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“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

As the Christmas Season draws near, we are trying to make the effort to slow down and remember Christ in Christmas.  It is so easy to forget, especially in this HOT weather, that it is just about mid-December.  Our language studies are coming to an end with our Level 2 written and oral assessments this week and next.  Jadon, Elisabeth, and Josiah finish semester 1 at the end of next week.  Before you know it, Christmas will be upon us!  Sure, the commercial aspect of Christmas has crept into Phnom Penh with the tinsel, trees, and lights but the account of our Saviour’s birth is not well known.  Just like in Canada, most people in Cambodia think that the most important part of Christmas are the decorations and presents.

We appreciate the deliberate nature of the Advent Candle tradition we have been following at the church we attend here in Phnom Penh.  The second candle was lit this past Sunday.  The emphasis was on faith in God’s promises.  This second candle is often referred to as “Bethlehem’s Candle”, recalling the prophet Micah’s promise that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.  It is so easy to forget in all the busyness that if it weren’t for Christ’s humble arrival so long ago, we would not be here in Phnom Penh.  We are here to share His Love, to declare Immanuel – God with Us, so that His Light may shine in the darkness and to make known that His gift of love and grace is made available to all.

May we take the coming days to prepare ourselves for the celebration of Christmas.


Joyce and Dave


Please pray for us in the coming weeks:

  • Pray that during this Christmas season the Message of Jesus’ birth will be shared with many in Cambodia and that they will respond in faith.
  • Pray for our level 2 language exams taking place Dec 14 and 18.
  • Pray for our kids as they have really been missing home these last few weeks
  • Pray that we will be able to make some deeper connections with some local Khmer people.

Thanks again for journeying with us!