Phnom Penh Update August 2017

  Nations Church Phnom Penh is now over two years old!! Haaappy Biirrthdaaay tooo us! We celebrated in true Nations PP fashion with an outdoor combined service under a marquee next door to the church. It was incredible to look out and see that what started with us and 5 locals, is now a packed […]

Phnom Penh Update January 2017

Happy New Year! We have rolled into the new year with great excitement and we believe that for Nations Church PP, it is going to be a year of empowering, developing and releasing leaders to carry the call of the church, as well as seeing every person that calls Nations their home develop a genuine, […]

Phnom Penh Update September 2016

If you hadn’t heard, I am all alone!! I write this update to you on the back end of Tam’s 11-week stint back in Perth, finishing her Teaching degree. I have manned the fort here, but not without a great supporting cast around me. Our last update was in June, and since then things have […]

Phnom Penh Update June 2016

Time flies when you’re running a church in Cambodia!! Our sincerest apologies for the delay in keeping you updated! Last time we wrote we talked about the Christmas event, wanting to start connect groups, Vandeth and Somaly joining our staff team and our powerful Freedom Day and Worship Night services. So much has happened since […]

SEEK

“If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature and Selected Essays This is one of my favourite thoughts, ever. Imagine the anticipation and the glee and the wonder of seeing stars for the first time, of being alive on such a privileged […]

When will it be my turn, O God?

Have you ever hoped and believed for something, only to see what feels like everyone around you be granted that very thing? Maybe it’s a job, a career, a spouse, children, a home, a dream, a healing or an opportunity? One of life’s biggest challenges is to watch someone else get the very thing that […]

Dust and Breath

Your body loves breathing.. it is it’s natural response to existence. Your body loves breathing so much that if you try to stop it from breathing, it will make you unconscious so that it can continue inhaling its daily 22,000 lungs full of air (1). Your body loves breathing because it gives you life. Your […]

Dare Ask – Big dreams and little excuses

Vision Sunday was just over a week ago, and we heard exciting announcements about things coming up in 2015 in our great church: Nations College, Connect Groups, Nations Youth Belmont, buildings, Nations Global… I cannot WAIT to see what that looks like. So excited, so inspired! Ps Ken Lee taught from Ephesians 3:14-21 and I […]

The Transform Diaries – Irene Soon

Day seven – January 23rd 2015:   There was not a dry eye in the room that morning. All hands were raised and words from every heart were lifted in prayer. The presence of the Lord was strong; He was amidst everyone in the room. I, for one, could not stop tearing. There is a deep hunger for Christ in Cambodia […]

The Problem With Words

We have this thrilling paradox in Christ – that He describes himself as The Word and yet if we spent an eternity stringing words together, we still wouldn’t have made any progress in describing Him. I have been interested recently in how the way that we talk about God – our language (including our conversation, […]

The Ultimate Lifeline

‘More of you God’ inhale… “Less of me” exhale… Repeat. This prayer was my lifeline about 15 months ago. Called a ‘breath prayer’, my friend had given me a daily devotion talking about this prayer and I used it immediately and constantly for months. Occasionally I still mutter the words under my breath, like an […]

Extremely Quiet And Incredibly Close: Reflections On Wildfire

And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was […]

Not My Own Protector

I was listening to the radio in my car the other night and one of the presenters said this: “Self-deprecation is the best form of self-defence.” It was definitely a throw-away line, but to me it sang. Self-deprecation is the tendency for us tobelittle, undervalue or disparage ourselves, and it can often happen under the […]

Creativity Is Like The Universe

In keen anticipation of Nations upcoming Creative Community, I have been daydreaming incessantly about creativity; what it means, how it reflects God, how it pleases God, how we are to use such a gift for Kingdom purposes. Somehow these ponderings collided with some stray thoughts about human studies of the universe (like, outer space), and […]

The Church He Desires

The church is often spoken of as the body of Christ: That we are the hands and feet of God; his vehicle of choice to reach this world with his love. But for me personally it really hit home at a recent Heartbeat meeting on a Tuesday night. Mid-meeting Pastor Ken said something that really […]

This time it’s personal

Society places value on having a good memory. We all wish we could have a photographic memory and be like Rain-man or The Mentalist or Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, able to remember details that most even wouldn’t acknowledge. Unfortunately, very few are born with an eidetic memory, which means none […]

The Prodigal Father

God once told me that He was prodigal. I won’t lie, I questioned His logic for a good couple of minutes. But then out of curiosity I thesaurus.com’ed the word ‘prodigal’ and…. this: • Excessive • Extravagant • Immoderate • Lavish • Reckless • Unbounded • Plethoric • Inordinate So the prodigal son wasn’t lost […]

Rediscovering Identity and Meaning

Recently, I became aware of how easy it is to lose God in the clamor of life.  This revelation came about when, after what felt like weeks of being busy, I finally stopped.  Turned the phone off, left it at home, and got out and just walked in the gentle drizzle of a Saturday evening.  […]
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