Posted by: theruppels | August 16, 2018

Prayer Letter July/August

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” 3 John 4

Dear Praying Friends,

Becky and I just returned from nine weeks in the States.  The trip was a bit of a “whirlwind!”  We managed to fit in an alumni banquet at our high school, our home church’s teen camp, my dad’s surprise 80th birthday party, meetings with twelve churches, visits with missionary friends, visiting a new Cambodian church plant in Philadelphia, Vacation Bible School, and OUR SON’S WEDDING!

Of course, the main reason for going to the states was Ryan’s wedding on July 7, 2018.  God has given Ryan a very sweet Christian young lady named Katlin.  They were married in Virginia, but they are now back in Michigan where Ryan is serving as the youth pastor at our home church.  Seeing Ryan run his first teen camp, preach to the teens, counsel young people and their parents, and run Vacation Bible School filled my heart with joy.  Seeing him become a husband was awesome!  A slide show of his life flashed in my mind as he took his vows. (Caught me by surprise!)  Ryan loves the Lord, and he loves his wife so much.  I know God has great things in store for them both.

Blake, our second child, has just finished his second year of Bible college and spent this summer working as an intern for our home church.  Seeing him run junior camp for our church and help Ryan run vacation Bible school was cool.  They gave my wife and I opportunity to teach one of the classes.   A really neat twist on our lives happened as we got the chance to serve under our sons as they ran things.  We are also very pleased with the special friend that Blake has chosen.  Cailyn (not to be confused with Katlin, Ryan’s wife!) is a great young lady from our home church.  Blake’s zeal and heart for God gives us great joy.

In order to save money for college, Rhadee spent the summer back in Michigan working hard at a job the Lord provided for her at a zoo.  She put God first and made sure to have every Sunday off and to be at the mid-week service even if she had to work that day.  It gave us great joy to see her serving God every Sunday and jumping into service with her brothers every chance she could get.  Rhadee is growing in the Lord so well.  We are excited to see what God has in store for her.

As serving God takes us away from family, God gives us more family just as he promised.   Some of that “second” family was able to be at Ryan’s wedding.  Theary, her husband, and their two children came up from Georgia.  It gave us great joy to see her with her two young children, teaching them to follow the Lord.

There were also two ladies that came to the wedding from Cambodia!  They are more of our “Cambodian family.”  They sacrificed a lot to be there.

Though there are times that being away from our children makes us very sad, we are overjoyed that they are following the Lord in His will!

 

Rejoicing,

Rodney Ruppel

 

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Posted by: theruppels | August 13, 2018

Prayer Letter May/ June 2018

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”    Philippians 3:14

Dear Praying Friends,

The first “Pressing Forward” conference was a success!  170 registered delegates attended the meeting. 20 national pastors, and 13 missionaries were among those in attendance.

One of things that made this conference unique was the cost.  Most conferences in Cambodia are completely paid for with outside money.  We decided to charge a registration fee for this conference.  It was a significant amount for the Cambodia believers, enough that a few missionaries thought we wouldn’t have anyone come.  We invited a limited number of churches, then prayed and planned for 150.  The reluctance and limited enthusiasm coming into the first day quickly changed.  Numerous people changed their plans or asked for another day off to be able to come to the second day of the conference.   The people also gave over $500 in offerings to take care of expenses that were not covered by the registration fee!

As people left the conference, talk of and excitement for next year’s conference was already buzzing.  Pastors and missionaries are already preparing their people to expect a higher fee next year, because we will need a much bigger place!  This year’s venue was the perfect price FREE! Thank you to my long time missionary friends,  Kounaro and Chorvy Keo!

The people of New Hope Baptist Church got excited about this conference and took a bulk of the burden upon themselves from the very beginning.  Pastor Sakaun gave $100 toward the conference before the meeting was even confirmed.  A factory worker in our church gave me $50 for his $7.50 registration fee and told me to keep the change.  $50 is more than a week’s pay for him!   Becky thought I had organized our people to clean up after the conference because of how quickly and thoroughly they worked to clean and organize the property of the host church, but I hadn’t organized any clean-up!  Our people jumped right into the most difficult and dirty jobs. I, on the other hand, was standing around talking to pastors and missionaries about next year. 🙂   I am so proud of our people!

