Well here is a little slice of what’s going on over here in Cambodia. We set off for Phnom Pehn, Cambodia January 13th, 2015. It was definitely a little bit of a culture shock from the beginning, especially since no one on our team speaks khmer, but staying with Sophea and Jenny Sem’s has helped out a lot with that aspect.
We spent the first week teaching English at Sophea’s school. I won’t lie; it was really awkward and confusing at first. Seeing how really none of us had any past experience teaching and not being fluent in Khmer. However, once we got into a routine and got to know the teachers, better things really started rolling.
Also, we had the opportunity to try some of the local cuisine and delicacies. One night we went out for a “night on the town” to get smoothies and in the process we had the privilege to see Menwoh scarf down a cricket. It truly was a priceless experience! Being not too fond of Asian food myself back home, I was kind of dreading the thought of eating it every day, but surprisingly I love the food here! I’m officially a believer in Rice!
One thing that has blown my mind since being here is how insanely connected in Christ we are. I mean, I have a hard time communicating with a lot of the people here, but after worshiping and praying together I feel connections happening. Seeing the Holy Spirit moving amongst the fellow believers here is also super encouraging.
About a week ago Shaina, Cassidy Menwoh and I set off to an NGO Elementary school called Generation Hope, about a 3 hours’ drive outside Phomn Phen. Since being here, we have been helping teach English and other subjects such as Art, Bible and P.E alongside the teachers and staff here. We also have been able to help them out by fixing various things on the base and painting a couple of murals on the exterior walls and classrooms. When it comes to the painting, I’m just glad we have some artistic people on our team such as Cassidy Shaina and Anya!
On an ending note I’m really excited to see what is to come in the weeks ahead. There will probably be more blogs to come. So keep us in your prayers and every time you eat rice think of us!