Hannah H here! Nice to speak to you all. I have just read back through this before posting it, and it will come as no surprise that I seem to blog how I talk…. a lot!
I am currently sat in the bar area of our hotel next to the outdoor swimming pool with the rest of the team. There are palm trees and other exotic looking foliage, including a mango tree, decorating the rim of the pool. We are having our daily doses of Earl Grey and downloading from the day. Just wanted to give you a picture of how hard we are working and how we need to be covered in your prayers!……… 🙂
Today is day 5 of our trip and the weather seems to have increased to a new level today. Our day began similarly to yesterday with us all meeting at 9am at Jubilee Family Church for a prayer meeting and run down of the days events. We were led by Mike in a short bible study and then spent a good time worshipping together.
Our morning was split into two groups again, one group staying at the church to continue painting and other activities which Simon has found to keep us busy and others went treasure hunting. The office has been transformed and the front gate has now been painted bright green which looks very welcoming. The doors and windows to the church are almost finished being painted blue too. It all looks very good! Chris, Gemma and I went out with Savath, Mei Xiang and So’chear to do some treasure hunting around Phnom Penh. It was the first time Gemma, Mei Xiang and Socheart had done treasure hunting at all. We went out in two groups. Chris went with Socheart and Savath and they had a fruitful time meeting people from their ‘map’ and being led by God. They even met someone who had the Khmer name which Chris felt during praying at the beginning. Lots of faith building! Mei Xiang, Gemma and I went separately following ‘clues’ towards a burger shop and looking for watches. We met lots of people and had the chance to invited many to the event we are doing at the church tomorrow evening. Mei Xiang is a natural at evangelising! Gemma saw a young lady who was sat in such a manner which she pictured while we were praying before going out. We approached her and talked to her but to begin with she said nothing was relevant to her. Whilst Mei Xiang and Gemma were talking to her, God gave me a word of knowledge about her life, which I shared and we were able to pray for her specifically because she said it was real to her. We met a group of ladies in a watch shop who knew someone who worked in a different watch shop that had the same name as one I felt before going out (I thought I was making up a Cambodian name!). All in all, it was a very faith building time and we all really felt God at work through us.
In the afternoon Han-Na Cha and Mike went out treasure hunting with Savath and they equally had a great time experiencing God’s hand at work. Han-Na felt like they would meet someone with a broken leg and also that they would meet someone whose name began with ‘S’. They did both of these things and also got to pray for a few people during their time out. They all came back very encouraged and built up in God.
Paul, Liz, Chris and I spent the afternoon visiting one of the ladies from church in the slum village. She shared her story about how God spoke to her in a dream. A couple of years ago she was diagnosed with cancer, which for someone with no money in this country is definitely bad news. She shared that in a dream, a man dressed in white with white hair came to her, told her his name was Jesus and asked her if she wanted to go with him to his place, where there is no sickness. The next day she sought out some westerners to ask who Jesus was. She has since been in Jubilee Family Church and is now saved! What an incredible testimony! We had the privilege of praying for her and prophesying over her and being made to feel so welcome in her home. God is very good! People who seem to have so little, sometimes appear to be some of the happiest people I have ever met!
Hannah S and Gemma had a full day of working in the church today – and what a good job they did too!
This evening we had a fun evening at Colin and Rachel Saunders house, one of the British families in the church, and their 4 wonderful children. It was a good evening in their new home (from the last time we were here) and their house helper had prepared the best curry I have ever had! If you are one of the people who has ever made me curry, I apologise, but this was amazing! Later this evening we wandered across the busy roundabout and round the Independence Monument and then went for ice cream/ice coffee.
Gemma would like me to share that the ice cream place we went to this evening is the same place where 2 years ago, Andrew spoke to Mike about getting a girlfriend who has a dog. Two years later, we are back and they are together! There will be a photo to follow of them together there!
It has been another great day in the fabulous country of Cambodia and we are all excited about what God is going to show us tomorrow! Whoop!!
Here are today’s quotes of the day:
1. Hannah S to Hannah H: ‘Can I just eat a little bit of your skin?’
2. Han-Na (to everyone, talking in the 3rd person): ‘Han-Na’s not dead yet’ (always insightful!)
3. Hannah H to Han-Na: ‘Please can I make you fly?’
As today’s quotes and therefore nonsensical-ness seemed to steer around the Hannah’s, we thought we would entitle this entry after us!
Good night, or as we like to say here, Lear which means Donkey!
Hannah H x