May 31st 2016 - Next Steps
Hello Friends and Family!
We are truly grateful for your prayers and support during our time here! Not a single day goes by that we don't thank God for you. Through it all, you have been steadfast and encouraging. We can't thank you enough!
Caleb and I are very well! Our health is quite good! Our spirits are high and hopeful. The past few weeks have been difficult more in the spiritual sense. Spiritual warfare here can be overwhelming, so we have been praying intensely, pushing wave after wave of the Power of the Holy Spirit over our house, neighborhood, and projects. Papa is faithful to overcome.
Feeding people on the streets is still going really great! Every time we go out, it feels more comfortable, like a road that is being cleared. We are really feeling like we are penetrating through walls. A few of the people we see as regulars are starting to feel like friends. During the past few times we've gone out, there is a friendly tuktuk driver who has been hinting at us that he wants to try our food! We have started giving him a box, and he just immediately runs home and shares it with his wife and kids, and then is back by the time we are returning to our moto. He's all smiles and laughs.
As some of you know, Caleb's sister is getting married in August, and the tickets to return to Colorado to be in the wedding were already purchased for us. Originally, we had planed on returning to Cambodia after the wedding, but then some major information on our taxes came up when we filed for an extension. More specifically, Caleb is going to owe a pretty significant amount of taxes from selling his old house at the end of 2014. It's a gross amount of money, and in order to avoid destroying our financial situation, we need to stay in the states and work before we have to pay up.
We have prayed a lot about it, and believe that its time to stay stateside for now to build a home base and start a bigger family. We are going to take a big leap of faith and move to Washington state on August 10th. Apartment hunting, moving trucks and job scouting are all pretty stressful, but we keep praying and having faith that God will provide and guide us through it!
Cambodia has felt like home to me (Beth) for years now, and I will honestly say that I feel a little off about leaving with no plan to come back.
When we signed a one year lease on our home here, we honestly thought we would have at least that long. But it always seems that our time here gets cut short. Maybe its an Abraham and Isaac thing, being ready to commit everything to the Lord for however long.
Regardless, Cambodia will always feel like home to me. I guess it's just time to make Washington home too! We are excited to be coming back to a "safe" place, and mostly excited to be with all of you. We are also extremely excited to have a bowl of cereal hahaha :)
The good news is we still have two months here, and we plan on making the most of it!
We would love it if you could join us in praying for our next steps!
-Caleb and Bethany Moseley
Caleb walking through the city streets with a basket of food
Right before we went on a moto ride for Caleb's birthday!
Monks and Motos, two of our everyday Cambodia sightings!
A shack in the village (Beth visited the village with a friend earlier this month)
April 16, 2016 - Swusadai Chnam Tmai! (Happy Khmer New Year!)
Hello Friends and Family!
Cambodia has officially initiated us into its blazing hot embrace. This week we are melting at highs of 113 degrees. We really miss home right about now.
This week is Khmer New Year, so the city has been wild with parties, loud music, Buddhist ceremonies and heavy traffic. Caleb and I have stayed home as much as possible; it’s a little too unnerving for the both of us. We did, however get to spend time with a few Khmer friends who had time off work, but for the most part we laid low this week.
Caleb had been struggling with giardia recently, and I (Beth) had some little parasites all my own. But! We are on the upside of being sick, and trying to focus on staying healthy.
We had mentioned before that we were hoping to get connected with a guy who helps kids that live in the garbage dump. Well turns out that that man was threatened by the police and told never to come back to the trash dump because he was caught preaching the gospel. So then we looked into working with a different organization that has a project already going at the dump, but they were very abrasive, and slightly hostile. They don’t want anyone going to dump to “ruin” what they have already done, and wanted people to know that they aren’t welcome to even come and see what they are doing. Also, we could NOT find the dump anywhere! We searched online and asked people vigorously, but its location is seemingly off the grid. I had been there once when I first came to Cambodia back in 2014, but It was too long ago for me to remember the way.
