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!!!


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


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


Me with Rothanak


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!

Polin & David

Polin and David were at the orphanage last time I was there, however relatives have been able to take them back home with them so they may or may not be at the orphanage when we are there this time.  Please keep them in their prayers and hopefully we will be able to see them!!  

Molly & Michael


Vay & Sochea


Nang & Nath

Nang (on the right)

Nath (aka Crazy)