|Posted on 12 October, 2015 at 10:55||comments (1)|
today was going to be our day off after a big Sunday. But Sunday ended up being not so big and Monday a little bigger I guess!
the main reason for that is a Cambodian Holiday called Pchum Ben - the festival of the dead. Yeah pretty gruesome sounding hey! But it's not like zombie celebration day, it's a different sort of spiritual danger really. It's about respecting relatives who have died before (all good so far) and offering sacrifices of different sorts to appease the spirits of the dead. This is my understanding of it anyway, sorry if I have gotten it wrong. This is the superstitious underbelly of Buddhism over here, not very Richard Gere methinks!
anyway, one big part of Pchum Ben is that the city empties, it's crazy. People return to their homelands and the city kinda shuts for a week. There are still things going on, but for a busy city it is very quiet at the moment.
So so today we met again with Koy and Reny from Light Church, which was beautiful. And also with Keith and Jan from Agape. Y can find out more about Agape at agapewebsite.org, or Google search "CNN A day in Cambodia". This second video is not for kids by the way, just so you know. But it highlights the muddier end of what we are coming here to ask questions about. How do you link in with this? How do you help as a small group of people? What is really needed?
i have been reminded recently that we, little Church on the Hill, little Ty and Xave, are not the lynch pin in this situation. We are not the hero. It is helpful as a Westerner to remember that. We are not the knight in shining armour coming to rescue the Cambodian princess and lead her to victory. But as Gods people we know who is. We know that Jesus when he came was our redeemer. He bought us back at great cost. And we join with him in this. There is a great organisation in this region called "Chab Dai" holding hands is what the phrase means. I believe that as we Chab Dai with Jesus, go with him in this adventure and give ourselves to that, we will be part of the blessing. Please be in prayer for this, it is all too much for one person to carry.
we love you all, look forward to sharing in person soon
xx Ty and Xave
p.s of all places to have your first time Ice skating- Xave had his debut today, and did a great job. I learnt a bit too.
|Posted on 10 October, 2015 at 10:30||comments (0)|
sometimes you work hard to press into Gods plans, but other times it's like the fish jumps into the boat. That's what happened to us today.
it was day 2 of tourist activity, or that's how it felt anyway. Xave and I had plans to go to Kid City in town, which is a 10 storey kids games building- kinda dream land for kids I think. But first we had breakfast and a swim at home base. Breakfast has been a tricky affair for both Xave and I, but mainly Xave. He is used to toast r cereal, but the menu in our local is fried rice or wonton soup. It has been a learning process, and breakfast this morning took a little longer than usual. We got to the pool at around 10.
I heard this older couple discussing the loud noises being broadcast in the distance, and she said the word "Christian" in there. I snooped a little more, no eventually spoke to them and found out they live in the apartment section of our hotel. I asked, casually, "what are you doing here" and she said that they were Christians working with an organisation that fights child slavery.
wow! Gods timing meant that our late start and choice to swim put us right in the path of some of the very people we were here to meet. We are having breakfast with them on Monday and we will ask about their organisation Agape. Until then they have solved Xaves breakfast dilemmas by giving us some cereal and milk. God you are very kind, we love being inside your plans and favoured by you
"delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart" Psalm 37
|Posted on 9 October, 2015 at 9:55||comments (0)|
it is the end of Day 3, and through the wonders of technology I can fast track it to you (though this is my third rewrite so technology is not that amazing right now!)
day 1 was travel day, and the lesson was: don't arrive at midnight when traveling with kids. Ok will get that one straight next time!
day 2 was spent with Reny Chhin from Cambodia Care. What an amazing first day on task! Reny and her husband Koy are the sort of people who come to a town and ask "where are the most needy people here?" Their answer becomes a call from God to begin a work. So we went down this dirty laneway nobody would ever find without help, and they have started a school and church there. As we walked Reny told me that around 500 people live in this lane, and they are generationally unschooled and so so poor. They began a school in the lane, and when I walked into a happy clean classroom I could not quite connect the dots. These were the generationally poor and illiterate? It was very humbling to see, and I was a bit proud when I found out it is heavily supported by a church in Perth.
Then we went with her to the train tracks area, to see the school they have started there. No kidding, the train tracks are only 2m from the front gate. And on this stretch of track live the people I have heard abt on TV. But I saw them with my eyes, and their children are in this school. We are going there for church this Sunday- I am excited and a little nervous. You can read more about them at cambodiancare.org
day 3 was going to be a meeting with someone, but this fell through. Xave and I became tourists, which I must say was harder than being a "worker". We were accosted by people trying to sell things, and I had the misfortune of seeing more than one elderly Western man riding in a Tuk tuk with a young Cambodian woman. This city is such a muddle of emotions and activities. We are not the answer, but we are so glad to be attached to the One who is. So Xave and I are keeping our eyes open, our hearts open.
and for those of you who are wondering how Xave is coping.....he is brilliant. Such a happy travel companion, he is taking it all in his stride and doing even better than I thought. The people here...in a good way I mean this.... Just love him and respond so well to him. And I am so glad to have a travel buddy- I am glad God chose him to come along with me. Thanks for the prayers and love. And thanks for those of you who wrote letters for us to open during our trip, they mean so much to us!