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


I miss it

It’s been over three weeks since my team came back and I really, really miss being over there  I miss seeing the kids.  I miss knowing that they are OK.  I miss giving them hugs.  I miss having fun with the team. We had a great trip!  Here are some more pictures I don’t think I’ve already posted on here…

Samnang big & Kristie

Having fun at Angkor Watt
Davan, Smey, Kristie & Darrel

Ry at KFC

Last Day…

At the orphanage!!! It was so sad to have to leave.  Actually, I don’t think it has hit me yet that we will not be going back tomorrow.  But I wanted to share a few pictures with you from our last day.  Thank you all so much for your support and prayers.  None of this would have been possible without all of you and we are so blessed to be the ones you sent over.

Srey Lin, Het, Kristie & Narin


David & Noelle


All the kids

Chean, Pichhing, Ry, and Narin






I thought you needed to see how excited the kids were over fried chicken last night:


Kristie, Narin, Polin, Melanie, and Raksmey

Christina, Peanut, Angie, and Srey Leap





Vannak & Kim

Take another little piece of my heart…

Yesterday was SO GREAT!

Because the inflatable slide took over most of the day on Wednesday, our carnival team and sports teams were flexible and we combined both on Thursday! The kids could not have had more fun!
We started the day splitting up the kids into teams and teaching them that they have been chosen by God to be on His team. Each of the kids got a jersey with their team color and we even made team flags. We played lots of fun games like dizzy bat race and sack race and catch the bacon (ask Stuart!). We had a BLAST!
After lunch we went straight up to the carnival games. We had pin the tail on the donkey, bean bag toss, egg and spoon race, bowling, and many more! For every game they played, the lovely Laura supplied them with a fun little prize from candy to bubbles to beanie babies. The kids loved it!
At night we stayed to take the kids to dinner at KFC! Surprisingly the restaurant is fairly popular over here, but the kids had never been. This was only the second time they had been taken out to dinner, too. They ate so much chicken! After dinner we played, danced, laughed, and just enjoyed the time with the kids. One interesting thing to see has been how resourceful the kids are. Even after dinner they were collecting the chicken bones to give to the dogs and puppies at the orphanage.

Slip & Slide… Cambodian Style!

Which I have to say, I like so much more than in the USA!  Ha!  So, what had happened was my team was to put on carnival day today.  Laura and most of the team set up the 3rd floor with tons of games and lots of prizes ready to be handed out… which will all have to happen tomorrow.  Because…

We had a bounce house!! Or, a bounce SLIDE!!! The kids sat extra well thru the devotional, although they inched closer and closer to the door trying to get outside.  After the devotion everyone went to the slide and wouldn’t leave it.  So, we changed plans from doing just the bounce house in the AM and then the carnival in the afternoon.  However, as soon as we got back from lunch someone turned the air back on to the bounce house and we didn’t have the heart to pull the kids (and adults) away.  Even the rain didn’t stop us… actually when it started raining the kids clapped.  And well… pictures speak louder than words:

Monday Beach Time!!!

Kristie & Angie


Reksmey — “The Doctor”

And the many faces of Reksmey


What the bus ride home looked like