Wow whata whirlwind of events that took place in this month. Such a busy time and then also time to play around as well. Things are winding down to Christmas and everything is slowing down , even our bodies. Seems to me the year’s excitements is catching up on us. Right in the end of the month, the Lord pulled a final stunt on me and I had to lay down with Malaria for the first time in 16 years, working in Malaria areas. Must say that laying down in bed is not what I am good in…….
Our work was hampered by a lot of flooding and lots of mud. We tried so hard to get into Phnom Chi but failed a couple of times. Finally we took the Landy and push it on his limits. With me was a Ywam team from Batambang, local guys. They were great. Good to had them with us otherwise I would have been there still. Pushen and shuffen and winching our way through the mud we made it to Relose. People were amazed that we could come by car. Elsie and Debbie, both nurses, helped doing medical while the local Ywamers shared some Gospel to the people.
On our way back the poor old Landy landed on its side, trying to cross a really bad spot of mud. I think the Angels was tired by now and so us as well. We managed to recover the Landy by winch and pushed ahead again. By God’s grace we made it through the jungle to tell the tale.
Then it was time for a bit of fun and exploration to another piece of jungle. We crossed over from Kabal Domrey to Kratie at the Mekong and stayed on this side of the river. We had no idea where we were going but just followed the river. Got lost several times but managed to get out to help again. The poor GPS got lost himself as well. Looking on the map we could see where we were but it was not a good thing. Two nights hanging in a hammock in the jungle with no food to eat made it an interesting time for us 4 guys. We pushed ahead in spite of no roads but had to abandon the road and turn back as we ran out of fuel on the smaller bikes.
We retraced our way back but only manage to get to water and after that we got lost again several times. I took the lead but got us lost so badly or shall I say well. We got to a place where the guys offered to bring us out on a small bike, off course for a fee, which by now was no problem.
The GPS to our shame showed our whirlwind riding but the local guide showed us the right way to get to the ferry again. We were battered and bruised but happy as can be. Had a great ride with great friends, Grahame, Joshau and Manoj. Will definitely do this again but this time from the top of Stung Treng.