It’s true, we’ve been so busy with new things that we haven’t updated you in a long time.
Carrie’s been involved at getting an international school started, which has hit a few roadblocks, Leyla’s turned 4 and has started going to preschool, we’ve had a trip back to Australia and Myra is now 2! Possibly the most exciting news is that after much prayer and consultation we feel God’s called us to launch a new ministry!
Over the last 6 months God has given me a heart to reach the youth here in Battambang through health and fitness. Watch this video to get an idea of what we’re going to be doing.
It’s really exciting to be a part of something, to know that this is where God wants us. It’s been an incredible experience so far and it’s just starting!
There’s a group of guys here who have been working out together for the last couple of years. It started at the gym I like to call “the rusty barbell.” It’s cheap (40c a visit) but the equipment is terrible and it’s all crammed into a tiny space. There were about 10 of us, Cambodian and international who would meet and work out in the morning. Since then we’ve tried a few places but there really isn’t anywhere that has good equipment, or enough equipment to invite people to come and work out with us. We’d talked about starting a gym as a ministry but with no one to take the reins, it wasn’t actually looking like it would happen. I prayed one night and said to God “If this is your idea, I’m willing to be your hands and feet, but I don’t want to do it if it’s not from you.’
The very next day we prayed as a base for different spheres of society and how we could impact them for the gospel. At the end of the session two different leaders approached me and encouraged me to seek God about opening a gym. After a week of prayer I received 3 different but clear confirmations that it was in fact part of God’s plan to impact Battambang.
Already we’ve raised about US$5000, which has been amazing. Recently we’ve received donations from people who don’t even know us, but who believe in the project and want to see it succeed. Please think and pray about partnering with us, any amount helps us achieve our goal!
I’m going to Bangkok next week to get certified as a Crossfit Coach, and I’ve just returned from an Olympic Weightlifting seminar in Phnom Penh. It’s really excited to be learning so much, but a little overwhelmed by all that’s going on, and all that needs to happen before we open the doors in June next year. I’ve been talking with the owner of CrossFit Amatak in Phnom Penh, who has been a great help and encouragement! But before the gym takes off, in November and December both of the other managers at Cafe Eden will be away so I’ll be steering the ship on my own!
In September we got to go and visit Melbourne. It was great fun to catch up with friends, eat amazing food and visit Lifehouse Church. We celebrated Christmas as Dom’s sister and niece were in town and it’s the first time everyone’s been together for a long time! It was also great to visit friends who have started pastoring in country Victoria. It was great spending time with friends and loved ones, and while we were busy, it was only because people love us and wanted to see us, and that is the greatest blessing we could have. It was also great to meet with the guys who run CrossFit Anaconda- Joe has been an incredible encouragement and is even hoping to bring out a team when we open here!
Carrie was involved in planning a new campus from Hope School, which is already in Phnom Penh and Battambang. Unfortunately the teacher who was going to come was unable to return for this semester, and we’ve had to put the project on hold. We’re looking at how the families currently homeschooling in Battambang can work together a bit more. Leyla started attending a new preschool run by YWAM this week. It’s small (just 15 students) and Jesus-centred. It’s all in Khmer, so we’re hoping she can get a good foundation in the local language as well as make some new friends. While we’re happy she can attend a local school, long term we need a school with an internationally recognised curriculum for our girls. Carrie is a champion for this and she is working with a few others in the community to try and make this happen.
Thanks so much for staying in touch! We couldn’t be here without your love, prayers and support,
Dom, Carrie, Leyla and Myra
- Continued safety and health
- Finances for the gym
- Opportunities to share the gospel with our neighbours
- Teachers, administrators and a venue for a new international school
- Peace, patience and joy as we deal with life in Cambodia
- Rest and re-invigoration both of us have been feeling exhausted since coming back from Australia.
- Leyla to adjust to school well
- Wisdom with parenting