Boarding tomorrow

We last wrote to you in late March but it feels like only a few weeks ago. Time is really going by quickly! Since that last post, there has been a trip to Indonesia where James delivered the devotional teachings at a World Team conference, the family took a trip to Koh Kong (where we worked before), we’ve met with numerous friends, disciples, teammates to celebrate God’s goodness and reminese a bit, James took two trips to Thailand (for medical purposes and one with Lynette), packed up our belongings, sold our car and every other item that wouldn’t fit into an action-packer, finished the school year and final exams, handed off our dog to another family, a family visit to the dentist, participated in the Leader Cohort training in Europe and a whole bunch of other things in between each event.

In thirty-three hours we’ll board the plane for our journey to the States. As the time draws near the reality of this season’s closing is coming into full view. As you might expect our emotions are all over the place. There is the anticipation of what’s next but also the sadness of the ministry we leave behind, “parting IS such sweet sorrow”. Although living in another country has its challenges, after seventeen years Cambodia has become home. The friendships we’ve made with the Khmer and the expat community are invaluable and will be deeply missed.

It will take time for us to make the adjustment to new sights, sounds and smells. Life in Cambodia, in so many ways, could not be more different than the States. We anticipate the first six months trying to find a new normal but much longer than that before we process everything that has happened and make the full physical, emotional, and relational transition. But in the meantime, I guess we’ll need to stop driving through the gas station to avoid the red light or going three to four cars wide on a two-lane road (its possible) so we don’t scare everyone else. Where in NC will we find fried spiders or fried pork & rice for breakfast?

In closing we want you to know that our financial support has been dangerously low for quite some time. Over the last few months, we’ve seen another dip which puts our continued work with World Team in jeopardy once we return to the States. We realize that as we transition back from the field into a training role supporters will need to reconsider if our new focus fits within how they wish to support missions. If you have questions about the role, what we will be doing, how it fits into building God’s church, please write us, call us, or have a cup of coffee with us, we would love to share with you! With that in mind, we are asking each supporter to a) communicate to us soon as possible if you decide to discontinue your support b) support us through September if at all possible to give us time to discern our next steps. For those who desire to support our new ministry, you can continue to give as before. We are truly grateful for each person’s partnership with us through the years. Thank you.

Prayer points:

  1. For our belongings to arrive safely to NC by ship (hopefully it won’t end up in Wilmington, Delaware)
  2. Emotional stability as we make this transition and grace through the grieving process
  3. We need to find dependable vehicles
  4. The transition of James’ Area Director role to Pat (to be complete by the end of Sept.)
  5. God’s grace as we say goodbye to people, a community and way of life
  6. Our financial support
  7. God’s direction in our next season of ministry

Thanks for your partnership and prayers,

The Cottles


Cottle Family Update

June 26th, 1993 two kids got married. Lynette and I celebrated 24 years of marriage. Honestly, I’m not sure how Lynette has put up with me this long but I’m glad she has. I think we were made for each other.

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On a recent trip together, we were able to add an extra day to our travels to see the Palace in Beijing and a few Pandas. It just so happens our travel dates were on our anniversary… I credit myself for taking Lynette somewhere special on our anniversary.

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Also in June, I had the chance to observe the closing ceremony of Ramadan. This was a great experience and I couldn’t help but think of the verse when Jesus told his disciples “the fields are white and ready for harvest. Some estimate that over 200,000 Muslims filled the streets near the Mosque….I believe it. There were people everywhere.

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School House News

Lynette is teaching at Logos International School and one of her classes is Bible. She has some great things planned for students this year with the goal of helping them interact with God’s Word in practical ways rather than just viewing scripture as a book from the past. One way she is doing this is through using DBS (Discovery Bible Study). After reading a short passage of scripture (1-10 verses) she asked; what does this teach us about God, what does this teach us about man, is there a command to obey or an example to follow, is there a sin to avoid or repent of, and what truth will you apply this week? I have used this approach and we highly recommend it for all ages.

