Laying under the truck and trying to fix the steering –rod, that was bend for the 2nd time, I was just thinking how difficult this road must be in the rainy season and that on a bike. That is the only way in for the people to these remote villages, where they dig either for gold or for crystals. Exploited by everyone in order to make money the easy way. All you have to do is to hire a couple of guys and get them to work for you and you can get some money.
A group from YWAM IPHC Hawaii joined with me to go and do some needed medical outreaches around in Kampong Tom Province. We first visit Thor Piang Rosey where we always stop. Sad but true, the only 2 Christians, left town as they could not stay anymore. The reason; the people do not want to buy from their little coffee shop as they were Christians! So now it’s up to the couple of people that are not yet committed Christians to continue. Our Lay-pastor friend, John, is still visiting there 2x a week and they are very encourage by that. Please pray with us for this village.
Our next stop was in Kabal Domrey with the local church there. We divided the team into 2 groups and the one group came with me into the jungle. We went on our way to Bantjipon village. It took us only 4 hours to reach there, not even to mention about the road. This village is near a big Japanese company that digs for gold. The government gave some ground for some local people and about 20 families dare to stay out there and dig mainly for some crystals. We did a small clinic where we saw mainly malaria problems. People here do not even have mosquito nets. They say they do not even have money for food so why buying a net? The Khmer pastor shared to them about the wonderful Christ we have. Nobody even heard about Jesus. They said we need to come back and gave them some more meds later. We agreed that we will be back.
The next day we went the other way for another 4 hours in the jungle to Hopawh village. This village was establishing in 1987 already. About 70 families reside here. Nearby is an Australian company also digging for gold? The whole place looks like a moon landscape with big holes where they dig for gold. Everywhere the machines are running to pump the gold rocks to the top and then they crush it and the dust gets panned for the specs of gold. What a process to get so little gold. People were very happy to get free meds as nobody ever came to help them. The nearest hospital or doctor is 4 hours on bike to Kabal Domrey. The children are not going to school as there are none. The place looks like an old Western town with dust and wooden shacks. Any moment you wait for the horse carriage to come around the corner and for John Wayne to appear for a shoot-out!!!
In the meantime the other half of the team also did some needed medical outreach to 2 other villages closer to Kabal Domrey. It was a good time helping people get to some free meds and free Gospel. We had a wonderful fellowship with the people and pastors from the church and will always connected in prayer to them. This sort of commitment from pastors is hard to come by these days. Please pray with us for these 2 villages that make it nr.3 on our list so far near the little mountain of Phnom Chi. Soon we will go out and get to more remote villages around the mountain by bike. Pray that these people get to know Christ. Pray with us for the pastors from Kabal Domrey to reach out to these people. Thanks to a friend that gave us money, we could buy a bike also for these guys to reach out to these people.
Always in the remote
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