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"The Preachers chiefly shall take heed that they teach nothing in their preaching, which they would have the people religiously to observe and believe, but that which is agreeable to the Doctrine of the Old Testament and the New, and that which the Catholick Fathers and Ancient Bishops have gathered out of that Doctrine." A proposed canon of Elizabeth I, 1571

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I am a presbyter in the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas (Anglican Church in North America). I serve as Chaplain at St. Vincent's School and as a canon of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas. In addition to my parish duties and teaching Religion classes in the school I am also the Middle School Social Studies teacher.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Reports from the Cambodian Mission Field

Last weekend we heard a report from the mission team that St Vincent's Cathedral parish recently sent to work with the infant Anglican Church in Cambodia. We heard that more than than 1100 children and adults in isolated Cambodian villages attended services they and their local host congregations organized last week in five locations outside the capital, Phnom Pehn!

But that is not is not the only good news I have received this week out of Cambodia. This morning I received an email from Summer Twyman, a missionary sent by our diocese to Cambodia through SAMS--the Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders. Summer is an old St Vincent's girl (her father was curate here in the late nineties). She is a social worker by training and is serving in Cambodia primarily through an NGO in the capital that runs an aftercare facility and residential counseling center for teen girls who have been rescued from sexual slavery.

In this morning's report Summer told us that eleven of the girls she works with every day are now enrolled at "4 Rivers," an English school run by the Anglican Church of Christ Our Peace in Phnom Penh. These girls have also started attending that parish's youth group each week. And last night EIGHT of these eleven girls accepted Christ as their Savior! An almost 80% conversion rate is an amazing result after a relatively short period of missionary activity on Summer's part. But she witnesses to the Gospel through the care and compassion that she shows those girls every day. Her life and work are mirrors of the love of Christ. As she is helping these girls rebuild their shattered lives day-by-day, Christ is making them into a new creation!

Both Summer and the St. Vincent's mission team that has just returned report that Cambodia is wide-open for the Gospel of Christ right now.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow, my friends, and pray for the Church in Cambodia!

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