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Just a small selection of photos for you to enjoy!

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One of the team’s first tuk-tuk journeys!

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Paul had a lift on the back of Simon’s moto

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Another tuk-tuk journey

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The sunset whilst we were on the river boat ride with most of Jubilee Family Church PP

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Phally trying on Paul’s hat on the boat trip

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Liz and Hannah on Hannah’s 30th birthday on the way to her suprise day treats!

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One of the boys at the village who followed us walking through

 

Walking along the ‘street’ in the village where we visited some of the members of the church in their homes

Independence Monument (plus christmas tree – apparently for the Chinese president? Not sure if he chose the theme)

Liz and Hannah at the Independence Monument

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Playing with the exposure on my camera with the lit up fountains at the monument

The picture of Mike and Gemma, as promised, at the ice cream place where Andrew spoke to Mike 2 years ago!

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Chris and Paul swapping tuk-tuks at a ‘junction’! The only evidence we have!

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Han-Na and Paul giving us their vogue faces!

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Hannah and Hannah giving theirs!!

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Lay, our happy, dancing, trusty tuk-tuk driver for the week

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The three Hannah’s on the boat trip evening

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I’m sure there will be more to follow, on facebook, possibly on here or in person! Thank you all so much for following our trip whilst we have been here. Currently we think we can work out that Hannah, Liz and Han-Na will have begun their final flight. Chris and Gemma fly home from here at 5pm (out time) this evening. Mike begins a few days of travelling around neighbouring areas and leaves at 5pm today too and Paul and I are spending a couple of days with Simon and Becci. We have all thoroughly enjoyed updating you all on our activities during our trip and have loved reading your comments. Thank you very much for following our blog. In the same way as Paul started this blog, I will finish it (for now) with……

…..See you on the other side!
God bless!

Hannah H x (aka Sporty/Baby spice) :o)

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The 3 Hannah’s in…

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Today was all about church.  It was our final opportunity to meet with Jubilee Family Church, Phnom Penh.  We led the service from start to finish, with a varied programme, including the 3 Hannah’s in a version of Jesus feeding the five thousand.  Props were rare, therefore pens became loaves and bottle of water became fish… you had to be there.  Safe to say a message about provision was somehow got across to the congregation.

Joking apart, and following a talk from Paul, we were thrilled and excited to have people in the church participate in tongues and interpretation, giving prophecy and initiating worship, i.e. starting songs.  Simon and Becci were really excited about this and it all bodes well for the future.  As a team we were so grateful to God for allowing us to be part of this emerging prophetic church.

Afterwards we played some silly games and ate Easter eggs and then had some lunch all together.  We then got to pray and prophesy over the core members of the church, before waving our tearful goodbyes and going back to the hotel.  We have made some excellent friends this week and have been honored and humbled by their response inside and outside the fellowship.

Thank you to everyone for your support in prayers and messages, we have really appreciated it and it has really felt like two churches in partnership with each other for His glory.

We have just waved off Hannah S, Han-Na C and Liz, their flight is just 11pm Cambodia time.  It feels quite weird to have a smaller team left, and a bit quieter!

One final quote for the day;

Han-Na Cha: ”I could be Jesus” – I’m quite glad she’s not!

Over and out.

Paul’s Epistle to the Simpkin

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Grace and peace to you and all who travel on your lear (lear means donkey). This is written in my own Phnom Penh.

We are always pleased to hear of your faith and perseverance. Greet the Saxton and the Sharpe brothers with Johm Riap Sua (jum reep sur – hello) and pass onto them the good news that there is always a space in the pool of life at the Villa Langka.

When I was considering what I want, what I really really want in order to spice up my life, (because life is a spice girl’s song) I had an epiphany of my true calling Two become One tuk-tuk driver. Therefore, since I have been surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses on one moto, I have decided to hand in my resignation and become Coventry’s only tuk-tuk driver.

Please pray without ceasing for my safety on the ring road.

Preah Yesoo Bro Tien bo Niak
(Jesus bless you)

Paul Harrison

The Main Event

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Hello. Its my (Gemma) turn to update you today. 

We had an earlier start this morning than the other mornings because we had to be at the church early to do the speaking in tongues and interpretation workshop and the prophesy workshop. We nearly didn’t get there, in response to a comment about decapitating moto drivers, or other road users, Hannah H and Chris nearly succeeded in this this morning. In their attempt at holding hands across the two tuk-tuk’s, the decapitation of an innocent moto driver was only prevented by the look of horror on Hannah S’s face, causing them to withdraw their arms into their own tuk-tuk’s!

These workshops are what we have been building up to all week. They went very well and Simon and Becci were as encouraged and blessed as much as the church members attending them. Each workshop was run twice so everybody could attend both. 

The prophesy workshop was run by Hannah S and Chris. In the practical part of it nearly everybody heard something from God and felt able to share what they heard, which was really encouraging for us and them. 

