Hi all, Mike here! It’s 10.40 at night here in Cambodia, and I’m absolutely shattered and ready for bed. That doesn’t happen much in the UK.
It has fallen to me to let you know what’s been going on today. I’m going to try and put in a few photographs as well, hope it works!!!
We all awoke bleary-eyed this morning after Hannah’s 30th birthday celebrations (in case you’d forgotten it was her birthday).
After a mystifyingly odd but reassuringly similar breakfast and a short prayer time, we headed over to the church, where we had a short devotion and an excellent time of worship led by Simon Brown.
Just as an aside, for people asking for some pictures, here are some random traffic ones. There really aren’t many places like it!!
Anyway, after worship we spent the morning giving the church building a spring-clean/getting it ready for the new extension. Some of the team started sanding and painting the main gates and the rest of us began moving furniture around the building. Certainly many years of helping people move houses in Jubilee came in handy, especially maneuvering a large fridge down steep steps that were too narrow and where one slip would send it falling into a yard with a rather scary looking guard dog!!!! Never had to move stuff in temperatures over 30 in Coventry though!!??
After lunch we continued with a short period of work, then the team split up. Half, myself included went to a very poor slum area of Penom Penh where a couple of families from Jubilee Family Church live. We visited one lady from the church who is sick and we got to pray for her and prophesy with her which was really encouraging. We visited the same area last time and as last time, I was/am humbled by the strong faith of people in really difficult circumstances.
The other half went ‘Treasure Hunting’ (asking God to show us people he wants to speak to and then going and finding them). They had a really good time and ended up speaking to several people in a shopping centre, including one girl who used to go to church but had stopped going. Good times! There was however, depressing for Hannah Schofield in that the department store had one level entirely for handbags and shoes and she was at the slum. Something does tell me that God may be telling Hannah to go there when she does Treasure Hunting tomorrow though!!!!!
Afterwards we returned to the hotel and despite in bucketing down with rain and a very impressive thunder and lightning storm, we had a refreshing swim in the hotel pool, and played some incredibly silly but fun games. British people, huh…. (Oh and 1 Korean).
Afterwards, we went for meal, along with Simon and Becky at the Khymer Surin (or the one with all the greenery around it for those in the know). Despite managing to confuse the waiter completely we had a nice meal and now we are back here at the hotel.
Hope you are enjoying our blogs and mine especially. Someone will be back tomorrow to let you know of our continuing adventures but, as has now quickly become a tradition, here are our quotes of the day. Thank you for voting for the other ones, please give your favourite out of these…
1. Simon Brown (after borrowing Paul’s clothes because of getting soaked in the rain): ‘It’s always good to wear Paul’s pants”
2. Hannah Harrison ”I’m $11 dollars, baby” (in response to getting her bill at dinner)
3. Hannah Schofield: (possibly sarcastically) ‘That’s what I like to do with my time, organise people’s underwear”
4. Mike: (for some reason completely oblivious to the world around him and randomly reading things from the menu, just at the point Hannah Schofield takes a picture of the group at dinner): ”Fish Balls”
Here are some more random pictures, just for your perusal!
Oh, and just to embarrass her, here’s a picture of me and Gemma! Bye!