I actually cried

I’ve come 4 times and even though I’m sad every time I have to leave, I never cry on the last day.  Today, I got into the van and a few tears came out of my eyes.  I think my exact words were “I hate cry!!!!!”  Gotta love my KhmEnglish!

But, before that teary farewell, we had an amazing last day with our kids!  We invited the kids in the surrounding community in the AM and had games and treats for them.  After that we hung out, did some crafts and played some games again with just our kids.  Then we had a surprise party for Erin who’s birthday is Sunday!!!

Rothanak showing me love

Erin and I laughing about… something!!!

Everyone!!

Front: Smey, Davan (aka Johnny) Back:  me and Seing Hai

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Facing Fears

Today I faced a MAJOR fear… I gave a lesson in front of a group of people.  Today was my day to give the curriculum to the kids.  It was great to be able to share a message that was given at my church and that really affected me.  And the rest of my team member seemed to think the kids really understood what I was trying to get across… that God can make up for the things that were unavailable in their past and he can be trusted for the success of their future.  And, it never hurts to have a demonstration using Skittles…

The Curriculum

Eating the demonstration

Smey loves Skittles

After the curriculum each kid was given a canvas to paint on.  They were asked to use it as a collage to express how God has been working in their life to fill in what was unavailable in their past and we got some pretty amazing results.

God has been giving us reminders lately of the backgrounds that these children come from.  Some of them were dropped off by ox cart, by themselves.  Very alone and very scared.  And to see what God has done to fill in for what was unavailable in their past just a miracle that only God can do.

After the business lunch previously mentioned, we came back to the orphanage to just spend time with the kids.  We played Minute to Win It games, made scrap books, and played games.

Minute to Win It

Minute to Win It

Scrap Book Making

And what would this blog post be with a few random pictures…

Smey, Pichhing, Seinghai

Pannah

Me with Rothanak

Lik

Business Lunch

Today couldn’t go by without giving major props to Joel.

We left the orphanage today to go to a restaurant in Phnom Penh for a business lunch that Pastor Vek was hosting.  The format of the meeting was business men and women who are friends of people who attend the church were invited to hear how having God in their life can help them in life and in business.  During the talk Joel shared his testimony, which was translated into Khmer and it was shared with about 100 people.  Later today Joel said he felt like a conduit of God during the talk because at that time 66 people accepted Jesus as their savior and another 30 asked to hear more.  Can you believe it!!!???!!???  How awesome is that???

Joel, you rock!

Amazing first day at the orphanage

We spent Sunday afternoon and evening at the orphanage… way longer than we usually do on Sunday and it was awesome!! We also took the kids out for some KFC.  They LOVE it!! My battery must not have been fully charged so I don’t have many pictures but I know that there were 8 other people with cameras clicking away so there will be plenty of pictures to go around.  Here are just a couple:

Kids being kids!

Gotta love the juice!

We are a mess!

It could be from lack of sleep, jet lag, or just being in a foreign land but this team was all sorts of hilarious today!!  There were so many things I could tell you about but let me just say:

  • One of us figured out the difference between sleeping medication and Malaria medication before breakfast
  • We have a whole new system for Cambodian “air quotes”
  • We love the word literally — “literally”
  • No, I’m not pregnant and the dress I wore today will be given to someone who actually is — literally.
  • Tuk tuks are still the best way to see the city
  • I somehow ruin pictures with my Barney-like awesomeness.  Don’t hate.
  • Our catch phrase today: so, on Sunday…

It was great to grow as a team and for us to use our humor to connect.  Also, I think Alex thinks we are crazy.  I’m just sayin…

Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures but I know many of my teammates had their cameras out today so hopefully you will be seeing some amazing shots.  I promise you I will hand my camera off to some kids tomorrow so there will be more pictures from me than you can handle 😉

I seriously can’t thank everyone who has contributed to this team in any and every way.  We would NOT be the same without everyone who is here and I am learning so much from my teammates. I know how blessed I am.  God is so good!!

So Close!!!

We are now almost two weeks away and can’t wait to get back to see our kids!!!

We really excited about the activities we are going to be doing with the kids while were there and thought you may want a ‘sneak peek’ into a few things we have been planning…

  • Create a community cookout for the people who live near the orphanage. This will give the kids an opportunity to serve their neighbors in a really big way. We’ll be performing skits and songs, as well as providing a meal and bag of rice for everyone who can attend. It should be a great outreach opportunity. 
  • We’ll be doing a movie night with popcorn and other fun surprises. 
  • We’re going to be doing photos scrap booking (they LOVE photos. To these kids they are GOLD, so we are going to take it up a notch and give them the opportunity to put some of their favorite memories into a book). 
  • The big idea for this trip is “Restoration”. We are developing various ways to show them that no matter what they face in this life, God is there to restore them and give them a bright and wonderful future. 

These are just a few of the things we are doing on this trip.

Thanks so much for your prayers and support. And thanks for indulging us when we wax poetic about these kids. We truly feel like they are “ours” and we thank you for listening to our stories.

Again, if you want to support the trip financially, please visit: goglobalx.org and click give. Then select Cambodia – Phnom Penh Orphanage 2. (The dates of our trip are 11/3/11-11/13/11.)

Also, we just got back from our team retreat, which was AWESOME!! When I have any pictures I’ll post them up here!!

CNN

Stephanie, the best type A personality ever, has been emailing the team clips of Cambodia in the news.  Here is one from CNN.