Perth Bible College shared PBC Cambodia Outreach Team's status update.
We made it back to Phnom Penh today after spending the day driving back. Thank God for his protection on the road and for the the last few hours of fellowship! Tomorrow is our last church service and Shevaun will be delivering the sermon and Alicia will share her testimony. After this we head of to the airport! Everyone on the team are very sad to say goodbye to the new lovely people that we have met here and the friendships that were rekindled from previous visits.
Adam joined the team this week for the conference and has been delivering workshops, giving sermons and even playing drums with the worship team!
Wednesday we drove out to go to a mountain temple and as we got out to explore, Sara (one of the pastors at the conference) got bitten by a snake! Thank God that the snake wasn't poisonious and besides a bit of discomfort, he was fine! It was decided to go the old markets instead where we ended up spending a lot of the day. At night we had the humbelling opportunity to see former soldiers that faught in opposing devisions during the Khmer Rouge period, come together in a celebration of forgiveness, reconciliation and unity. It was inspiring to see the love that is shared between the people despite past grievances! This is something that will always be etched into each of our memories and we praise God that through Him we have all become brothers and sisters! Unfortunately Ami was sick for most of the day and was unable to go out with everyone. Thank you for praying for her health! She is feeling a bit better now and can leave her room in time to go back home.
Thursday we went to visit Ankor Wat temple (this time with no rain) and some other temples such as the jungle temple and many others. Adam went with the people from the conference to the Culture Village and spent time with them there. We also had the opportunity to join in on dancing in groups in front of everyone, following a video that was being played. It goes without saying that many of the team members have very interesting dance moves and facial expressions!
Friday was our last day of conference and the day was started with a competition to see who could put the most mini muffins into their mouths without swallowing and then saying funny sentences. In the end everyone was given points because we had started to run out of muffins! Workshops were done afterward filled with teaching and a lot of laughter. The team did various things in the break such as swim, go to markets and catch up on much needed sleep! Just before the break, we had the amazing opportunity to witness 9 people get baptised! Adam, Shevaun and Anton had baptised many of these people!
Today was spent travelling back to Phnom Penh and then later taking a boat ride up and down a river that runs through the city.
- guidance for Shevaun (preaching) and Alicia (sharing testimony)
- safe flight back to Australia
- health of the team as we fly back
- reentry into Australia and going through culture shock again
- all luggage to make it home safely
- safety for Anton and Adam as they stay on longer