Devotions with Pete' kicked today off with John 1 accompanied by John 14:12, which says, 'Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the father.' This shows that God is prepared to use anyone who simply believes and follows Him, regardless of anything that the world, or even ourselves, may say about us that restricts us from all that God has to offer to us and consequently, the people around us. Therefore, Pete's encouragement set us up for Day 1 of assisting in a local ministry with the focus of taking on the opportunities that come up to let God use us the way He needs.
So we loaded the Tuk Tuks and headed to a church in a nearby village where children raced to find their friends and soon, there were 60 keen, attentive kids participating in our Sunday-school-sing-alongs and playing with balloons, stickers, hand balls, bubbles, soccer balls, frisbees and group games including ring-a-rosy, tunnel ball and the ultimate hit, the Hokie Pokie!
We returned to our favourite of the 3 only options for a meal in Kampong Thom, back to Restaurant 1, for lunch before heading to a Children's home nearby. There were many teenagers who lived here who had English skills that were refreshing as it gave us the ability to ask them questions we had about language and we now have an animal vocab in Khmer! Also, 3 of the boys were wearing Knox Church Soccer Club shirts! AND, we had a look through the dormitory and Operations Christmas Child boxes were detected in one of the boy's rooms! :D
We then returned to our hotel to practice up some skits and songs ready for entertainment and teaching, before heading out to check out the last of our 3 options for food, Restaurant No3, which was a hidden away, western style restaurant that had ice creams! Score!
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