A quote from a missionary friend about the meeting: “We have had several people express their decision to take some steps–some to start witnessing with us…door-to-door.  Some are giving testimonies tomorrow night and Sunday as well.  We covet your prayers and we pray that the decisions will bear fruit for many months to come with the Lord’s help.  To God be the glory!  We will be praying and planning for next year as well.  Looking forward to hearing more details for PFC 2019!”

You can read a blog post by one of the missionary kids who helped play piano for most of the congregational singing at

emmagracebenefield.blogspot.com/

Thank you for your prayers for our ministry!

Rodney Ruppel

Posted by: theruppels | February 12, 2018

Prayer Letter February 2018

“…Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”    1Timothy 4:12

Dear Praying Friends,

We are very thankful for the example and testimony of the Godly men with which God has given us the opportunity to work.  Pastor Wang, Pastor Proh, Pastor Tho, and Pastor Sakaun all have great testimonies in the church, in the world, and with other churches.  God has reminded me time and time again just how special and unique these men are.

A couple of months ago I met with a government official that is crucial to keeping the door open for Baptist missionaries.  During our meeting, I began to talk to him about his own soul and Jesus Christ.  He cut me off and reminded me that he was “dutybound” to be a Buddhist. So I came at him from another angle.  He has had much opportunity to get to know Pastor Wang and Pastor Sakaun over the last few years, so I began to incorporate the Gospel as I shared their testimonies with him.  When he heard that Pastor Wang had studied the Bible with me since he was a young teenager, he immediately became interested.  His mind became engaged, and he started darting questions at me left and right.  He then surprised me with this question, “Could you or Pastor Wang teach my son to have the character that Pastor Wang has? I want my son to have characteristics like Pastor Wang.”  Wow!  What a testimony of Wang’s life before this man!  Of course, I was careful to answer. “Wang is not who he is because of my teaching, but because of Christ in his life. Wang and I can teach your son about the Bible and Jesus Christ, but it is only Jesus that can change his character.”  He clearly did not understand, for the next thing he said was, “I don’t care if he believes in Jesus or not, I just want him to have character like Wang.”

That week, Wang began going to the government official’s house to teach his son.  The son also began coming to church every Sunday morning, evening, and Wednesday night.  The son has since accepted Christ, been baptized, and is now working through discipleship with Pastor Wang.     Please pray for growth in the son and for his testimony to have a saving impact on his father and the rest of the family.

Pastor Wang and his wife, Srey Oun, have also been growing into their position at the church.  The members of the church are seeking out their counsel instead of Becky’s  and mine.  They are learning very well what it means to shepherd this flock.

Serving in Cambodia,

Rodney Ruppel

 

Posted by: theruppels | October 28, 2017

Prayer Letter – October 2017

“…Be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. ”

1 Corinthians 15:58

Dear Praying Friends,

Becky and I are so blessed to be in the work of the Lord!  God has done and continues to do a work in us.  He called us to Cambodia, and He leads us in specific works day by day and moment by moment.  He gives us grace to do the work that He has called  and leads us to do!  He is the one that produces eternal fruit, and we get to be partakers in that Heavenly harvest!  What a blessing to be in the work of the Lord, and especially to be abounding in His work!

We arrived back in Cambodia exactly one month ago.  It is a bit different not having our children with us, but there is much work to keep us busy, and busy we have been.

Becky jumped right back into discipling Phally, whom she led to the Lord last year.  Phally is growing in the Lord and is testifying of Christ to those around her.

Becky also started a new Sunday School class for ladies at New Hope Baptist Church.  She is working alongside of Srey Oun (Pastor Wang’s wife) as she mentors her to eventually take the class.

I have been spending about 16 hours a week translating a book that I believe will greatly help our national pastors.  Translating is painstaking work, but the better the translation, the more effective the material.  Pray for the translation to be quality work.

Missionary Stephen Benefield has allowed me to jump back into a village ministry with him.  I had the privilege of teaching in this village last year while he was on furlough.  We believe that God would have us team up every Saturday to plant more seeds, harvest more fruit, and Lord willing, establish a church in this village.

Pastor Wang and I are working together to grow New Hope Baptist Church.  The Lord is growing him and his wife into leadership.  We can see the church members are seeking them for counsel, and it is knitting their hearts together.  Wang and I spend time soulwinning together, praying together, and strategizing about the next “step” for the church.

God has given me the honor to mentor three other national pastors as well.  We have met a couple of times in the last month.  It is a sweet time to praise God and pray for one another.

