For this Easter we went to visit Stung Treng and Ratanakiri with some of our Pinoy friends. Thanks to Jared and Emily, we could stay in their house for 2 days and we had great time for fellowship. We went to the Sopheakmit waterfalls on the Lao border. It really is a sight to see and to listen to the water rushing through these magnificent falls. We went further down and rent a boat to see the highly endangered Mekong river dolphins. There are only 6 left in these waters around the falls and merely 200 left overall. Seeing these dolphins was a highlight.
While travelling on the water we could see some trees in the middle of the river that was bending over, from the force of the water in rainy season. Still they withstand this huge force to grow again. It reminded me how we need to be rooted in God. Nothing can tear us away from our Lord, once we are rooted. Even when the flood comes, we can know that our roots will work for us to bounce back again. Really some beautiful nature to see.
A visit to Ratanakiri would not be complete if not visiting the Leprosy anti. She is such a cutie and I once again was humbled by her beautiful smile when we try to help her. Please pray that someone would take up the challenge and go to her on a regular basis. Her wound is looking good or may I say, better.
I just came back from Battambang where I picked up my Tompoun tribal friend. They patched his leg up pretty good and we pray now that he will be healed soon. He is looking forward to the day that he can walk again and I think that will be soon.
Thank you for praying for Quinton. The days after the operation was tuff and still is, but he is doing much better. Praise God that the piece of the lung that they removed, is not cancer. We are looking forward also for Quinton’s healing. There are still more challenges for him but we proclaim healing in Jesus name.
As many of you know we have changed Leap Long’s name to Sok Chea which means Happy and Healed. Every time we say his name it is like a proclamation that he is going to be happy and healed in Jesus name. He still has wounds on both arms that are healing very slowly. He has painful dressing changes every 3 days even though we try to make it less painful for him. His mouth was full of thrush which could be why he had not been eating so well. We had it treated so he should be able to eat better now. For the Khmer holiday he has gone home to his homeland. This is sometimes frustrating for me because many times he comes back worse than he left. We gave him strict order to him and his family that he need to take good care of his wounds or he will have to go to the hospital and not be able to return to the Healing Home. A friend from the church here has compassionately gave Sok Chea a job now and then of gluing part of making Bee hives. He has enjoyed the times he has been able to work. I am also thinking of seeing if he can make greeting cards. This will help him feel his life has more value. (Donnie)
May this week be an awesome week for you all.