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.
After some songs, and Pete's classic musical statues, the children got more upbeat and the stickers and balloons came out. We gave them popping candy, which was hilarious to watch as their facial expressions showed the new sensation to them was bizarre! We then played high jump and watched the kids hook their feet on the elastic and yank it down while flipping over it! A very new version of high jump!
It was then lunchtime for them and all those with bowls ate, while the others continued to play. Back at Arunras (our 'favourite' restaurant), lunch was had before we rested for the afternoon. We then left to youth group and lead a game, song and shared a testimony. It was fun to have fun with, and share messages of God with people our age.
From there, we rushed our pre-ordered dinners at Love Cafe (the western style restaurant, which brings a great retreat for us each night), and changed into our matching soccer uniforms (now customized with our schoolies rev nicknames!) before heading to the bug infested soccer field for a 2 hour, light-hearted, fun soccer game against the local church, of which some players joined us to give us a hand... We arrived back at the hotel to learn from Pete about our personal ponderings for 'Where is God in all this hardship?' when we were reminded of Jesus' humanity, who wept and was in agony. John 11:33 says, 'He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled' as he saw the sisters of Lazarus mourn for their loss. This is comforting in a way, as we know God is watching and cares for all those suffering, and his heart also breaks for what breaks ours.
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