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Team Timothy Cambodia 2011 #5

Posted in Cambodia,Team Timothy by lenpine on July 30, 2011

Adults and teens at Prey Pdao

We woke up to rain this morning, and wondered what would happen if it was pouring when we got out to the villages. And, it rained all the way out there as well. We were wondering how the Lord was going to answer our prayers for our Saturday ministry to carry on.

My van this morning was tasked with picking up the interpreters…which our driver forgot, and i didn’t catch until we were clearly out of town and heading south. Since the driver doesn’t speak English, I called Pastor Baldwin and had him get it straightened out. We had to turn around, of course, and the detour added another 45 minutes to the trip. But, we still arrived in time. The other van had already pulled in, and that half of the team was working with a small group of children under the house at Prey Pdao as the rain came down. It was too wet for most to come out, and yet the longer we were there, the more the kids turned out. The rain let up, too, which helped. I held my teens class in one of the vans, and had it filled to capacity. Two of the girls gave me a gift, a small sculpture made of shells and a nice note of thanks. It would be the last time we would be at Pdao this time around. These young people are attentive and patient, eager to hear the Word and converse together. They sat in the van for over an hour, and then after a short break, sat down under the house after we dismissed the little ones and listened to another message for nearly an hour more. They are a blessing. all told, we had about 70 turn out this morning, a remarkable number considering the weather.

Our translators today proved to be excellent, some of the same crew we had last Saturday and one new guy. Two of them will be helping us out next week, and it was encouraging to see what the Lord was going to provide for us. They are all very personable and conversant, eager to talk, laugh, and sing, and we had a great time in the van getting to know each other. It was awesome coming home this afternoon singing gospel songs together, united in our faith in Christ despite the differences in culture and language.

The afternoon service at Kpbaom was also affected by the rain, but not in attendance. Since there is shelter there, the kids came and came. As we drove up we could see well down the road and spotted numbers of them running down the lane towards the church. It was a great time of singing and teaching this afternoon, with around 230 piled into the building. We combined our teaching times in order to get all the lessons in that we prepared, and enjoyed teaching them a little English, a new song, and the story of David and Goliath and Jonathan in the first segment, and the parable of the hidden treasure in the second segment. Wrapping it up with a few more songs, we sent the kids on their way with a little candy and turned our attention to the adults.

The adult group is smaller, a dozen or so, and Pastor Baldwin holds a full formal service there. I spoke again, on the necessity of testing those who claim to speak for God (1 John 4:1-6). The team did some special music in English as well. It was a good time.

The drive home was long, taking the translators home through rush hour traffic (always seems to be heavier on Saturday for some reason). I thought we’d never get home. Climbing in and out of enormous, car-sized potholes, picking our way through puddles that can hide a hippo (or be nothing at all), weaving in and out of motos going every which way, cutting across four lanes of oncoming traffic with the expectation that it will just go around us, which it does; pedestrians crossing at any point, cars and motos doing u-turns with abandon — it all adds up to a pretty stressful ride. Oh, and I forgot about the children, dogs, chickens, and the occasional pig or brahma wandering the road, and it’s weave and dodge and bounce to get anywhere. I fell asleep at one point, and was awakened when the driver stood on the brakes — I opened my eyes to a windshield that was completely covered in mud and through which nothing could be seen. It was frightening there for a second, until I realized that the driver had a few streaks at least that he could see through. We ended up dousing the window with a water bottle (while we were driving) so we could clean the mud off. There’s construction everywhere, yellow and red mud puddles galore, and we’d been following a dump truck. Visibility was difficult to say the least.

Tomorrow we head back over to the seminary and Bible college for worship, and then the plan is to do some ministry with the student there, assisting them as they have been assisting us. Everybody is pretty wiped out tonight, and with our bellies full of a nice meal of noodles, the eyelids are getting pretty heavy. I’ll keep working on the new pictures. Please do keep praying for the work, and for health and safety. God be with you!

Under the house

In the “mobile classroom”

We see a lot of these kind of smiles

A picture that speaks for itself!


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  1. Wiwin Baldwin said,

    Love your description: “Puddles that can hide a hippo (or be nothing at all)”. It makes me LOL!!!

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