Far to the north-east of Phnom Penh, on the border with Vietnam, lies the district of Snoul, where OMF has been working since 2006. It all started when the Ministry of Education asked our workers in Kratie to help support rural primary school teachers there. Daniel and Wei Wei arrived in 2008 to focus on church planting as well as education. There were at that time Christians among minority peoples but very few among the Khmer.
However, Daniel met a local believer, Bu Ruah, who had been praying for many years for someone to come and teach him from the Bible. Later Wei Wei could start discipling Srey Leang who had first heard the Gospel through this Khmer man. Srey Leang has had much opposition to her faith from neighbours and family, but has remained strong. Her father, who was strongly opposed to her faith and therefore treated her very differently from her siblings, recently died. Srey Leang nursed him when he was ill and before he died he accepted Jesus. One of Srey Leang’s neighbors observed her care for, and witness to, her father in his last days and now she believes in Jesus too.
She has since experienced Jesus overcoming her nightmares; they have now completely stopped, to the amazement of all her neighbours who were used to being woken by her screams! However, there remains a need for a spiritual breakthrough in this place where still only a handful of Khmer believe. There are many who hear but feel they could not be the first in their village to convert.
The team were soon also asked to run a library project alongside the literacy work; two of the libraries were in communes with no Christian presence at all. Within two years the local officials in these two communes allowed Christian books into the new libraries. Our literacy projects, mobile library and teacher training help build relationships within the community and serve as bridges for outreach. In 2012 Nathan and Brianna with their children joined the team.
We thank God for this growth in personnel: please pray that the Lord would work through them to make inroads for the Gospel and for God’s Spirit to flow like a river across the red dusty soil of Snoul.