SNACK program run by the Welches, studying to drive trucks and buses and helping the local church.
  • Markara is working with an NGO that helps girls get out of poverty and get an education.
  • SreyTouch is working with Doris Morrison at the English school Sophy runs for Khmer kids. She is hoping to help teach some of the new Christian ladies in the church planted at San Sok.

3. This was the 10th group to finish training at CBI. 27 people have graduated CBI.

Classes:

Feb 4-8: Practical Work of the Preacher (all day) – Loren Hollingsworth **

Feb 11-March 1: Galatians – Loren Hollingsworth and 2nd Corinthians – Bob Jackson
March 4-29: Church Growth and Planting – Rich Dolan; Old Testament History 1 – Dennis Welch
Apr 1-5: Sacrificial Systems – Dennis Welch
Apr 8-10: Evangelism Week
Apr 11-17: Khmer New Year Holiday
**During this special class, we invited all our graduates to come back and study.
I think he had 14 extra students in class.
Feb 25-March 1: I was blessed to be able to teach on the Resurrection at Sokhom’s school.

New Students: Of the 3 new students we added in January, on Ponlu is still in school. We did add Leave in March. He had been studying with Try at the BEST Center and Try encouraged him to attend CBI.

Prayer Requests/Concerns:

1. All the graduates and their various works.
2. Transitions while students graduate out to start their works & new students who come in.
3. Kimsrauv and his difficulty with the local official.
4. License for 15 passenger vans. We are on our last appeal, a letter to the Deputy Prime Minister of the country. He is currently in Singapore to receive a kidney transplant. Not looking good for our chances.

Evangelism Week: April 8-10. Usually, we divide into two groups and go out. Due to difficulty with getting approval for a license to drive the 15 passenger vans, we only took out one big group this time. Monday, we went to a new place to begin to teach. Tuesday, we went to the new work started by Chheoun in Svay Reang (about 3 ½ hours by van). There were 4 groups of 8-12 people being taught by our students at the same time. In addition, 60 kids were in the kids’ class. Wednesday we went to the new church planted by Borey (about 2 ½ hours by van).

Teaching Graduates:  What a pleasure it was to see so many of the graduates come back for Loren’s special class on the Work of a Preacher. I think they gain as much from the encouragement of being together as they do from the class. We are looking to do more things like this in the future for those who are out working.

Graduates News:

1. Sokun and Soklee continue to work hard in Battambong. They regularly have 30 adults and many kids at the congregation there.
2. Sothea is being supported by the local church again (on a trial basis) to work with two congregations in his area. You may remember we supported him for 2½ years and tried to wean him off support.
3. GimSrauv has had some difficulty with a local official (like a city mayor) threatening to stop him from teaching about Christ. Please keep him and his work in your prayer.
4. Sothea, (class of Jan 2009) and Veasna (class of June 2009), 2 more of our past graduates received the Bachelor’s degree that Sunset gives.

Upcoming Classes:

Apr. 18-May 17: Romans – Rich Dolan; Wisdom Literature – Dale Lundy
May 20-31: Humanity of Jesus – Rich Dolan; O.T. History 2 (First ½); Veasna Tol (his 1st full class to teach)
June 3-14 – Evangelism Class (2 weeks, all day) – Tim Brumfield
June 17-22 - School Break – 1 week
**I plan to be in the USA from June 4-July 3 for Rebekah’s (my daughter) wedding.
**The Welches will be in the USA from April 29th to June 8th

 

March 2, 2013

Hi, friends:

I hope you are staying warm and out of the snow. If it gets too cold there, feel free to come visit.

I am sure there are plenty of things to pray for there, but want to let you know some of what's on our hearts and minds here.

For CBI:
1. We've had a few bumps with a couple of graduated students being caught up in sin. Some correction and other help was given there. Thankfully, there's been repentance and change. Please help us pray that will continue.
2. You remember we had four graduate in December. Two are planting churches in their home villages (Chheoun reported teaching and baptizing one teen and his mother). One other is working with two fairly new congregations. This can be discouraging to them. Please help us pray they will be strong and courageous.
3. We have 4 more students graduating in March, two guys and two girls. One will work on the Ship of Life. The others are still trying to figure out what to do and how to serve. Please help us pray they will find God's will for their lives.

For Us:
1. Rebekah is getting married in June.   Please help us pray the marriage will be a blessing to them and an example to the world.
2. Reuben is getting married in August.  Ditto for his marriage.
3. Randall is deployed and will be for another 3 months. Please help us pray for his spiritual safety and growth along with his physical safety.

For the Church Here:
1. Lots of opportunities that are coming up. God's wisdom and guidance is needed.
2. It's such a young church (in terms of maturity). Please pray for continued growth.

Thanks for being our brothers, sisters and friends

Rich and Ronda

February 24 2013

Hey friends:

I know I don't always take time to keep you up on some of the progress of the gospel here. There have been some baptisms into Christ in different areas. Remember many of these are new works.

Theary was baptized into Christ Jesus our Lord a few weeks ago at the University congregation.

Last week, Chheoun baptized two ladies, a 16 year old and his mother, into the death of Jesus Christ. There are now those 3 Christians in his village in Svay Reang.

Today, KimSrauv baptized a lady in this village in Takeo. That makes 6 Christians there - KimSrauv, his parents, his younger brothers, one other lady and this new one.

Please continue to pray for the new Christians here.

Rich

 

Hi friends:

Quick update to tell you that my father-in-law, Loren Hollingsworth, is teaching a special class this week on the work of a preacher. (Loren has been a missionary and helped train preachers in Thailand for over 35 years. That's why I asked him to lead this class.)

I hoped it would be good for our current students. KInd of late, I had the idea to invite those who are out preaching now, as they would understand more and could really benefit. Right now 10 of them are back taking the class: Khim, Penh, Channy, Bora, Sovan, Kimsrauv, Chheoun, Borey, Vudt and one or two others are studying. Veasna is translating.

