A good book I've read has words to the effect of 'do not despise the days of small beginnings'. When we look at the needs in this nation, having a house with eight beds for the poor, sick and needy is like so small, so insignificant. But that is not what we see. We see something that has great grace upon it beginning.
Soam is our first person to arrive. She comes from the province and may well only be with us for a couple of nights. She is shy, poor and spent part of today at Hope Hospital. Her only child, 15 year old Sreypon, is also with her. Soam was so moving when she spoke to Sue and I today at lunchtime. Sopheap translated as she said 'you are like my mother and father - even though you do not know us, you have taken us into your home and fed us and cared for us'. Wow.
Tomorrow we are expecting a lady in her 50's who has totally shut down and gone into a semi-comatose state. She will come with her mum who is in her 80's. There is also a very malnourished baby with HIV and her foster-mum whom Sue visited today who is deciding whether to come. And there are more ...
We do devotions each morning with our staff. Our third devotion talked about the parable of the mustard seed - that God puts life into every kingdom seed; that what begins so small and insignificant becomes something wonderful and significant. Chantol, Dooit and Bonna (who has been volunteering every weekday) have really embraced the truth of small beginnings.
Sopheap joined us today. One thing I love about our girls is that they all really pray. Sopheap prayed with tears this morning. She is a very special one. On her days off she plans to study English and Korean. She wants to be a missionary. Phanna comes on board on Monday. Why is it that good men are harder to find than good ladies?? Phanna is keen as - he's a perpetually happy young guy with just the greatest smile.