This week we were delighted to be re-united with John and Ann when they returned to Phnom Penh. They had been home for 6 weeks in order for Ann to undergo surgery and spend some precious time with friends and family.
We were very happy when we received some comfort parcels from home with essentials such as coffee and chocolate plus a copy of our nephew’s Year 7 school play on DVD. We were like children on Christmas morning when we opened our gifts!
On Thursday one of the neighbours came to the centre and asked if we minded if they used the front of our building to hold a wedding which would take place over the weekend. We groaned at the prospect of this but as you can’t really say no, we hoped we would have easy access to the centre and not have to cancel our activities!
As we left the centre on Friday evening the marquee was being set up with no space around the framework as access giving us no choice but to walk through it. On Sunday morning we arrived at the centre just after 8 am with the wedding celebrations still in full swing. Traffic was at a standstill because the marquee took up one side of the road, and yes, there is a lot of motos, tuk tuks and vehicles on the road at this time of the morning. We had no option but to walk through the wedding reception, smiling and saying ‘Sok Sabay’ – ‘Hello, how are you?’ to the guests.
We were on foot but most who come to the church travel by moto or bicycle so they had a bit more of a challenge but thankfully this didn’t put them off. David was scheduled to speak in the Khmer service and did so over the noise coming from the loudspeakers. He was delighted when 2 young men responded to the gospel message especially as one of them belongs to the football team which David coaches every weekend!
With Team Cambodia together again we spent this week planning and praying for the future work in Phnom Penh and we are excited about the journey God is taking us on. Watch this space and keep us in your prayers.