• Twice Dead?

    Twice Dead?

    This is an “Update” I hoped to never write. We have lost our second rice crop to drought. There is still time for a short season crop, and the heaviest rain of the season is usually September through October, and it’s raining now. So, we must plant for the third time. We have gone to Vietnam and bought rice seed on credit AGAIN and are about 95% planted, but our debt load is almost paralyzing. We are down, but not … Continue reading

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  • Climate Change

    Climate Change

    In 1936 my grandfather went through the hardest year for agriculture in the 20th century in the USA. It was total “dust bowl” throughout the country, and the temptation was to project that current disaster into the future. It was ‘climate change’ on steroids. Many did give up, but my grandfather kept going and 1937 was one of the best, and most profitable, years he ever had. We need that kind of turn-around, and we really need your prayers and … Continue reading

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  • God Keeps Moving

    God Keeps Moving

    I’ve got orphans living on nutrition rice and gourds supplemented by what they can raise in their gardens and catch in their ponds. The government and UNICEF are inspecting our homes looking for problems. At the same time, we have opened more churches and seen more people come to Christ in this past month than about any time in our history. I believe we are in a spiritual battle for our lives. It would be unthinkable to lose Cambodia after … Continue reading

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  • Why the Rice Farm?

    Why the Rice Farm?

    So, why, with thousands of orphans, widows, and pastors praying daily for a good rice crop, have we seen two crops die? Have we missed God? Is there sin in the camp? The truthful answer is, “With so many people involved, at times, ‘Yes’, on both counts.” But, as a movement, we are answering the “call” to see Cambodia come to Christ, and that is what propels us forward, not our failures or mistakes. The worst thing we can do … Continue reading

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  • Hope x 500%

    Hope x 500%

      We distributed more than 120 tons of nutrition rice meals this month, with the hope this can keep us going for two more months. Some of it was tied up at the port for six months due to political turmoil in the country. The ultimate irony is that even the rice farm ran out of rice to eat. We had to go to town and buy it. The heroes are unsung. People like Bill Meyer, Lou Binninger, Eric Rivera, … Continue reading

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  • Don Bosco’s Help

    Don Bosco’s Help

    In Kampong Som, we have 70 people living in a building designed for 40. Why? Because, we have 50 kids graduating high school and attending Don Bosco Technical School this fall, which is right next-door. We’ve had hundreds of students go through this technical university through the years, and they all do well. They do everything from work in five star hotels to weld bridges, but what really blesses us is that the Catholic Order pays for most of this … Continue reading

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  • We Matter!

    We Matter!

    The 16 years of our operations has been hard on our church home structures. Acid rain has rusted roofs, termites have chewed up wood, and water has caused rot in beams. 15,000 orphans have been raised in these facilities at some point in that time, and hundreds of thousands of Cambodians have come to Christ, but a lot of homes need renovations. Our two floating churches have exceeded their life expectancy and need major rebuilds. Teams are a vital part … Continue reading

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  • 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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Recent Stories

  • The Story of Chom Rong: Once forgotten and now found

    The Story of Chom Rong: Once forgotten and now found

    There is a story in the Bible about Christmas where a baby was born in an animal manger. You would think a baby born like that would be hopeless but He wasn’t. His name was Jesus and this baby showed me that I wasn’t hopeless either.  My name is Ith Chom Rong. At 5 years old my mom died of cancer and left 3 kids behind. After this, I felt hopeless, especially after my father married another woman. I didn’t … Continue reading

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  • Update: January 2014

    Dear Friends and Family, When you look at your refrigerator door, and there are notes from 2007 still attached by those little magnets, you know you are getting old. I pulled off one hand written note from my daughter Hannah. It was a quote, “The trouble with ‘conventional wisdom’ is, that it’s usually wrong.”  The source? Ted Olbrich, July 14, 2007. Now, I have no idea why I said that,  nor do i know why my daughter decided to write … 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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  • 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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