Finally, a large amount of my time this last month has been consumed with government work.  Much has changed over the last few months, and getting a visa is not as easy as it used to be.  God has given us grace in the eyes of Religious Affairs.  The Baptists still have a clear road for getting visas without starting businesses or aid organizations.  Our status as religious missionaries is still  secure.  However, the changes have increased the amount of paperwork I have to do.  Once we catch everyone up on their documents, things should slow down, so I can give more time to ministry.

Serving in Cambodia,

Rodney Ruppel

Posted by: theruppels | October 28, 2017

Prayer Letter – August 2017

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”     Ps 116:15

Dear Friends,

On August 10th, 2017, Becky’s mom went to be with the Lord.  It was a precious event in so many ways!  First, we are rejoicing that Mom’s faith has become sight.  She was longing to give “her Jesus” a hug.  Second, God’s timing was perfect.  She celebrated about 3 hours of her 49th wedding anniversary  before passing.  God also arranged for Becky and I to be home at this time, so we could share Mom’s final days with her and the family.   God used the events of this past summer to grow our family and bring us all closer together.

While Becky and I were helping her dad after the funeral, another special lady went home to be with our Savior.  Back in Cambodia, Sum fell from a ladder, hit her head on a cement wall, and went into a coma.  The doctors in Cambodia could not save her, and she went to be with the Lord just five days after the incident.  Her adult daughter, Theary, is living in the Atlanta area, so Becky and I had the opportunity to spend a few days with her.  Theary was saved through our ministry in Cambodia in 2001.  She is very close to our family.  What a blessing it was to be close enough to spend some time with her during this very difficult time!  Becky was able to give much comfort to Theary.  It was also very encouraging to hear Theary counseling her siblings in Cambodia (by phone) to stay faithful to God and to be careful of unsaved relatives casting doubts on their faith in Christ.  Becky’s mom met Ming Sum in Cambodia many times, but they are finally able to communicate clearly without a interpreter.  Precious!

Though the homegoing of these dear ladies is precious to the Lord, it has left a huge hole in the hearts of the bereaving families.  Please continue to pray for Becky’s dad.  He and his wife did everything together. Pray also for Becky and her siblings.  I am so glad to be a part of this family and to be able to witness (close up) just how strong their faith is and how sweet their love is for each other.

Becky and I are now headed back to Cambodia.  We should be arriving in Cambodia on September 27th.   Pray for Becky and I as we get back into active ministry in Cambodia.  There is much to do for the Lord in Cambodia.  Please pray that God will give us wisdom and direction to do all that God would have us to do, and please pray for us to be filled with the Holy Spirit that we would do all to glorify His name!

In our last prayer letter, we asked you to pray for God to be glorified through Becky’s mom’s illness and death, and He was!   We asked you to pray for believers in Cambodia to “step-up,” and they did!  We asked prayer for God to use us where we were, and He gave me the opportunity to preach at summer camp in Tennessee.  We asked you to pray for God to help me finish a discipleship series, and much progress was made.  With God’s help, it will be finished soon.  God also gave me the opportunity to begin translation on a book that will be very helpful to national pastors.

Thank  you for your prayers!  Without God’s help, we can do nothing!  Please continue to pray for God’s grace in our lives!  Wonderful grace!

Heading back to Cambodia,

Rodney Ruppel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: theruppels | October 28, 2017

Prayer Letter – June 2017

Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth Proverbs 27:1

Dear Praying Friends,

During the last month, God has been reminding me that our plans are always in complete subjection to God’s plan, and He asks that we stay surrendered to Him every day and every moment.

Our plan was to arrive in America on May 1st to attend Ryan’s graduation from college, re-connect and serve with our sending church, attend Rhadee’s graduation from high school, help our children adjust to life in America, and then return to Cambodia on June 27th to a very full schedule.  Everything was going as planned until the eve of Rhadee’s high school commencement service.   On that night, Becky’s mom was taken to the emergency room and  we were told that  she had a large brain tumor.  Becky travelled with her mom to Tennessee for a battery of tests, and two weeks after finding the tumor Becky’s family was given the bad news that this tumor was inoperable.  The doctors gave Mom a maximum of  5 months to live.  They also said that her tumor could rupture at any time.

