• Witchcraft or Disease

    Witchcraft or Disease

      The woman looked six months pregnant. She was carried in by one of our pastors. She had been cursed by becoming involved in witchcraft, through her in-laws, and developed fluid retention in the abdomen and lungs, that made her look pregnant. She received Christ, the curse was broken, and she was sitting up feeling better the next morning and four days later she still continues to recover in the hospital. We don’t know the long-term outcome. Time will tell, … Continue reading

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  • Healing the Deaf

    Healing the Deaf

      I realize that most people in the developed world may think I live in “Fantasy Land.” With all the stupid Hollywood movies about vampires and witchcraft, it makes you believe it’s all just ‘make believe.’  But I assure you, in a country that has dealt with the spirit realm for millennia, it is very real, especially in the animistic tribes (where demons are worshiped). At the recent medical clinic held in Mondolkirri, our team had to deal with demonic … Continue reading

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  • Shaman Defeated

    Shaman Defeated

    Shaman are often used by people to put curses on their enemies. Even disgruntled Christians will turn to the “dark side” to try to destroy others. It has an effect. Paul Mok, the manager of our rice farm, came to me last week and confessed that for three and one-half years, he and the employees at the rice farm, have not gotten a good night’s sleep. Demons keep waking them up. I was incredulous! “Why didn’t you tell me?” Paul … Continue reading

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  • A Good Rat is a Dead Rat

    A Good Rat is a Dead Rat

      Devils and rats. I hate them both! We can’t kill devils, I wish we could, but the only good place for them is “Dry places” (Luke 11:24). But rats? The only good rat is a dead rat! Rats can mow down a perfectly good rice crop overnight. Paul Mok set up a car battery with an inverter and ran a 220 volt line around one paddy on inch high bamboo pegs. In one hour, from 2:00am to 3:00am, they … Continue reading

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  • Rice Farm Drought

    Rice Farm Drought

    We have had little rain in July. Much of Australia is dry, India is dry, Thailand is dry. Many scientists blame the El Niño effect, which is associated with wide scale below-average rainfall and above-average daytime temperatures. If we don’t get a rice crop this year, it won’t be your fault. “Thanks”, is too small a word. Many of you came through for us in a big way! To think we could plant two, 500 acre, rice crops, in one … Continue reading

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  • Container Jam-up

    Container Jam-up

      Containers of food and equipment are backed up for seven months. The fallout of all the political upheaval in Cambodia has been a doubling down of “oversight”. Put simply, clearance that used to take two steps, now takes four. That may seem like double the work and money, but in reality, it’s actually more like four times. This backlog caused a container full of needed equipment for the rice farm, sent in December of 2013, to just arrive this … Continue reading

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  • Medical Clinic in Mondulkiri

    Medical Clinic in Mondulkiri

      I believe the Devil is the author of disease, but most diseases have physiological causes, and modern medicine, and medical doctors are a blessed source of healing. Healing is always welcome, and it keeps the church growing. In one week of medical clinic ministry, around 1800 people came to Christ out of the 3000 that were seen. This was in an extremely difficult area with both animistic and Muslim influences. Mak Sou opened the clinic with the assistant governor … Continue reading

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  • Visitors From Singapore

    Visitors From Singapore

    A group of professionals visited from Singapore, one, the pastor of a partnering church, and new FCOPI Board Member, George Butron, another member of the group, manufactures agri-chemicals, a University educator from Canada was a member, and the team filled out with a Singaporean petroleum engineer from Africa. They are seeking specific ways to become involved in helping FCOP, and we were delighted to show them around. As usual the “Proclaimer”, an audible Bible for oral learners, which we receive … Continue reading

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  • Visiting The Philippines

    Visiting The Philippines

      Somat, our General Supervisor, and I made a quick trip to the Philippines to visit with the leaders of several other Southeast Asian Churches. It just so happened that we arrived in the midst of a small typhoon and, other than the meetings which were our primary objective, we saw little of the countryside due to the incessant rain. I’d like to have dragged that back to our rice farm as well.

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  • Lions In Rattanakiri

    Lions In Rattanakiri

    Cambodia is a young Country. Youth from eight tribal regions gathered together in Rattanakirri to learn more about Christ. All who came were born again and filled with the Holy Spirit. They will definitely see a huge impact in their home tribes. These people cannot be persuaded by philosophy and preaching alone, they need to see God’s power. When this is demonstrated and demons they feared all of their lives are cast out, people are healed and they know they … Continue reading

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  • Rice Drought

    Rice Drought

    Second chances? We serve a God of second, third, fourth… and infinite chances. Our problem is, we stop seeking them; “tuck our tail and run”! So, how often don’t we receive them (I mean second chances)? We give up, quit asking, are embarrassed, discouraged, tired, but where in the Bible does Jesus tell us to give in to despair? I may not feel this way, but we are blessed! We’ve gotten quite a few hits this month, but how we … Continue reading

