2017 Cambodia Mission Update 2

2017 01 19 cambodia mission update1 web 15Tuesday 17th was a big day. We departed early from Phnom Penh and had a long drive up to Kratie Province. The team bravely sampled salted fried crickets, and Steph, Steve, Lauren and Liam munched on a couple of deep fried tarantulas.

Lunch was much appreciated, then we headed out for our first shoebox distribution. Thank you for all who had been praying...sadly the October shipment of shoeboxes are still on the wharf, but SP have pulled together the last of an earlier shipment so our distribution could continue.

We met with around 80 children on the grass near a small home church in a remote village. This is A long, long from the tourist hot spots. We were warned that in some cases we might be the first Western visitors some people had seen. We sang some songs, and they had prepared some songs as well, including the Cambodian version of "This is the day". Think about that in a remote Buddhist village! Eventually the boxes went out to everyone's delight. We finished by praying for the pastor.

Back at the hotel we got our first down time for the trip (about an hour and a half). Much for everyone to think about and process. Health seems ok for everyone, though the bus is fairly cramped when all the luggage goes in, so some were stiff.

On Wednesday we remained in Kratie Town. We enjoyed devotions this morning with Samaritan's Purse staff in the local office. We sang worship songs (they kindly had some in English) and prayed together.

We then went further north and down a narrow, dusty road. At the end we had to walk across a steel suspension bridge. I was nervous, but we saw huge loads being driven across with motor bikes.

At the village we learnt about the infant nutrition programs, and the team made a special high nutrition porridge, and got to play with the children as well.

After lunch we headed to a river ferry to go and see a Maternity Centre. Unfortunatelythe ferry was late and we had to cancel that journey. Instead we visited a similar centre in a local Muslim Cham village. As well as learning about the work done there we were able to present three expecting mums with baby care packs we had brought.

The Parkin family are part of another Samaritan's Purse trip running at the same time as ours. Mr Parkin, Lachlan and Jonathan joined our group to form a soccer team to play against the local SP staff team. The SP staff held the lead for much of the match but a couple of quick goals at the end saw our team draw one ahead.

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