Well after a 24 hour marathon bus ride, I am finally at my guest house here in Chiang Mai / Northern Thailand. From here we will go into the mountains on the border of Burma and do some very needed medical outreaches with a team from Hawaii/YWAM IPHC School. Although I will be away from home for a long time, it will also be a time where we can make use of all our skills to help people in need.
This month was quite a busy one with so many people around. Uncle Derrick and Richard came from Australia and we did some outreach to Phnom Chi again. We got lost in the jungle but we finally found an old temple build in year 400 that makes it 1600 years old. That makes us almost the only foreigners visiting this temple as this is so out of the way that no-one even will find it on a good day, what to say with a map….. Well we made it to Jopon village in 5 hours and did some medical work there while pastor Chi was encouraging the people to start believing in our God. These guys will not stop till all of these people believe. It is such a special relationship we share with these precious pastors. On our way back we visited another old temple but this one is only 1400 years old. All in all we had so much fun together loving the people.
Mordegai had to accompany Gideon to a school camp. It was just great to see Gideon among his friends and how they had so much fun. We went on horse-cart and ox-cart riding and made a big bonfire in the night. It was nice to go to bed with all these small guys around you. Being surrounded by these precious little ones gives me a special appreciation for the teachers that teach them in school. Feeling there little bodies all over you in the night made it special to be a dad. It is very encouraging to see how Gideon improved over these couple of years, since we put him into school.
Toinette is a bit sad as Emily, her right hand at the clinic is leaving for Siem Riep. Together they work really well and started the little Value Clinic and it is growing into a real good outreach to the people. We know that God have different plans for us all and we just trust in Him that whatever will happen is all in His hands. We are very happy for Emily that the work she will be doing, will give her the chance to be more involved with the local clinics in the province. That way the women can be reached with better maternal care.
Together as a family we are just experiencing God in such a nice way around us. The children are such a joy for us and keep us on our knees, off course!! Sitting here, high up in the mountains of Thailand, I am writing this report and I am longing for my family, so wish they could be here as well. Right in front of me is a littler precious girl playing with her father, makes my love for my children even stronger…….
Thanks for being part of what we are doing in Cambodia and that we can be also just a normal family that love the Lord. We wish to share all of these moments with you so you can be part of our lives.
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