Mission to Cambodia #3 – the villages

Posted: October 19, 2013 in Missions

We had a bright and early morning after our arrival in Phnom Penh, as Curtis & Bre picked us up to go to one of the remote villages. It was about a 4 hour trip away by van, and we had a car full of folks that work with Curtis & Bre at the Bible college. Although it was a bit crowded, it was a great trip. We stopped for some fresh baked goods for breakfast, and had a brief stop while we waited for a ferry to get us across the Mekong river. That was an interesting stop as merchants surrounded all the cars (especially ours with the Americans inside) looking to make a sale. There was everything offered from waffles to sunglasses to fried crickets. 🙂 Of course, there was the normal share of beggars as well, including many children. It’s always sad to see, even when I know that many kids are sent out there by their parents or guardians to work in that way.

When we arrived at the village church, they had lunch waiting on us. Rice, pork, cucumbers, and a fish soup (among other things). I took some pictures, but it’s easier to upload photos from my iPad instagram than my phone, for some reason…I’ll have to wait to upload those later.

The gathering at the church was a regular one, apparently. Some of the local pastors get together with Curtis as he teaches through the Word, and the pastors have an opportunity to get expository teaching modeled for them. Curtis taught through Acts 5 yesterday, and did a great job. I’m grateful to have seen him do it, as it gives me a great idea of how I need to be teaching Matthew once the classes start.

After things were over, they fed us again, and we headed out. We couldn’t get all the way back to Phnom Penh due to the hour, so we stopped at a hotel for the night. We got some ramen noodles and a coke, hung out with Curtis and Bre a bit, and hit the hay. Today, we’ll go back to the city, visit the Killing Fields, and prepare for classes to start tomorrow.

Keep praying! There’s much to do…and obviously not just for us, but for the local pastors here. The population is easily 95% Buddhist, with Hinduism and witchcraft mingled in. The Christians are very few in number here, and they are viewed as believing a “foreign” religion, thus working against their culture. May God give them the grace and wisdom and power to continue to share the truth of Jesus Christ, Who surpasses culture!

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