Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Chhom Reap Suor!

Hello from Poipet! We have safely arrived in Cambodia and made it through our first day.  The picture above is of the Siem Reap airport, which is made up of exactly one room, split into passport collection and luggage claim.  The first thing that hit me getting off the airplane was the sticky, moist heat that fills the air here.  The second thing?  The palm trees!  They made me feel like I was on a trip to the beach--which left me in for a rude awakening when I reached our hotel.  My cinderblock room has no windows, no bedspread, and the "shower" is simply a shower head coming out of the bathroom wall.  We also have a little lizard friend living in our room with us...

Please don't misunderstand--I'm quite excited to be here!  I confirmed today that I will be doing video work for CHO while I am here, and might even get the opportunity to paint!  We are slowly learning Khmer phrases to help us communicate and keep up with the respectful culture here, and still adjusting to the poverty surrounding us.  "Air conditioning" here usually just means mounting an oscillating fan on the ceiling or wall, and even that is in the most established places.  Many peoples' homes don't have a front wall, just sides or at least support columns and a roof.  Even the poorest homes, however, are accompanied by an ornate Buddhist shrine out front, either painted shiny gold or the brightest colors.  How interesting the priority their beliefs take amidst their desperation and poverty.

Tomorrow we begin work on our playground, where I have been informed that we will not be allowed, by the government, to take close-up photos or video of the children.  It was bittersweet news that I would not be able to take home these pictures I was hoping for, but encouraging that the NGOs and government are cooperating to protect the dignity of Cambodian children.

Besides the playground, we talked tonight of the many other ministry opportunities we'll have while we are here--treasure hunting, feet washing at the garbage dump, women's ministry in Poipet's many "karaoke bars" and a park worship night in the brothel district.

Keep checking for posts, and feel free to comment with questions!


  1. So happy to hear y'all are safe!

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  3. So fun to wake up to read your blog only minutes after you posted! We are thinking and praying for you and the team throughout the day. So many are praying. You guys are well covered! So fun to be apart of your adventure. I am praying Acts 1:8 but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be my witnesses ... even to the remotest part of the earth.

  4. I am so glad you all made it there safely. Lots of prayers for this grand adventure and can't wait to hear how God moves during this trip!

  5. I am not going to be missing any of this...thanks so much for doing it...Sarah Jane, Kenny's wife just sent to to me. Blessings and prayers