Angkor Wat & a Birthday

It is 11:30pm Monday in Cambodia, which means it’s 9:30am at home. While all of you were sleeping, the Cambodia team had the wonderful privilege of touring Angkor Wat! We are still in the “traveling” and “adjusting to the culture” stage of our journey to Battambang, where we will be serving at a youth camp later this week. Our long term missionaries, Kevin and Jill, along with Chhay, the Director of CASA (Encompass Ministry work in Cambodia) have been so gracious as they have helped us to see and experience the Cambodian way of life. We are all really looking forward to serving with them and the other CMP’s at the youth camp!

We are all a little bit tired from our long journey to Cambodia and busy days, but not even tiredness can overshadow our excitement to be here, and our amazement that God has brought us here!

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Brian, Ed, Chhay, Emily, Abbi, Simon, and Michelle just outside the main wall surrounding Angkor Wat.

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Simon and Kevin after a long hike up some steep stairs..

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Abbi and Emily

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These stairs were very steep, but the view from up top was spectacular!

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We rode to Angkor Wat in tuk tuks, and I think we should have tuk tuks in California! They are so much fun! Our drivers took us to each temple (we saw three today).

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Ed, Brian, Simon, and Chhay

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Simon and Ed

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I wish these girls could loosen up a bit, and try to have some fun!

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Brian – and, yes, he made this face on purpose for the picture, haha!

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Brian and Kevin

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Kevin and Chhay

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Water Buffalo crossed the road right in front us…yes, we moved out of their way!

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This monkey was just sitting on the grass enjoying a corn on the cob..

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Michelle, Abbi, and Simon

AND:
Today this beautiful girl turned 16!
We had a wonderful day at Angkor Wat. Then, celebrated tonight with an ice cream cake at The Blue Pumpkin πŸ™‚
Jill made it extra special by bringing party blowers and silly string!

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Abbi and the adorable little Grace, who is the sweet granddaughter of Kevin and Jill. We’ve only known her two days, but love her already!

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Kevin and Jill Kane

I know this post is long, but with the internet being touchy, I wanted to post as much as possible while I had the opportunity. Our team was able to sit and hear Chhay’s testimony tonight! What an amazing story and testimony to God’s incredible love for Chhay…and all of us! We prayed together…for the camp, all of the youth coming (85 so far!), for the CMPs and their wives, for our hearts to be sensitive and joyful as we serve and encourage them…please pray with us that God would use us mightily, and that we would humbly and obediently do all that He has asked us to do, with joy in our hearts and love for each other. We will be leaving in the morning for Battambang, and are excited to see what He has in store for us! We couldn’t do any of this without God’s grace and your prayer support! Knowing that you all are praying encourages us…thank you, and God bless you!

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Sunday in Siem Reap!

This morning after a wonderful authentic Khmer (Cambodian) meal we got to ride tuk tuks to a nearby church.

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We joined a small church led by Pastor Chom. Although the entire service was spoken in Khmer, it was wonderful getting to worship with them!

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After the service, we stopped by a “Lucky Mall” to pick up some items. Emily and Abbi discovered blueberry and strawberry Oreos!

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Right now we all are just relaxing before dinner and shopping later tonight. This is Brian and his new friend Grace!

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Cambodia

We have arrived safely in Cambodia!
Thank you for your prayers.
It was about 4pm local time on Saturday when we arrived. We were picked up by our missionary friends, Kevin and Jill, and one of the CMP’s, Chhay. We took the opportunity to go in the pool to cool off and then had some dinner.

We are going to get some sleep and plan on taking a “tuk tuk” to church in the morning.

(Siem Reap is about 14 hours ahead of California.)
We are having trouble connecting to the Wifi and will update the blog with pictures and more information when we can.

Team Itinerary and Prayer Requests

Our date of departure is almost here! Before we leave, we’d like to share with you our current itinerary so you can have an idea of what we’re doing and when; unless, of course, God changes our plans. πŸ™‚

Cambodia/Vietnam Team Itinerary

August 27 – September 17, 2015

Thu 8/27 – Depart from LAX at 3:45pm

Sat 8/29 – Arrive in Singapore at 3:00am

Depart from Singapore and arrive in Siem Reap at 3:45pm

Sun 8/30 – Attend church with Kevin, Chhay, and church families

Mon 8/31 – Visit Angkor Wat

Tue 9/1 – Van to Battambang

Wed 9/2 – Serve Youth Camp

Thu 9/3 – Serve Youth Camp

Fri 9/4 – Serve Youth Camp

Sat 9/5 – Time with Cambodians; possible excursion to Sampow

Sun 9/6 – Worship in churches with Cambodia leadership and families

Mon 9/7 – Serving in seminary classes and at Asia’s Hope

Tue 9/8 – Serving in seminary classes

Wed 9/9 – Serving in seminary classes

Thu 9/10 – Nothing planned so far on this day!

Fri 9/11 – Van to Siem Reap at 12:00pm

Fly out of Siem Reap at 6:55pm

Arrive in Singapore at 10:10pm

Sat 9/12 – Fly from Singapore at 7:10am

Arrive in Saigon at 8:15am

Tour Saigon

Bus to Tra Vinh in the late afternoon

Sun 9/13 – Attend Tra Vinh Church; spend time with people; tour Tra Vinh

Mon 9/14 – English Agenda

Tue 9/15 – Visit with people

Bus to Saigon

Wed 9/16 – Fly out of Saigon at 7:10am

Arrive in Singapore at 10:10am

Spend time with Willie Li and friends

Thu 9/17 – Fly out of Singapore at 9:25am

Arrive at LAX at 1:25pm

Prayer Requests:

  • That we would be prepared for opportunities we don’t see coming
  • That our training of the Cambodian pastors would be effective
  • For unity among God’s people
  • That God’s glory would be revealed
  • That our first response would be praise in any circumstance
  • That we would go as listeners, learners, and encouragers!

“Walk in wisdom towards outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” (Colossians 4:5-6).

Team Members: Brian Zuniga, Ed Trenner, Simon Goodyear, Abbi Goodyear, Emily Miles, Michelle Goodyear
Team Members: Brian Zuniga, Ed Trenner, Simon Goodyear,
Abbi Goodyear, Emily Miles, Michelle Goodyear