Hot season is on us and sweat is the least of the things we need to worry about. Every time I am in the province I am always reminded when I grown up in the South of Namibia on a farm called Diamandpoort. We did not have electricity or even running water in our house. Come bath time, dad always started the” Donkey” (200 liter drum with water and fire underneath) so we can have hot water, only in winter. Then us as children could bath first, then mum and last, dad. All in one set of water, then the water go on the plants. If you want to go to the toilet you need to walk up the little hill and go into the “hothouse”, as the” long drop” was build from corrugated iron and was stinking hot. Night times were so much fun as our beds stood outside permanently. You did not dare to sleep inside the house as it was just to warm. Armed with a “stinking” mozzie coil, under the bed, you took cover for the mosquitoes that was big like the small Cessna airplanes. They could suck you dry in one night. I remember how wet we were after a while, trying to sleep in that heat.
Well, we survived it and now we are here, where heat is also just as bad. But over the years we became soft and have fans and electricity now. We even have nice bathrooms with running water and a shower!! We even did away with “long drop” toilets and have a flush toilet now, posh I would say!! My mum told me that I cannot let the children sleep outside as it is not good for them, but it was good for us…..wonder what happened all these years??
I met up with our new friend Jonathan and accompanied by Debbie, our Swizz friend, we took the truck all the way to Thor Piang Rosy for a medical outreach. I haven’t been there for a while and a lot of people came for treatment. It was nice to be amongst the people I love so much. Watching John and his little cell group, I was blessed to see that the number of people are increasing a lot over this time. John is visiting 2x a week with a donated bike to encourage the believers there. We did not have time to stay overnight and proceed to Kabal Domrey in the afternoon. I was struck by the amount of work these people are doing at the church to finance themselves. On one side of the church they build rings for toilets and posts for houses and on another side they made beds and do carpentry. These guys are not lazy and are not just sitting and wait for the support to come from overseas. I am so encourage by this little church’s capability to stand up and be an example to others to work hard even if a lot of foreigners come around. I just love these small church leaders that do not mind to work hard.
We had the whole family with us and a truck full of people, made our way to Rum Jopon village. The road was bad but my company was great and it took us just over 3 hours of hop skip and jump to reach the beautiful Temples of Tro Piang Pre, build in the year 400. While the pastor visited with the local priest we visited the temple for some pictures. Always nice to visit there, as we can help the priest and his family of people staying, with some meds. We proceed to Rum Jopon village. There are not a lot of people during the day times as they all are working either on their land or digging for gold and crystals. We could help the ones staying there and chat a bit to them. It is good to build good relationships as most of the people already know us. We all were tired by the time we reached the river. A quick dip made it worth while to get all the sweat and dust of our bodies. And then it was off to the church again for some nice movies.
Now for a while the people are asking me for some more of the Gospel-radio or Solar –Bibles. A lot of people cannot read nor write and want to listen to the Gospel. As they are from the States I had to come up with a better idea. Went to the local market and bought a little radio with speakers and a SD-card and Stick slot for 7U$. Bought also a 2 GB SD-card for 5U$ and started downloading the Khmer Bible, Worship songs plus some sermons from a local pastor, all of the internet and downloading it onto the SD-card. Now they have a small radio and the Gospel in one. Great way to put a Bible into someone’s hand even if they cannot read.
We are amazed what God have in store for us right now. Seems to me this will be a challenge, but hey, we are always up for it, just as the title reads,” Whatever Lord.”
Love you all