29 December 2008

Christmas with Seda's Family 2008

We had a pretty simple Christmas here in Cambodia this week... a gift or two for people, reading the Christmas account from Luke, and playing a game with banannas... ah, Cambodia... here a few pics...

Gospel Commission Fellowship Christmas 2008

Here are some pics of the Gospel Commission Fellowship Christmas program... complete with an after service meal...

Asia's Hope Christmas 2008

Here are some excellent pics from the Asia's Hope Christmas program in PrekEng... the kids did a great job! Savorn and all of the teachers did a fantastic job of organizing it also... including carving up a cow!

22 December 2008

A long time coming...

I have had such great intentions of writing synopses for each of these books, but alas, there is no time... so in case anyone cares, here are some books that I have read, and in some cases begun to digest mentally and spiritually, over the last (geesh) 6 months. (????)

1. The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical by Shane Claiborne... I will just have to say that I am reading this book for the second time, and the first time I was really confronted with a book and ideas that need to be broadcast into the lives of every Christian... I was impressed with the fact that there are things about this Christian life that I have missed out on, and things that need to change in the way I live the Christian life... I hate to say it this way, but "You must read this book". Here is a short video of Shane reading an excerpt...



2. Tramp for the Lord, by Corrie Ten Boom. I have heard of this woman for a long time, but I have never read anything by her. This book was sent to me by some friends at the church in Mansfield, and even though it took me a while to read, it was SO encouraging to read about the faith and works that God performed through this little Dutch woman who lived through the Nazi holocaust and concentration camps... Here's a 1974 interview of her with good old Pat Robertson...



3. Black Echo by Michael Connelly. I have read this book several times before, but I continue to count it among Connelly's best... it may be his first book of the 20 or so that he has written, but it is a compelling novel that has great characters and competnecy in regards to presenting an understanding of a police officer in Los Angeles... his Harry Bosch series begins here, and for novel readers, it is a good one to pick up...

4. I have slowly gotten into reading John Grisham... I know that I am about 20 years behind the rest of his fans, but I have read three or four of his books now, and really enjoyed them... So, I recently read The Client... well constructed, but even though it touched me as a bit unbelievable at times, I enjoyed the artistic side and how he put all of the pieces of the story together... here is the trailer from the eventual movie...

20 December 2008

A wedding update!

The Cambodian marriage law forbidding foreigners from marrying Cambodian women has changed, and Seda and I will be getting married SOON! Actually... February 7! Please keep us in your prayers as we try to get a lot done in a short amount of time! We are obviously excited, but more importantly, we want to honor the Lord on that day, as well as in all of the preparations. And by the way, you are all invited! May God bless you.