July 2018  

Bounna & Thys

July/August 2017 update from Bounna & Thy Has, missionaries to Southeast Asia:

On July 12th, we celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary.  We are so thankful for your continual love, prayers, financial support, and for the grace of God upon our marriage and ministry. We are so blessed.

Please pray for Sinath’s spiritual growth and her sister, Sina, to be saved.  The Holy Spirit is really working in their lives.  We believe that this is God reopening a door into for their village, Prey Pnou.

Our Romdeng village trip went well as we were able to teach many about “Knowing God.”  There were several new folks who came to the Bible study.  God definitely is at work in this isolated village as many are seeking and searching to know the true and living God.  Pray for this needy place as we’ll be returning with another group soon and that we’ll be able to start a church as the Lord leads.

We have two new attendees to our singles class, Menglay and Nareach.  Please pray for an open door for me to continue to share the gospel with Nareach and also disciple Menglay.

Dalin attended church for the 1st time in a very long time.  She called me very excited as her husband gave her permission to come.  Pray for her situation and for her husband, Barang, to be saved.

Srey Nou has been attending our church on and off for the past 4 years.  She comes from an unstable home but finds the love she craves in Jesus.  Pray for wisdom as we seek to be a blessing to her.

I believe that the best kind of friend is a praying friend. We are humbled by your faithful prayers and friendship. May the Lord continue to richly bless you!

September/October 2017 update from Bounna & Thy Has, missionaries to Southeast Asia:

Glory to God!  On September 17th, our church plants came together to celebrate Jesus.  What an honor it was to see 16 believers follow the Lord in believer’s baptism.  We were blessed by wonderful music, testimonies, and a powerful message by one of our national leaders, Bro. San.  My heart continues to be encouraged by the national believer’s growth in their love for God and others.

Vy traveled again all the way from Vietnam to have us teach her about Jesus.  Myself, her aunt and two of our single ladies all took time to share the gospel with her all 3 days she was here.  On Monday, September 18th, she believed on Jesus.  Praise the Lord!  Please be in prayer for her spiritual growth as she will be faced with persecution without a church family to encourage, equip and edify her.  Also, pray that God would open a door for the gospel to go to her village in the near future.

By the end of this month, I will be finishing up two courses: Bible Doctrines IV and Child Evangelism.  Then beginning in November I will have the privilege to start two new courses: New Testament Survey and Teaching Methods.  Please continue to pray for the next generation of laborers that God has entrusted to our care.  Pictured is one of our college students, Bro. Veasna Sovann leading singing during a midweek Bible study service.  Please pray for our college students to grow intellectually, physically, socially, and (especially) spiritually.

We have had the privilege of knowing grandma So Khim (age 74) for 4 years now.  This past week I had the rare opportunity to share a clear presentation of the gospel with her; surely God is dealing with her about her salvation.  Please pray for her to be saved and also continue to pray for her village, Prey Pnov.

Thank you for your continual prayer for the village of Romdeng.  God surely is at work in the hearts of people in this remote village.  This past month, Sovanaara and Srey Meas both believed on Jesus; please pray for them along with the other new believers: Sophear, Vichica, Socheat, Kanha, and Sophane (who all have trusted Christ) for spiritual growth.  Satan and his demons are surely not happy as we continue to advance with the gospel in this spiritually dark place.  This week, our team: Missionary Keo and Vong will be having our first Sunday Bible study in one of the homes there.  Lord willing, we will be able to start a church there in the near future.  Please pray for these individuals from Romdeng to be saved: The village chief, Yin and his wife, Sair to be saved; and also Sake.  May the gospel continue to have free course.  We genuinely thank you for praying, giving, and caring.  May the Lord richly bless you.

November 2017 update from Bounna & Thy Has, missionaries to Southeast Asia:

Is it just me?  For some reason it felt like I send last month’s update just last week; but here we are in November!  Let’s just say that God is better to us than we deserve (that’s for sure).  October was a fantastic month, we are so happy to share how God is working in this part of the world.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your fellowship in the gospel!

