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News from Cambodia

 
We are sitting at a cafe enjoying breakfast as we reflect on what we’ve experienced so far and prepare for the day. We are served the food in shifts as if they prepare one dish at a time,  serve it, and then prepare the next. So as the last one is served the first served is finished. Mark’s prayer for us, was that we would have fun and enjoy the food. His prayer has been richly answered.

The following are the things we want to remember/our ebenezers.

We have bad times of being weary, when we have felt worn out by being used by God. We ache for the people.

We have learned about ministries fighting human trafficking  and then noticed individuals that may be in the business in the hotel we are staying, guiding our prayers for specific individuals.

We walked through a place that at one time, not so long ago, was a place of unimaginable atrocities of great cruelty and torture. Hell on earth. We want to remember that an eternity without Christ is worse. And we want to share the Good News of Christ to others so that they may not experience the cruelties and darkness of hell.

We want to remember that when we share our stories about how we have experienced God’s amazing grace others are impacted by God’s glory. 
  Cambodia Dream Team
 

Cambodian Dream Team

> On Friday morning, we went to the Chab Dai Coalition offices. This organization is a coalition of more than 48 Christian organizations in Cambodia that are working with victims and those vulnerable of being abused, exploited, or trafficked. In the afternoon we visited the Genocide Museum, Tuol Sleng. Thousands of atrocities took place here during the 1970’s when the Pol Pot regime was in power. It was difficult to stand in the cells and look at the metal beds where prisoners had been tortured and then murdered. But it makes you appreciate the resiliency of the human spirit because the Cambodian people are cheerful and friendly. Friday night we went on a ferry boat ride on the Mekong River. > > This morning (Saturday) we attended a house church that was 2 1/2 hours away. We were actually just about one mile from the Vietnam border. One of Mark Fishel’s cambodian pastor friends has been working in this area for the last five months. It was similar to Grand Savann in that it was a small village at the end of a long dirt road. There were about 25 people sitting on the floor in this small room most of whom were women. The men had went to Vietnam to try and find work. After some singing and praying I was asked to give my testimony. I had not anticipated this type of audience so it was difficult trying to determine where these ladies were spiritually, many of whom could not read. I did my best to present the gospel, as part of my life story, while working with an interpreter. The pastor’s wife served a delicious meal after the service. > > On Saturday evening we had supper at a pastor’s house here in Phnom Penh. He and his wife are from the Phillipines but have felt called to come to Cambodia. They have two daughters, ages 5 and 7. > > Tomorrow (Sunday), we will be attending church in the morning and another one in the afternoon. > > Please continue to pray for the well being of our team and for safe travels. > > Thank you. God’s Peace. >

With Eternal Love,

Cambodian Dream Team