Rachel and Caleb are deep into their studies, making friends and enjoying sports. Rachel is playing High School volleyball and Caleb is playing Middle School basketball. Both of them are involved in Bible studies with other students and continue to grow in their faith. Since Logos is not too far from our house they ride their bikes to school and get to experience the high heat and humidity of Phnom Penh. I, on the other hand, choose to ride the motorcycle.

Area Ministry

I (James) continue to work with three different groups of leaders in Asia focusing on growing in our leadership skills and effectiveness. Each group meets every month to focus on various aspects of leading ourselves and others well. The training is not only about learning or sharpening our skills but also identifying tendencies and defaults that hinder us from serving others well. Starting in November I along with three other trainers will launch the Leadership Cohort. The Cohort will focus on developing emerging leaders throughout World Team. These participants come from South America, Africa, different countries within Europe, and Asia. The goal is to equip them now so they are better prepared to serve in any leadership capacity that God may lead them to.

Since we’re talking about leadership let me share with you a definition of leadership that I  like.  A leader is a person “with God-given capacity and with God-given responsibility who is influencing a specific group of God’s people toward God’s purpose for the group.” Dr. Bobby Clinton

Our well-being

Living in another country (especially a developing one) does bring its physical challenges and we’ve had our share of stomach bugs, viruses, and unexplainable symptoms but since we returned in August 2016 our health has been good and we’ve only encountered the typical illnesses that everyone tends to get. We thank God for good health and the ability to carry out the ministry.

However, we have experienced a decrease in monthly giving as a result of hardships some churches and supporters have had. We are currently averaging a $700 monthly shortage. As of right now, this is manageable but we would like for you to pray that all our needs would be met so that the work can continue.

Finally, we want to thank you for your prayers and support of our family and the ministry. As we enter our seventeenth year of serving in Cambodia we are amazed and thankful for each person, business, and church that has given their resources in order to reach others with the Gospel and establish the church.

Things to pray about:

  1. Moriah (our oldest) is getting married in Dec. We are assisting in the planning of the wedding via Facetime but there is still work to be done
  2. Rachel is taking SATs in October and obviously, she is hoping to do well
  3. That our financial support would stabilize…..and for others to join our support team
  4. I’m working with several teams in order to expand our ministry to Muslims. We need open doors and more workers
  5. I’m preparing my material for the Leadership Cohort….I’m still thinking through what to and what not to present

Thanks you,

The Cottles




Heading to Asia

Dear family & friends,

One week ago Lynette accepted a teaching role at an International school in Phnom Penh. This role puts us in position to return to Cambodia in July. We are set to depart on July 23rd from North Carolina. Just 15 days from now.

The teaching role is a paid position which helps with our financial deficit as well as school tuition costs for our two children (Rachel & Caleb). Although we have the green light from World Team to depart we are still short on monthly support by around $500 a month. We are trusting in the coming months this deficit will be overcome by more people and churches coming alongside of us through financial giving.

Now that we have a departure date we have much to do in a very short period of time….excitement is up but so is the stress level as we try to finalize the details of packing and saying goodbye to family and friends. We would appreciate your prayers during this time.

Since we’ve been gone from Asia for 14 months we will need to ‘start over’ in setting up a home. We have to find a new house to rent, buy furniture and restock the basic household items. Like newly weds we are walking in with very little. For those who would like to help with restocking the cabinets and buying beds and mattresses checks can be sent to 106 Ritter Drive, Castle Hayne, NC. 28429 before July 20th or gifts can be made directly to World Team through this link: We are also accepting one time gifts to help strengthen our ministry account which directly minister effectively as we begin our journey back to engage the lost of Asia with the gospel. The gifts can be given through the link above.


What can you be praying for:

1)That our last two weeks will be filled with good times w/ family and friends

2)Pray for James’ dad who just started a different type of chemo

3)More financial partners to join us in reaching the lost of Asia

4)That we find a good house to rent in Cambodia

Thanks to each of you for your ministry to us while we’ve been in the States. We are so grateful for the friendship.

The Cottles

Change can make a world of difference

Reach a Child . . . Build the Church

Children are the future for any nation. With Cambodia’s history, efforts to build into their children are important.

