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The House

We’re going to Cambo
On a plane you see
O’er the lands we go
Flying New Year’s Eve

We’re going there to teach
To share the love of Christ
Also we will bring the Kingdom
And eat lots of rice

Oh, Cambo fam
Cambo fam
Cambo family
Hot and Sweaty, but in Christ
We’re all His family

Sumreap sua! (Hello!) This is a song some of us wrote to the melody of Jingle Bells before we started our journey. It is actually very describing of how our journey has been so far.

Our journey started with an adventure. We were at the airport, at the check-in desk when we found out that you need to have passport photos for your visa with you when you land in Cambodia. So we set out to take all of our pictures. The photo booth in Terminal 4, where we were, stopped working after the first person, so the rest of us had to run to Terminal 3 to find another one, take all of our pictures, run back, check in and arrive at the gate 10 minutes before boarding. Stressful, to say the least, but God is good and on our side, so all went well.

After an 18 hour long journey we arrived at Phnom Penh Airport
. We filled out some forms and stood in two long lines to get our visas, we got our bags and finally got to see the first glimpse of Cambodia and feel the first heatwave in the land where we would be staying for two months. We arrived at our hotel at 1.30 am. Surprisingly, many people were up at that time. After a quick meeting and a one or two worship songs, we went to bed, tired, jetlagged and sleep deprived. We spent the first day getting adjusted to the time zone, heat and culture in Phnom Penh by eating traditional Cambodian breakfast (noodles and rice, who is surprised?), getting an orientation/briefing on Cambodian culture, going to the market and taking lots of naps.

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View from the house

The next day we met up with Umong, a guy who works with YWAM in Kapong Cham, the province north of the capital Phnom Penh. After an almost two hour long ride, we arrived at our current residence in the town Srey Sornthor, a pretty small town. We live at the church here, a wooden house that sits on poles with Umong, his wife Nary and their 2-year-old son Martin and Umong’s brother Utry and his wife Srainik. We sleep on mattresses on the floor under a giant mosquito net. It is actually really comfortable.

A typical day looks like this: we wake up somewhere between 7.00 and 7.25 to have breakfast at 7.30. At 8.15 we have team time with worship and intercession and notices for the day. At 9.00 everyone has their quiet time except Sara who goes to teach an English class. From 10.00 to 12.00 we engage in different activities such as prayer walks and Khmer lessons. At 12.00 we have lunch and the food is always delicious. (Yes, we have rice for every single meal). From 13.00-ca 15.00 we have free time where we prepare our English classes or just relax. After that up until dinner everyone goes to different locations and teaches English. After dinner, which is at 19.00 we have team time at 20.00 and lights out at 21.30.

It has been a good first week! Really hot and sweaty and our team is becoming more and more like a family.

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Picking up rubble at the building site

We’re going to Cambo
On a plane you see
O’er the lands we go

Flying New Year’s Eve

We’re going there to teach
To share the love of Christ
Also we will bring the Kingdom
And eat lots of rice

Oh, Cambo fam
Cambo fam
Cambo family
Hot and Sweaty, but in Christ
We’re all His family

Let’s see what the next verse is going to be about!

Sumreap lea! (Good bye!)

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