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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Romdenhs in America: May 2012

Friends, Family, and Supporters,
Titus received his Green Card! (And yes, it is green!) We are praising the Lord!! He is now a permanent resident (at least until his status expires in 2 years!) The process/journey of applying for a fiancĂ© visa, [Titus] transitioning to the USA, applying for a Green Card, interviews, appointments, documentation, etc. has been a CHALLENGING experience. It has, at times, tested our faith, and brought us to our knees in exhaustion; but through it all, we have seen the Lord MOVE MOUNTAINS and we can stand today and testify to His FAITHFULNESS and His GOODNESS! When Titus was still in Cambodia, every time (3 or 4 times) that we needed to exchange paperwork, there was someone (short-term teams or missionaries) going to and/or from Cambodia/USA at just the right time. This saved us 100’s of dollars, and much time and frustration. The same week that we submitted his Green Card application, I started a full-time, well-paying, job with benefits! The Lord is in the details, and we are so immensely THANKFUL for that! His blessings are new every morning. Praise Him!!

With his Green Card, Titus will be allowed to re-enter the United States. That means… we’re planning a trip to Cambodia! Titus and I have already been talking about how we would LOVE to see his family accept Christ while we are there!! Please, please, please join us in praying for the salvation of his parents, brothers, cousins, and every member of his family! While our time in Cambodia will be short and busy, we plan to commit much of our time and energy sharing God’s Love and Good News with the Hem and Romdenh families.

We do not have dates yet, but I am already raising funds for our next trip. Right now, I have lots of unique and beautiful Cambodian souvenirs (jewelry, wallets, hair accessories, & scarves) for sale, as well as some things that I have hand-made (journals, flower magnets, headbands.) If you are interested in purchasing any of these, browse my previous posts or look on my Facebook ( Thanks to those who have already supported us in this way!

The Lord has been opening doors [and surprising us!] with opportunities to share our story with 3 other Cambodian-American couples who are also pursuing visas of some kind. One of the couples – Amy and Thanak – found my blog while searching the embassy and visa requirements on the internet. If that alone isn’t surprising – Amy lives less than 40 miles from us! The Lord works in mysterious ways. I never thought that the Lord would be using us in this way (other than helping Jessie & Aldean!) and never did I think that my blog would be so far-reaching! Titus and I were HUGELY blessed by having another couple help us through the visa-application process (Thank you Novs!) and it has truly been a blessing to be used in this way! Pray that God will continue to use us to be a blessing and encouragement for these three couples [and potentially others] and that the Lord will continue to guide them. [Megan and Tee pictured above.]

Additional prayer requests include: Please pray for wisdom and discernment as Titus and I continue to pursue his education at Indiana Wesleyan University. The process has been more complicated than what we anticipated, requiring receiving his transcripts directly from Cambodia, not accepting any of his credits from the WBI, and requiring an expensive English proficiency test.

Thank you so much for all your prayers and the support that you have provided for us as a couple in the last year. We have truly been blessed by having so many wonderful friends and family members! To those who we do not hear from regularly: please, let us know how you are doing!

Serving Him,
Titus & Jewel

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cambodian Treasures for Sale

These unique souvenirs were hand-made (hand-painted, hand-carved, hand-woven, etc.) in Cambodia and purchased at Toul Tom Poung (see my blog on Toul Tom Poung HERE) - a tourist-centered market in Cambodia's capital city.  Thanks to Resie Fernandez for purchasing these items and to Pastor Keith and Aaron Nash for sending them to us!  If you are interested in purchasing any of these items to support our next trip to Cambodia, please e-mail me [jewelincambodia at yahoo dot com] or contact me on Facebook, where you will also find more pictures of these items.  Thank you!!

Bracelets ($5-$8 each)

Necklaces ($8 each)

Leather Flower Rings ($8)

Earrings ($7 or $8)

Silk Wallets ($18, $15, or $10 each, respectively)

Hair Accessories ($6 each)

Silk Scarves ($10 or $12 each)

Again, if you are interested in purchasing any of these items to support our next trip to Cambodia, please e-mail me [jewelincambodia at yahoo dot com] or contact me on Facebook, where you will also find more pictures of these items.  Thank you!!

Love love love, 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Flower Magnets

I have begun a new fundraising venture to raise money for our savings for ministry in Cambodia.  What I love about fundraisers like this is that it allows people like friends-of-friends to give and support our ministry, even with just a one-time gift!

These are handmade-by-me artificial flower magnets.  The magnets are strong and the flowers are durable.  They are only $4 each and the profit is close to 100%.  Some designs can be duplicated and, depending on the success of this fundraiser, more may be to come.  I can also do pre-orders.

Please contact me via e-mail (jewelincambodia at yahoo dot com) with orders/questions, or leave your e-mail in the comments section of this post and I will contact you.  You can also visit my online Etsy store at or by clicking the banner below:

Note: On Etsy, flowers are listed as $5.75 + $0.99 shipping. For the $4 deal, you can e-mail me your orders and mail me a check.