Jan-March 2017

JANUARY

Kellee went to Bangkok, Thailand to buy new sound system for the new campus right before we hosted a large event for around 800-1000 people and the governor!  Big thanks to our friend Danny in Bangkok who made it all happen!

 

FAMILY VISITS

Molly’s mom, Sue, and her friend, Marla, stayed with us for two weeks in February.  We spent time in Phnom Penh, Battambang and the beach!

In March, Kellee’s parents and his brother, Kory, stayed with us for two weeks as well.  We showed them around Phnom Penh and spent time in Battambang as well.

Our families have been so loving and supportive and we are so grateful that they continue to come visit!

MOLLY’S NEW ROLE

Molly has stepped in to a new role as the Director over UofN BB Internal Operations.  Our campus in Battambang has several teams that help our base function.  These teams (or Circles) are called Gateway (coordinating visiting teams), Home (food prep for campus meals, maintenance, cleaning), Community Life (focus on times that staff are together, celebrations), and Office (accounting, human resources).  Molly will be working with the leaders of these Circles, helping them develop and think critically.

NEW SOUND MINISTRY

While Kellee’s dad was in Battambang, they worked together with Kyle (also New Sound staff) to build an isolation booth for the recording studio.  The function of this booth is to keep outside sound from coming in (birds chirping, Cohen playing) and reduce reflected sounds from entering the microphone and affecting the signal.

We’ve already been able to use the booth for several recordings that will come out soon!  Kellee has three songs that are nearing completion and will be released on YouTube as soon as they are ready.

We continue to move forward with our goal being to provide high quality recordings of original Khmer worship songs SO THAT Cambodians can worship and go deeper with God in their heart language!

Below are the first three songs we released late last year.

COHEN’S PASSPORT

We are still waiting to receive Cohen’s passport.  The route we tried to take with the passport office has reached a standstill so we are now trying another route with the Department of the Interior.  We brought them a letter over a week ago and just found out that the letter needs some corrections to pass on to the next step.

Every time we try to do something with Cohen’s passport, it requires a 5-6 hour trip to Phnom Penh and overnights in hotels with our two-year old.  There is often not a clear step-by-step process, we often need to make corrections, additions or edit our documents multiple times at multiple levels, so when we hear that another edit is needed, it’s another trip to Phnom Penh.

Please pray for breakthrough in this process.  We know God told us that he needed people to “step into the mess” and love children without families through adoption.  The mess is hard.  The mess sometimes leaves us feeling defeated.  Please pray for perseverance.  We know that God is good.  Right now it’s been so long and we need a win. We are excited for the day that we can visit Iowa as a family.

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KELLEE VISITING IOWA

Kellee will be visiting the US on May 18-28 to be in a friend’s wedding and visit family and supporters.  We hope that he can meet with as many of you as possible!  We will be hosting an open house on one of the nights that he is in Pella.  Details on date and time will come soon.

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FINALLY – Recordings

Big news from Battambang!  We finally have our first recording posted online under the ministry name New Sound!  The song is called About You and talks about how Jesus died for us, rose again, loves us and gives us joy.

From the start of this moving to Cambodia, the vision has always been to help create new, compelling music that shares Jesus with the nation.  Now this dream, this act of God, is coming true.

Please take a listen, subscribe to our YouTube page, like our Facebook page, and share with your friends.

Thank you for helping us get to this point!

New Sound YouTube Channel

New Sound Facebook Page

pioneering in Poipet

There is a border town about 2.5 hours away from Battambang called Poipet. Earlier this year a group of DTS staff and students started a Youth Development Center there.

A decade ago, we felt like there would be new pioneering works out of Battambang and this is just one of them. We are so glad to partner with this group of young people who are serious about seeing young people educated and trained in Poipet.

Here are a few of the staff sharing with us in Battambang about the amazing things in Poipet. I love that we get to be a part of things in Battambang, in Poipet, and in many other cities and villages in Cambodia.

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a new sound

New sounds, new songs, new voices and a new shout of worship is emerging within our community in Battambang. In September, we were officially commissioned and prayed for as a new ministry! A music ministry. A new sound is developing and we continue to seek God to see what, where and how this is suppose to happen!

We pray for new songs, we pray for the right songs, we want songs that people can sing, that people can repeat, that people can play- because we can and we should worship God in Khmer.

He loves to hear his Cambodian sons and daughters singing about Him in Khmer! I picture God up in Heaven, tapping his toes and shouting, “yo Holy Spirit, turn that song up!” or “put that one on repeat!”

Here is Kellee and Kyle presenting our music ministry to our YWAM community.

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As close as I get to a “mom blog”

In 7th grade I started to cry when I had to give a speech in front of my classmates about WW2. The teacher took me outside and told me that I needed to get it together, but I cried and shook the whole time through the 3 minute report.

The first time I told my “testimony” in front of a group of people I prepared for a week, for my 5 minutes in front of people. I have never sweat so much in my life and I don’t think the translator understood any of it because my voice was so shaky.

Fast forward to today – when people ask me what I do here in Battambang, one of things I say is, “sometimes I teach.” I have come a long way from the scared little 7th grader who got a “D” on her WW2 speech. (sidenote: hang in there 7th graders – it gets better, I promise!)

Sometimes I get to teach for 15 minutes at one of our “church services” or sometimes a whole week in DTS, sometimes a few days in one of our Secondary Schools. The last 2 weeks I’ve got to do a lot of shorter teachings and it has been a blast sharing and learning together with our wonderful staff and students.

It’s always fun to pray and see what God would have me share for each group – He always has something personal and specific to each group!

One thing I felt like God said to me, when I became a mom, is that – Mommas don’t lose their gifts and callings because they have a child AND mommas shouldn’t neglect their gifts and callings because they have a child. Sure life changes and women change when they have a child, I’m not saying we don’t. But…I don’t think everything has to change…

In fact, it’s our jobs, as mommas, to show our children how to use their gifts, their passions, and their callings to serve. How will they know how to do this if they don’t see us doing it?! I can’t think of a better way than to continue to grow in my gifts, fanning the flames of the passions that God gave me and not abandoning my calling to serve and love those around me. For me – it’s teaching. For you, it’s probably something else…but it is something and that something is IMPORTANT to keep doing!

That’s why I keep teaching. I hope this encourages everyone, especially mommas, to use your gifts, use your talents, use what you have to serve others! Also, something that you used to suck at, you might be brilliant at it now!

Not that I’m brilliant…but I know I wouldn’t be getting a “D” on any speech these days.

Mom blog…check.