As I sit among these children in the slums of Cambodia, I've come across a couple of realizations and reminders. First is that they are incredibly hungry to learn the English language and second that God’s calling and joy does not revolve around the acquisition of possessions, in fact if anything it’s the opposite.
Today we had the privilege of experiencing firsthand what Boon and Mu do on a daily basis within the slums of Phnom Penh. We were able to interact and teach three sets of children for an entire (and exhausting!) day. The first set was in the morning where twelve adorable preschool aged children came to be taught basic letters and sounds. Boon and Mu have such wonderful hearts, evident in way they teach and speak to those kids.
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Next after lunch about 20 elementary to middle school age came in for English class. And finally in the late afternoon, about 15-20 high schoolers came in for their English lessons. Working with the high schoolers was probably the most fun for me as we got to break off and partner up with a kid and have a conversation time with them. I really enjoyed it as my partner was bold in asking questions and asking me to repeat things so that he could process it and try to understand it better. You could really see the wheels turn in his head as he formulated questions to ask me. At the same time I got to find out a lot about him and his family and background and interests. It’s so great to see that the desire to learn English and to have an education was so important to these kids because they knew it would give them a chance of a better life in the future.