Please pray that this will be beneficial to the work here.

Rich

January 30, 2013

CBI Update

Prayer Requests/Concerns:
1. All the graduates and their various works.
2. Transitions while students graduate out to start their works & new students who come in.
3. Not been approved to receive a license for 15 passenger vans.

Students:
1. Student Body - Currently have 16 students. Had 4 graduate in December and added 3 new students in January.
2. Four graduate March 30th:
   - Sokchea will finish at the end of February.  He is hoping to work fulltime with the
     Ship of Life (run by Partners in Progress).
   - Tola, Markara & SreyTouch will finish at the end of March.
     =  Tola hopes to work independently & help the local church. The girls
         are considering various possibilities.
3. This will be the 10th group to finish training at CBI. 27 people will have graduated CBI

Classes:
November 19-23 – Evangelism Week
November 27-29 – Water Festival Holidays
December 3-21 – Jeremiah & Lamentations – Greg Fleming
December 3-21 – Spiritual Living & Ethics – Rich
January 1-25 - Revelation – Rich
                  - Basics Class for New Students – Veasna Tol
                  - Minor Prophets – Dennis Jan 28-31st –

Evangelism Week New Students:
Added 3 new students in January. Ponlu is about 18 years old and is a Christian. Chenda is a sweet girl about 19 years old. Pream is the son of a Christian family. He was baptized into Christ last Sunday at the Phnom Penh congregation. See their pictures soon on our blog.

Evangelism Week:
January 28-31st. We divided into two groups and went to 8 different places, most of which have CBI graduates working with or to establish local congregations. (Had to stop on Thursday because Friday, Feb. 1st through Monday, Feb. 4th are national holidays to mourn the King’s death and have his cremation.)

Teaching Graduates:
In late December, 5 of our past graduates, along with the 4 who graduated then, received the Bachelor’s degree that Sunset gives.

Graduates News:
1. Borey continues to work at planting a congregation in his village. They regularly have 15-20 adults and many teens come to worship.
2. Chheoun has moved to his village to start a congregation. They had 50 adults, many teens and many kids come to hear the teaching during the Evangelism Week.
3. GimSrauv is working to plant a congregation in his village. Right now, just his parents & younger brothers are Christians. We had 8 adults come to the teaching during the Evangelism Week.

Upcoming Classes:
Feb 4-8 – Practical Work of the Preacher (all day) – Loren Hollingsworth
Feb 11-March 1 – Galatians – Loren Hollingsworth
                      – 2nd Corinthians – Bob Jackson
March 4-29 – Church Growth and Planting – Rich Dolan
                - Old Testament History 1 – Dennis Welch
Apr 1-5     - Sacrificial Systems – Dennis Welch
Apr 8-10   - Evangelism Week
Apr 11-17 - Khmer New Year Holiday

I will spend much of February catching up the Admin stuff, meeting with & visiting the graduates & preachers, preparing for upcoming classes, language school, etc… Also, at the end of February, I will teach a short class at Sokhom Hun’s school. He is supported by the Walnut Hill congregation in Dallas.

 

December 21, 2012

Hi Friends:

Just wanted to let you know we had the 9th CBI graduation last night. It was a nice affair with a good attendance. Current students lead songs and prayers. Sovan (who graduated in Dec 2011 & who received a Bachelor's degree at the ceremony) spoke and encouraged the students to evangelize, even the face of persecution. Greg Fleming (who just finished teaching Jeremiah here), Dennis Welch, Tol Veasna and I stood in to represent the 16 Different Teachers who helped teach these men.

Graduates who received a CBI diploma are: Sem Chhourn, Lor KimSrauv, Phourng Chhaeut and Khoem Sokhorn. Those four men, along with former students Lor Sovan, Kom Sokun, Lot Soklee, Sou Sereyvuth and Dimm Borey also received the first set of Bachelors' Degrees we have been able to give.

Thanks for all you have done to make this possible.

Rich

P.S. Ronda will put up pictures on the blog - randrdolan.blogspot.com

CBI UPDATE

October 31, 2012

Students:

1. Student Body - Had 20 fulltime students, but 2 dropped out this month.
2. Four will graduate in December: Chhout – finished his studies this month; Sokhorn – finishes in November; Gimsrauv & Chhouern – will finish in December.
3. Graduation is December 22nd. This will make a total of 23 people who have graduated from CBI.

Classes:
October 1- 12 – New Testament Greek & start Luke
October 14-18 – Pchem Ben Holidays
October 22-26 – World Religions – Mark Hooper
October 22-November 16 – 1st Corinthians – John Breeden
October 29- November 16 – LUKE – Dennis Welch

New Students:
Of our two more students, Vanna Sum stopped studying at CBI. Vanna Heom is doing well. Plan to take on 4-5 new students after the group graduates in December.

Evangelism Week: November 19-23

Teaching Graduates:
Classes were Christian Family and (very basic) New Testament Greek.
Sept 6-8 (Thurs, all day Friday & Sat)
Sept. 27-29th (Thurs, all day Friday & Sat)
Oct 16-20 (Tues-Sat –All Day) This was during the big holiday break, kind of like at Christmas time in the US. All these grads gave up a lot of the holiday time to study.

This will allow them to receive the Bachelor’s degree Sunset gives.

New Drivers:
Many Khmers don’t have a driver’s license. We will lose many of the drivers for our weekend preaching trips at graduation time. Because we want to follow the law & insurance regulations, we have been helping the students get a license after they have been at CBI for a year. Several will take Driver’s Ed in Nov or Dec.

