Our team woke up early for another delicious breakfast made by the staff at White Linen.
We then went to House of Prayer, a place of worship on the 3rd floor of the Daughters of Cambodia Sugar & Spice garden cafe. After starting our morning with songs of worship, we spent some time reading Psalms 119 and meditating on the Word of God.
We then headed to Beourn and Suchada's ministry. We arrived to help with the preschoolers. They were working on stars and the message that Jesus loves them. Then Suchada asked me to read a story ("Jesus is born") while she translated for the children. Then we helped the children practice their numbers with snowmen and candy buttons.
After the preschoolers were dismissed, Beourn took us to go see the building they had purchased a few doors down the street. There is so much work that needs to be done to this building, but God has given him vision for this community and how the building would be used. He ask prayers for the fixing up of the building, for more people to come volunteer, and that God would use it as He wills.
After we looked at the building, we took them out to lunch at KFC, Suchada's favorite chicken.
When we got back to the slum community, we split into girls and boys. The boys stayed back and ended up doing rainbow looms with the children that arrived early for class (class starts at 4, and they were already waiting by 3pm).
The girls spent a lovely afternoon in the community. Suchada took us to get our hair washed which turned into some great conversations with the hair stylists. They shared that there have been people that looked down on them because they thought they were dirty. So when we came to them and gave them our business without judgement or fear, they felt valued and were really grateful. Suchada then introduced us to a family of one of her students while we bought drinks from their shop. We then stopped to pick up snacks for the children. As Suchada interacted with the different people in this community, her love and care for them was very evident.
Once the younger children went home, we had an unexpected but pleasant surprise. The older group didn't want to leave. They stuck their backs to the wall and wouldn't go. It ended up being a great time of talking with them and praying for them before they left. They shared so openly about what we could pray for. Most were about doing well in their studies, and a few were about family situations out of their control. Beourn had shared with us about how one girl, age 15, told him that instead of allowing her to complete her education, her parents wanted to marry her off so they could get money to provide for the rest of the family. Please continue to pray for them.
We went to eat dinner at Jars of Clay restaurant again. For dessert, we picked up some items from a place called Joma bakery which supports people in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. We ate the dessert back at the hotel while we debriefed our day.
We could see several glimpses of light amongst the darkness. Please join us as we pray for the Way, the Truth, and the Life to be proclaimed in Cambodia. May the people find salvation and hope in Him.