Han-Na, Hannah S and i arrived safely last night although baggage claim was a disaster for one. Han-Na has survived with much grace and patience without her luggage (!) but we were all thrilled when she was reunited this evening with her long lost suitcase. Horray!
Today was our first experience of Jubilee Family Church there were many more people than i expected to see – these guys really do need a bigger meeting room! It was, of course, wonderful to see Simon and Becci again, who seem to be doing really well and have learned an impressive amount of Khmer. “The Team” were introduced to the church and together we did an assembly style ‘talk’ to share our stories and experience with the gifts of the spirit. I think it all went really well, and we all really enjoyed worshipping in two languages!
After church, we had lunch at Simon and Becci’s, and got the grand tour of their mansion.. i mean, house. It was really good to have some down-time as we have varying degrees of jet lag. And, IT’S REALLY HOT HERE! So, most of us returned to the hotel for a refreshing dip in the pool.
At 5pm we met the church at the river for a river boat ride, where we shared snacks from home, and got to know the church a little better. Insect repellant at the ready, we watched as the sun went down over Phnom Penh and tried to avoid hosts of mosquitos.. I think we mostly succeeded! As you can see from the pic to follow, Simon Brown has learned some new moves.. some might say they’re a little like Jaggar..
After having a curry together, including many laughs, we are now sat around the pool with wine, talking about blogging and wondering what should be our “Quote for the day”..
Maybe you can decide from our favourites:
1) Hannah H “Was that Schofe?… no, it was a parrot.”
2) Han-Na “I’m really generous with food i don’t like”
3) Chris (on route to the river, talking to Paul from another tuk tuk) “If we hold hands across, we could take someone’s head off!”
4) And lastly, on the boat, Chris turns to the Cambodian lady behind him, whilst learning a dance
“Am i doing this right?” to which she replied “yes, but i don’t know how to do it either.”..
We are all having fun, hoping to sleep well tonight (think i’ve had 6 hours sleep since thursday night) and we have our day off tomorrow!
For people who have been on a team to Cambodia before, Gemma would like to comment on just how much the church have learned about worship, and that god seems to have completely healed her fear of flying.. she was relaxed and asleep for more take-offs and landings than she was awake!
All for now, someone else will blog tomorrow. It’s Hannah S’s birthday, and she doesn’t know what we have planned yet!