“And may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you. And may the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone, just as we also do for you. May He make your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.” I Thessalonians 3:10-12
BIG IMMIGRATION NEWS!
In early January we received wonderful news that many people’s prayers have been answered in that the US immigration has finished processing our case and has sent it to Jakarta, Indonesia for a quick review. Once we receive our interview date (which will be very soon), we will fly there and quickly finish everything up. After that we will fly to Medan, Indonesia, to spend a little time with Redika’s family and say goodbye. God has changed the timetable of our return to the US. We felt that God wanted us to return to Cambodia after we finish getting Redika’s green card visa because there is not anyone who can come and replace us until the end of June. We are the only TMI staff at the KC base as of December, but we are happily continuing to do different work projects around the base helping to prepare it and a few of the unfinished buildings for more ministry in the future.
AMAZING GOD STORY!
Amy was a 9 year old Cambodian girl who was placed into a Christian orphanage in Cambodia with her sister after her parents had divorced. Her father was ill and couldn’t provide very well for them and believed that they would be well cared for there as well as learn about God. She and her sister were adopted into a loving Christian home in the US where they found Jesus and grew in their relationship with Him. Amy felt God calling her to minister to her birth country, Cambodia, and after completing her two years of training at the Teen Missions Bible,
Missionary and Work Training Center in Florida, she chose to spend her year-long internship in Cambodia. She was a great blessing to have here and spent part of her time at the base in KC where Redika an I serve at. As a result of her ministering in Cambodia, her sister, Noun, who stayed in Cambodia, joined the TMI Bible school here and recently became saved and baptized along with some of the other students! We thank God and give Him all the praise and glory for enabling TMI to have these Bible Schools in many countries around the world which has trained many young people to become missionaries and serve in many other full time ministries worldwide. This is just one example of thousands of changed lives who have had a radical encounter with Jesus as He has used them to save lost souls worldwide on summer TMI missions trips.
WORK PROJECTS AND MINISTRY
Three months ago Redika, myself and Phany plowed and seeded about three to four acres of land for rice fields. Redika and I and a few locals have been very busy harvesting them. Through this harvesting experience we are developing new friendships and relationships with some of the locals and look forward to what God will do in their lives. We rejoice and thank God that we should be harvesting about 70% of what we plowed and that it will be a big blessing to the students. We were very blessed to have a one month visit from Shannon Bobb from TMI Florida in October. We rejoice that TMI had electricity installed at the base here in Kampong Chhnang.
We were very blessed and had great joy in having a small Christmas outreach to some neighbors and friends. We baked some treats and delivered them to our Pastor’s family and some other Buddhist friends along with a Gospel picture booklet. They were very happy and blessed to receive them. One of the many Cambodians, who daily drives his cow cart past the TMI base (and who we give tracts to), apparently heard that we were giving out yummy treats and as he was driving by asked for some! Sometimes it is the little things that we do that can bless others in big ways!
PRAYER AND FINANCES
We appreciate so very much the many people who have faithfully prayed for us for so long. Your prayers are being answered, they are making a big difference, and lives are being changed. We are also very grateful for our monthly supporters who sacrifice each month to help us in the ministry that God has called us to. In addition, we are thankful for those who have given one-time gifts which help to make up our low monthly support. We are prayerfully trusting God for more one-time gifts needed in February and March to help us in covering our upcoming extra expenses.These are our extra expenses: round-trip airfare to Indonesia – $600, Redika’s mandatory medical checkup – $400, Samuel’s Indonesian Visa – $90, transportation expenses in Jakarta and Medan – $180, one-time green card visa fee- $1,000. We currently have $900 of this amount. We still need to raise $1,370 more. If God puts it on your heart to help in any way, donations can be securely given online through the Teen Missions website at www.teenmissions.org. Donations can also be mailed in to TMI and made out to Teen Missions International with a note that it is for Samuel and Redika McCracken.
885 E. Hall Road
Merritt Island, FL 32953
We are very excited about our visa progress and we look forward to meeting all of you in person sometime after the summer. May the Lord continue to abundantly bless you with many blessings and opportunities to shine your light for Jesus in this new year.
In His harvest together,
Samuel and Redika McCracken Ephesians 3:20
G.P.O Siem Reap Angkor
Kingdom of Cambodia
-For the US finishing processing Redika’s green card visa
-For our continued safety ministering, serving, driving, and doing various work projects
-For the electricity that came in December.
-For God’s provision of the $1,370 still needed for finishing Redika’s visa process
-For wisdom and understanding for our BMW students in their studies
-For safe travels and a smooth immigration interview