What a nice week this turned out to be. Wow , we went all around Stung Treng and back to do some medical outreaches. I joined up with a team from Kona, Hawaii who is half students and half staff, doing a Introduction to Primary Health Care Course. They are now on their practical fase and I am impressed with this bunch. I was with them when they started and now I see how they improved in just 2 weeks time. They can help a lot of people in no time right now.
We are helping Ywam Stung Treng to go to villages they worked with before, to do medical and dental outreaches. I am the official dentist on the team. Needles to say, the poor villagers are soooo afraid to come and pull teeth. The first day I was here, we went 2 hours downriver on a boat to a small village. I lot of people was waiting to pull teeth. Asking how the Ywamers started to work here, I got the following story. One of the fathers in the village brought his son to the hospital for treatment, did not get what he want but rather got help from the Ywam people. They prayed over his son , who got healed and the father started to believe in Christ because of that. So now they are in the village and sharing God's wonderful good news to the people around. Wow , our God is good.
We then went on to another village, 5km from Laos border, right on the banks of the mighty Mekong River. The family where we stayed and did the clinic had the following story. They are believers already for a long time, but started to slide down a bit. The reason: They were persecuted by so many people that all the other Christians moved away and it was only them left. So they were alone and nobody to strengthen their faith. Well with us there he said he is ready to start with Christ again and he see that the people are not persecuting them anymore. Pray with us for this family to stand firm in Christ.
I pulled a lot of teeth over 2 days and had a blast. The night was sooooooo cold and I barely slept as I gave my sleeping bag to my friend who did not had anything. Well, I survived to tell the story. So who say fat is bad...........
We just came back from a small village up the SenSan river. People there are mostly from Laos. It was nice to be amongst people other than Khmer. The local Ywam guys had there Tv there again to show movies while the people were waiting to be helped. Teeth pulling was a blast in the dust.
Tomorrow we have off and Sunday I will be on the bike with my friend Graham to Pre Vihea and back. Will be back home on Teusday. Boys will be boys.
Love you all and hope to hear from you all. Remember that our Lord is King and He is the best ever.
"Faith expressing itself through Love, true friendship,service and patience, works."
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