We took all of this as a closed door, and have been keeping on with our original street feeding project. Even though we haven’t been able to find as many kids as we had hoped, there are still plenty of hungry homeless people who have been affected by undue hardship. Most of them don’t have arms, legs or eyes. We really enjoy meeting them and giving them a meal. Their smiles are so big.
Music class started and is going well so far! Music is so much fun to teach and and learn. We are blessed to be able to use the Freedom Center to teach in.
Caleb has really been enjoying working with media while we are here.
We've attached the latest video to the end of this post! It was made as a preview for a series that Freedom Church is doing right now about Incense, Shrines and Offerings. It’s been a very powerful series, and a few people have committed their lives to Christ already. We really enjoy being creative and working alongside the media team at Freedom.
After we shot the scenes, the elderly lady in the video was anxious to get the old shrines out of her house. She handed us big trash bags and told all of us to toss everything! There about six different spirit houses in total. Afterwards she felt a little nervous about making the evil spirits angry, so we gathered around and prayed earnestly for a cleaning and purification over her and her house. It was a very powerful experience. Also a very empowering experience that we were blessed to be a part of.
Here are a few prayer requests:
- Continued healing from nasty parasites
- Strong immune systems moving forward
- Continued anointing over our music, media and feeding projects
Thank you so much for reading about our adventures,
We are so grateful for the prayer that comes from home!
Bethany and Caleb Moseley
The latest video from us working along side the media team at Freedom Church
March 11th, 2016 - Open Doors
Dear friends and family,
It's hard to believe that it's only been a month since we left because so much has happened.
Actually, the bigger ministries that we had on our hearts to do while we are here, have already been taking shape.
We have the opportunity to work with some really talented people from Freedom Church, on different media projects. These projects will be designed to inspire, encourage, and bring hope to people who are searching for purpose and place. Cant wait for you to see the finished products we will post on Facebook.
Also, we were offered one of the rooms at the Freedom Center to teach music in twice a week! There are many khmer young adults who are really excited to get involved and sharpen their musical skills. Beth has been busy getting her teaching materials together, and corresponding with two guys at the church who are excited to help get these classes going.
Our feeding project with the street kids has taken a turn we didn't expect. We are having a really hard time finding any kids when we go out. We can walk around town for two hours and find maybe 4 or 5 kids each time. The other night when we went out, we came across four young boys who were high off of extremely strong wood glue. They were incapable of speech and short distance walking, one of the boys had even passed out when we found him. We started passing out food to them and they grabbed the food from us and demanded that we give them all of it. We realized that the locations where we had been feeding kids are very heavy with tourism, and whether or not we go out, the kids get money or get fed. This, in turn just enables those kids to go out and buy more glue to ruin their brains. Needless to say, we were pretty discouraged and went through a time of praying and fasting, asking God where He wanted this project to go.
The saving grace in all of this is that while we were fasting and praying, we came across information about an organization that gives homes and education to the street kids. It now made sense why we are having a hard time finding them compared to when we were here last year. So, Praise the Lord, many of them have gotten off the streets due to organizations like the ones we found.
Recently we heard about a khmer guy who is a tuk tuk driver, and he goes to the city garbage dump to play with the kids that live there. We have been waiting to hear back from him to see if maybe we could go with him, bringing food with us for those kids. We are praying to see if that is the direction we should go. It's extremely sad to think that kids live in a garbage dump.
On another note, we did get a moto! Yay! Getting around is so much easier now with our own transportation. Thank you so much to everyone who donated to Caleb's Moto Fund last year. We are extremely blessed. Despite the insane traffic in this city, Caleb is panning out to be a grand driver.
To all of you who remember my previous student Reachany from my (Beth's) time here last year, I thought it would be good to mention that she is our teacher for khmer. She feels really strange every time I call her Neakgru (teacher in the khmer language) but she likes bossing me around for a change. We are learning a lot, and I have to say its nice to have a hubby to practice the language with. Reachany is very gifted musically. She just started learning guitar with me after khmer lesson three times a week, and then the three of us eat dinner together. Ive really missed this woman while we were away in the states, and I am so happy to get to see her all the time here. She is growing in her relationship with the Lord, and her faith is inspiring.
