Monday, 28 September 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Neighbours dampened down their homes - in the end the fire was contained to the garage, tho' the big house next door got a good blackening from the heap of tyres that went up in smoke
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Late evening on the mighty Mekong
Friday, 18 September 2009
The funeral at the Wat this morning. It was maybe 15 minutes long from go to whoa with zero personal engaging or display of compassion - very strange. All funerals are held in a Wat and the bodies cremated. The big bright box is not burned - there is a flimsy wee (as in seriously tiny) box inside with the body
Nath is just 26 years old. Pat will now take her under her ministry wing, together with John and Anne, our delightful Irish near-neighbours who pastor the Elim Church in Phnom Penh. A little house is to be built for her next to her sister's place and she is to be brought into a sewing training program.
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Nath and gorgeous baby Jeea - now resident with us for a few days
The thanksgiving bananas. There are numerous banana varieties to be had out here. The little yellow guys are sweet finger bananas - the green ones are another variety that also are high quality and already ripe.
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Sopheap with Sue and baby Alisa. We've had a great result from our first dabble into being a homeless shelter, too. Navy and Alisa are safely settled in their own little home now!
Friday, 4 September 2009
The view from the air flying back in - that's the Mekong river top right. It is the rainy season. My trusty motor scooter got me thru' the deepest waters I've been in four days ago - I was almost floating ...!
Navy and Alisa. We had the joy of witnessing Alisa's very first steps today. She is such a different little thing compared to the wee malnourished button who we first met seven months ago.
Sopal is a lovely 46-year old lady who came to us with a very sore hip. She was very puzzled as to why her hip had such pain when she had not injured it. She was taken to a clinic and returned with the news that she needed an operation. The poor lady started to wail when she came back - loud cries of anguish. She was scared - and she is so poor and so worried her family cannot pay any medical costs. This was last Friday - and she wanted to go home to speak with her husband. The poor little lady - we prayed for her before she went and assured her that, very likely, any op would be without cost.
Noul at lunch today. That is his most excellent little wife, Nath, and their little baby daughter at the table with him. They too are living at the Healing Home.
He has also started to trust Jesus since he has been with us. One of his turning points was when he awoke one night in great pain. He remembered that we had taught him that, if he is awoken with pain, he can pray for himself in Jesus name, asking the Lord to touch him. He says that, as he prayed, he felt like a warm hand come on his stomach. The pain left and he fell asleep again.