In the fall of 2014, Tim & Diane traveled with their home church, St. John Church in Ellisville MO, on a short-term mission trip to Cambodia for the dedication of Stronghold Cambodia (SHC), a faith-based, nonprofit NGO, whose mission is to empower Cambodian communities for positive change through Christian care and learning. While there, God confirmed His call for Tim & Diane to serve Him by tithing their first years of retirement in Cambodia at SHC.
Tim & Diane returned to Cambodia as volunteer missionaries through MCN in 2015. They have spent most of the last three years in Sihanoukville Cambodia where they taught ESL to 3rd – 6th grade economically disadvantaged students at SHC. In addition to their teaching, Tim filled the role of SHC facility handy man and Diane promoted health & hygiene with students and their families as well as coordinating the SHC Family Sponsorship program. As energetic song leaders, they especially enjoy sharing Jesus’ love through teaching their students Christian songs in English.
This past year has brought change for both SHC and Tim & Diane. Sihanoukville has experienced drastic economic change with the rapid influx of Chinese investment in the construction of hotels and casinos. Due to skyrocketing costs of land, SHC has relocated to Kampot (60 miles away). Several other MCN missionaries have joined SHC giving Tim & Diane the opportunity to take an extended furlough in the USA to spend time with their family and seek healthcare for Diane’s knee problems. Whether in the USA or Cambodia, Tim & Diane faithfully serve as ambassadors for Jesus. But, they do not believe God is done with them serving in Cambodia. They are excited to return to Cambodia in May 2019 to serve at SHC as ESL teachers.
Tim & Diane invite you to partner with them through prayer and financial support.
Proverbs 3:5, has become a foundational verse for Tim & Diane through this time of change.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.
Here are some prayer requests from us:
• For Stronghold Cambodia (SHC) to remain focused on God’s mission of empowering Cambodian communities for positive change through Christian care and learning at the new location in Kampot.
• For God to guide and use Tim & Diane while in the USA to fulfill His mission that the name of Jesus be known in all nations.
• For God to provide prayer and financial support for Tim & Diane’s return to Cambodia in the summer as ESL teachers.
• For the SHC children to come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and in turn share the Good News of Jesus with their families and friends, for it is the children that truly make the most effective missionaries.
Any funds raised that exceed Mission Partner’s agreed upon stipend amount will become the property of MCN. In the alternative, excess funds may be used to support Mission Partner in missional activities under a new MOU, or Mission Partner may assign, after consultation with the Executive Director, any excess funds to one or more Mission Partners who are in good standing with MCN. The purpose for this is that any funds raised are to support missional activities throughout the world, and not for the financial benefit of MCN.