Spiritualism, staff issues, threats to sue, lack of funds and even a life-threatening disease—Satan has been attacking the Pnong Project in Cambodia in so many ways. Despite this, we continue to praise the Lord, for He is in it all, and His ways are infinitely higher than ours.
There have been times when we questioned the sustainability of this project as one thing after another happened, and we saw the missionaries growing weary in the battle. Daniel and Cara Greenfield had been serving alone for many years there, and clearly Satan hated the work God was doing through them, especially as they established a school to reach a minority people group.
Over and over God has proved He is in control of this project, and that it is His school. An example of this was when the Greenfields got their first student missionary. Maryke Reynhardt came from South Africa and was a go-getter from the beginning. She lived in the village among the people and thrived. She tackled the language quickly through immersion and worked in multiple positions at the school as needed. God knew the caliber of worker the Pnong Project needed, and what a blessing Maryke has been for two years. Yes, despite the hardships, she served a second year!
When Daniel was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, and the Greenfield family returned to the States for his treatment, we didn’t know what would happen without these veteran missionaries running the project. But God knew. He sent another AFM missionary family to assist—Robert and Jephthae Campbell. Then just recently, a short-term missionary joined the team from South Africa, Mariette Diedericks. We are also very thankful for the student missionaries who have served for a year or more as God’s hands and feet for the Pnong people.
Just when things seemed about to topple, God showered a blessing of talented people onto the Pnong Project! It was the fulfillment of the promise in Ephesians 3:20, “. . . exceeding abundantly beyond all you can ask or think.”
Watching God smooth out the kinks, fight the battles and provide for the needs of the people has been awesome to see. It reminds me of Exodus 14:13, 14. “And Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” What an amazing God we serve, and how thankful we are that He is in it all!
You are also a part of the fulfillment of Ephesians 3:20 in our lives. Thank you for praying, loving and giving as you do.