Supreme Court to hear Ashers Baking Company appeal

On 1 and 2 May 2018 in Belfast, the Supreme Court will hear an appeal from Ashers Baking Company against the ruling of a previous appeal in October 2016, which upheld the original court ruling that Ashers had directly discriminated on the grounds of sexual orientation.

The McArthur family, who own and run Ashers, had turned down an order for a cake bearing a pro-gay marriage campaign slogan because it conflicted with their Christian belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Hundreds of people have shown their support for the McArthur family at a series of meetings held around Northern Ireland

Training Cambodian Rural Pastors

I have just returned from a trip to Cambodia and seen some amazing developments within the church of Jesus Christ in that country. The church is between approximately 500,000 and 600,000 and in the provinces is growing day by day. The population now is about 16 million, but there are still many challenges for the pastors and leaders. Their biggest challenge is training and equipping the saints for works of service. I would ask all of you to pray for the nation and the leaders of the churches of Cambodia. Please keep in prayer the upcoming election in July that it will go peacefully and not affect the work of the kingdom.

I am at present working on a project where rural pastors can come into Phnom Penh for training. If you would like to find out more about this, please contact me through the web site. It would cost approximately £25 for a pastor to come in from a province and receive training for a week. This training is invaluable for their work when they return to their respective churches. So if you feel led to sow into this ministry, please contact me.

Rev Ross Rennie

Sponsored Silence Completed

Thank you to everybody for their support of the sponsored silence, which was completed on Sunday 6 August after 24 hours of silence and no sleep. This can be verified from Mr Myers Cooper and Mr Austin Allkins.

This was the hardest thing I have ever done and I thank God it is over.

If you have not yet paid in your sponsorship please do so at www.give.net/silence as I am now preparing to distribute the money between the two charities.

Ross Rennie

Keeping His Mouth Shut for Cambodia and Terminally Ill Children

The Ultimate Sacrifice

Ross Rennie

CCC Founder Ross Rennie

Anyone who knows Ross can testify that he loves to talk. Without the ability to speak, Ross could not do his job. He prefers the spoken word to the written word as a means of communication. Ross loves to talk about Cambodia and above all he loves to talk about Jesus.

Zipped faceSo for Ross to stop talking voluntarily would be a great sacrifice and a testing experience. But that is exactly what he plans to do from 6 am on Saturday 5 August to 6 am on Sunday 6 August 2017.

There will be no talking, no telephone calls, no sleep (to avoid snoring) and no comedy programmes on television (so that he does not laugh) for Ross for 24 hours. He will be closely monitored so that he is not tempted to cheat.

CCC logoWhat Is the Point?

This is not an exercise in self-discipline or self-punishment. Ross is raising funds for two charities close to his heart.

One, of course, is Cambodian Communities out of Crisis.

The other is The Rainbow Trust children’s charity, ‘the charity that no-one wants to meet’, which supports families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness. Ross’s company Integrity SuppliesUK Limited works with Walther Strong and Company Ltd. Just as some of Integrity Supplies’ profits support the work of CCC, so also the purchase of Walther Strong’s products helps support The Rainbow Trust.

Sponsor Ross

Rainbow Trust

Ross is inviting his friends, his business contacts, CCC supporters and the general public to get involved.

You can support Ross’s fundraising effort by donating at

my.give.net/silence

Ross will be silent for 24 hours, so you could choose to sponsor him at so much per hour, for example 24 x 10p = £2.40 or 24 x 50p = £12, or give any lump sum of your choice.

If you are a UK taxpayer you can increase the value of your donation by 25% by confirming that you would like to reclaim Gift Aid.

Write the Vision and Make It Plain

Timothy College and Business Institute

Timothy College and Business Institute

As many of you that have followed this web site will know, many years ago, Myers Cooper and I were given a vision which we have held on to for 18 years. We have learned that some things that God imparts to men and women can take many years to come to fruition. If it takes the rest of our lives we will never stop trusting, we will never stop believing, that God will build Timothy College and Business Institute in Cambodia.

In Habakkuk 2: 2, it tells us clearly that the visionary should write the vision, make it plain and wait for those to run with the vision. I believe we are very close to a major breakthrough.

We were once asked at an SAO (Southeast Asian Outreach, now Cambodia Action) conference at Bawtry Hall their headquarters, that we were kindly invited to in order to share this vision, how we were going to build Timothy College, and I remember Myers Cooper saying, ‘We are not; God is going to build it.’

Some years later, we were invited by Barnabas Mam, then Asia Regional Director of Ambassadors for Christ International, to Spain where we met Louie Giglio. I have never forgotten the message that day when he spoke about Moses at the burning bush. I remember him saying that he thought Moses would have said, ‘I am not but I know I AM.’ We have held on to those words since that conference in Peñiscola and we know that if it takes the rest of our lives God’s word will never return void. Timothy College and Business Institute, which will be managed by the church leaders of Cambodia, will be built as God would build it.

If you feel led to be part of this, please contact us wherever you may be in the world. If you feel led to give to this (as Jesus said, ‘Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys’), then I know you will be doing a wonderful thing in the kingdom of God. You know we do not believe in this nonsense that many do: giving to receive. I believe that it is better to give than to receive and trust God for the rest. I have also learned in my walk with the Lord that I am not responsible for the fulfilment of these things. God is. As Gamaliel once said, ‘If this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them.’

Please pray for the Cambodian church and its leaders, as it is their needs that need to be supplied, not ours. We have many good-quality colleges and universities. They have few.

Rev Ross Rennie

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