Merry Christmas to you all. We had a real quite one here but at least could join with the FGC staff for a celebration of the King that was born. We had a wonderful time together and it was great to see 4 different nations worship together. We had to give exchange gifts and the Khmer girl, that draw Gideon’s name, gave him a couple tins of sardines…… Good choice as he really loves it.
We saw Christmas here, in this short time that we are here (9 years) ,growing from nothing to a very distorted money making machine. Most of the big hotels have their decorations up and at one, even Winnie the Pooh is featuring!! What a shame to see the biggest celebration on the Christian calendar, being mocked like this. I know that most of the people here have no idea what Christmas is all about but for the sake of business and money, it is up and going. Living in a Buddhist country has its challenges. But if I see the existing Christians celebrating, then I get hope again. We can only be light here in the darkness, not only to the locals but to the many foreigners here as well.
I will go to Phnom Chi again this week. First we will do an outreach in Thor Piang Rosey and then we go to the mountain. It is really nice that I can go there now so often and the people enjoy seeing us coming. It is also good to help out with needed medicines on the way. Please pray for Ben, his friend and me as we travel on roads, not so good. We will be back in time for the New Year. Pray also for us on the highway back as people just need an excuse to drink on these roads.
Just a short one today but had to say a Merry Christmas to you all. May these days, leading up to the New Year, be packed with excitement? We do not have a New Year here as we have another 2 of them lining up in 2017. People here do not make a big fuss about it, but its big business for the foreigners.
Greetings from house to house