Seems to me that this year is just speeding along and that we need to hold on for dear life. So much happens that we cannot recall all on paper, but will try my best. Working with Samai gives me such a trill, as he is just an encourager of God’s servant at work. Love the work he do with such a passion to help his own people.
On my first outreach to the jungle, after a year of not doing it, we went to a small Kui village deep in the jungle, or must I say, what is left of it. Sad to see the destruction caused by greed for land and timber. The poor tribal people must find another way of living and it makes life difficult. We met a small girl with a double cleft-palette. In an environment, where the fittest survive, it is really difficult to have a child like this. It was great to be back on the job that I like so much. Nice to see how the small local church, reach out to these people. The church here is truly an indigenous church, without help from outside.
One sad thing that happens is that nobody really cares for people out here. Health Care systems here are non-existing as the people in charge will only come here once a year, just to see what is happening. They want people to travel to town to the hospital, but people here have no means of traveling so far. One example. They do test for malaria in the village, but when you are tested positive you need to travel about 4 hours into town to get your medicines, and then we know it is not for free, although it is donated for free…….. So people rather stay at home. So now we give medicines to the guy that do the tests, so he can give to people that test positive.
We took the little Kui girl to Phnom Penh for a checkup. It was so scary for the parents as it was the first time they visit such a big place. Little Miss Muffet did great. It turns out that she is way too small and too young to be operated on. But with good instructions and better milk and a promise to come back, we were off again. Now we must fatten up little Missy in order to get her in shape for the operation. We went to Children’s Surgical Centre and the operation will be for free. Thanks to Samai they could go back home again.
I am happy to report that after all this time we are busy in Thor Piang Rosey, the local cellgroup grew into a church and they are busy building a church building. I could do some Dental work there the other day. First time in a year. Man was that fun. Still have it in me to stand on 2 legs and pull teeth. Had Willem, Anton and anti Ailsa (70) with me. She is a nurse and was happy to be amongst the people. I count it as a privilege to be amongst so many friends and helping them. The atmosphere there is one of a family and I love family.Talk about family. Went to sleep in my second home, away from home, in Kabal Domrey with my friend John and his family.
|Samai at work|
We also went all the way to Ratanakiri and help a local Jarai church with medical. The believers build their own church and it looks great. Good to see friends again and help them. We went back to sleep in Samai’s house/school/church, near Banlung. HE is supporting a small tribal school on his small salary. The children cannot go to school as it is very far and the government do not care about tribal people go to school. All the children got a checkup and we had a great time with the cute tribal children.
Our next outreach took us deep into the jungle to a favorite place, Reloue. We were on our way there when I made the accident more than a year ago, so it brings back memories. The people were amazed to see me again and asked why I stayed away for such a long time. Lots of questions and I had to explain. It was refreshing to know that we have friends inside the jungle. We helped the whole village as nobody else ever come and help them.
With time on our hands we turned the Suzuki around and head for the Prasat Troping Pre, a 1600 year old temple. There are some friends, guarding the place that we always go and visit. After a good drive through the jungle we arrived. The people asked the same questions, why you stayed away for so long. God is good to even give us favor with Buddhist monks and some ladies at the temple. They were glad for the medicines as they are in a very remote area. Always good to visit this place. One of my happy places to visit, just because the people are so beautiful and accept us for helping them. Off course we had to swim in the river after a day like this as well as go and eat fertilized duck eggs and Durian shakes.
The next day we did some serious dentistry at the church in Kabal Domrey. Always good to finish an outreach on a high note. God is helping to build the church there by having these small outreaches to the local people. They can see God’s love in a practical way, while Pr. Chi can encourage them.
Meanwhile, poor Willem is getting accustomed to local delicacies like fertilized duck eggs, Salted fish paste, crickets and all sorts of strange things to eat. He is doing great and survives it all.