Upcoming Classes:
November 19-23 – Evangelism Week
November 27-29 – Water Festival Holidays
December 3-21 – Jeremiah & Lamentations – Greg Fleming
January 1-25 – Revelation – Rich
                  – Basics Class for New Students – Veasna Tol
                  – Minor Prophets – Dennis
Jan 28-Feb 1 – Evangelism Week
Feb 4-8 – Practical Work of the Preacher (all day) – Loren Hollingsworth
Feb 11-March 1 – Galatians – Loren Hollingsworth
                      – 2nd Corinthians – Bob Jackson

Graduates News:
1. Many of the graduates came back to study the extra classes in Sept & Oct. Ten studied the Christian Family and 11 the Greek class class. It was great to see them all and for them to be together.
***One added benefit – they really liked the idea of coming back together and seeing each other. We plan to offer some kind of get together for study, prayer, encouragement, etc. once every 3 or 4 months.
2. Kolab (June 2012 grad) took a job working with SNAK (the nutrition program started by Partners in Progress). She is focusing more on teaching God and following up with the families helped.|
3. Those who will Graduate in December
a. Chhout may work with a new plan to take care of a rubber plantation while he teaches & plants a church. This will allow him to become self-supporting.
b. Sokhorn plans to be a “travelling/local” evangelist, working with 3 congregations we have planted that are close together. Hopefully, they will be able to do much of his support between them. Currently, he travels there every weekend to work and teach.
c. Sovan will work with the church recently planted in his home village. Only his family are Christians right now.
d. Chhoeun wants to go to plant a church in his home village. He travels there (3 hour moto ride each way) every weekend to preach.

Prayer Requests/Concerns:
1. All the graduates and their various works.
2. Plans of the upcoming graduates.
3. Classes – that all the teachers will not only teach God’s word, but continue to model the Christian example that is so desperately needed here.
4. Insurance –still no resolution on the wall repair.
5. Not been able to find out about the license requirements for 15 passenger vans.

 

CBI Update

September 21, 2012

Students:
1. Student Body - We currently to 20 full-time students
2. Four graduate in December - Chhout, Sokhorn, Gimsrauv & Chhouern
3. We have now had 19 students graduate CBI – Sothea, Khim, Saleem, Veasna, Sophea, Chanty, Chheav, Try, Sovan, Soklee, Pisey, Sereyvuth, Sokun, Penh, Sopheap, Sokna, Vannat, Borei & Kolab.
4. 9 are working with churches (mostly churches planted by the work here), 2 are traveling evangelists, 2 are working with bible schools, 2 are helping at orphanages, 2 are wives of preachers and 1 is working in a ministry related area. (Some in dual roles).

Classes:
August 6-10 – Evangelism Week
August 13-31 – History of the Church in ACTS & 1st & 2nd Peter
September 3-28 – Hebrews & Ezekiel
October 1- 12 – New Testament Greek & start Luke

New Students:
We added two more students this month - Vanna Sum & Vanna Heom. Both are doing fairly well in their studies. They are both already Christians

Next Evangelism Week - November 19-23

Teaching Graduates:
You may remember that we are working with Sunset to give our graduates a Bachelor’s Degree. Our curriculum exceeds the required number of hours by quite a bit (120 to 140+ in most cases). But Sunset is requiring that we teach Christian Family and N.T. Greek in order to award a bachelor’s. So, Sept 6-8, met with 14 of our graduates and started teaching these classes. The plan was to meet one weekend a month until we finished. Because they desired to speed up the process, we will study again Sept. 27-29th. I appreciate Dennis teaching the current students all day on Friday so that I can teach the graduates.

Upcoming Classes:
October 14-18 – Pchem Ben Holidays
October 22-26 – World Religions – Mark Hooper & Phil Jackson
October 22-November 16 – 1st Corinthians – John Breeden
October 29- November 16 – finish LUKE – Dennis Welch
November 19-23 – Evangelism Week

November 27-29 – Water Festival Holidays December 3-21 – Jeremiah & Lamentations – Greg Fleming

Translation Book Update:

We received the Life of Christ books & study guides (translated into Khmer) right before I left for the USA in May. When I returned home, termites had eaten into 20-30 of the books. We bought new glass cabinets for the school and things are better. These books will be a huge blessing to the school and church.

Graduates News:
1. Borei (June 2012 grad) moved to his village to start a church. He currently is the only Christian, but reported 18 adults, 20 teens and many kids at the worship last Sunday. We have been sending out two students on the weekend to help him.
2.Sokun (Oct 2011 grad) and Soklee (Dec 2010 grad) continue the new work in Battambong. They reported 14 baptisms last month. (This is amazing. Many of these contacts come out of denominational groups.)
3. Sopheap (Oct 2011 grad) was working as a traveling evangelist. He has now moved back to his hometown, started pig farming and will assist Sokun & Soklee with the church in their village, hoping to start a church in his village soon.
4. Penh (Oct 2011 grad) recently joined Khim (Jan 2009 grad) as traveling evangelists. They do follow up from some of the camps here and also follow up at new churches planted.

Prayer Requests/Concerns:
1. 28 people baptized during the recent camp at TNT (14) and at the church planted in Battambong (14). That they will grow in the faith.
2. Borei, as he seeks to plant a church in his home village.
3. The wife of Neoun, a current student, just had a baby last week. Neoun studies at CBI while his wife lives in their hometown, about 5 hours away.
4. Insurance – some of you remember we had an issue where a student in reparking the school van, thought he was in reverse, but was in second. He cratered the van and cracked the wall. After a hassle, insurance has paid for the van repair, but have refused the claim to rebuild the wall and gate. Waiting for arbitration now.
5. Cambodia has apparently passed a law that only Khmers can have a license to drive 15 passenger vans. Since the school van, our van and the BEST Center van (Julie’s school) are all 15 passengers, this will affect us. At one time, we were told we would have to have a personal letter from the Prime Minister to skirt this law. (That’s about as likely as it snowing in Cambodia.)

