Our last day at the orphanage was filled with joy and tears. We started the day telling the story of Jesus’ birthday to both the community kids and orphans. The story was received well during one of our more serious moods, played out by our actors, Kristi (Mary), Dominick (Joeseph), and Water Bottle wrapped in a bandana (Baby Jesus).

Afterwards we celebrated the birthday of Jesus by enjoying cake. The kids blew out the candles as we sang Happy Birthday to Jesus.
Srey Morm Nath age 16 befriended me on the first day by putting flowers in my hair. Everyday she gave me flowers. She could speak a little English and she told me that she would pray for me everyday. Today she gave me a scarf she wove by hand on a loom at the orphanage. The kids made one of these for each team member and handed them out before the picture above was taken.
Soon tears began to fall. We took some timeto play some games, make and exchange gifts and most of all share Gods love for one another.
It was a very emotional time for all of us. It took everything we had to go.
We are reminded of these verses:
Matthew 18:3-4
“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefor, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
These children have shown us what Christ’s love feels like. This is perhaps the greatest lesson of humility we have ever learned.
Every day we have spent with these children we’ve seen how God has truly touched this place in Cambodia and trust that he will continue to do so in the hearts of many for years to come.
We have faith in the Lord these kids will grow up to become the hands and feet of God for whoever they touch.
Matthew 19:14
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
As we drove away we knew that the Lord would take care of them. Despite the fact they have very little, they are fulfilled with the love of Christ and that is enough. We realized, it doesn’t matter how much you have or how little you have, if you have never felt the love of Jesus you have never had anything at all.
Anna and Zach Alexander


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  1. My heart and eyes are filled with tears as I read this post from my children who have served on this mission trip. I thank God for their love, courage and willingness to spend their time and energy in such a place this holy season. Zach & Anna, I know your lives are forever changed and so are those of the children whose lives you've touched. This brings a whole new meaning to Christmas for me this year. Love truly came down at Christmas. Can't wait to see you and hear your wonderful stories. May God bless, care and protect you as you begin the long journey back home. Love to all.

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