Please continue to pray for us, here is a small list of prayer needs:
Continual prayer for an anointing for learning this khmer language.
Clear direction in where we are supposed to be feeding kids, garbage dump or somewhere else.
Healthy bodies, especially if we do go to the garbage dump.
Blessing over the media and music projects we are getting started on.
Thank you for reading up on us, and for keeping us in your prayers.
God bless you and keep you, and make His face to shine upon you!
Bethany and Caleb Moseley
The Moto! Thanks again for the donations!
(Left) Quick photo from a moto ride through Angkor Watt on one of our days off
(Left) Having dinner with Reachany
February 11th, 2016 -Big Smiles and Hungry Bellies
The last couple of weeks have been so busy as we are getting as comfortable as possible in our new location. Moving within the U.S. is a hard task in and of itself, and moving overseas isn't any easier. We did, however find an apartment for ourselves! What an answer to prayer! It's a newer apartment complex and we got a really good rate on it. We've been settling in nicely and Beth has been doing a great job making this place feel like a home to us.
Last night our baskets were filled with foam containers full of stir fry as we headed out to Road 60 to feed the street kids. When we arrived, at first glance there wasn't a street kid in sight. After we walked around for 15 minutes with our full baskets we came across a blind man being led by his son asking for money. We gave them two boxes of food and said "God bless you" in Khmer to which the blind gentleman smiled very big and responded "thank you". We continued our pursuit of the street kids and after another 30 minutes of walking around and praying we spotted three little boys with garbage bags draped over their shoulders collecting trash on the road. We asked them if they were hungry, and they smiled big and rushed over and greedily snatched the food boxes out of our hands. Apparently some other kids saw what was going on and ran over to us with their hands held out asking if they could have a box of food too. Before we knew it, all of our boxes were gone! We said "God bless you" In Khmer and one of the boys rolled his eyes and sarcastically said "Ahhh, Prey Yesu" which means "Jesus Christ". His facial expression seemed to say "I know what you guys are up to". Our next target location for feeding kids will be in the middle of the city, and we still plan to bring as much food as we can possibly cook.
Many people have been asking us how feeding the street kids will leave a long term impact on the country of Cambodia. We understand that as a valid question, however Jesus challenges us in Matthew 6:34 "Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it's own." Maybe feeding the street kids wont leave a lasting impact, but these kids are hungry today. So we will feed them today because that is what God has called us to do right now.
We have been hanging out with Reachany and she told us that her parents really want to get to know Beth better and spend more time around her. If you remember from Beth's time here last year, they were very standoffish and verbally abusive to Reachany for being a Christian and didn't want anything to do with Beth. It seems though that God may be softening their hearts towards Christianity. We are both praying a lot and are very excited to pursue a deeper friendship with them.
Prayer Requests: We would appreciate prayer for us to find a good Khmer teacher. We are very anxious to start learning the language so that we can reach the people here on a deeper level. We also would appreciate prayer on continual guidance with our feeding program, good health, and safety. Please also pray for steady consistency with our finances, as well as prayer that God would continue to soften Reachany's parent's hearts towards the gospel.
Thank you again for all of your continued prayers and support! It is warmly received.
Caleb and Beth
P.S. (This is Beth writing now) I thought maybe some of you would like to know what food I am making for the kids, and how to make it, so you can make it at home! Every once in a while I will write down ingredients and instructions for you to learn to make khmer food :) I hope you enjoy cooking Cambodian food just as much as I do!
All the food prepared and ready to deliver!
