• East Meets West

    East Meets West

    “East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet”. Kipling’s quip of nearly 130 years ago is still often quoted, but after 46 years of marriage and spending 20 years in SE Asia (that’s 29% of my life) and Mak Sou, born here, spending 41 years of her life in SE Asia (that’s 60% of her life), we’ve figured out why this is such a mystery. The reason is a matter of the spiritual realm versing … Continue reading

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  • There’s A Miracle In You

    There’s A Miracle In You

    You may not realize it, but, Jesus was more “Eastern” than “Western.” There is a miracle in you! I wish I had time to talk to each one of you and tell you about the miracles of provision, and breakthroughs, God has given us through your generosity and His Grace. If you have 30 seconds, my daughter-in-law, Sandi (Tony’s wife) says it better than I ever will in a clip from her new album! Have a quick look and listen!

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  • Physical Versus Spiritual

    Physical Versus Spiritual

    Sorting out the demonic from the physical can be difficult and there is always crossover. Historically, September is by far the wettest month of the year in Cambodia. The first 12 days were dry and on the seventh of September the chief meteorologist for Accuweather released a very pessimistic (physical) forecast of heat and drought for the region. We lost about 75 acres to drought for the second time (about 10% of the crop). Paul Mok, our Farm manager, was … Continue reading

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  • A Mystery We Can’t Explain

    A Mystery We Can’t Explain

    Some things can’t be explained. Pastor El Sim’s daughter died of Leukemia about ten years ago. The next day our District Supervisor, Long Kit, went to conduct the funeral. When he arrived he knelt down next to the body to pray with El Sim. The daughter, dead nearly two days, rose up, and is still alive and cancer free after 10 years, and that’s after two failed bone marrow transplants in Australia! Fast forward 10 years to September 2015. Maybe, … Continue reading

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  • Lions Attack

    Lions Attack

    Nineteen Young Lions returned to Tumnup Island for more ministry. Despite the fact that most of the people have received Christ through EL Sim’s ministry, there were pockets of demonic oppression, and some groups that had resisted the gospel. The Lions determined to take on the problem. There was a special commissioning service at our main Training Center and many of them received specific visions and instructions. The results validated their spiritual astuteness. They discovered that there was a wide … Continue reading

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  • New Churches

    New Churches

    Three new church buildings are under construction. This month, four large, 100 member plus, home churches donated land for buildings. These pastors stood at the front of our recent general training, and handed over the deeds. Now, we need a way to help them get these buildings up! There were several other smaller, local, training sessions this month, involving about 170 key leaders. At one training, a pastor who had been paralyzed for two years from a stroke and had … Continue reading

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  • Joy is Like a Medicine

    Joy is Like a Medicine

    The joy of the Spirit is like a medicine! Playgrounds are kid magnets. We had a church donate $2000 for a playground and were able to multiply that value by almost 10 fold with a donation form a resort that was changing out a playground. This set is bound for Prey Krang in Prey Veng province. Bob and Christal Hollandsworth returned to help us out for at least eight months and we are all happy to see them! They rebuilt that … Continue reading

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  • Dethrone the Demonic

    Dethrone the Demonic

    A big problem with microenterprises is this: (It’s a physical issue) If you have one farmer raise quail in a village he can get rich, two can make money, three break even, and four go broke! It’s the lack of refrigeration, food processing, and transportation to large markets that is problematic. One reason the fishing industry thrives, is that fish can be sun dried and transported to markets. The same is true for our mushrooms. The quickest way to boost people … Continue reading

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  • Combine Swap

    Combine Swap

    Another blessing was our rice combine. It was made in Thailand and due to the low rice prices the past few years, the company went broke. No parts! No repairs! We were concerned that it was as worthless as scrap iron (physical issue). We prayed, and the “Spiritual” trumped the “physical!” One custom harvester had five machines like ours, and he wanted to buy ours so he could support his operation. We sold it for enough to purchase a new … Continue reading

