Tuesday, November 30, 2010

This is the final post of Anniversary Month at The Missionary Memo. I have enjoyed sharing special memories, pictures, and articles with you. Thank you to everyone who took the time to leave a kind comment or write a friendly email. You have encouraged us. I especially want to thank those of you who encouraged my children with your comments. They have read them all and I know that they feel loved and special. I want to close this special month by saying thank you to each and every person who has ever prayed for us or supported our ministry financially. Your sacrifice of time and treasure has made a difference in many lives, including our own.

Years ago I read a poem written by a good friend and fellow-missionary here in Cambodia, Tim Stephens. I remember how moved I was the first time I read it, and I have saved it all these years. Last month I asked Bro. Stephens if he would let me use this poem during our Anniversary Month, and he graciously agreed.  This poem is dedicated to each church, pastor, and individual who has partnered with us for the lost of Cambodia in the last 10 years.

Because You Gave
by Tim Stephens

We worked today.
Ordinary jobs were accomplished because of you.
We composed lessons and letters on a computer you bought for us.
Necessary errands were run in a dependable vehicle you purchased.
Our children were schooled from books you paid for.  
We have lights, water and a home
Because you gave.

We relaxed today.
An outing you provided refreshed our family.
We turned aside from the routine and enjoyed a meal out.
Thank you.
We laughed and played together and had a restful time
Because you gave.

We worshipped today.
Your sacrifice paid for Cambodian believers to travel to church.
They gathered in a building that you rented and remodeled.
They read from the Bibles you bought
And sat in chairs you donated so they might hear God's Word.
They praised their Savior from songbooks in their native tongue
Because you gave.

Someone was saved today.
You stood with us as we proclaimed to him the everlasting gospel.
A disciple whom you helped us train led him to Jesus.
He will follow his Lord in a baptismal that you helped build.  
He will grow in grace and in the knowledge of Christ
And his life will be forever changed
Because you gave.


  1. That is a very touching poem. Thank you for sharing! I still need to show my children your children's interviews and will do that soon. Thank you for serving the Lord in Cambodia. May the Lord continue to richly bless you and your ministry there!

    In Christ,

    Melanie Rhinehart and family
    Redding, CA

  2. Thank you for the books :) Tell your girls they were "good pickers". We really enjoy reading your blog and sharing it with the kids!