Teachers have unique opportunities to influence children, families and communities for good. Therefore, the EDu team is working directly with practicing and future teachers to equip and empower them to rebuild their broken education system. Our focus is to disciple and equip believers to be effective teachers in the classroom and effective witnesses for Christ in the community.

Currently we are. . .

  • discipling and equipping approximately 64 teachers
  • involved in 12-15 IMG_1823schools/ministries
  • Training 8 trainers in Tribal Literacy Schools
  • influencing approximately 1500 children
  • considering requests from the Cambodian government to train national public teachers

For this strategic ministry to continue and grow, we need financial partners!

What’s your change worth? Is it worth changing a community? Is it worth changing a family? Is it worth changing a child’s life?  When you give, it means something significant and eternal is able to take place. EDu Ministry Video

The teacher-training program is influencing children, families and communities. Teachers can be catalysts for growth and change in Cambodia, but they need proper training! They can’t get it without trainers. Your financial participation:

  • keeps Godly trainers on the ground.
  • ensures that the teachers get the training and discipleship they need.
  • enables national teachers to build into children . . .the future of the nation.

Help us through your financial support change the direction of Cambodia’s communities, families and children.

To give click on the link, then worker and type in our name and the amount of monthly support you desire to give

To contact us directly write us at

We are so close

The Cottle family has been back in the States for one year. It has been an amazing time with family, friends and visiting many churches. We have enjoyed the summer of 2015 and now entering the summer of 2016…oh how we love the heat! Although very enjoyable we are ready to return to Cambodia and continue the work God has for us there. As you are aware, our monthly financial support was low ($1,500 a month) but through the generous giving of new supporters and churches and longtime supporters raising their financial pledge we are now very close to full support. We still need to confirm the numbers with World Team financial department but according to our records we only need $450 more in monthly support. We are so close…..

First, thanks to you all. Lynette and I were talking the other day about how people are sacrificially giving of their resources for the cause of Christ. It’s really amazing when you stop and think about it. People are rethinking where they want to spend their money. It made me think of Matthew 6:21 “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will be also.”  Your giving to the work in Cambodia caused us to take pause and give thanks. We are quite humbled by the sacrifice. Thank you….thank you…thank you.

Please continue to pray for the remaining needed support. Lynette and I are planning on an early August departure so they kids can

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start the school year in Cambodia. However, if the support is not at 100% we have decided to send Rachel back to Cambodia ahead of us to start her 10th grade year and we’ll hopefully follow her within a month or when the support is at 100%. This is not our first choice but we feel it’s a reasonable decision.

Lastly, if you have you any friends, family, businesses, or church that you feel would be interested in participating in our ministry please speak with them on our behalf.
All we need is 8 people giving $50 a month or 16 giving $25 a month. WE ARE SO CLOSE!

Desiring to buy flights,

The Cottles

A letter to you

Below is a letter recently written by our International Director on our behalf. We are appreciative of the leaders around us and their desire for Lynette I to back in Asia.

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March 2016

Leaders instill value in others by reminding them of the immeasurable grace we have in Jesus Christ.  Leaders work to draw out of others their God given capacities and apply those to ministry.  Leaders serve others so that together they might accomplish the task, the mission that God has given to them.

James and Lynette Cottle are such leaders. They consistently seek to equip and release others into ministry. Two new ministry initiatives, which have recently been launched as a result of their leadership efforts, are a demonstration of their commitment to drawing others into ministry and leadership. Their own strong track record of experience and fruit in cross cultural ministry in Cambodia gives them a solid base from which to work in serving and leading others.  I wish I had several more leaders like them.  Such leaders develop and release more leaders into leadership, and launch more ministry projects to reach the unreached.


However, James & Lynette are not able, at this time, to return to their leadership ministry location because of a lack of needed financial support.  Their ministry is vital for the ongoing work and development of World Team.  I would ask that you prayerfully consider joining their support team through your prayers and finances.  A regular gift to their support needs will be multiplied through their lives in the lives of others.

We need James and Lynette back in Asia to serve and lead our teams there!

Thank you for your interest in the way God has called them to do.  May He fill your hearts again today with the overwhelming assurance and wonder of His great love for you!

In His grace,


International Director, World Team Global