Battambang Youth Camp

** this post may be long…I guess that’s what happens when we don’t post daily πŸ™‚

A lot has happened since our last post! Three days ago (Tuesday morning in Cambodia, Monday evening at home) we traveled by bus from Siem Reap to Battambang. It was about 3 hours travel time, and there was so much to see out the windows.

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We got settled into our hotel room, and then headed out for lunch…there were western options, as well as traditional Khmer choices on the menu. So far, everyone seems to be really enjoying the Khmer foods!

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All of us were pretty excited for the Battambang Grace Church Youth Camp to start the next day! We were able to rest on Tuesday afternoon, and then rode tuk tuks to Kevin and Jill’s home for Jill’s birthday celebration. Their Cambodian friends prepared a wonderful meal, and we all enjoyed our time together.

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It was fun to watch Brian engage with some of the college aged kids πŸ™‚

We headed back to our hotel around 9:30pm with the agreement to meet in the lobby at 4:50am. We were going to arrive at the Ministry Center at 5:00am to help the CMP’s wives prepare breakfast. The ministry center is less than a 10 minute walk from our hotel. With the exception of Simon, none of us really knew what to expect. When we arrived, we jumped right in to help where we could. The CMP wives were so welcoming and friendly!

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Emily and Abbi being taught how to cut the “Jack Quan” …. Doughnut type bread sticks that are eaten with our breakfast porridge. They are very good!

Soon after we arrived, Jill and two of the ladies were ready to head to the market to buy the food items for lunch and dinner. They needed three people to go with them to help carry the bags, so Emily, Abbi, and Michelle went. It was definitely an exciting experience!

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Kanha, Emily, Abbi, and Chariya

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It was fun to watch Chariya and Kanha shop for the best of everything!

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This is Kanha, Chhay’s wife, and she always has this beautiful smile on her face! She is so kind and patient.

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Presentation is important!

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Samoeun, Simon, Brian, Chhay, and Ed.

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The first day of the youth camp was fun! It was loud! There was lots of laughing! It is like VBS for older kids (ages 15-23). We were encouraged to sit amongst the youth during meals and worship time. It was a little hard the first day…the youth were excited to sit with their friends, and even though some of them know English, I think they were a bit shy to talk to us πŸ™‚
Thankfully, Emily and Abbi were able to connect with some of the kids on day 2. We spent some time at a local park for their game time!

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Ed makes friends everywhere he goes πŸ™‚

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Group picture before walking back to the ministry center.

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Sitting with new friends at dinner.

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Exchanging contact information!

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Washing dishes after dinner

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It was wonderful sitting in on worship time, knowing that even though we don’t understand their words, or can’t read their language, that we are all worshipping the same God! I loved seeing them open their Bibles to learn more about Jesus.

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Thank you for praying for us, and for our dear Cambodian brothers and sisters!

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