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.

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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

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We MUST walk

I absolutely love the Gospel of John and particularly chapter four verse four. It reads: “He (Jesus) had to go through Samaria.” We know by verse seven through twenty-six that there was real purpose in Jesus’ MUST trip to Samaria; it was to deliver a powerful and life-changing message. That message is “I am the Messiah.”

What amazes me as I read the gospels is how Jesus is always with the people who needed to hear and receive that simple message. He walked the markets, visited the temples, traveled to distance villages, walked the shores, went on fishing trips and so on; he did this to connect with people. Jesus went to popular and unpopular places alike. He went to his home town, nearby villages as well as distant locations that were potentially hostile. Jesus walked among the people. Jesus has clearly set the mode on how to reach others and by doing so there is a direct challenge to us as believers to follow in his FOOTSTEPS.

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One way for us to follow in his FOOT STEPS is to make reaching Muslims a MUST. With 1.4 billion unreached Muslims we have plenty of opportunity to walk among them and influence them towards the true Messiah. John 4:35 tells us that the harvest is ripe and I believe that applies to Muslims. One question we need to answer is; should I be one of the people who MUST walk among Muslims? Its a worthy question worth pondering.

PRAY GREEN is focused on praying-equipping-mobilizing Christians to serve among the many unreached Muslims in Asia. Please join us in praying for the following points and consider serving with us to establish communities of believers among the Muslim people.

Pray:

  1. That strongholds and darkness would be broken among Muslim peoples
  2. That more workers would respond and serve among Muslims
  3. That Muslims would be receptive to the gospel message
  4. That a disciple-making movement would begin among new believers

We MUST walk

I absolutely love the Gospel of John and particularly chapter four verse four. It reads: “He (Jesus) had to go through Samaria.” We know by verse seven through twenty-six that there was real purpose in Jesus’ MUST trip to Samaria; it was to deliver a powerful and life-changing message. That message is “I am the Messiah.”

What amazes me as I read the gospels is how Jesus is always with the people who needed to hear and receive that simple message. He walked the markets, visited the temples, traveled to distance villages, walked the shores, went on fishing trips and so on; he did this to connect with people. Jesus went to popular and unpopular places alike. He went to his home town, nearby villages as well as distant locations that were potentially hostile. Jesus walked among the people. Jesus has clearly set the mode on how to reach others and by doing so there is a direct challenge to us as believers to follow in his FOOTSTEPS.

M With M

One way for us to follow in his FOOT STEPS is to make reaching Muslims a MUST. With 1.4 billion unreached Muslims we have plenty of opportunity to walk among them and influence them towards the true Messiah. John 4:35 tells us that the harvest is ripe and I believe that applies to Muslims. One question we need to answer is; should I be one of the people who MUST walk among Muslims? Its a worthy question worth pondering.

PRAY GREEN is focused on praying-equipping-mobilizing Christians to serve among the many unreached Muslims in Asia. Please join us in praying for the following points and consider serving with us to establish communities of believers among the Muslim people.

Pray:

  1. That strongholds and darkness would be broken among Muslim peoples
  2. That more workers would respond and serve among Muslims
  3. That Muslims would be receptive to the gospel message
  4. That a disciple-making movement would begin among new believers

The Cottle’s latest happenings

Being back in the States with family and friends has been great and of course summertime is always nice! We have enjoyed the sandy beaches of Eastern North Carolina and got to wet the line a few times. No real big fish to brag about but we did catch fish. Of course Rachel’s fish was huge:)

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James got a job with a construction company to earn a little extra cash. Pictured is a tongue and groove stage he finished in August.

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We took Moriah and Kailyn to college to start their Junior and Freshman year.

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Caleb had his first of two surgeries on his ears in August. He is receiving skin grafts on his eardrums and if all goes well he will not need hearing-aids any longer. Wooohooo. Caleb is doing well and is gaining hearing in his right ear without hearing aids.

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We attended World Team leadership meetings in Spain in October. It’s always great to be with other leaders and prayerfully try to move the mission towards establishing communities of believers among the unreached. Afterwards we added a few days to spend with fellow missionaries serving in Italy to tour some of the sites.

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Our time hasn’t been all travel, beach and fishing. We are still maintaining our leadership roles through online meetings and training. Lynette just finished two- four hour online sessions with professional teachers in Cambodia. James has been setting up a workshop on honor-shame cultures. 150 people from various organizations will attend this vital training Nov 16-18. We are also preparing for three upcoming training sessions for leaders, teachers and one of World Team’s teams in February when we travel back to Asia.

Finally; we have been visiting churches and updating on the marvelous things God is doing in Asia. We are blessed to be a part of reaching others with the Gospel and equipping others and it’s always fun sharing it with others.

Please continue to pray for us as we anticipate Caleb’s next surgery to be later in Nov or early Dec. Also, please pray that our financial support will increas. We are $1,100.00 a month below what is needed to support our family and ministry.

It seems a lot of people are posting throw-back pics these days. Here’s two from us. James taking the girls to school in 2001 and James and Moriah and Kailyn (left) in Preah Viheah in 2003.

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Thanks to all of you who pray for us, the ministry and give towards reaching the lost.