Thursday, 26 May 2011
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Sunday, 15 May 2011
But there was more to Lucky Friday than marriage. Puss, missing for a month, was found this day. She was seen to stroll out of a house close to where Sopheap lives. A poor lady had renamed Puss 'Jumroon' meaning 'Prosperity'. From the day Puss ran away from Sopheap's home and chose this lady to live with, good luck had come her way. Work started to flow in. Loan sharks had been repaid. Blessing had followed the much-prayed-for cat!
'Prosperpous', pretty skinny but a marvel to our staff, all whom were sure that she had become curry.
Saturday, 7 May 2011
A Word and worship man - Heng has taken to Jesus like a cat to kawhai. Every day we would hear him singing and reading the Bible out loud. Remember, he only ever did two years in school, so he was amazed that, when he picked up a Bible, he could read it!
We heard the girls tell us how the organisation was not sure if they could take him. On their third visit to see him, an American man accompanied the Khmer staff. He asked Sopheap if she was a believer and suggested that they pray together. They did - and when Sopheap said 'Amen' the organisation leader said 'we will take him to our program'.
First up, Heng spends three months in a village, receiving massage and fitting in. Sopheap went to see him and bring him monthly support for food and necessities. Here's where the fun starts. Every day, Heng has people from the village come to see him. He's full of the Lord and not ashamed. The Khmer doctor doing the massage is now reading the first book in the Christian foundations course. Further, Heng is out and about in the village every day, getting among the people in his wheelchair.
This story started with Rithy, a trainee doctor who lives with Graham and Sue Taylor and Sue Hanna, coming across Heng in a corridor of a local hospital. Newly paralysed from a construction site fall, and without money or family, he was being left to die. We stand on tip-expectant-toes to see where Heng's story will go from here!
There's a bounty on her rat-catching head; $10 alive. We don't do dead cats. The $10 should be sufficient to mobilise children in search parties. Here's trusting that someone has seen a heat-seeking, sleep-loving Siamese out on the town.
The Healing Home is missing a certain vibe since Puss went missing ...
So few of the kids we see at the Healing Home have had childhood toys. We love to bring back toys that we can give away. Thank you Denise for most of these - the brown dog and the white teddy are already in the arms of two great kids who are at the Healing Home now.
Bringing back the family - Kara and Josh gave us this family pic for our mantle piece. Securely bubble-wrapped and boxed, this took up a third of my luggage space. A trusty Briscoes wok also travelled home (so hard to get a wok with a decent steel base here), plus a serious amount of chocolate (we made up bags of specialty choccies for our 8 staff to introduce them to a bit of culinary decadence). Unfortunately, my brie cheeses became pancakes in the journey home ... Oh, and there was a decent hand eggbeater too (pancakes are out Saturday morning ritual).