As some of you know, we bought an old school building in Bakong planning to renovate it and eventually move into it. Dad had seen this building long back and always wanted to buy it. In the beginning of last year, we were planning on buying it, the board had just given the ok. The day after, he was going to go tell them that they wanted to buy it. And the same day someone offered them a higher price than what we were offering, and they sold it to them. A couple months later, while we were back in the states, Frank messaged dad that the people who had bought it needed some quick cash and they were wanting to sell. So after all that, we finally got the house!
APSARA is the Cambodia management authority responsible for protecting the Angkor Archaeological Park. It puts restrictions on businesses and buildings close to the temple ruins. Our building is in the APSARA territory. We understood that we can do any renovations in the house that we want as long as we don’t make it bigger. When we had the last mountain view team here, they started tearing out walls for us, and some of the authorities came out and said that we can’t work on the house without a building permit! By this time the board had a couple teams lined up to come help. APSARA said that we should be able to have the permit first of January. It was going to work out fine! The first team would get here right after we got it made! Well, things don’t always go as planned! Turns out, the people who said that only could make a permit for smaller houses. So they had to go to people higher up, and they don’t want to expedite the process. They say it won’t be done till the last of February! That’s after the last team leaves! So we decided that we would just get them to build a little house on the other piece of land that they purchased and we already had the permit for that one!The guys just got good and started building that one, when APSARA came again! They had to hold off on it for a couple days! they’re back at it again though. We are hoping that the permit will go through for the school building soon, so they can get that started! Hopefully everything works out! Pray that God could use this for good!
Two weeks ago at church, Chhum”s sister in law ,one of the church members asked that we would pray for her husband to overcome his problem with alcohol. He added that he wants to stop drinking, and really wants prayer to have spirits leave him alone. He has not been sleeping well and a couple times the spirits got him during the night and took him out into the jungle. What I found amazing is he said when he slept at chhums, he slept better than what he had in a long time! It’s seems like because it was a christian house, the spirits couldn’t have any control over him! Because God is so much stronger than the evil in the world! He went to the front and they gathered around and prayed for him. This week, he asked for prayer again. another one of Chhum’s brother in law asked for prayer. When his son (a member) heard his dad request prayer, saying that he wants to stop drinking, he started clapping for his Dad. He has asked us to pray that his dad would dry up several times. And now his dad has requested prayer himself! As they both walked to the front everybody gave them a round applause, cheering them on! We gathered around them, and prayed that God would give them the strength, and direct them in the right path! So please keep them in your prayers! Not only that they would break their habit, but that they would commit their lives to God, and become godly leaders for their families!
~Heather for the Helmuths~