Cottles in Asia

We are finally back in Asia. Lynette arrived with Rachel and Caleb on July 25th and I arrived August 8th. I spent the additional two weeks helping my family transition my dad from the hospital back to his house.My dad has decided to stop chemo treatments; it was just too haimg_2865rd on his body and with little long-term benefit. Sitting in the hospital my dad said to me; the Lord holds all of my days anyway, so I’ll let the Lord decide the day He wants to call me home. True, very true.

Leaving my parents and returning to Asia was extremely difficult. I felt torn between two worlds but one truth brought comfort as I boarded the plane; God is involved in this situation, He loves my parents immensely and He knows how to be everything they need. God is good all the time and all the time God is good.”

Being back in Asia felt a bit weird especially after being in America for 15 months….wow that was a long time. But it feels “normal” once again. It’s taken some time for us to adjust to Cambodia’s heat, speed of life, driving, the different challenges, even the weird illnesses here but I think we are settled in now. Lynette took a teaching job at Asia Hope International School. This decision (with salary) made up the monthly financial deficit and allowed us to return to Asia. Lynette is teaching 3rd grade. She co-manages the classroom of 41 students with another teacher and two teacher assistants.

Rachel and Caleb are excited to be back in Asia and are doing well in school (they got that from their mother).They both are fully engaged in sports and loving every minute (they got that from their mother too).

img_2892At the end of August we had to cross into Thailand (at the Koh Kong border)to get new visas. This “walk across” and back took about 15 minutes .The drive to the border was 4
hours. But it wasn’t a waste of time. We got the opportunity to eat lunch with Sret and Dah whom we worked with in Koh Kong from 2008-2011.It was great hearing about their lives, the church and even how the gym is doing. Yes, the gym is still open.

In August we reached the completion of 15 years in Cambodia. That was fast! Thank you for sticking with us. Thank you God for holding us up above the raging waters.

10 years ago

Please pray for:

  1. Lynette to influence the many children towards the light of the gospel.
  2. For James as he seeks to develop leadership within Asia
  3. For the ministry expansion into Muslims ministry…we need more workers
  4. Pray for Moriah & Kailyn. Both are trying raise money to make the trip to Asia in for December
  5. For Rachel and Caleb to engage school fully and to grow in their faith
  6. For James’ parents as they face the rough realities of cancer

Thanks for partnering with us to impact lives for Jesus.

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

Time to….

A few weeks ago we finally arrived at full financial support. Hooray! This meant time to get serious about packing and making final preparations. So, I (James) bought tickets for us to leave August 1st. Within 2 1/2 days of purchasing the tickets we got word that one supporting church had to stop financially supporting us; at least temporarily until they could recover from financial struggles. At the same time, we found out Lynette’s position at Asian Hope was terminated due to budget deficits. This is terrible timing!

The last few weeks we have been wondering what to do and how to move forward. Is it time to stop? Is it time to change directions? Is it time to….? Needless to say our heads have been spinning. We have discussed the current events with several people (family, friends and organization leaders), we have prayed and sat still listening for what the Lord might be saying to us. In times like this (cloudy & confusing) its really difficult to see the forest for the trees. So, we lean back on what we have the most confidence in not towards what we have no (or little) understanding about and trust that God will direct our steps as we move forward towards what we discern as His leading. Time to trust and move.

As of today (June 30th) we are in conversation about another job opportunity for Lynette which will aid us in getting back to Cambodia. This opportunity comes with a salary and covers our kids school tuition costs. We are waiting to hear the final word from the school’s administration on several details before we can accept this offer. Hopefully we will hear back from them soon. We do know that if this moves forward Lynette will need to leave July 22nd which is a little sooner than expected.

What do we need right now? Prayer. Time to pray our dear friends. There are many things to work through and do and we need wisdom, strength and grace. We also need more financial support. With the loss of one of our churches we are in need of $500 a month. Getting this amount in before we depart would help stabilize our finances as we launch back to ministry in Asia.

Thanks for partnering with us and we will update you soon as we know our next steps.


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

Ready to be a fisher of men

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

April 1st (no fooling)

April 1st is most widely known as the day to play tricks on others. It can be a lot of fun. I remember one time my mom stood behind me at the breakfast table asking me “who cut your hair; you have a bald spot.” I remember getting angry and telling her no one has touched my hair and that I didn’t either. Of course being the good little prankster that my mom is, she insisted with hand gestures and raised voice that I had a bald spot. Right before my boiling point she said “April fools.” That was about 33 years ago. She got me good.

Well this April 1st had different meaning for Lynette and me. It was the day set to determine whether or not a June departure back to Cambodia was going to happen or not. Several months ago Lynette and I felt we needed to set some dates/goals to help us gauge our financial progress and feasibility of departing back to Asia. Since we have people using our car and staying in our house in Cambodia along with people under our direct leadership who are all affected in some way, we felt it was fair to give all the people involved a heads-up on when we would return so that they too could make plans to find their own car, a house and adjustments in ministry can be made.

April 1st has come and gone and although we did see a slight increase in monthly support we did not meet our financial goal of $1,400 a month. So we are sticking with our decision to cancel our June departure.

What now? We have set a new date (June 30th) to determine a feasible departure date. We are hoping and praying for our needed monthly support to be mostly end by June 30th in order to purchase tickets for an early August departure.

Since the kids school year begins in August we are hoping we can board a plane back to Cambodia.Having the kids split their school days between two different systems is not ideal. Besides this, we have ministry responsibilities that we need to get back to. Please continue praying for us as we seek new partners to join us in reaching those in Asia.

Thank you for your faithfulness to the ministry. We are very grateful.

James & Lynette


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