Thank you so much for your continued prayer for the village of Romdeng.  Praise the Lord!  This past month, our team hosted our first Sunday Bible study, and also, this past week, Sair (wife of the village chief) & Poeul Kourn both believed on Jesus.  Please continue to pray for God's hedge of protection around these believers as the Devil is not happy with what God is doing there.  Due to the difficulty of getting to this remote village and the busyness of our current schedule, as of now, we are planning on going there on Sunday once a month and also every other Friday.  Please pray that we will be able to start a church there in the near future.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to have a small part at a youth camp in Northern Cambodia.  It was a joy and honor to be able to preach to these precious young people.  God surely blessed as 6 individuals surrendered their lives to the Lord.  Though Thy was not able to accompany me on this short trip, I was able to bring with me two of our single men and three teenage boys.  Let’s just say it was both an interesting and unforgettable trip.
This past month, before our Singles Adult class, Makara and Thy were able to share the gospel with these young ladies.  Praise God!  Srey Touch, Ly Ly, Srey Kuch, Srey La all put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.  These singles girls go to college and work in the garment factory full time, and on their only day off left their place two hours earlier to come study about salvation.  This past week they brought their roommates to hear the gospel.

Our church had a privilege of attending a family seminar hosted by a church of like faith.  What a special time of fellowship and teaching on the family.  Afterwards, we were able to have a couple’s activity at a nearby local mall.  We are thrilled about how God is working in the lives of the Cambodian believers here.  God has blessed us with some wonderful families.  We are thankful for their spiritual growth and sensitivity to the Lord.

Please continue to pray for our various children’s ministries.  We have the privilege to reach out to over 200 children on a weekly basis.  We have seen God raised up fruit from these various ministries.

Please join us in prayer for our annual teen revival on November 4th.  God has blessed us with some fantastic teens and young adults.  Please pray for God to bring revival to the hearts of the next generation of believers.  Our theme is “To Know Christ and Make Him Known.”  Please pray for souls to be saved and lives surrendered to the will of the Lord.

We are blessed by your continued love, prayers, and support.  Hoping and praying that this Thanksgiving will be your best one yet.

December 2017 update from Bounna & Thy Has, missionaries to Southeast Asia:

Thy and I trust that you had a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones.  We enjoyed a wonderful time with our team here in Cambodia.  There is so much to be thankful to our Great God for.  We are especially thankful for your continual love, prayers, and support; your friendship is forever treasured.

We are thankful that Thy’s sister, Nary, was able to visit us in Cambodia for a couple of weeks. It was such a blessing for the both of them to be able to spend some quality time together. Thankful for the wonderful families that God blessed both of us with.

On December 3rd, I had the opportunity to preach a Sunday service at our Stung Mean Jey Church plant for the first time. God surely is using Bro. Man and his dear family in a mighty way; let’s just say souls are being saved, and lives are being changed by the power of the gospel. Please continue to be in prayer for these precious new believers and this physically and spiritually needy area.

Teen Revival “To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”: We started the month with our annual Teen Revival.  God surely moved and blessed in the services as many decisions were made for the glory of God.  It’s amazing to see this next generation of Khmer believers stand unashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Please continue to be in prayer for these precious young people.  May they continue to stay hungry, humble, and honest before God.  In the closing service which was also our celebration service, we praise God for four individuals who followed the Lord in believer’s baptism.

Thank you for your faithful prayers for Romdeng Village.  God blessed as 5 new names are written in the book of life.  Please be in prayer for Channoun, Sokey, Hong, Doung, and Chan spiritual growth.  Please pray that we will be able to start a church in this village this coming year.  Pray as the Devil is at work there discouraging, distracting, and detouring the believers and unsaved villagers.

I had the privilege of meeting Stephen this past month.  He is a Filipino, living and working in Cambodia who has recently hit rock bottom.  I have been personally counseling and witnessing to him for the past two weeks.  Please pray for him and his family (Christine, Sophia, and Godwin) to be saved.

We are requesting prayer for Bro. Chanta’s Health.  He is one of our Bible college students; he believes that God wants him to take the gospel back to his village.  He has had problems with his heart since he was a child. He was recently hospitalized and was informed by the doctors that he will need surgery because of his heart condition.  Please continue to be in prayer for him and his family.

Again, we praise God for your love and friendship.  Thank you so much for standing with us.  May the Lord bless you with a Happy New Year.

January 2018 update from Bounna & Thy Has, missionaries to Southeast Asia:

Happy New Year: Thy and I trust that you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year with your loved ones. December was an awesome month for us in Southeast Asia. We praise God for what he has done throughout 2017 and look forward to what He will continue to do through our family, team, and ministry here in 2018. We sincerely thank you for your consideration, encouragement, thoughtfulness, and time.