July 5, 2012

New Books – Earlier this year, we finally received the Khmer translation of Richard Roger’s book THE LIFE of CHRIST. 2000 copies were printed and we received 500 of those for our use. Just a week ago or so, we received the study guides to go with that (1000 were printed and we have 250.) This is one of very few (if not the first) book on Jesus’ life in the Khmer Language. Thanks to all of you who helped make this possible. (These sell in the bookstore at a price the Khmers can afford. Thus, many people, including denominational leaders, will be using this book.) Rich

CBI Update

June 2012

Students:

1. Students – February, we added 3 new students. Two of those dropped out quickly. Sophal, the older married man is still with us. He struggles with the classes, but has a good heart. We also added Vanna in February. He is the older cousin of two of our students. In mid-June, we added Sopheara.
2. Graduation – Borey and Kolab both graduated on Saturday, June 16th. Borey will do some agriculture training, then plans to go to his village to start a church. Kolab may work with the Nutrition program, helping them to evangelize more. She may also work part-time at CBI, helping us with the girl students.

Check our blog: randrdolan.blogspot.com for pictures.

This makes 19 graduates of CBI!!

Classes:
February 27 – March 20– Psalms – Rich Dolan
March 7-27 – James – Dennis Welch
March 5-6 & 28-30 – Evangelism Week
April 2-13 – New Testament Church (all day) – Rich Dolan
April 16-20 – KHMER NEW YEAR HOLIDAY
April 23-May 25 – John – Bobby Deason
April 23-May 25 – Isaiah – Dale Lundy
May 28-June 1 – Evangelism Week
June 4-15 – 1st & 2nd Thessalonians – Dennis Welch
June 4-8 – Leadership – Dale Lundy
June 11-29 – Plan of Redemption – Rich Dolan
**All classes taught by Dennis and I are in Khmer

 

News:
Bachelor’s Degree- while in the US, I had a meeting and Sunset to continue discussions on us being able to offer the Bachelor’s Degree through Sunset. It looks like that will happen. Probably doesn’t make much difference to the churches here, but will help any of our students who want to also study at a university here and/or in a secular job search (especially our female students.)

Graduates News:
1. Sopheap (Oct 2011 grad) and Khim (Jan 2009 grad) continue to work as travelling evangelists. They will start going to some new villages where churches have been planted.
2. Sokun (Oct 2011 grad) and Soklee (Dec 2010 grad) continue the work in Battambong. They are completing a structure for the church to meet in. Before, they met under a tree, which is okay until rainy season came.
3. Sokna (Oct 2011 grad & wife of Sovan Dec 2010 grad) will be starting a small store in their village of Saing, with the goal to become self-supporting
4. Sothea (Jan 2009 grad) has gone off support from the local Phnom Penh congregations. That is not going well and is difficult for him. He has taken a local job to help support his family. That’s okay as the goal is get these men off any foreign support as soon as is possible.

USA Trips:
Welches were in the States from late March to the first of May, meeting with churches and talking about the SNAK. This program continues to add in the outreach and evangelism in Cambodia. The Welches are seeking funds to keep this going. Please contact Dennis if you have an interest.

Dolans gone from late April/early May; one week with Reuben in London, then on the USA. Our daughter, Rebekah, graduated May 12. It was great to be there with her and my parents on Mother’s Day.

 

 

 

February, 2012

CBI Update
Students
:

1. New Students – You may remember we added 5 new students in November. At the start of February, we added 3 more. Sophal and Ngeit are both from Chhout’s (current student) village. Somnang is an older married man from a village. He plans to study during the week and travel home on the weekend. See pictures at our blog http://www.randrdolan.blogspot.com/

2. Class for New Students: Just started a class for newer students (7 all together) that Veasna is teaching. It meets during the time Loren is teaching Daniel. The thought was that it’s better for our new students to get some basics. This is Veasna’s first class to teach at CBI.

3. One on One Meetings: Dennis and I met with the students one on one this week. This was to go over their progress and help map out a plan for them.

Classes:
January 2-27 – Philippians and Epistles of John – George Carman
                  – Gospel of Mark – Dennis Welch (in Khmer)
January 30-Feb 3 – Evangelism Week
February 6-17 – Characteristics of Jesus – Bob Jackson
February 6-March 2 – Daniel – Loren Hollingsworth
February 6-March 2 – Bible Basics – Veasna Tol

Evangelism Week:
Last week, we went out to 8 different villages. We were able to split the students into two groups. (Glad to have use of the van the Welches helped procure for CBI and the SNACK program.) 7 of those villages don’t have a church meeting there now. Pray that God will bless this effort with new church plants.

Graduates News:
1.Veasna (June 2009 grad), Chheav (Dec 2009 grad) and Try (June 2010 grad) have all been helping to translate.

Upcoming Classes:
February 20-March 27 – Psalms – Rich Dolan (in Khmer)
March 5-6 – Evangelism Days
March 7-March 27 – James – Dennis Welch (In Khmer)
March 28-30 – Evangelism Days
April 2-13 – New Testament Church – Rich (all day class)
April 14-20 – KHMER New Year holiday
April 23-May 25 – Gospel of John – Bobby Deason
April 23-May 25 – Isaiah – Dale Lundy
June 4-22 – 1 & 2 Thessalonians – Dennis
June 4-22 – Scheme of Redemption – Rich

USA Trips

Welches plan to be in the US from the end of March to the first part of May. Dennis will be presenting information about the SNAK program at the Pepperdine Lectures.

Dolans plan to be in the US from late April/early May for about a month. Our daughter, Rebekah, graduates from A&M in the May 10-12 weekend.

