Well after many hours of packed vans, busy airports and uncomfortable planes, all teams are back home, safe and sound! What an amazing 3 weeks it has been and it has all flown by! Praise God for His protection travel-wise, as well as health-wise, where we had no major incidents on any of the trips! We can already see the impact the trips have had on students, as they've made life-long friends, experienced new cultures, seen God work & move and grown in themselves!
Guess what we got to do this morning.... SLEEP IN!!!!!!! Yaaaaaaaaay! We were lucky enough to have a whole extra 30mins sleep in today which was pretty exciting! Especially when we had a big day ahead of us!
This morning we had our first buffet breakfast at the hotel. No more bread sticks with jam! After breakfast we started our first debrief session. We made a timeline of the trip. It was surprising to see how much we have done! Then we met with our tour guide and he took us to our Khmer cooking class!
Today we got up, had our final breakfast at the hotel and packed our bags. Some of the local pastors and their families came and said goodbye and prayed for us. It was sad to leave after hearing their stories and getting to know them so well, but we were excited for the future of their ministries!
Today was the last day we had in Kampong Thom - and I think it's safe to say that we've all loved it here. We finished off our stay here by going to our last children's home where we spent some time colouring in, making loom bands and playing with frisbees - very fun and very relaxing!!
With today being our second last day in Kampong Thom, we set off to City Church for the final time. As usual, our whole team experienced immense confusion as we attempted to join in on their Khmer ice breaker games, and whilst our favourite song was not played (goes something like - so sah beh hallelujah hey!), we were lucky enough to be able to join them for communion. After singing a song, doing a skit and sharing some testimonies, we said our goodbyes.
We woke up to a laughter-filled breakfast featuring Lauren squeezing 4 small Cambodian bananas in her mouth! We boarded our familiar tuk tuks for an hour's trip to a village where we were greeted by many children, all of whom where in school uniform, and were quite shy at first.
It's Friday! Our last day of building on the kitchen. Today we spent 90% of our day carrying dirt to help finish off the foundation of what will at the end be a kitchen. The kitchen is a much needed necessity for the children's home here. Our hands are decorated with blisters and raw from carrying basket after basket of dirt to fill up the inside of the foundation.
Day 12 started like most other with a breakfast of bread, jam and fruit with a side of malaria tablets, the usual competition between Sarah and Karena was on to see who could manage to eat the most (which isn't really that much).
After the usual breakfast of bread and Jam we went back to work on the children's home. After one day of work already, we knew what had to be done and we kicked straight into action!
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