2017 Cambodia Mission Update 1

2017 01 17 cambodia mission update1 web 04Sunday 15 January. We travelled from Sydney to Phnom Penh via Singapore. Travel went well, and we appreciated the send off from the airport by parents and Dr Boyce. We were met in Phnom Penh by Rowan Armstrong who is our guide and mentor for the trip. It was time for me to catch up with an old friend: Sophoin works for Samaritan's Purse Cambodia and has been on each of my last three trips. At the hotel we had a late dinner and caught up with the Wood family who are part of the team but who had been traveling in Vietnam.

Monday 16th January. A huge day started with a confronting visit to S21 Genocide Museum, followed by a tour of one of the Killing Fields. The team reflected on the terrible rule of Pol Pot and the far reaching impact on Cambodia. Lunch was at Jars of Clay", a restaurant where girls rescued from the sex industry can learn new skills. We had an afternoon boat ride on a tributary of the Mekong. Sophoin introduced various elements of Cambodian culture. We then went to the Office Skills training centre run by a local church. The team formed up into pairs and taught English classes for an hour. The did really well, I was very proud of them. We then went to a barbecue and steamboat restaurant. Half way through the meal the power went out so we continued eating to the light of various phones. Finally back at the hotel we met to debrief, pray, and check on tomorrow's activities. Bags downstairs and breakfast eaten by ten to seven! Ouch.

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