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.

James

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 https://us.worldteam.org/give/

To contact us directly write us at james.cottle@worldteam.org

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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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.

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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,

David RIDDELL

International Director, World Team Global

Sweet 17

March 1999 Lynette and James joined World Team. 17 years ago this month we joined World Team. It was the beginning of an adventure hard to predict at the time. Yes, we knew we were Cambodia bound but had little idea of what life and ministry would look like as we sat in NC. Trying to imagine in 1999 the things we would see, encounter, face, and do were well beyond anything we could see. All we knew was that we were packing up for Cambodia in hopes of joining the efforts of proclaiming the wonderful grace and gift of Jesus to the people of Cambodia.

With our support raised we stepped on the plane and flew to Cambodia. Landing there was an awesome feeling…we are finally here. So exciting. The honeymoon of arriving in Cambodia quickly ended as we engaged the difficult language and a very different culture. Even though our leaders talked to us about the challenges and trained us for what was to come…..it was still hard.  It rocked us. There were many breakable moments when we wondered if we could even make it. Our world was turned upside down. There were many moments of doubt but one conviction held our feet in Cambodia; we knew this is where God wanted us to be.

Since completing our language studies we’ve had the opportunity to serve in several locations and be a part of a grassroots evangelism, discipleship, and the formation of several churches. Many of you remember our landlord (Puu Rut) in Preah Viheah who became a Christian but you may not know that through the long-hard work of fellow team mates, a church was started and has not only grown but is now reaching out to other villages. You also may recall our move in 2004 to Neck Lueng near the Vietnamese border. We, along with several teammates started Heart & Health where we had the joy of teaching English in a Buddhist temple, trained nine church leaders, taught basic health-care, and distributed water filters which cut significantly the illnesses in three villages, hosted mobile health clinics where we treated on average 150 people a month. Serving in Neck Lueng was such a pivotal time for us. We made mistakes but God also used that time to build His Church and prepare us for the work ahead….photo

In 2008 James and Lynette and four other couples were sent to Koh Kong (West side of Cambodia). It was here that the team engaged in intense prayer, connected to the disjointed church, met people from all walks of life, and finally opened a gym where we saw an average of 1,200 people walk through the gym door (plenty of opportunities to share the gospel). Through God’s goodness, power and the efforts of our team, we saw a splintered Christian community (6 different churches) come together for prayer on a monthly basis, one new church started, many dark places receive the light of the gospel and a crazy idea of opening a gym turn into a bridge to become part of the community. Although many other exciting things were done, one important piece that we now see clearly was the foundation laid in which the church/es of Koh Kong would build upon to reach their province. Today, the light of God is shining throughout Koh Kong and there are churches where before there were none. Being a part of the team and the work in Koh Kong is definitely one of our fondest memories and although leaving there was difficult in 2011 we celebrate what God done and is continuing to do through His faithful people.

Now in 2016 we’re back in Phnom Penh where Lynette is the team leader of a teacher training program that has the ability to transform the education system nation-wide, place godly equipped teachers in the classroom and build the church in dark communities. Meanwhile, James is the Asia Area Director where he is mobilizing new workers to serve among Muslims, provide leadership development among mission leaders, and innovatively expand God’s work into new unreached regions.

We stand in awe as we reflect on the God’s journey for us but we know God is not done with us yet.

We also know that none of this would have taken place without your financial and prayerful partnership. It does take a team! So, we want to say thank you for being our partners and we hope you too are rejoicing in what God has done through your participation.

Today is March 22, 2016 and we are gearing up to return to Asia but we still have a financial shortfall ($1,300 a month) that must be met first. We have set a date of April 1st to be at 75% of our needed support in order to keep our June departure date. On April 1st if we have not met the shortfall we will set another date to reassess our situation (June 30th). Upon this date if our support is in, we will set an early August departure date.

Please pray along with us that all needed support will be in so that we can get back to the work in Cambodia and our kids will be able to enter the 2016 school year. If you know of someone or a church that might want to join in on the fun please encourage them to meet with us and become a part of reaching across the globe.

James & Lynette

We’re moving

Gotcha! I know you opened this blog wondering where the Cottles are headed. Well, sorry for the let down but what we mean is; we’ve been moving around from church to church, state to state and even went to Asia. Yes, we’re moving.

We just returned from Wilson NC where we participated in a three day missions conference. WOW! We had a great time sharing about the work in Asia, listening to other missionaries and meeting the great people of the church. We left so encouraged. The church highlighted the Faithfulness of God over 25 years of faith promise missions giving.

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On January 27th we boarded the plane for Central Asia. Upon arrival we spent one day seeing some sights in what is referred to in Act 2:9 as Cappadocia. Yes, we walked the land where the first people to hear the gospel in their own language lived. Pretty cool! After our one day of sight-seeing we did engage in three days of training in another location.

Lynette and James standing at the edge of valley filled with cave homes that early Christians lived in.

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Around the 14th century Christians returned to this area fleeing from persecution.

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Lynette entering the passage way that led to the church. Once through the small hallway the cave opened into a small church. Pic on the right is of a church in a different cave.

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This is a table inside one of the caves (all stone). Eating area for the church…made me rethink the Lord’s Supper.

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Lynette being coached by the pottery expert…no not me.

After this trip Lynette headed to Cambodia to hold a three day teacher training seminar and James headed the Thailand to join other World Team workers from East Asia and then James hosted the 2016 LEAD meetings where the Area leaders came together to grow in effectively assessing the ministry we lead.

Thanks for your partnership. Your partnership not only keeps us in ministry but allows us to minister to other missionaries who are working among various unreached people groups.