Guests:
Kayla Maynard – January 15th -March 18th (Dolans)
Bob & Sandy Jackson – Feb 3rd-Feb 21st (Welches)
Loren & Penny Hollingsworth – early Feb to March 6th (Dolans)
Ron & Shirley Downey – Feb 16-28 (BEST Center)
2 Brothers from Vietnam – Feb 23-25 – Hotel
Rebekah Dolan – Most of April we hope
Bobby Deason & Dale Lundy – Late April to late May
Aggies for Christ Group – Month of June
Sierra & Asia Hollingsworth (our nieces) – Mid June to late July
YOUR NAME – Whenever you can Come

February 7, 2012

These are pictures of the baptism yesterday. The girl wanted to study English, but didn't pass the entrance test. So, instead, she studied the Bible with Sereyvuth. Sereyvuth is a June 2011 graduate of CBI who now works with the University church part time.

   

Rich

CBI UPDATE

December 2011

CBI Update Students:
1.   New Students – After the late October graduation, we added 5 new students. They are Piseth (a brother of Navy’s friend), LiHeang (a friend of Kolab), Hunah (a brother of Phally), Rodthah and Sophy (a friend of Sokhorn). Sophy was homesick and left CBI. The others seem to be doing well. See our blog http://www.randrdolan.blogspot.com/ for pictures.
2.  Other changes:  Rathana left the school in December. We hope he will come back, but don’t know. One of the realties here is that of the students who start the program, only about 2/3 finish. We hope to add two new students, from our waiting list, in January.

Classes:
November 6-13 – Water Festival and Independence Day Holidays
November 14- December 17 – Matthew – Doug Reeves (Sunset)
(Tray Khim Try, June 2010 graduate, translated)
November 14-Dec 2 – Historical Christian Evidences – Rich Dolan
Dec 5-17 – Cross of Christ – Rich Dolan

New Drivers:
Many Khmers don’t have a driver’s license. With the recent graduation, we lost most of the drivers for our weekend preaching trips. Because we want to follow the law and abide by insurance regulations, we have been helping the students get a license after they have been at CBI for a year. 4 students completed Driver’s Ed this month. They had to go every day at 6 a.m. 3 more are taking driver’s ed during the break.

Graduates News:

1.  Sovan (Dec 2010 grad) has had 4-5 baptisms at Saing during the past two weeks.
2.  Sokun (Oct 2011 grad) and Soklee (Dec 2010 grad) have started working together planting a church in Battambong. You may remember that Sokun used to be a pastor in a denominational group.   He reported 11 baptisms from that group in the first week he was back teaching.
3.  Sothea (Jan 2009 grad) has gone off support from the local Phnom Penh congregations. He is set up in pig farming to support himself. As far as I can tell, he is the first self-supporting/local church supported preacher in Cambodia. Please keep him in your prayers as there will be some bumps in this transition time.
4. Sopheap (Oct 2011 grad) and Khim (Jan 2009 grad) have teamed up to do follow up work with the churches at TNT and Sang Sok. The Sang Sok congregation was started this year. The church leaders there are Vannak and Sophy, former part time students at CBI. They currently work full time at the English school there.

Upcoming Classes:
January 2-27 – Philippians and Epistles of John – George Carman
                  – Gospel of Mark – Dennis Welch
January 30-Feb 3 – Evangelism Week
February 6-17 – Characteristics of Jesus – Bob Jackson
February 6-March 2 – Daniel – Loren Hollingsworth
February 20-March 27 – Psalms – Rich Dolan
March 5-March 27 – James – Dennis Welch

Miscellaneous:
January 7th – Wedding in Siem Reap of Sokchea Lork (Tawn’s youngest brother and a former CBI student) and Pisey (1st female to graduate CBI - December 2010)
January 6th – to go with that, the Siem Reap congregation is hosting a meeting for church leaders in Cambodia. This is a chance to discuss the work here.
January 28th – Wedding of Sokun (Oct 2011 graduate) in Battambong.

Guests coming:
Kayla Maynard – January 15th - March 18th
George & Hilda Carman – December 31st to January 30th
Bob & Sandy Jackson – Feb 3rd-Feb 21st
Loren & Penny Hollingsworth – early Feb to March 6th

USA Trips:
Welches plan to be in the US from the end of March to the first part of May. Dennis will be presenting information about the SNAK program at the Pepperdine Lectures. Dolans plan to be in the US from late April/early May for about a month. Our daughter, Rebekah, graduates from A&M in the May 10-12 weekend.

 

CBI Update

October 31, 2011

Graduation:
We had a great graduation Saturday night. 70-80 people joined with us as Sokun, Penh, Sopheap, and Sokna all received their certificates. (Vannat, the 5th student, decided to wait to receive his certificate until he finishes make up classes next month.)
1. Sokun will do some vocational training to farm and then plans to start a congregation in his village in Battambong.
2. Penh and Sopheap want to help the local church while they do vocational training. They are starting to work with Khim (2008 graduate) in following up with local congregations and efforts.
3. Sokna will join her husband (Sovan, Dec. 2010 graduate) as he preaches in Saing,
4. ****Vannat will train to farm and see what opportunities come up.

Students:
1. Student Body - We had 21 full time students.  As these 5 leave, we will add 5 more to take their place.  We currently have about 6-8 who want to come.
2. We have now had 16 students graduate CBI - Sothea, Khim, Saleem, Veasna, Sophea, Chanty, Chheav, Try, Sovan, Soklee, Pisey, Sereyvuth and now Sokun, Penh, Sopheap and Sokna.

Classes:
October 3-28 – Apologetics (Evidences for believing in God)– Rich Dolan
October 3-28 – Biblical Interpretation – Dennis Welch (this was Dennis’ 2nd class to teach in Khmer.  Praise God for his progress in the language skill.