We are so thankful that Becky and I were home for this time.  We are also very thankful that our children were all able to come spend some time with Grandma while she is still coherent.  Grandma’s faith, strength, hope, and joy is a huge encouragement and challenge to our family and to many others.

During the last four weeks, God has continually shown us that He is working in and through this situation first and foremost in our own family but also in the lives of many others.  It has also been very encouraging to see so many people writing notes, making phone calls, and travelling long distances to say thank you.  Becky’s parents have invested in and impacted so many lives!  What a huge encouragement this has been to our whole family!

As I mentioned above, Becky and I were scheduled to leave on June 27th, and I now sit in Tennessee writing this letter on June 30th.  Becky and I have obviously postponed our return, and we are asking for your prayers and patience with us as we seek God’s guidance for decisions we must make regarding our ministry and return to Cambodia.  Just to be clear, we still believe with all our hearts that God has more for us to do in Cambodia.

Since September of 2016, I have been pastoring Good News Baptist Church in Phnom Penh while my friend, Stephen Benefield, has been on furlough.  The Benefields are not returning to Cambodia until September, so for the next couple of months, the care of this ministry was the biggest need we had to fill.  Thank the Lord for missionaries Matt and Nikki Brown!  They are coming down from a province in the northeast to serve in Brother Benefields ministry.  We had the privilege of mentoring Matt and Nikki when they first arrived on the field, and we have the utmost confidence in what God can do through them.  My in-laws also had a great impact on Matt and Nikki  during their college years, so they feel this is something they can do to be a blessing to them as well.

With God’s help, I plan to finish writing a discipleship series that I have been working on for some time.   Most of what is written is already translated into Khmer.  A couple of the national pastors who have been using it are awaiting the rest of the series.

  • Please pray for God to be glorified in every situation regarding Becky’s mom.
  • Pray for God to use our absence from Cambodia to challenge believers there to “step up” and be more involved.
  • Pray for me to finish this discipleship series mentioned above.
  • Pray for God to use us where we are.

Serving Him Where We Are,

Rodney Ruppel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: theruppels | October 28, 2017

Prayer Letter April 2017

Dear Praying Friends,

It is hard to believe that Rodney and I are now empty-nesters.  Ryan will be graduating from college in May, Blake will be finishing up his first year of Bible college, and Rhadee will be graduating from high school in June.  Rhadee left Cambodia the end of March and will be at our home church and school in Michigan for the exciting year-end events such as Junior Senior Banquet, Senior Trip, and Graduation.  We are SO thankful for the wonderful people at our home church who have helped each of our children with their transitions to life in America. Their love and care for our children has made this mother’s heart survive a new phase of life.  Please pray for Rodney and I as we adjust to life with no children in our home.  We miss them, but we are so glad they all have a desire to follow God’s will wherever He may lead.  Rodney tells me not to worry… he will keep me plenty busy even without home schooling! 🙂

Over the past few years, God has given me the opportunity to use my elementary education degree by teaching part-time at an elementary school.  All of  my first graders are Cambodian.  I am so thankful for the opportunities I have to tell them about Jesus Christ. We are given more opportunity to talk about Christ during the Christmas season, so I take advantage of that.  I also have opportunities to share the Gospel with the other teachers in the school.

Teacher Pauly is one of the first grade Khmer teachers.  Over the years, I have tried to share the news of salvation with her, but she has never been interested.  She would just sweetly smile and walk away.  Several months ago, I posted some pictures of Rodney and I ministering to children in a Cambodian village.  Pauly asked me about those pictures and expressed interest in learning more about Jesus Christ!  We immediately started a Bible study each day before I leave school.  She accepted Christ in October and was baptized on Christmas day!  We continue to do Bible study four days a week, and her faith has grown so much.  She has learned to stand up to persecution and to love those who oppose  her for becoming a Christian.  Her family eventually accepted the fact that she no longer worships Buddha, but they have not yet come to the point of accepting her new beliefs. Please pray for her husband and her daughter to see the change in Pauly’s life and to become receptive to the Gospel.  Although, Pauly has grown so much in her faith, she has not yet become a faithful church member.  She does tutoring on Sundays and is afraid to give up that important source of income that pays for her daughter’s college education. (I understand that worry! 🙂 ) We have talked about seeking God first and trusting Him to provide, but she has not yet surrendered this to the Lord.  Please pray for her to trust God completely to take care of her needs.  She has seen God answer so many prayers already, and now she needs to give this to Him as well.

