Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Day 4 update from Logan

Today was a really great day. We took a really long drive up into the mountains to find these remote unreached villages and people. In these villages the team was able to see around 200 people saved. This was an amazing sight.

I was amazed by the joy they received from getting a piece of bread from us. I mainly worked with the kids. I got to play games and teach them songs such as Jesus Loves Me.

It was really cool to see the big smiles on their faces the whole time and there joy when they received a lollipop. It was especially funny when the people would stop and stare at me because of my red hair because they had never seen it before. The smiles of the people made the whole long bumpy journey worth it, but most importantly the 200 people who are now saved is what makes this whole trip worth it.

Day 3 update

We had a very early start to our day. We met in the hotel lobby at 6:00am, took a walk down the street to grab some Vietnamese coffee, load up in the vans and head to ABC Bakery for breakfast. 

Once we arrived at the orphanage, we began to set up for a one day VBS. It was VBS Cambodia style! 100 of bikes were parked inside the walls of the orphanage as several hundred children arrived. 

The children were treated to games, songs, a meal and gifts. We attempted to do a relay race and water balloon games and it may have been the most chaotic thing I have ever been a part of. Language and culture were definitely a barrier today. 

The kids were full of laughter and smiles as we had an opportunity to show them the love of Jesus Christ.

We came back to the city and headed to the Central Market for some shopping. We returned early to the hotel for rest and showers. Tonight we will eat a buffet dinner. 

Tomorrow will be an early and long day as we head into the mountains to visit several villages. 

The adventures of team Towers continues! 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Day 2 update from Clarence Kwok

We started the day off early at 6:00 am with some iced coffee and we also picked up some donuts from a French bakery.

We met up with the rest of the team at 7:00am. Half of our team went to the Home of Grace while the other half went to visit the Killing Fields. It was an important visit that let us experience just a fraction of the suffering that the people of Cambodia went through.

We then visited 3 villages to spread the Gospel and to feed the people bread. Pastor Garrett shared a sermon about creation and Jesus's salvation story to already baptized believers (we later found out). Logan shared his story about Jesus walking on water to kids, Gilbert shared his testimony, and I shared the story about the bleeding women. On this day, 42 people accepted Christ. It is such a blessing for us to be able to see the fruits of our harvest and it is an encouragement seeing the obedience from man and the faithfulness of God.

After the villages we went back to the Home of Grace where we played with the kids. We finished our day off with the group eating Pizza!

Team Canada + 1 went out after dinner for the "best" coffee and donuts in Cambodia. Were they the best? Ask us to find out!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Day 1 update from Gilbert Fung

Oh hey, I didn't see you there! Today was our first day helping out in Cambodia. We went to the Home of Grace orphanage, which was a beautiful place out in the countryside. It really felt like a light to the community and the families in the area. We got to experience a children's worship service, where the kids sang songs and shared testimonies. I shared my personal testimony, Pastor Garrett taught about the greatness of God, and Clarence led the song 'How Great is Our God.'

Afterwards we went to the Bati village church where we felt a little bit at home. There was a time of greeting everyone, some locals sharing their testminonies, and the kids being dismissed to kids' worship after the songs were done. The Broken Arrow team also shared their stories of becoming Christians, teaching a sermon about prayer, and singing a song. We saw five people come to accept Jesus!

At the end of the service, we helped serve a delicious lunch for the congregation, while a heavy rainstorm passed over the open-air church.

The last thing we did in the day was returning to the orphanage and playing with the kids. At first it was chaotic, with around 50 kids running around and kicking and throwing balls everywhere, but we joined in and just had fun with them. They really enjoyed being with us, and I'm really glad that we will get to spend more time together throughout the week.

I hope everyone back at Towers is doing well! I'm thankful that we have a strong group of believers praying for us for this trip!