Beth chopping up the veggies while I watch and take pictures (I joined like 30 seconds later)
The sun setting as we walked around with our baskets of food
January 29th, 2016 - Re-entry
After six months of hard work and saving money, we can't believe that we are finally back in Cambodia. We are so excited for this new opportunity to share the love of Christ here in the Kingdom of Wonder. Since the last blog, we have done exactly what we planned to do in the states. We worked full time for all six months only leaving three days for us to complete the daunting task of getting all of our belongings into a storage unit in order to leave. When we finally completed that task, we had a small get together with the family and friends that were in town, and we left very early the next day.
Our trip to Cambodia was rough, but our only casualty was a bottle of lavender oil and Beth had a severe case of motion sickness. Overall, we were happy to make it here safe. We will be taking an eight-hour bus ride to Siem Reap tomorrow, and from there we will be looking for a place to live. Once we find a place to live, we will proceed by starting our projects. I've highlighted a lot of what we are going to be doing in the "About our Projects" page of this site, but on top of feeding the kids and teaching classes we are excited to start a bible study for new believers. Sadly, more often than not, Cambodian people who come to accept Christ as their lord and savior aren't able to get the proper discipleship that a new believer needs to go deeper in their faith. God has put on our hearts to be there for new believers and help them go deeper in their relationship with Him.
Overall, we are excited for everything God has for us during this season of our life. In fact, all we could talk about during our first day here was how excited we are for everything. We would like to thank everybody supporting us financially and through prayer. We can't put into words how much it means to us to have people who believe in our call to missions.
Prayer Requests: We would really appreciate prayer for safe travels to Siem Reap first and foremost. Other than that, we would also appreciate prayer for smooth sailing while finding a place to live. We are in the market for something that will be practical, yet affordable. Prayer for good health would also be appreciated as our bodies adjust to the foreign bugs and new food.
Getting all of our belongings into this tiny storage unit was no easy task
Our last look at Pikes Peak
August 22nd, 2015 - Planning our Voyage
Hello Friends and Family!
We were so happy to see some of you at our wedding several weeks ago! Thank you so much for coming to be with us as we start our life together.
Before our wedding, we had been shopping around ideas about what we would be doing next. Our ideas were all over the place. We looked at moving back to Cambodia right away, and we looked at staying in the States for a year and buying a house. Once we got married and things started to settle down for us, we had a chance to really pray and discuss what the wisest choice would be for us as a next step. We finally made the decision to go back to Cambodia in January of 2016. We believe this is what God has planned out for us, as we still have connections in Cambodia, and we aren’t tied down to any long term commitments in the US.
Since our wedding, we have returned to Colorado and have been working full time jobs at a sleep clinic. We are trying to make steps towards saving money and rejuvenating our budget to make for a seamless return to the missions field.
Concerning our future plans in Cambodia, we will be doing a project through a non-profit called Greater Love, which was founded by Caleb’s parents. Their mission statement is “To prepare for and respond to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of victims of undue hardship.” We are currently working with Caleb’s parents to figure out the specifics of our project in Cambodia, but we have ideas flowing about what we will be doing to help the Khmer people upon our return. Some of those ideas include making meals for the hungry kids on the street, building relationships with garbage collectors and village folk, and hosting hygiene education classes for kids and their families. Of course all of this will be done while sharing the gospel and discipling those who are willing.
We have been in contact with an old friend in Cambodia who is helping us find a place to live upon our return. We are really looking forward to living in our old home, Siem Reap. Reachany will be there when we return as well, and we both are looking forward to seeing her again.
About a week ago, we Skyped Reachany and got an update on her situation. Her parents recently found out that she is a Christian, and are treating her very poorly. Though she is enduring a lot of tension and verbal abuse from her parents, she is sticking it out in hopes that, in time, they will be more open to hearing the gospel for themselves. One thing that is really on our hearts is providing a safe and healthy place for Reachany to grow in her faith.
Your prayers are very appreciated as we gear up towards starting our married life with a bang. We are both very excited about our return, and we appreciate everybody’s continued support as we figure out the details of our future ventures.
Caleb and Beth Moseley
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