Evangelism Weeks:
November 1-4 (Oct. 31st is a national holiday for the former King’s birthday).
Tuesday – Throul Pang Petrea and Lvea ( new place) - 2 groups
Wednesday – ChomChou (Chheav’s place) & Sang Sok – 2 groups
Thursday – Rang Dak ( Home of Vuth, Vath, SreyMom, Makara, Tola, Srey Thouch and Sokchea) Friday – Around CBI and the Best Center – 2 groups

Upcoming Classes:
November 6-13 – Water Festival and Independence Day Holidays
November 14-December 17 – Matthew – Doug Reeves (Sunset) Tray Khim Try, June 2010 graduate, will translate
November 14-December 2 – Historical Christian Evidences – Rich Dolan
December 5-17 – Cross of Christ – Rich Dolan

Visitors Coming:
We had lunch with the Welches today and talked about some of our coming visitiors. Here’s what I remember:
November 3-December 12 – Doug & Marge Reeves are coming (Marge will leave on November 11th.) Doug will teach at CBI.
November 14-23 Welches will have an elder and his wife from the States
November 17-26 – Nathan and Wendy Lee will be with us from the Broken Arrow Missions Committee.
December 5-18 – Dennis’brother, Doug Welch will be here.
December 27-Jan 12 – A family from the church who oversees the Nutrition Program will be here with the Welches.
December 31-January 30 – George & Hilda Carman will be with us while George teaches at CBI.
January-March (?) – Kayla Maynard, a soon to be Harding graduate, will be with us while she teaches at the BEST Center. Kayla was a teen in our youth group at Broken Arrow and is a dear family friend.
February – Bob & Sandy Jackson will be with the Welches for two weeks while Bob teaches at CBI.
February – early March – Loren & Penny Hollingsworth will be with us while Loren (my father-in-law) teaches at CBI.
February – Kim Binkley, from the Broken Arrow congregation will be here with us.

 

CBI Update - October 6, 2011

Students: Veasna (June 2009), Chheav (Dec 2009) and Try (June 2010) continue rotate translating at the school when we need it.

1. Student Body - We currently have 21 full time students and 3 part time students. The part time students all have full time jobs, but attend CBI either in the morning or afternoon.
2. Five will graduate at the end of October - Sokun, Penh, Sopheap, Sokna and Vannat. Sokun plans to start a congregation in his home village (see below), Penh and Sopheap want to help the local church while they do vocational training, Sokna will join her husband (Sovan, Dec. 2010 graduate) as he preaches in Saing, Vannat is undecided about what he will do.
3. We have now had 12 students graduate from CBI - Sothea, Khim, Saleem, Veasna, Sophea, Chanty, Chheav, Try, Sovan, Soklee, Pisey and Sereyvuth. Most of these are working in ministry or related areas.

Classes:
July 22nd to August 5th - 2 week break
August 6-12 - Evangelism week; August 14-19 – 7th Habits of Effective Christians (I taught all day); August 22-September 2 – 1 &2 Timothy and Titus - James Glasscock taught for six hours each day. James is a preacher in Troy, New York.  He previously preached in Texas & was a missionary in Russia.  Jimmy was one of our teenagers while we worked in San Angelo, TX.  It was great to have him here.  September 5-23 – Colossians/Philemon - I taught for 3 hours each day.  September 5-23 – Dennis Welch, my co-worker, taught Ephesians in the afternoon. This was his first class to teach in Khmer.

New Students:
In August we added three new students - Srey Mom and two others. The other two decided CBI was not for them and left.  Later, we added Kakada.  We now have 5 students on a waiting list, but don’t have room for them.  (Most of our students live and eat at the school.)  We will add more students at the end of October, when 5 graduate.  In early June, we added 2 new students. Rathana & Phally.

Evangelism Weeks:
August 5th -12th - Keep in mind that the law forbids us to go door to door to teach about Jesus.  
Saturday, August 6th-Tuesday, August 9th - Took all the students up to teach in the Battambong area, about 180 miles away (In Cambodia a province & the capital city of a province usually have the same name. Like Oklahoma City and Oklahoma.)  All these places below are within 5 miles of each other.  Channy’s and Soklee’s are less than a mile apart.
Sunday, we taught at Sokun's father's house. (Sokun will graduate in late October. He plans to move back to this village. His father was an elder in the denominational church there but was kicked out of the church in a conflict.) Many of the denominational people came. There must have been 60 adults and 80 or so kids. It was great. I think Sokun can convert that entire group. Sokun played keyboard & was a “pastor” there before he came to CBI.  Most of them have left the denominational group they were with.
Monday, we taught at Soklee's house and Channy's area. At Soklee's house, the boys actually taught in an abandoned New Apostolic Church building. Soklee's father had been one of the elders there. Channy's group did a good job going house to house. Channy hopes to move back there next year. He is married and has a baby (named Rebekah). He will finish up his bachelor’s in law.
Soklee is one of our graduates who took training to repair motos. He works now with Chheav at the church started in the Chaom Choa area of Phnom Penh. Soklee could move back to the Battambong province sometime in the new future. He is one who wanted to start chicken farming on his father’s land. The family will care for the chickens and split the profits with him. I looked over the area and talked with him and his family while we were there. I gave him the $400 for start up costs. We used some of the vocational money given by individuals at Broken Arrow to help with this effort.
Thursday August 11th
a. Throul Pang Petrea – New village we have been teaching at. – Rich and 9 students.
b. TDT (name?) – Veasna & Nutrition Truck have been going to. Dennis and 9 students.
Many were busy in the rice field. Had some talks and studies. One 16 year old girl baptized.
Friday August 12th
a. Chom Ju – Chheav’s – about 8 students and Dennis b. Sang Sok – Vannak and Sophy’s – 14 workers plus Doris, Vannak and Sophy. Broke into 4 or 5 groups to visit and invite people. Started teaching at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Two who wanted to be baptized (one Veasna and I studied with). Afraid or unable to travel. No place there. One came the next Sunday to PP church and was baptized there.