Not sure if you remember him from a year ago; for the past year we wondered where he disappeared to. To make a long story short, he was detained in a government rehabilitation center; he has been through much abuse. Right when he was released he came straight to the place he experienced true love, our church! It’s evident that God has been working on his heart this past year. Lomdab has been coming to every service and seems to be growing spiritually. Please pray for me to have wisdom as I begin counseling and discipleship with him.

What a blessing it was to be able to meet and get to know Thy’s cousin: Mohm. Her along with her friend, Touch wanted to visit the church a week before but couldn’t find it. So we all got together for lunch. They seem to both be interested in the gospel and asked some good questions. Please pray for boldness on our part and another opportunity to share the gospel with them soon.

I had the privilege of attending Kong and Lilee’s wedding in a restricted access nation; both of them are two of our national leaders serving in various ministries. God used them in a mighty way as single adults reaching their people with the gospel; I look forward to what the Lord will continue to do through the now (joyful) newlyweds. Please keep them in your prayers for spiritual growth.

What a blessing that around 13 individuals from Romdeng were able to attend our celebration service in the capital city; several of them followed the Lord in believers baptism. Please continue to pray for the believers there and for the gospel to continue to have free course. We are looking forward to having more frequent Bible studies there in 2018 and Lord willing start a church there sometime this year. The distance to travel and cost of doing ministries in this remote village presents some different challenges; please pray for God’s power, protection, and provision.

The day after the wedding, myself along with 9 other men ventured out into several villages in the mountains of Southeast Asia. The trip lasted four days, three nights, of which 34 hours was spent just traveling. We were able to visit different people groups through various contacts. I personally believe that we passed by tens of thousands of people who have probably never heard a clear presentation of the gospel. The harvest truly is plenteous. On the other hand, I praise God for the young national men that God has brought our way. Please pray for our team as we seek to teach and train them for the glory of God and the gladness of the nations. Also, we praise God for two individuals who made a profession of faith. Please join us in prayer for an open door in this restricted access nation.

A special thank you to many of you that have been praying for Chanta’s health. The heart surgery went well and he seems to be recovering steadily. Glory to God! He should be discharge from the hospital within the next few days. His mom, Navy has been sharing her faith in Christ to just about everyone at the hospital that she comes across. I praise God for her boldness and love for our Lord Jesus. We are eternally grateful for your faithful love, prayers, and support. May the Lord richly bless you throughout the New Year!

Feburary 2018 update from Bounna & Thy Has, missionaries to Sountheast Asia:

It’s once again our honor and privilege to be able to share with you all the wonderful things that God is doing in Southeast Asia.  Thy and I cannot thank you enough for your faithful love, prayers, and support.  What a start to the New Year! January is definitely a month to remember; here are some of the blessings and prayer requests:

On Sunday, January 28th, our church was introduced to the theme for the New Year: “That God May Be Glorified!”  What a powerful, Spirit-filled service as hearts were challenged, encouraged, and blessed by God through the up-dates, vision, singing, and preaching of God’s Word.  Looking forward to seeing and being apart of the mighty works of God in 2018.

I had the privilege of meeting Vattanac for the first time several months ago through our Singles Ministry.  2017 was a rough year for him which God used to work mightily in his heart.  He seems to have a clear testimony of salvation, but is in need of discipleship.  I have had the privilege of meeting with him for discipleship this past month on a weekly basis.  What a blessing it is to see him soak everything in, reading his Bible, and at the same time asking good questions.  His hunger and humility to know God is so spiritually refreshing. Please be in prayer for his spiritual growth.  

Thank you for your continued prayers for this needy village.  This month, for the first time, we had the opportunity to go there for Bible studies on a weekly basis.  God surely blessed as five individuals made a profession of faith: Heng, Srey Nate, Phin, and Pheap.  Sokkey who was saved several weeks ago has expressed sincere desire to be apart of our Bible College and Lord willing, he wants to make the gospel known to his people.  Please pray for two men, Meag and Vannak to be saved.  Please continue to pray for the new believers in this dear village and for the gospel to continue to have free course.

Pich and her family has also returned to live in the capital.  It was such a blessing to pick them up for Church this past week.  Her daughter, Rothmony. has heard and read about the gospel but has yet to accept Christ.  Please pray for opportunities in which we can share the gospel with her and for Pich’s spiritual growth.