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Recent Stories

  • Family is Everything

    Family is Everything

    Kheuon’s earliest memory is of his mom. She was always sick, and his dad faithfully cared for her. Then his mom died and, not long after, his dad died as well. Kheuon remembers his grandparents looking for help, but their village and region were so impoverished that no one could take in three extra mouths to feed, including his grandparents. He and his two brothers were temporarily taken care of by their grandparents but the grandparents didn’t treat them well, stopping … Continue reading

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  • No Fear

    No Fear

    To alter a few quotes: “And though he be but little, he is fierce!” -Wm. Shakespeare “You don’t tug on superman’s cape You don’t spit into the wind You don’t pull the mask off that old lone ranger And you don’t mess around with “Spud”! –Jim Croce My wife Sou had a dream about a giant snake trying to destroy us, after quite a struggle, she chased it off but didn’t kill it. Then, right in front of our office, three days ago, this 15 … Continue reading

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  • Our Focus

    Our Focus

    FCOP has been in Cambodia for 17 years, for one focused, unchanging, purpose: to see Cambodia come to Christ. Everything we do is predicated on that mandate. That’s why we do all of the things that we do, beginning with sharing the good news of Jesus Christ in every Church service all over the country, to planting new congregations. This month saw about eight new church/groups started. Several thousand came to Christ. There is a method to our madness!

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  • Continual Training

    Continual Training

    FCOP puts a great deal of effort and money into pastoral training. This month Mak Sou taught her way to exhaustion, fainting at the end of the hot, humid, fourth day of training, while I was in the United States. All is well, and the result is trained pastors going back to every province and training pastors. We are finally getting close to a comprehensive pastoral training curriculum. Oh happy day!

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  • New Buildings

    New Buildings

    A lot of people discount the importance of church buildings, but a building brings a permanent presence, a focal point for the community, a place for gathering and training, a place to care for the hurting, the sick and the separated to find care. Sure, buildings cost a lot of money, they can burn down and be stolen, but they can also last 500 years!  We began two more new church buildings this month and have another in progress.

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  • New Hope

    New Hope

        We show the love of God in practical ways. Why? It is hard to get hurting, sick, or hungry people to pay much attention to your spiritual persuasions if you don’t have something material, either in substance or in power to offer them. We sent four local Cambodian teams out to help congregations, paid for with Cambodian money, located in hurting communities. It’s tough out there when 90% of your people are farmers, and you are in the … Continue reading

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  • Power In Action

    Power In Action

    If you are trying to preach a God without the demonstration of His miraculous power you are more than handicapped! Often there is no doctor, money, or medicine available. We use our God given authority over the works of evil and often see wonderful results. Sure, not everyone we pray for is healed. But we’ve seen entire villages come to faith with a single healing or miracle. This month blind eyes were opened, the deaf heard, cancers died, the lame walked and haemorrhaging … Continue reading

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  • Fight Trafficking

    Fight Trafficking

    Fighting “Human Trafficking” is the current ‘hot button’ for funding NGO(Non-Profit) growth, quite frankly the legend is not the reality. The truth is that most so called “Trafficked” young women in Cambodia are simply, uneducated, country girls or single moms who have to make a living, and care for their extended family. The option of working in a Garment factory for 10-12 hours per day, six days per week, and never seeing their family isn’t very desirable.   It’s much easier … Continue reading

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  • God’s Provision

    God’s Provision

    I’d just call it common sense, but in retrospect, I believe it was God that I heard months before this years drought, saying, “Store up food for a drought.” Through our partners at Reach Now International, Children’s Hunger Fund, Feed My Starving Children, Glad Tidings Church, Butte County Rice Growers, Dave Wilkinson, and others we have been stockpiling rice meals all year. Even if we harvest a good crop of rice many farmers are finished. They simply have run out of money … Continue reading

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  • God is Still God

    God is Still God

    I had been in a “Downer” type of mood; our rice crop had died, the new crop needs continued rain, multiple donors had reported going through everything from heart attacks, to law suits, to having employees betray them, to about every kind of terrible attack imaginable. Our entire staff spent considerable time praying both in the Spirit and in the natural for them every morning. It wasn’t as though I’d lost my faith in God, but self doubts began to creep in; “Your time is … Continue reading

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