Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Next Step in the Journey

An Exciting New Step
I am thrilled to write to you and inform you of an exciting new step that God has led us to take in regards to our ministry here in Cambodia. God has led us to take leadership at a church in a city called Ta Khmao, just outside the capital, Phnom Penh. The church has a core group of about 30 believers, and at this point in the church’s life it is in need of pastoral leadership. We have been praying and seeking counsel about this decision for a couple of months now, and God just recently made it clear that this is indeed His will for us.

One of the most exciting aspects of this opportunity is that the church has two Cambodian men who are training to be in full time ministry, so we will be working as a team to continue reaching Ta Khmao with the Gospel as they continue preparing themselves to pastor in the future. But our vision goes beyond Ta Khmao. We are praying that God will allow us to branch out from Ta Khmao to the hundreds of villages in the surrounding areas as well.

An Exciting New Addition
Just a couple of days before I made the decision to step into the leadership role at the church in Ta Khmao, Linda gave me the wonderful news that we are expecting our fourth child! The due date is in mid-May. Please pray for Linda and the precious new life that God has entrusted to us.

An Upcoming Furlough
Because of these recent developments, my pastor, Derik Lawrence, has counseled me to take our furlough earlier than originally scheduled. (Our original furlough was scheduled for November 2013). Our responsibilities at the church will begin in July of 2013. So in order for us to really hit the ground running in July, we will go ahead and take a short furlough beginning this December through July 2013. There are several purposes for this furlough:
·       Report to our supporting churches, and introduce our supporting churches to the work we will be overseeing and the two men with whom we will be working
·       Allow Linda to have the baby in the States
·       Allow us to step into leadership at the church with a full term ahead of us, instead of taking our furlough 4 months after coming into the church

Because we have supporting churches in 19 states, we will be setting our furlough schedule as follows in order to be wise stewards of our time and money:
January- Georgia/Florida
February- South Carolina/North Carolina/Virginia/West Virginia
March- Arkansas/Tennessee/Kentucky
April- Northeast/New England/Midwest
May- Georgia/Alabama
June- Texas/Arizona/California

If you would like to have us in to report or to present our ministry, just send me an email at caphill910@gmail.com . Or you can call our Magic Jack number at 661.735.2061 (we are 11 hrs ahead of EST).

Thank you for your love, prayers, and support for our family!

In Christ,                                                                                         
Chad Phillips

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