Next Evangelism Week - November 1-4, 2011 (4 days) Asian Mission Forum: 
Ronda and I attended the Asian Mission Forum for the first time, July 30th to August 3rd.   It was in Thailand and was the 50th anniversary.   Over 250 missionaries from all over Asia were there.  It was really good to be able to go.  The North Heights church in Batesville provided most of the funds for this.

Upcoming Classes: October 3-28 – Apologetics (Evidences for believing in God)– Rich Dolan
October 3-28 – Biblical Interpretation – Dennis Welch
November 1-4 – Evangelism Week
November 6-13 – Water Festival and Independence Day Holidays
November 14- December 17 – Matthew – Doug Reeves (Sunset)
November 14-Dec 2 – Historical Christian Evidences – Rich Dolan
December 5-17 – Cross of Christ – Rich Dolan

CBI 2010-2011 Overview:

1. Student Timeline:
August - Added 1 New Student - Choeut
September - Added 3 New Students - Sokhorn, Chheun & Sokhat (Sokhat quit)
October - Added 1 New Student - KimSreav
Dec – Tawn died late in the month
January – Added 1 New Student - Sokchea
Late January – Added 3 New Students – Tola, Makara and Srey Thouch
February – Sokchea, Tola, Makara & Srey Thouch were baptized into Christ.
March – Took students to Siem Reap Lectureships.
April – Evangelism Thrust – 2 Week Campaign
June – Added 2 New Students – Rathana & Phally. Took the students on a retreat with the Texas A&M students.
July – Rathana and Phally were baptized into Christ

Started the year with 13 full time students. 4 students graduated during the year and we ended the school year with 19 full time students & 3 part time students

2. Graduations:
December 2010 – Sovan Lor, Seng Pisey, Soklee Lot (3)
June 2011– Sereyvuth Sou (1)

3. Evangelism Weeks – September, October, Feb, March, 2 Week Evangelism Thrust in April, July. We are scheduled to have evangelism weeks in August, November, January, Februay and May. We started trying to go out in 2 groups each day and were able to go to several new places.

4. Churches started:
Throul Pang Petrea - The Nutrition truck began going there and Veasna started studying with people there. We’ve gone to help in that effort and send students to teach.
Kam Pot - This is a little further away (about 2 hours travel), but is the home of Vannak. We’ve been down three or four times on Evangelism Weeks and other times. Four were baptized into Christ. We have been sending Vannak and one or two students each weekend.
Sang Sok - This is the location of Doris, Vannak and Sophy’s school. They started a church that meets in the school. We send students to help as well as visit during Evangelism weeks.

5. Previous church plants:
Odem – Chheav moved this congregation to another place (Choum Chou) that has many more people in the area. Soklee, a December graduate, moved in with him and is working with him.
Saing (Try’s Village) – This is still a small congregation. Sovan (Dec Grad) moved there in February to work with the congregation. He recently married Sokna (Try’s sister and a CBI student).
Vuth’s village – church still going strong. Have about 30 attend. Vuth moved there in June to begin working with the church fulltime.
Krang Dong – Sothea (Jan 2009 graduate) works with this congregation. Still a small & weak church. They did send Chhout to study at CBI in the fall of last year.

6. 2010-2011 Graduates:
a. Sovan is working full time with the church at Saing and doing pig farming as a vocation to help support himself.
b. Soklee took training repairing motos. After that, he moved to help Chheav with the church plant at Choum Chou.
c. Pisey moved to Siem Reap to work with the orphanage there. She plans to marry Sokchea (Tawn’s brother and a former CBI student) early next year.
d. Vuth graduated in June and moved to work with the church planted in his home village (Rang Dak). That congregation has sent 5 current students to CBI.

7. Upcoming Graduates – We will meet in August to talk more about their plans
a. November 2011 – Sokun, Sopheap, Penh, Sokna (2nd female graduate) & possibly Vannat. Several of these are from Battambong province and hope to go there to start the church.
b. Spring 2011 – Borey (male) and Kolab (girl)

8. Publisher – Translating books into Khmer
a. Used the translated Paid in Full (Romans) books in Feb class. Didn’t have the study guides in time. We received 25% of the 2,000 books and 1,000 study guides produced. We gave 25 copies to Sokhom Hun and 40 copies to the school at Siem Reap.
b. Started the Khmer translation of Life of Christ (same amount of books & study guides.) Should be finished by September 2011. With Batesville’s promised $4,000 contribution and the $600 give by Rebekah and the college students, we will be within $2,000 of the cost needed. Broken Arrow will raise the remainder.

9. Visiting teachers:
a. August–December – Ken Fox (longtime missionary) – 1 class, John Breeden (Elder and Ken’s friend) – 1 class, Mark Hooper (Missions Resource Network) – 2 short courses, Dennis Welch taught 2 classes, Tawn Lork taught 1 class, while I taught 3 classes (in Khmer).
b. January-June – Loren Hollingsworth (Missionary to Thailand) – 1 class, Dale Lundy- regular class and a short class, Tim Brumfield (Sunset instructor) – 1 class & 2 week Evangelism thrust, Bobby Deason – 1 class (in Tawn’s place) and Ron Downey (from Sunset) – 1 class
(c) In addition, Dennis Welch taught Sacrificial Systems, a short course (Humanity of Christ), Old Testament History and a short course on Ezra, Nehemiah & Esther. I taught Church Growth and Major Biblical Doctrines. Also taught a short course on Sermon Preparation.

10. Miscellaneous:
a. Tawn’s death was obviously a big blow to the school and to us personally. It has been a blessing though, to see so many people step up to help. And, to help guide our students through a difficult time, helping them learn to depend more on God.
b. Navy, Tawn’s wife, continues on at the school helping to handle the finances and bill paying. She also is a kind of dorm mom.
c. Veasna, Chheav and Try (all CBI graduates) have all helped tremendously in sharing the translating, helping with editing the books, etc.
d. Two of the part time students work together full time with Doris Morrison (another Christian) at a school teaching English. Doris told them to stop studying at CBI for now, in order to work on their English skills for teaching.
e. Julie’s work at the BEST Center (Bible English Study and Training) continues to go well. Sometimes a couple comes and while the husband teaches at CBI, his wife teaches at the BEST Center. The University church of Christ continues to meet at the BEST Center.

