It’s Thursday evening, and we are getting our bags all packed up, and ready to leave Battambang in the morning (which will be about 6:00pm Thursday night for you at home). It’s hard to believe that our time in Cambodia is coming to an end! I think it is safe to speak for the whole team when I say that we will all be leaving a part of our heart in Battambang. God is so faithful and kind. He has blessed us all with so much love, friendship, laughter, …. and some challenges, too! We are thankful for the work He is doing in the hearts of our Cambodian brothers and sisters, as well as our own.
Lunch at the last day of Youth Camp!
Chhay and the beautiful Kanha.
Abbi and Chariya
Drying dishes…and, for the record, Brian is winning 🙂
Worship time on the last night of camp. We all moved our chairs into a circle and held lit candles as we prayed. It was so beautiful and special.
Simon treated everyone to an ice cream treat at the end of the night!
Emily, Abbi, Muneath, and Andy
Simon and Chhay
On Saturday morning, after eating our “take out” breakfast, we waved goodbye to our new friends who were going home.
Lunch at “Three Sections” – Brian’s very favorite place to get some delicious soup!
Saturday afternoon – visiting with Ly Phanny at his church and orphanage.
Ed and Brian preparing for the pastor’s class that happened the next week after camp.
Riding our tuk tuk to church 🙂
Ly Phanny’s church! It was so fun to see all of the groups of children singing and praising Jesus!
We went to Ly Phanny’s church in the morning..and Battambang Grace Church in the afternoon. Pastor Ed delivered the sermon with Chhay translating.
After church, we all walked to the local park to hand out water bottles with verses on them. It was a privilege to join them in this outreach. We spent some time with our new friends before gathering together for instructions and getting the water bottles to pass out.
On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of the next week, Ed and Brian led a seminar for the Cambodian Ministry Partners (CMP’s). It was three days of excellent teaching on what it means and looks like to be a church body. There was great discussion, learning about each other’s cultures, and fellowship. Each of the three days included two sessions, with a three hour break in between. As a group, we all went to lunch together each day. Then, the six of us would have a team meeting before getting a little rest until the next session started.
Simon, Symean, and Samoeun
“The Three Simonts” 🙂
Michelle, Jill, and Abbi are ready for a bumpy ride!
Brian, Simon, and Emily were pretty excited!
The track was surrounded by brush on both sides!
This was the end of the track where we got off and got some drinks.
This little girl was so happy to have sold us a bracelet!
Brian: “A combination of terror and time makes comedy” Feeding the monkeys was definitely a bit terrifying! You will have to ask one of us for the story…it’s funny now 🙂
On the way back to the hotel, our tuk tuk got a flat tire! It was a good reminder of how we take so much for granted. We were enjoying the convenience and fun of the tuk tuks without thinking about the fact that this was our driver’s livelihood, and that it was up to him to maintain his tuk tuk. It was “real life” for him, and it was a good reminder for us to look past our own experiences, and see how we can encourage others in their daily lives.
We went to a sewing shop on Thursday called Svay Kang. It is part of a village ministry to provide work for the local village women so they do not have to travel to Thailand for work
They use old sewing machines that use no electricity and natural sunlight instead of lights inside the building.
We got to participate in a Bible study they did in the middle of their work day.
The song lyrics in the books were only in Kmer and we did not know the song, so we were not able to sing in English.
Saran and Sophanet leading the Bible study.