Praise God for safe travels. We have arrived safely in Kampong Chhanang! The students all came and prayed over our team and said goodbye. After we waited for the bus nearly an hour, we left Siem Reap and were on our way. While traveling, they had their first opportunity to hold a live tarantula and even dare to eat one barbequed.
After we arrived at the southern base, there was still light enough to settle in the camp. The boys and girls each sleep in a covered building. A few of them bought native hammocks to try instead of floor mats. It seems a little like we’re back in Boot Camp! It got dark by the time dinner was being cleaned up, but we had evening devotions to end the day. We are definitely feeling the heat down here, as it is currently in the mid-nineties. We saw the storm from a distance, but no rain since we’ve arrived.
Today everyone is re-training on the motorcycles around the base. Friday we will stay on base and work, and then they will ride out to be with the children on Saturday. Please keep us in your prayers as we get used to a new location. Pray for the team members, that they would stay healthy. Also pray for good communication with the locals and a unified team.
Thank you again for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers!
“We have all just completed our very first circuit, and all the children loved to see us come! Whenever we sang Father Abraham, all of them would die of laughter (figuretively of course). Teaching and playing with them filled me with so much joy. I have had the chance to try some of the strange fruit here, and my favorite is called “hair fruit”. The place we were staying is very loving, and they taught us songs and words in Khmer. The tuk tuk is also a fun experience to ride in, but we fit three people on one seat sometimes. Ì love the country, the people, my team, and above all my loving God. Be praying that we make an impact here!” – Jared Iles
“Cambodia! It’s so beautiful here, especially the shops and market! Playing with the kids is so much fun. They all play and live like there’s no care in the world. They have really taught me how to live and think selflessly as they do. Our team has grown close and our unity is something I’m very thankful for. I couldn’t ask for a better team or leaders. I’m so thankful for this opportunity to be here. Jum-reap-lea (that means goodbye in Khmer)!” – Courtney Hursh