Please remember Liza and her family for spiritual growth.  It’s such a blessing to see Liza’s love for the Lord and His Church.  I sure do appreciate our teen girls sweet spirit and genuine love toward her.  They live near the needy area of Prey Sar and Toul Pu Ro which is a good distance from the church.  Please pray for opportunities to teach her and her family, as well as share the gospel with the surrounding villages.

Thy and I are so grateful for your help in fulfilling the great commission.  We are eternally grateful for what God has done, is doing, and will continue to do in this part of the world.  May the Lord richly bless you!

March 2018 update from Bounna & Thy Has, missionaries to Southeast Asia:

We welcomed the month of March.  Thy and I count it as an honor and privilege to represent our Lord Jesus and each of you in Southeast Asia.  We are constantly overwhelmed and at a loss for words at the good ness of God and your generous love, prayers, and support.  Let us share with you our most recent blessings and prayer requests.

We sure do appreciate many of you who have faithfully prayed for the needy remote village of Romdeng.  Here are some of the highlights, blessings, and prayer requests:
We are able to have a Bible study with three different ethnic groups on a weekly basis.
I had a certain special meat (woof) for the first time as a special request of the host.
Two more individuals made a profession of faith: Somphos, a sixteen-year-old, and Rotha, a nineteen-year-old.
Please pray for Yin, Vannak, Ney, Meag, Sokjear, and Yary to be saved.
Also, pray for the spiritual growth of the new believers.

Every Sunday evening, our single adults meet for a small group Bible study.  What a joy it is to see the spiritual growth in so many of our young adults.  God surely is working wonders as only He could in their hearts.  The Cambodian-demographics of age 30 years and younger make up approximately 70% of the country; consider the potential in reaching this generation.  Please continue to pray for the teaching and training of this special group of national believers.

We are thankful that Chantrea (age 23) was able to attend our church for the first time this past month.  She was very nervous because she, like many other unbelievers, have heard various accusations, misconceptions, and lies against Christ and His Church.  One example is that when you believe in Jesus, you have to partake in the drinking of urine.  Thy and Makara were able to spend time with her answering questions and sharing the gospel.  She mentioned how overwhelmed and shocked she was by the love, respect, and hospitality of the Church family.  Please pray for her salvation.

Thank you for praying for Pich and her family.  I am thrilled to share that this past month her daughter, Rothmony (age 16), and son, Loang (age 8), both accepted Jesus.  Only if you could see the smile on their faces in person; Oh, the joy of salvation!  They have been coming to church consistently for the past month.  Please continue to be in prayer for their spiritual growth.

God is good!  It is only by His grace and mercy that anything is possible.  We are also humbled and grateful for your faithfulness in standing with us.  May the Lord continue to richly bless you!

April 2018 update from Bounna & Thy Has, missionaries to Southeast Asia:

Thank you for your support. We praise God for you and covet your prayers. At the beginning of April, Thy and I celebrated six years of service in the country of Cambodia. We praise God for His grace upon our personal lives, marriage, and ministry. We are humbled and grateful for your continual love, prayers, and support.

The month of March started out with our celebration service where our church plants came together to be encouraged, equipped, and edified. The highlight of the day was the 15 individuals who followed the Lord in Baptism. Please remember these individuals in your prayers for their spiritual growth.

Chea (age 30) received assurance of his salvations this past month. He showed up at church looking for some of our national leaders who had shared the gospel with him in the past. God has been working on his heart these past few months, and in his own words, "I came to the place where the poor are loved and the gospel is preached." What a joy it is to see him come to church! I gave him a booklet with the gospel of Mark to read as a daily devotional. Please be in prayer for Chea's spiritual growth.

For the past few weeks, I have been able to meet with Ivan (age 22) in my home for a salvation study. He is Russian but grew up in France. For the past few years, he has been living in Cambodia. We met through a game of basketball. God has been working in his heart as he has been asking me some great questions! Please remember him in your prayers for his salvation.

Please continue to be in prayer for the village of Romdeng. We praise God for the growth of the new believers as they continue to grow from spiritual infancy into maturity. We praise the Lord for Ney, who accepted Jesus into his heart! I praise God for the testimony of Ney's wife during these past several months; it made an impact on him coming to know Christ. Please continue to pray for these new believers along with Vannak, Tiag, and Sommoun who are in need of salvation.

