Here I was sitting in a van and try to listen to some good music while on the other hand the van was packed and their music were on full blast, they even had a TV playing karaoke. My poor Mp3 player was not up to drill out all the noise. Let me tell you; “Andrea Botchelli” is no good to listen in this van, every time he breath you can hear the Khmer music, no you need something like “Dragon force” ( Christian rock band for the old school readers) This music will definitely drill out all the Khmer music but also blow your eardrums in the process. I was enjoying myself rather by taking endless amounts of pictures of funny stuff happening on the road while listening to both my music as well as Khmer music.
Ratanakiri was indeed a blast. I joined up with friend James again and we hit the road on small bikes to Koklak. It is rainy season and not necessary to say how slippery the road was. A visit to the director of the Provincial Hospital, just confirm our good relationship. He even complimented me on stitching the boy the last time I was there. Wow!! I thought I did a bad job but he say it was good…… He also advice as to visit another village next time I will be there.
Once again I was amazed by the way James communicates to the tribal people. I think to be honest; all the girls just come to be seen by James!! Wish I can work with James all the time, but I am so proud of him that he have a good job with a good NGO and is doing good. We saw a lot of people and could help a lot of sick people. All in all it was great to be amongst the tribal people again. I was sad to hear all the inside stories of how these tribal people are forced ff their land and get less and less to live on. The amount of land that is sold to foreign companies are staggering and the clearing of the forest is even more heart breaking. We pray that our God will help these people to make a difference wherever/whoever they are.
I also had the pleasure helping out my friends from AOC-Asian Outreach Cambodia. I am committed to go and pull teeth at their small church plants, just outside of Phnom Penh on the flood planes next to the mighty Mekong River. Its flood season but nothing proof to be a problem for the Defender. I am amazed how many come for these outreach. AOC is already busy many years to help people in this area and that make it so easy as the people know and trust them. Shows again that we need to build good and solid foundations by making good relationships with the people and the time will tell….. I just love helping these friends of mine as they are such humble people. Go AOC go…… http://www.aocam.org/
Toinette is doing well with the clinic. It still is a place where ladies can come and get something for free and also receive the love of Christ and a practical way. Tuesday clinic turn out to be more a children’s checkup clinic than prenatal but it is necessary to listen and help with these problems as times are tuff and nobody have money to spend on illness. By witnessing to them we also need to help with severe cases and that take us to hospital and back, but praise to God for that.
Like the girl they met while visiting small Channy. The Khmers say she:” Forgot her body and jump from the truck”. Well she broke one arm and possible the other one as well and got some bad shavings on the face. She went to the government hospital but they turned her down because she did not have money for an x-ray. Now she just put some herbal remedy on her broken arms and hopes for the best. Mordegai will bring her tomorrow to a hospital to be seen by a doctor and help her to recover.
We ask prayer a while ago for Phokana who is HIV+ and already gave away 2 children to her mum to look after and nr.3 was in question now. She got linked with an organization that place Khmer children into local Khmer homes. She signed the baby over to be fostered, as her mum is not able to look after another baby.
Channy is doing not so good at this time. You will remember that she was the small baby that weight only 1,3kg. She is very sick and after being to a Doctor the bad news is, she is blind because she was born so premature. It places a heavy burden on the family as they do not have money so that mum can stay at home to look after Channy.
Jenny, the nurse that does all the baby checkups, started a Youth group for girls between 10-12 years old. She had her first students on Saturday and it proof to be a winner. We pray that this will be a stepping stone to prepare these little girls for what is happening to their bodies. In this society, these girls are very vulnerable to be taken advantage off.
Thank you for standing with us in prayer and support towards us and the people we are trying to help.
Love to all