• Five Suns in Battambang

    Five Suns in Battambang

    It’s been a Mark Twain month: “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” In my word’s, “Weird!” There were five suns over Battambang on April Fool’s Day, and it was no joke (click here to see video footage).  Obviously, it was caused by some strange atmospheric optical effect, but all the local shaman claim it’s a “Bad omen!” Since our God loves to prove them wrong, it must be good news! It definitely stirred some emotions and … Continue reading

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  • They Killed the Wrong Pig

    They Killed the Wrong Pig

    One of our kids came up to me highly agitated and exclaimed, “They killed the wrong pig!” My head snapped around and I simply asked, “What?” She explained, “They ate our boar (male pig)! No one in their right mind eats their prize boar!”  I was dumbfounded! My mouth fell open in a combination of despair and unbelief. “Why?” I asked incredulously. “They don’t even taste that good!” I shook my head and groaned. “That was a $1500.00 dollar pig!” … Continue reading

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  • Happy Khmer New Year

    Happy Khmer New Year

    The Khmer (Cambodian) new year is on April 14th, and traditionally, it is a time of honoring your elders, confession, repentance, and cleansing, which fit very well into a Christian context as well. Some may accuse us of cultural piracy but confession is good for the soul.  Even though Cambodians see it as a Cambodian holiday, we know the originator of practicing honor to elders, confession, repentance, etc. extends far beyond any culture.  That’s why we’re more than happy to … Continue reading

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  • Easter Sunday at FCOP

    Easter Sunday at FCOP

    We had Easter services in most of the churches, but because Easter fell on a weekend just over a week before the Cambodian New Year, and was during another major Asian holiday, we postponed the big event in Phnom Penh until our church members would have been arriving back from the combination of holidays. We had no idea how to handle the crowd. Most of our church members come in open-air vehicles, motorcycles, bikes, tuk-tuks (scooters with trailors) and open trucks. … Continue reading

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  • Magic Machine

    Magic Machine

    We have been doing everything possible to expand our rice production to take in smaller tracts, level them, and create larger, more efficient fields. The magic is our laser-guided chain scraper. This meant trading, buying and renting various pieces of land to create a homogeneous whole. This is tough enough when you have some money from last year to work with, but we finished the year flat broke, but at least out of debt. We’d gotten some valuable help to purchase some strategic tracts … Continue reading

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  • In the Nick of Time

    In the Nick of Time

    The dock strike at the port in Los Angeles almost starved us out. We had eight homes that would be out of rice in three days. Forty-foot containers of Manna Pack and nutrition rice had been piling up at the port of Los Angeles since January.  Finally, on the 29th of April, the load from January broke through to Phnom Penh. We will eat! Now we have a flood of containers coming to store and maintain, but that’s much better than hungry kids! … Continue reading

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  • Just Like New

    Just Like New

    There was a real happy ending for the leaky church home at Mondulkiri. A team from Life Church in Decatur, Illinois, which included their Pastor, Dave Catron, who put up the money to fund our deployment to Cambodia 17 years ago. They took that old building and made it look like new with a fresh paint job and a new 20-year roof. The congregation is greatly encouraged and the kids found people from half way around the world who really … Continue reading

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  • Merry Christmas 2014 from FCOP Cambodia

    Merry Christmas 2014 from FCOP Cambodia

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  • Rice Harvest

    Rice Harvest

    Rice is being harvested! It’s too early to tell how good it will be, but even though many people questioned the wisdom of planting the third time, it looks like it will pay off. When you farm you don’t quit. It is the same principle used in ministering to the hopeless. Ecclesiastes 11:4 states: “He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who observes the clouds will not reap.” We keep on plugging away, and the only farmers … Continue reading

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  • Pastor Training

    Pastor Training

    Training never ends here. Our main focus is on training pastors on how to “hear God”. We’ve seen pastors who can’t read and write their own language be able to minister effectively by listening to the Holy Spirit. In fact they are some of our most productive pastors. FCOP is a great believer in teaching the written word, but we’ve found few that teach methods to enable people to actually hear his voice, and none that teach it in a … Continue reading

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  • Dr.Mike Dental Team

    Dr.Mike Dental Team

    Dr. Derrick Dauplaise, Dr. Mike Callan, and Gary Houzenga have been visiting Cambodia several times a year for several years and always have a huge impact with their group of faithful servants sent through Medical Teams International. Dr. Mike brought some dental students from the University of Iowa, and it looks like it may become a regular feature. They served hundreds of our kids, church members, and needy people from the community from Khampong Channang Province. The love of God … Continue reading

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  • Container Arrival

    Container Arrival

    We were out of rice. There were four, 40 foot long, shipping containers heading for port and even though they’d been donated for free, we didn’t have the money to clear them through Cambodian customs. Then came our financial miracle. We paid up our past due fees and rice started to flow. Four containers of food stuff were received in November. That’s 88 tons! It may not have been turkey dinner, but it was surely something to be thankful for!

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  • Pastor Healed of Terminal Liver Disease

    Pastor Healed of Terminal Liver Disease

      After our financial miracle, Sou had a dream that God was going to do another miracle.  We received word that one of our top pastors from near the Vietnam border was dying. He’d been to a local hospital and the doctor gave him the words you never want to hear, “There is nothing we can do. Go home and prepare to die.” We put his name up on our prayer board, and Dr Lina, our staff physician, asked that he be … Continue reading

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  • Thanksgiving Miracle

    Thanksgiving Miracle

      Geezers do dream. Acts 2:17b is true! We have much to be thankful for! I learned a big lesson this month; about trusting God. It was truly miraculous and humbling! I feel a little like the starving tiger that got so focused on the flea in his fur that he didn’t even see the water buffalo calf walk by, so he went on being hungry. Make no mistake; our focus is on building the Kingdom of God in Cambodia! … Continue reading

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  • Elders Rise Up

    Elders Rise Up

    I don’t do this! I make the Cambodian’s do this kind of work. But, they trapped me! Four women, one man, Elders of the Cham Chao Church, stood in front of the congregation of 400 people, at the end of the Sunday service, and announced that God had called them to go evangelize some remote villages in Mak Sophat’s home province of Pursat. Mak Sophat, age 69, widowed twice, has been one of the primary caregivers to FCOP orphans since 1999. We never thought of her as leading an evangelistic team. … Continue reading

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  • Glenn’s Healing

    Glenn’s Healing

      It’s not, “good news”, but fear can be very empowering. The good part about realizing this is that we have a great incentive to operate by God’s  invective against fear; “Fear not”!  I am nearly convinced that fear is as empowering to the devil to wreak havoc in our lives as faith is to releasing God’s grace. The only reason we don’t get ‘Steam rolled’ is that God is greater than our fears. On the last day of the ECFC Conference our International President, Dr. Glenn Burris, fell ill. … Continue reading

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  • Booshway Team

    Booshway Team

      Colorado Mountain Men, “Booshway” in local terminology, took on building more than a mile of fence with 125 pound concrete poles for our Pailin Church/home. They not only had to clear the dense growth, but mix the cement by hand, and carry some of the poles nearly a kilometer. Although there were bruised shoulders and blistered feet to go around for all, there were also some revitalized souls.  Above all, a bunch of orphans who’d been thinking they were “stray dogs”, now see their lives have real … Continue reading

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