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  • New Start At 80

    New Start At 80

    Doyle Pleasant Billington, or as we knew him here in Cambodia, “Pops,” was a retired farmer, and he started over in Cambodia at age 80, and raised cattle for almost 14 years. I conducted his funeral service this past month and we buried him at our Phdau Penh Church Home. He was the last surviving WWII vet in Cambodia, but a farmer at heart. Fifteen years ago his wife died of cancer and he was ready to give up on … Continue reading

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Recent Stories

  • Hurray For Catholics

    Hurray For Catholics

    “Pops” was a Catholic, and now you’ll know why I love the Catholics! This ad, produced in 2012 and scheduled to be re-run in fall 2014, has gone viral but, it may give America another chance! It really should be sponsored by all believers in Christ.  

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  • Refugees From Thailand

    Refugees From Thailand

    Somehow, the local Thai police began shaking down Cambodian workers who did not have legal papers. The acting, “Martial Law”, Thai government claims it did not order this crackdown, but the 250,000 refugees that crossed at Poipet, Cambodia, all claimed they were told they had until June 27th to “Get out!” Most had their property confiscated, and many had received no food for days. With two church orphan homes in the city, FCOP went up to help. A lot of the funding … Continue reading

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  • New Church Starts

    New Church Starts

    New home groups are starting every month and we need trained leaders! We took in a lot of young orphans during our early years and they are growing up. This year we will see several hundred finish their secondary education and move into the work force. We are praying for a new batch of pastors to come from their ranks. Many will be seeking opportunities for further education, while others are thinking of joining the throng of returning refugees to … Continue reading

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  • Training Pastors

    Training Pastors

    Training new pastors is one of FCOP’s first priorities. “We can get all kinds of people born again, but then what?” ask many of our church leaders. We have been searching for years for a very simple, basic curriculum, devoid of religious “fluff”, that is easily translated into Cambodian. God worked it out for a couple from Thailand to dump one in our laps, for free, already translated. One week later, Mak Sou started our first training session.

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  • Living Water Gives Life

    Living Water Gives Life

    Giving a 12 year old Church Home and broken fence a second chance is what the Living Waters Church Team was all about. They rebuilt the church home at Basedth. It means a lot to give hope to these kids who often think that the world doesn’t care about them. They also performed some needed dental work. Having an aching tooth repaired is definitely a very welcome ‘second chance’.

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  • Cambodian Culture

    Cambodian Culture

    We’ve done more to promote Cambodian culture than about any organization in the country. But this is the first time we’ve introduced a new cultural blessing: The violin. The point is not that there have never been orchestras in the Cambodian past, but teaching the violin in the remote village of Steung Treng is unheard of.

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  • Sex Trafficking Scam

    Sex Trafficking Scam

    The whole “House of cards came tumbling down.” The New York Times and CNN got caught with major egg on their faces. It turned out the cornerstone of all their ‘anti-slavery’, ‘sexual trafficking’ claims was built on multiple fabrications. Dozens of NGO’s, which I refer to as the “Rescue Rangers” are scrambling to explain their deceptions. A credible researcher, Laura Agustin, writes: “The trafficking hoo-hah is not “myth,” but a terrible misnomer and misframing…. To focus on accountability implies that one accepts that there is a … Continue reading

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  • “Father Ted”

    “Father Ted”

      I hope the Catholics don’t send me to hell for performing priestly functions. I anointed the oldest, and only, living WWII veteran in Cambodia, Doyle Billington, with oil for healing. Although we hope he’ll be around for a long time, at age 93 he’s fighting a cancer. Doyle spent three years in the US Army defending the only part of the, now 50, United States to be invaded by Japanese land forces, the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.  I said the “Hail Mary” and … Continue reading

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  • Looking At What Is Seen

    Looking At What Is Seen

    This is not my “Faith Confession”, but it did seem to reflect reality. Think about it? It is looking at what is in front of you: You have 3000 kids to feed, no rice, a total of $36US in your combined possession, $120,000US in short term debt, (“Gotta get that rice crop in!”) about 50 staff members, unpaid for two weeks, and no food money distributed to the Training Center, with 110 Kids and staff to feed for the month. All … Continue reading

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  • Denying What Is…

    Denying What Is…

      What if you were not born into Christianity? Would your “faith” be based on your heritage? Would it be the simple acceptance of some doctrine just because it was drilled into you as a kid? Probably, and it’s going to take more than just persuasive speech to get you to change. I can understand that, but denying an observable reality is not faith, it’s dumb! My problems were real, and so is the “faith” held by those in lands that … Continue reading

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