We visited the Cambodia Slum Ministry and spent our day there painting the inside walls of their building. At first, the paint seemed so watery that we weren’t sure it was going to cover, but God is good! It worked out great. In the morning, we spent time wiping down the walls of the main room and giving them its first and second coats of paint. The walls were super high, but praise the Lord that we found some long plastic pipes that the rollers could fit on top of. All the while, we had many children peeking in on us as we worked. It was awesome encouragement and motivation to see them!
We broke for a wonderful lunch cooked by Suchada and Gai, and then went back to painting with renewed energy. Some team members even got creative again and taped small paintbrushes to long poles to help reach the high crevices. Some of us also resorted to finger painting when not enough small brushes were available. Once it was all completed, we all were sweaty and tired, but the finished outcome was worth it. The students would be able to enjoy the newly painted walls as they went to school.
Then dinner was ready and we had a meal of burgers, fried chicken, rambutan, and pomegranate iced tea. I ended up sitting next to an 18 year old girl who remembered Clifton and Benson from last year when they visited. She commented that there was a bigger group this year. As we spoke, we found a common interest: music! She shared songs that she enjoyed (Taylor Swift and Hillsong) and we started singing together. Her most recent favorite song was “Hosanna” by Hillsong which she had learned a couple of weeks earlier from another visiting church, so we sang that too!
When dinner was over, we were blessed to have some of the youth do some praise dancing routines for us. That was really uplifting. They sung and danced with so much passion! Then they encouraged us to join in, so of course, I did! We danced to “One Way,” and then they taught us a new song. “Nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing” is the first line and sounds like a song about well, nothing, but that isn’t the case. It is a song about how nothing separates us from the love of God. As we left and waved goodbye from our van, I felt so blessed by them. In the midst of their difficult circumstances, their faith, joy, passion, and desire to serve God in their community was truly inspiring. Please continue praying for them as they minister and show God’s love to children who are being trafficked in their area.
*no pictures from Agape as these trafficked children's security is crucial*