Thanks for all you do for the God’s Kingdom here.

Rich

 

CBI Update

June 29, 2011 Classes : April 25-May 25 – Bobby Deason taught ACTS (in Tawn’s place
April 25- May 20 - Dennis Welch taught O.T. History 1.
May 23-June 17 – Ron Downey taught O.T. History

Part 2.
May 26-June 17- I taught Major Biblical Doctrines (Father, Son & Holy Spirit).

USA Trip :
April 26-May 24 – It was great to see and be with so many people while we were in the States. Wish we could have visited with you longer. We started with our son, Reuben’s, graduation at Pepperdine, travelled to Broken Arrow, then on to Arkansas to see our daughter-in-law and then on to North Heights in Batesville. We did enjoy another week in Broken Arrow, then on to our son’s in Abilene, with a side trip to San Angelo. After that, it was on to Midland to my parents’50th wedding anniversary celebration. It was really good to see so many of you on the way. Thanks for all you do to encourage us and to help the work here.

Graduates News:

Thanks go out again to Veasna, Chheav and Try who continue to rotate translating at the school when we need it.

1. Vuth graduated on June 12th - He actually finished his course work at the end of April, but wanted to have the graduation after Ronda and I got back. Vuth immediately moved to his home village, Rang Dak, and has begun his full time work there. Please keep him in your prayers. (Pictures to follow later.)
2. Sovan, December 2010 Graduate and Sokna, November, 2011 graduate – It was my pleasure to join them in marriage on the Saturday after we got back (May 28th). Sokna plans to stay in CBI until she finishes. Sovan has a full time work at Thoul Thrarang. Please keep them in your prayers during their time apart. (Pictures - later.)
3. Soklee, December 2010 Graduate - has completed his vocational training. He has moved out to Chheav’s house and will work with Chheav in the church started there.

Evangelism Weeks:
July 4-8 – It will seem weird to be out teaching on July 4th, but for some reason, they don’t celebrate our Independence Day here.

New Students:
In early June, we added 2 new students. Rathana is the older brother of Navy’s friend. Phally is a cousin of Navy. Both have the deer in the headlights look that is common among our new students. But, I think they will do well.
Classes :

We are currently on a 2 week break, but will resume again with the Evangelism week July 4-8.
July 11-22 – I will teach a Sermon/Lesson Prep Class (Herman Alexander was scheduled to teach, but had to have a surgery instead & could not come.)
July 11-22 – Dennis will teach on Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther.

Retreat:
June 17-19, we took all our students, along with the Aggies for Christ who are here, on a retreat to Siem Reap. It was a great trip and really good weekend. (In case you did not know, our daughter, Rebekah and 6 of her college friends, have been here for 5 weeks. They are teaching at the BEST Center about 10 hours per day. It has been a joy to have them living with us.)

Special Request:
Dennis Welch, my co-worker, has been working hard to increase his language skills. He plans to teach Ephesians in Khmer this coming September. Please encourage him and lift him up to the Father in prayer.

 

CBI Update April 11, 2011

Happy Khmer New Year!!!! The New Year Holiday is actually April 13-15.   However, everyone takes the week off and the city really empties out. Guesses are that 2 million people from Phnom Penh travel to their home villages during this time.

Classes :
February 7th to March 11th – Loren Hollingsworth taught Romans & Dale Lundy taught the Wisdom Literature (in Tawn’s place).
March 14-18 – Dale Lundy taught an all day, one week class on Leadership. Mid March to April – see the Evangelism Classes and Campaign below.
April 25-May 25 – Bobby Deason will teach ACTS (in Tawn’s place) & Dennis Welch will teach O.T. History 1.

Bobby’s filling in for us will allow Ronda and I to make it to our son’s college graduation and to my parents ’50th Wedding Celebration. Thanks to all these men for teaching and sharing their lives.

Evangelism Classes and Campaign Weeks:
From March 21 to April 1st, Tim Brumfield has been here teaching on Evangelism.  We are in the middle of two weeks of Evangelistic efforts (with the New Year in between.)  Here is what the first week looked like.  Please keep in mind that the law forbids us to go door to door and forbids us to pass out literature, both of these under the threat of prosecution. Many of our students were scared about trying to talk with people. They were afraid we might be put into jail, but we found that it would work and was okay.

1st Week: Monday, April 4 – BEST Center Area - (All students, Veasna, Chheav, Try, Dennis, Tim and I – around 25 total)
Tuesday, April 5 – Thoul Thrarang – Try & Sovan”s Village, our first time there (All students, Veasna, Chheav, Try, Dennis, Tim and I – around 25 total)
Wednesday, April 6 – Sang Sok -Vannak’s & Sophy’s area in Phnom Penh, our first time there. Changed from Friday – partly due to fire at factory out there and the chance to minister to those affected by it. (All students -Minus Kolab and KimSreav who were sick, Veasna, Chheav, Dennis, Tim and I – around 20 total)
Thursday, April 7 – TPP (Trapeang Putrea) New Place, our first time there. About 12 people went there. Two who had studied with Veasna in the past, were baptized into Christ. 2 more on Sunday. NEW CHURCH there now. & TNT – About 12 went there. Sokun taught 14 adults at TNT, Makara & Kolab taught about 30 kids. Vannak, Sokorn and others taught many at Sokorn’s house, 2 other groups went out.
Friday, April 8 – CBI Area (Changed from Weds) (All students minus Vuth, Penh & Sokna. Also, Veasna, Chheav, Tim and I – around 18 total) Many were sick, tired and dragging.  Lunch and stopped – afternoon part