Thank you again for your faithfulness to our Lord Jesus Christ. May the Lord richly bless you!

May 2018 update from Bounna & Thy Has, missionaries to Southeast Asia:

I get a bittersweet feeling every Friday evening when we have to say goodbye to our brothers and sisters in Christ in Romdeng village.  Our hearts are blessed by the faithfulness of these national believers who are often persecuted and ridiculed for their new-found faith.  God is always faithful!  Phalley (age 47), Sokkhim (age 21), and Sovanna (age 30) all believed on Jesus.  They have had spiritual growth as new believers.  We are always grateful to see the new believers continuing their spiritual growth, which is evident by what they say and how they live their lives.  Poch (age 16) is a deaf teen, who had been attending our Bible Study; please pray for her salvation.

Thank you for praying for Ivan's salvation.  This past Sunday, Ivan Musto's name was written down in the Book of Life!  After several sessions and many hours of salvation studies, he, on his own, called upon the name of the Lord to save him of his sins.  Praise the Lord!  It's a joy to see Ivan start coming to church.  Please pray for our weekly Bible Study and for him to grow in God's grace and truth.

John Kuce, a Canadian, was saved three years ago through our ministry here.  Through much prayer, Bible Study, counseling, and discipleship, God's process of sanctification is at work in his heart and mind.  What a joy it is to see him at just about every one of our services.  Please keep his wife, Ally, in prayer; she made a profession of faith a couple years ago but is still struggling spiritually.  They will be heading back to Canada soon, so please pray that they will find a good church and stay faithful to Jesus.

Srey Pov is a young mother living apart from her family and going to college at the capital.  A few months ago, she came to church for the first time and had some really great questions about God.  We challenged her to seek to know the one, true God.  The Holy Spirit's conviction is evident as she has been diligently searching to know the truth since that conversation.  It is a joy to see her contact Thy and come to church.  We will meet her soon for a salvation study.  Please pray that she will know our one, true God and be saved.

God is good all of the time, and all of the time, God is good.  We thank you for your continual love, prayers, and financial support.  God bless.

June 2018 update for Bounna & Thy Has, missionaires to Southeast Asia.

We started the month of May with a survey trip to the Northwest Cambodia and Southeast Thailand border towns.  Our first stop was in Battambang city for the evening in which we scheduled Po and his famiy for a meet up.  After sharing the gospel with hijm for 3 years, with Missionary Sara Vong, he called upon the name of the Lord to be saved.  Glad to God!  We, then, headed northwest from there to the border towns.  This survey trip was surreal as it was my first time visiting this part of Southeast Asia.  We passed through many towns, visiting several border checkpoints and meeting many beautiful people who have little to no access to the glorious gospel.  In just a few weeks our college will be taking a mission’s trip to view these spiritually deprived places and people.  Please pray for discernment and wisdom as we plan and orchestrate this special trip.  Please pray for open doors and more laborers in this great harvest!  At the end of the trip, we stopped back in Battambang city to have a time of discipleship with Po.  It went well as he listened attentively and asked good questions.  I recently received a message (from a local pastor) that Po took his family to church this past Sunday.  Praise the Lord!  Please pray for his wife, Ya, to be saved.

Thank you so much for the many of you who have prayed for our 2nd Annual Family Camp.  Our people, including myself, were challenged and blessed by the mighty works that God did in our hearts, families, and ministry.  What an awesome time of fellowship, competitions, accountability, singing, teaching, and preaching.  There was a great spirit throughout the camp; I am so thankful for our team and the ministry with which God has blessed us.  A few highlights are that 199 people attended the camp; 3 individuals placed their faith and dedicated their lives to Jesus; and many other decisions were made for the glory of God!

For the past couple of months, Thy and our ladies have been faithfully sharing the gospel with Horr.  I am happy to report that this past month, she believed in Jesus Christ.  What a joy it was to have her attend our church services.  Now she always has a smile on her face and it hungry to know the Lord more.  Please pray for her spiritual growth and for her husband, Run, to get saved.

Sometimes, the simplest things mean the most!  Thy and I are humbled and grateful by your continual love, prayers, and support.  If we can ever be a blessing to you in any way, please do not hesitate to let us know.  May the Lord continue to richly bless you!