The tongues and interpretation workshop was run by Liz and Han-Na. People were willing to give speaking in tongues and interpreting a tongue a try. In the second session, Becci spoke in tongues and the interpretation given was almost identical to the word that she had given in the previous prophesy session. This really encouraged us and showed us that God was working with us. Our prayer would be that the people of the church continue to grow in these new found gifts. Afterwards everybody who attended, ate lunch together.

In the afternoon, Chris, Paul and the three H’s all went to Tuol Sleng genocide museum. Mike went back to the hotel to sort out next weeks travel plans, and Liz and I went shopping for final presents and we also looked at jewellery, because we’re girls! The rest of our afternoon was very relaxing. We returned to the hotel and went for a swim to cool off and stayed in the pool until we were wrinkly! We then stayed by the pool, enjoyed a drink, chatted and read our books until everyone else eventually returned from their adventures. When they returned, at least two of the H’s were weighed down with heavy bags. Possibly something to do with shoes! 

This evening we went to a restaurant called Mangosteen where we were joined by Simon and Becci.The table was on the roof top giving us a lovely view of the buildings opposite. The boys noticed a screen showing a football match and in order to find out the score, they stood on the chairs a little too close to the edge of the roof for comfort. 

Tomorrow Hannah S, Han-Na and Liz are catching their flights home, so they are now packing and everyone else is enjoying their daily dose of Earl Grey Tea. I’m off to join them in a minute, but first I need to give you our quotes for today…..

Paul: ”I just feel cute” 

Mike: “Prolapsed Rectum!” (apparently referring to 2 Chronicles 21:15, 18-19 but we’re not convinced of his excuse…)

Chris: “If you were doing singstar in Cambodia it would be quite hard wouldn’t it?”

 

Which is your favourite?

Spice up your life

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Most of the team are pretending at acrobats in the pool and I can hear Hannah H’s distinctive laugh piercing through.  This is after 2 Hannah’s jumped into the pool… fully clothed.  As this is an entry by the other Han-Na, I leave you to make an educated guess.  I think that pretty much sums up that wherever we go, we create LOTS of noise and make waves.

Mike, Chris and Paul had an early start by going to the Killing Fields in the morning – a rather more sober and reflective start to the day compared to the rest of the team.  While Hannah S caught up on the gossip with an old uni friend at a coffee shop, Becci took the rest of us round the sauna, which is the Russian Market, for some shopping. 

The thing about heat in the russian market is that it creeps up on you gradually.  Initially you wonder what the fuss is about, but then you feel a drop making it’s way down your back, which quickly turns into a steady stream.  My top tip to you: wear 2 layers and a colour that doesn’t change when you sweat in it.

The team have asked me to write this one about food, which has me in a pickle slightly because I can’t upload any photos to the blog. 

Most of the team have healthy stomachs (minus Liz and me, and ‘Mike’s slightly on the turn now’).  Praise God.  I’d really like to applaud them on their willingness to be adventurous with their food, to the extent of willingly indulging me for the unknown entity of Vietnamese phô, to a restaurant in a vague location, “with lights, somewhere near the Monument.  Lay knows it” (seriously that’s all I had to go on!)  It definitely had lights, atmosphere (well, until we arrived) and some random milkshakes.  Anyone heard of sourdop?

But maybe it shouldn’t come as too much a surprise because the team have had less to go on when they’ve gone treasure hunting.  We’ve had 4 great days of treasure hunting – this afternoon being another of them.  Some of the teams came back not having found their treasure; others found it and had opportunities to pray.

While the team spent the afternoon treasure-hunting, I went off with Esther to the Russian market to buy groceries for dinner and to be her sous-chef.  (and props to Hannah H for looking after the Saunders kids so that both the parents could go hunting). 

My favourite moment of the afternoon: buying spring rolls and a sweet, creamy banana dessert for dinner from a stall in the Russian Market to feed the team… heheheheheheee

Exciting fruit that we had today:

  • Mangosteen – looks like garlic but tastes really sweet
  • Gas fruit – you peel them like lycees but more sour and with seeds in them

3 quotes of the day:

1. Hannah Harrison: “Now I feel like a sealion”

2. Sopheary to Chris “Your face is funny when you eat” much laughter from the team.  (later, she adds… “Like Mr. Bean”)

3. The scene.  After dinner, Chris is trying to fight his way through Tevy and Sopheary to do the dishes.

Chris: Look, I’m older than you-

Sopheary: So you need to REST!

p.s Byles’s in reply to your Q: if anyone wants the attention of the H’s or the girls even! they call out “Hannah” then qualify it with either ‘this Hannah’ or ‘not you Hannah, THIS Hannah’.

We are also called:

Hannah Harrison ‘Hannah H’ ‘pink Hannah’ ‘Hannah Paul’ (the latter 2 only by the Saunders kids)

Hannah Schofield: ‘Schofe’ ‘Hannah Schofield’ ‘Hannah purple’ ‘Hannah sunglasses’ (the latter 2 only by the Saunders kids)

Han-Na Cha: ‘Cha’, ‘Han-Na Cha’, Han-Na blue (the last one only by the Saunders kids)

Since ‘life is a Spice girls song’ (ref: Chris), we have now begun the process of naming each of the girls after a spice girl.  Any suggestions?