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Discipling takes time – even for Jesus: Checkpoint Autumn 2022

CMS workers Andrew and Liz Glover serve at International Christian Fellowship (ICF), in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where Andrew is the senior pastor. In this article Andrew reflects on the centrality of Jesus and the Bible to the process of discipling.  The example of Jesus  By the time Peter makes his famous declaration that Jesus is […]

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Discipling requires humility

CMS missionaries Craig and Samantha (Sam) McCorkindale serve in Cambodia, where Craig lectures in theology at Phnom Penh Bible College. Here he speaks of a lesson he learned about the importance of humility in teaching.   Teaching online during the pandemic has been tough. At times I have felt that my ability to disciple has been […]

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Understanding honour and shame through Coronavirus

CMS missionaries Dave and Leoni Painter teach at Phnom Penh Bible College in Cambodia. Here they explain how COVID works in a culture of honour and shame. Different responses to COVID  Like most places in the world, mask wearing in Phnom Penh is now ubiquitous, well almost. In early March, masks became compulsory along with a heavy […]

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When human delays are God’s timing

CMS missionaries Wim and Maaike Prins have served in Cambodia since 2004. Much of Wim’s work has involved the translation of Bible commentaries, Christian books and the New Bible Dictionary into Khmer. Earlier this year the Prins family were due to return to Australia for final Home Assignment, however border closures and flight cancellations forced […]

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Checkpoint Summer 2021: Knowing God

CMS missionaries Dave and Leoni Painter serve in Cambodia, where the dominant Buddhist religion values ‘acquiring knowledge’ as a good work. How to help students of the gospel understand grace? The lesson was proceeding well. I followed the Khmer language textbook on this subject that I had been developing over the last few years. The […]

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A morning in the life of an online Bible teacher

CMS missionaries Dave and Leoni Painter teach at Phnom Penh Bible College. For the last year and a half their classes have been largely conducted online. Dave shares some of the challenges of teaching remotely.  After 18 months of online teaching, I’ve asked myself, “Why not be a ‘Zoom-missionary’? Now much of our contact with students is online, should we continue […]

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COVID in Cambodia’s shame culture

CMS missionaries David and Leoni Painter live in Cambodia, where they serve at Phnom Penh Bible School. Here they consider the social and spiritual consequences of Coronavirus on their nation.  We are now more than a year into the pandemic, and we continue to see people around the world suffering—but not always in the same way. As outsiders, God […]

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Cultivating the culture: Checkpoint Autumn 2021

CMS missionaries Wim and Maaike Prins have been serving in Cambodia since 2004, where Wim is involved in translation work for the Fount of Wisdom Publishing House. Here Wim reflects on the importance of long-term ministry in building trust in relationships. Some years ago, in Siem Reap, Maaike and I met a missionary couple who, […]

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Bible teaching in Cambodia: Challenges from Coronavirus and the rest of life

CMS missionaries Dave & Leoni Painter have served in Cambodia for more than 20 years. Here Dave describes a general challenge of ministry, and the specific challenges that have arisen at the Phnom Penh Bible School that have come about during the pandemic.  In the Khmer language, the word romkan is most closely translated by the verb ‘to disturb’, however, it is generally used with a greater […]

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