Joelle's Monthly Prayer Letter
Keen to Integrate
a.) Improving my Khmer - although I will be teaching English, I will still need to fully instruct the children in Khmer and once my Khmer improves, I also hope to use this time to practice telling some simple Bible stories.
b.) Serving at my Church - although I am not yet in a position to
teach the Bible in Khmer to University students, I am still keen to serve in anyway possible at my church and get more involved with what's going on.
c.) Giving me an opportunity to practice building relationships - the children I will be teaching live in a community at the back of our Church. It would be great if I could get to visit the children's homes and practice introducing myself to strangers and trying to build friendships.
For the reasons above, please pray this new venture would be just the thing I need to improve my Khmer and more fully integrate with the Cambodian people. Also pray that I would have the energy to do the classes at the end of an already full day, would enjoy and love the children, and be able to share something of Christ with them.
Other Prayer Requests
Pray for non-Christian family and friends who received my quarterly newsletter 'Beautiful Feet' last month. Pray God would use these newsletters for His own Glory and witness. Pray also that I would better know how to write accessible and yet faithful newsletters to such a wide audience.
Continue to pray for my witness on Street 578. I have spoken briefly to a few neighbours and Jimpy (my new puppy) will be coming to help me better befriend them in July. I have had some heads nod approvingly since like everyone else I started sweeping the street early in the mornings in my PJ's!
Please pray that God would help me work through how to live among such horrifying poverty. I have really struggled with feelings of guilt and then repulsion at my comparative abundance. Pray that I would remember a persons status before the throne of God is their most desperate need and remain focused on proclaiming the Gospel.
The General Elections are taking place in July. Protests and rallies can quickly become violent and the parties frequently use bribery and corrupt means to gain votes. Please pray for safe streets and peaceful rallies during this months elections.