….why we are so darn crazy about this country on the other side of God’s green earth. Today was a long day. Long in a great way! A day filled with prayer, fellowship, service, great food and FUN!
We begin with Emily Rains and our fab four freshmen (Emily Stubbs, Jen Perlick, Alanna Cronk and Tiffany Fick) leading morning worship with strong voices and incredible dance moves. It’s amazing how quickly all the kids catch on. We then divided up in to our small groups. Topic today was ‘Service’. No matter how big, how small, how rich or how poor we all are called to serve God by serving others. We reviewed John 13 and washed all the kids feet… in return they washed ours. Very moving for us all. We then headed out on foot to visit the residents that live around the orphanage delivering rice to them. We packed them full in quart size bags with a small aluminum cross and a business card that had the address of New Life Church as well as John 3:16 written in Khmer (the language of Cambodia). We were welcomed by the locals and they accepted our gifts graciously.
After lunch we returned to the orphanage and let Tiffany and Jen do their thing teaching English lessons. It is wonderful to see children who treat learning like a luxury. Like something so rare when that when it’s available they recognized the value in it.
Then we all decided to treat ourselves with a dose of fun. We planned to take the kids bowling…but…the bowling alley had been closed for 3 months. So, plan B. Cambodian amusement park. “Dreamland”. And that it was. Kristie Poll said it best, “It was kids being kids. And it was wonderful!”
Next stop ‘Pizza Company’. 8 Dozen orders of chicken wings, 15 large pizzas, 18 pitchers of soda and 31 smiles! Worth every penny!
We then told the kids good-bye for the evening with many hugs and best wishes. They returned to the orphanage in their bus and we….. stalled…. And showed up about 15 minutes behind them and took them by surprise creating a thirty minute party filled with glow bracelets and Chinese sky lanterns. Despite the rain the 26 sky lanterns lifted off in to the dark rainy sky with only one casualty. The kids loved it! They cheered and danced in the rain…many, many happy faces and much, much joy!
Tomorrow will be our last day to visit the orphanage. A day we look forward to, yet a day we wish was still far in the distance.