Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"You're the God of this City"

Today we put on our explorer-shoes for a day of walking through ancient temple ruins! 

Inside the ruins was a labyrinth of stone pillars!
And one Sam Tolle!

Found this little fella hanging out at the ruins...
...and we also found this little fella hanging out in his tuk-tuk! 

Prayer for Angkor Wat and the city of Siem Reap: 

Psalm 67
May God be gracious to us and bless us
    and make his face shine on us—

so that your ways may be known on earth,

    your salvation among all nations.
 May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.

May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
    for you rule the peoples with equity
    and guide the nations of the earth.
 May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.
 The land yields its harvest;
    God, our God, blesses us.
 May God bless us still,
    so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Answered Prayer

Today we visited the Chhuk home! The visit was very special— Chhuk is pastored by Khemara's dad (Khemara has been with us the entire trip translating, working VERY hard, and loving us with every fiber of his being!) and it is home to four of Khemara's brothers. Chhuk is also special for another reason— Living Water has not visited Chhuk for two years. Chhuk is nestled up in northern Cambodia near the Cambodia-Thailand border and the journey is not made often. In fact, we were unsure whether or not we would be able to make it this trip. We prayed long and hard! And GOD BROUGHT US TO CHHUK! This was our last stop at an FCOP home and our visit extended into the late afternoon as we spent some extra time loving these kids. 

Rachel and Roy! Two smiley girls!

Annette cracked open the craft supplies and the kids got SO creative!

Until next time, Chhuk. We love you!
We are currently in Siem Reap for R&R time! Please keep us in your prayers as we all spend the next two days processing all God has done in and through us on this trip! 

Prek Bey and Adventures in Pursat Province!

Yesterday we traveled to the Pursat province where we stayed overnight at a hotel with a stunning view of the town and a pool where a few of the ladies went to take a relaxing evening swim (and de-puff their swollen ankles!). In the morning we loaded the van back up and took a short drive to our Prek Bey home! All of the girls were dressed-up in bright colors and had prepared a special dance for us! Prek Bey has colorful grounds, delicious food, and is home to the two most cheerful pastors! As a team we couldn't help but notice how HEALTHY the home is— God has blessed the people there to be able to do amazing ministry! What a privilege it was to hear about what Jesus has done in their lives! 

We were very well fed at Prek Bey!!
There were even freshly roasted peanuts awaiting us! AND we got some to-go! 

Party time!!!

We have had many an adventure together as a team crossing the streets in Cambodia! It's like playing real-life Frogger! (...We have gotten better at the game). 
The hotel: quite a sight to see at night!
And quite a sight to see in the morning!!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

"With all your heart, With all your soul, With all your mind, and With all your strength"

Celebrating Sunday with our families from Psat Char, Toul Serey, and Ou Kontrom was unforgettable! We were honored to perform our David and Goliath skit during the service, and cheered on our brothers and sisters from Psat Char as they danced and sang for us; they are so talented!!!  

It was a teary goodbye, but we have no doubt that God will bring us all back together again. 

We are now in Pursat Province, headed to the Prek Bey home! Later today we head up north to Chhuk! We are EXPECTANT for what God will do next! Thank you for your prayers! 

They barbecued a WHOLE COW for the party!

We will miss all of you! See you soon!

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." Matthew 25:36-37

Saturday, August 16, 2014

One Week in Cambodia!

Today was MARKET DAY! Our team of ten piled into the truck with ALL of our Ou Kontrom family (talk about a fun ride!!!) for an afternoon of shopping! The kids were radiant and so proud to show off their purchases to their friends and home parents. Sunday will be our last day with Ou Kontrom; church service is going to be held at Psat Char— another FCOP home nearby— where THREE homes will be joining together for one big party!!! It will be a very, very difficult goodbye, but we can't wait to celebrate Sunday with our dear family. 

The second half of the day was spent at Steung Somrong. Though our time there was short, it was sweet. The kids showered us with hugs and kisses and made us feel adored. Not everything we had planned went as expected, but God showed up in a miraculous way. We prayed for our Steung Somrong family to be encouraged and in turn, we left encouraged! 

We are family! We love you Ou Kontrom! 

Looking through photos from past visits with the beautiful girls at Steung Somrong!

The kids at Steung Somrong rock at jump-rope! 

Marc had his first Cambodian-moto ride thanks to the pastor's daughter!  


Friday, August 15, 2014

God is so good!

  • We finished filling cement posts! (Halle-halle-lu! Hallelujah!) Everyone joined in to help finish the task and the place erupted with cheers when that last bucket was poured! 
  • We performed our David and Goliath skit! Ted was a terrifying Goliath and Rachel made a very valiant David! Afterward light-saber battles ensued and we broke out glow-sticks for the kids (thank you Annette for the awesome idea!!!). 
  • Chain-link fencing was put up around the ENTIRE perimeter of the property!!! Praise you, Jesus!
  • A few of us did hair-washing at the water pump! It was a really special time being able to love on our Cambodian family. We gave head massages and braided the women's hair afterward— everyone looked beautiful! 

Every morning we are greeted with beautiful flower creations!!!

Chain-link victory dance!

It was lovely being able to treat "Sokea", one of the house parents, to a hair-wash! 
Nothing better than naked babies in the rain!

 "Are there any among the false gods of the nations that can bring rain?
    Or can the heavens give showers?
Are you not he, O Lord our God?
    We set our hope on you,
    for you do all these things." — Jeremiah 14.22

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