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Cynic or Prophet?

I used to think Clare Booth Luce (late US novelist, playwright, politician & diplomat) was a great cynic due to her famous quote: “No good deed goes unpunished.” I was a Christian at the time and I believed in the protection and blessing of God. I still do but I came to realize that not everything that happens in this world is God’s will. There have been too many disasters this year, especially in the USA. How many is it? Four hurricanes, massive floods, earthquake in Mexico, mass shooting in Las Vegas, and record fires in California. I’ve heard some preachers calling …  

Disaster and Prevention

When bad stuff happens we have to fight back, not roll over and blame God. FCOP is a very unusual missions ministry. If we were just evangelizing and planting churches we could simply roll with the resources available, but with 2500 kids and widows to care for, we can’t just stick them in a closet for a month until times get better. We have to find a way to continue. The pictures above are a great illustration of this. The flat rice was actually a very good, traditional, ‘red rice’ from Thailand. We did everything right and it is probably producing …  

We ‘Gotta’ do this

We must fund the matching grant of $750,000USD received for the Rice farm Development. I know that is a lot of money, but when you think about what we’ve lost, and keep losing through drought or flood, multiple times per year, it is something we “Gotta do!” I know it is much easier to raise money to relieve a disaster than to prevent a disaster, but prevention is always cheaper. The map below is a mock up of what we can do on our land. We currently own less than half of it. There are 1000 blocks, if we could …  

Cancer Cancelled

It looked like cancer to the dentist, the surgeon who examined him thought it was cancer and pastor John was headed home to prepare his family for the worst. But first he was prayed for multiple times. The results came back and he has no cancer! Pastor John had hosted the dental/construction team from Clinton and Cedar Rapids, Iowa at the Church/Home he pastors in Dodentry, Cambodia. After filling, pulling and treating teeth in hundreds of patients, pastor John’s prognosis was the worst. It just goes to show prayer does trump the devil. In addition the building and grounds received …  

Training in Basics

Thanks to a generous donor, FCOP was able to take the “Rooted and Grounded” basic training to the church leaders in Mondulkiri Province. FCOP now has a completed workbook to accompany the 176 pages of text. Pastors are really grateful to have these basic doctrines before them in a Cambodian format written in a Cambodian context. The man who may have been touched the most is the chief editor, our Administrator, Pow Naret. He commented, “Pa, I grew up with this, but I never really understood how it all worked until I had to put this together.” As is normally the …  

Meals from the Heartland

 Drought in Sub-Saharan Africa, too many hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, well, you know the list, have put a huge demand for the Manna Pack rice nutrition meals we receive from Feed My Starving Children and we got shut off for a couple of months. Bill Meyer from ‘Reach Now International’ has secured some loads for us in December but Lou Binninger, who handles all of our shipping arrangements, managed to locate a 22 ton load of ‘Meals from the Heartland’ through Convoy of Hope. Thanks Lou!  

Thanksgiving

This was their biggest day of the year. They looked forward to it for months. The staff and children from the Chom Chao Church/Home do a lot of work supporting the 104 external homes through loading and storing the 600 tons of food supplies that flow through the Training Center each year. Plus, the sorting and packaging of clothing, preparing pickled fish, etc. So, like the pilgrims of 1620, we invite these providers for a feast of Thanksgiving. Three turkeys, two ducks, five and a half kilograms of pickled chicken feet, a massive tub of fermented fish, piles of potatoes, …  

Christmas Books

Christmas is always our most fruitful time of the year, in a spiritual sense, with many curious Cambodians coming to church to find out what Christmas is all about. For more that 10 years Home of English has produced a special Christmas book, which FCOP distributes to every province of Cambodia. Tens of thousands come to Christ each year. Pray for us, as we do for you.  

FCOP Cambodian Rice Production Enterprise Fact Sheet Since 1999 FCOP has raised 18,000 separated, abandoned and orphaned children at some point in their lives. 100% have come to know Christ. Over 5,000 churches and home groups have been planted, many pastored by former FCOP Church Community Home residents. FCOP currently cares for about 2,500 separated children and widows. Widows become the primary parent figures and caregivers at the rate of one per five children. Pastors serve as surrogate fathers. Cost of raising children in Cambodia has doubled since 1999. FCOP has to rely upon foreign donations to continue its work. …  

To Big is Too Small

“If your dream is too big, it’s too small!” I heard that, and it sounded like crazy double-talk, except, I’ve learned to hear God, and this sounded like Him. I was puzzled and the Lord told me that if the job was just too big, I could recruit more help and tackle it, but if it was beyond possibility, then I needed Him. Sou and I came here 19 years ago to see Cambodia become a Christian Nation. “Impossible!” Yet it is happening. The adversaries are fierce and plentiful, but they are being overcome. Things I did fourteen years ago, …  

Stand on God’s Shoulders

“If you think you are too small to make big things happen, then you’ve never been in bed with a mosquito” There is a positive side to this! This woman was so small, 4′-6″ (137cm), she had to stand on God’s shoulders! Saved by one of our evangelists preaching to her while she washed clothes on the beach of the Tonle Sap River. She had no education, could neither read nor write, was dirt poor, but, she learned to hear God, and that is a big deal! She grew in the Lord over several years, as she learned from the …  

Doctrines of Demons

There is verse in Matt 24:28 that causes great confusion: “For wherever the carcass is, there the vultures will gather together.” I think I just got some insight on that? The subject that Jesus is teaching on is, widespread belief in false doctrines. I’m not sure I’m correct on this, but this is what happened: El Sim died. It seems like every sect in Cambodia swept in to pick up what she’d left behind. A older son, we didn’t even know existed, took over her church and he is a “Cessationist.” They believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit passed …  

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About FCOP International in Cambodia

FCOP International is committed to help establish healthy local churches in communities throughout Cambodia. These churches help bring spiritual revival, social redemption and economic restoration. We care for widows, orphans and separated children, create sustainable micro enterprise programs and promote healthy family values all over Cambodia. We also target to prevent human trafficking, slavery and the breaking up of families. We fund these operations through donations and sustainable local projects.

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