Also, continue to pray for new Christians in Cambodia.  Srey Nait, Minea, and Sooy are all experiencing their first Khmer New Year as Christians.  Pray for them to stay faithful to Jesus Christ and not give into the peer pressure of participating in ceremonies that would betray their faith in Christ.

Thank you SO much for your prayers and support over the years!  We have been blessed!

Serving in Cambodia,

Becky Ruppel

Posted by: theruppels | October 28, 2017

Prayer Letter – February 2017

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. III John 4

When Ryan, our first child, was learning to walk, he would sit down as soon as we let go of his hand.  Ryan was about 11 months old when our friends put a stick in his hand and held the stick as he walked.  When our friends let go of the stick, he didn’t know that he was walking by himself.  Both the child and parent must let go in order to experience the joy of seeing the child take his first steps. Discipling believers and starting a church is so much like raising children, as John states above.  Seeing the church walk in truth on their own is so rewarding, but letting go is often very  hard for both the missionary and the church.

A few months ago, we asked you to pray for New Hope Baptist Church as we began the transfer of leadership over to Pastor Keang Wang.  Becky and I still live at the church.  I still teach Bible institute here on Wednesday to 5 pastors and one other man.  Pastor Wang often asks me to preach on Wednesday night.  However, I am gone all day Saturday to a village ministry.  My whole day Sunday is given to another church whose missionary/pastor is on furlough right now.  Twice during the week, I am spending significant time soulwinning and visiting for the other church.   In a matter of speaking, Becky and I have let go, and Pastor Wang, his wife, and New Hope Baptist Church started walking on their own without even realizing it.

Pastor Wang and I meet about once a week to talk about victories and challenges in leading the church.  One victory has been a man named Sooy!  Sooy lives near Pastor Wang, and has been confused about Christianity for quite some time.  God arranged that Sooy be at home without work for a few weeks.  During that time, Pastor Wang met with him several times a week until Sooy finally came to Christ by calling on Him for salvation!  After getting saved, Sooy has been showing heightened interest in the things of God.  He has been reading his Bible, answering questions in booklets, listening to preaching tapes at home, coming to church, asking Pastor Wang questions, and, most importantly,  he has been changing!  His wife does not like all of these changes.  Please pray for her to get saved as well.

We would love for every meeting that Wang and I have to be filled with praises about all the good that is happening.  We all know that is a “pipe dream”.  What has encouraged me more than even the praises for God’s blessings is the tender heart that Wang has maintained through correction and advice.  For instance, he came to me to get counsel about how to handle a specific problem that he thought centered around another person.  After listening to him for 15-20 minutes, he patiently allowed me to explain that the source of the problem was himself and how he was handling it.  A long silent pause followed, and then Pastor Wang not only agreed with me, but thanked me for pointing this error out to him. His tender heart towards God is one of the main reasons why I know that he is God’s man for this church.

We are so thankful for Pastor Wang, his wife Srey Oun, and their two children Joshua and Jessica Rhadee.  By the way, their son Joshua was also baptized the same day and Sooy!

Rejoicing in Our Children,

Rodney Ruppel

Posted by: theruppels | October 4, 2017

Prayer Letter – October 2016

“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” II Timothy 2:2

Finding those faithful men involves working with those who are unfaithful.  This takes a lot of effort and patiently working the field God has laid before us.

Brother Stephen Benefield and I have sat with some missionary evangelists, and some new missionaries (having just arrived on the field) and heard this verse proclaimed more than once.  They (as they have said) have come to work with the “cream of the crop”, the faithful men.  They don’t want to waste their time with the unfaithful ones.  Brother Benefield has said to me on more than one occasion, “Where do they get the ‘cream of the crop’ if they do not have a crop?  And where do they get their crop, if they are not working a field?”  Great questions!

As I mentioned in my last prayer letter, Becky and I have the privilege of working the field of Good News Baptist Church while the Benefields are on furlough this year.  We do have the opportunity to reap where the Benefields have sowed and watered.  We do have the opportunity to work with faithful people that Brother Stephen has shed sweat, blood, and tears to bring them to where they are today.  Having worked in the field of Cambodia for 20 years, we appreciate all the hard work that has been done to get this church to where it is today.

Please pray for Haun and Sopiep.  They are a newly married couple at Good News Baptist Church.  Brother Stephen separately led both to Christ many years ago, but God brought them together as husband and wife just a few days before the Benefields left for furlough.  They are making each other stronger in the Lord, and they have shared with us that they desire to serve God together.  We are praying for them and working at training them to work with the children and young people in the church.  However, we are also trying to help them see how important their influence is to the other adults in the church.  Haun & Sopiep are both financially and spiritually stable. They also seem to love each other very much.  This kind of stability is not common in Cambodia.  Their example could have a huge impact on the church.  Please pray that God will use us to help establish their influence with the people of God.

Please pray for a young man named Rut.  I worked with him about a year and half ago in a church in the province, but he is now working in Phnom Penh and attending Good News Baptist Church.  Rut is also faithful and financially stable, but he is not yet spiritually strong.  Pray that God will help him tear down some strongholds in his life and give his life wholly to God.  We are also praying that God would give him an appropriate place of service in the church.

Also pray for a young lady named Srey Leak.  She is such a servant!  It has been a joy to get to know her and to benefit from her service in the church.  Becky and I are excited to see what God will do with her.

There are four young ladies at Good News Baptist all between the ages of 14 and 21 that have recently received Christ.  Discipleship for these four is very important. Please pray that we will be able to pull both Srey Leak and Sopiep into the roll of discipler for some of these young ladies.

Becky and I are busier than we have ever been, but it is an absolute joy to work with the “cream of the crop” at Good News Baptist Church that is a result of Brother Stephen Benefield’s 16 years of hard work.

Still in the field,

Rodney Ruppel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: theruppels | October 4, 2017

Prayer Letter – August 2016

“For this cause left I thee in Crete (Cambodia), that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:” Titus 1:5

The Lord has been opening doors to me in many churches across Cambodia.  I have been given the opportunity to help “set in order things that are wanting.”  I am excited about the opportunities laid before me.  There are glaring problems in some churches to which I have been recently introduced, and other churches with smaller issues to solve.  In every church that has been presented before me, there is a need for training both present and future leaders.

First, let me say, the work set before me is beyond my abilities.  Without God’s help, nothing good can be accomplished. Please pray for God’s grace in my life to be able to accomplish all that God would have me to do for His glory!  Second, humanly speaking, there is almost no way one person could get to all of the places, prepare all the sermons, and develop all the curriculums that are needed to complete the tasks at hand.  I am so thankful for Pastor Sakaun’s help in almost everything I do.  At the very least, he is always a source of counsel and perspective for me.  At this time, he is also offering to help me with travelling long distances and teaching long training sessions when I am busy in other places.  I am so thankful for his partnership with me in the work of God. Please pray for him also.  His wife has been dealing with health problems for over 5 years now. He  himself is 65, and deals with his own set of basic health problems.  Please pray for God’s grace and strength for both Sakaun and Samaat.

New Hope Baptist Church, the church we started in 1997, is slowly being transferred over to the leadership of Pastor Keang Wang.  We have taken a step away from direct involvement with the church, but Becky and I continue to mentor him and his wife.

Pastor Proh at Liberty Baptist Church in Ta Khmaw, and Pastor Tho at Liberty Baptist Church in Kampot are both attending Bible Institute and both are allowing me to mentor them.

Missionary Stephen Benefield started Good News Baptist Church, and he is allowing me to pastor this church while he is away on his furlough.  This church is doing very well.  The people are very evangelistic and are very generous givers.  There is so much potential in this church!  Stephen and I are very close friends, but we have different spiritual gifts.  We are both praying that God will use me this year to strengthen this work.

Recently, five churches in Kampot Province have expressed interest in Pastor Sakaun  and I working with them for the purpose of Bible teaching and leadership training.  Three of the churches were started by a Baptist missionary a number of years ago, but these three churches have seen decline in attendance and are not doing anything to mentor spiritual leaders for the next generation.  Pastor Sakaun and I both feel quite confident that we will be able to work with and help these three churches.  We are not as confident about the other two churches in Kampot.  We do plan to give them a chance, but we also plan to test them a bit.  Part of our plan involves teaching at each location instead of calling them all to one place. This will be much harder on us, but we feel it will be much better for the individual churches.

Thank you for your prayers and support,

Rodney Ruppel

p.s. Ryan and Blake are doing well at Bible college.  We are very proud of them and pleased that they are being trained to serve our Lord, but we miss them very much!  Please pray for them also.

 

 

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