I joined 2 of my friends on a trip into the jungle on the bikes. We had great fun and ended up in a village, deep into the jungle on roads that only local guys ride with their tractors and small bikes. We slept in a small restaurant, hanging our hammocks under the roof, thank you Lord for a roof as it was pouring in the middle of the night. Lying in my hammock and watch the thunder and lightning in the sky, I was just counting the many blessings we received from the Lord this year.
For the first time in my short life, my weight helped me out of really hard work,hahahaha. We had to tow Jared’s bike back to home as it broke down. Well, I am heavy, old and a not so good bike rider, so I could take another bike and ride it while my skinny friend had to sit on a dead bike. Poor guy, it was no easy task. Thanks for the old trusty 650 and the professional driving of Jared, they made small play of the bad road.
I just came back from the jungle with Samai. We visited a small church smack in the middle of the jungle or what is left of it. The have 19 families in church at this time, praise God. The young pastor’s wife is working in Phnom Penh, while he is staying here in the jungle, helping to save people’s lives from sin. Remarkable that a young guy chooses to come and stay out here to serve God.
We did some much needed medical as the health centre is very far away. Good to see old friends again and we had a great fellowship. Always good coming back to places that we visited before. Another big concern is that children do not go to school due to the far distance to school. They are helping the parents on the fields and work really hard. The pastor is doing some literacy classes in the night and we need to see how we can help him with that. Small things but it can have a lasting impact on these children’s lives. A lot of children walked for a very long time to reach us and we could give them a lift back home, precious little ones.
While in Stung Treng we also went up to Banlung and visit the Leprosy Aunti. Good to have Samai with me and he could talk a bit to her. She is such a precious one, scolding me for not doing her bandage good enough, hhahaha. Her wound is looking good as they try their best to keep it clean. Pray that they will continue in cleaning her wound.
Here is a small story from my friend.
We couldn't visit our usual group of ladies because they had other commitments, so we decided to visit Nira*, a Syrian lady who had recently requested the Jesus Film. When we arrived, we met her mother who had suffered a stroke that week and was in a lot of pain. After drinking the customary tea, we asked if we could pray for her. "Why not" she responded.
We prayed in Jesus’ name and ALL her symptoms were healed!!! We were overjoyed! So was she!!! She was on her feet bending up and down, showing her daughter what she couldn't do before. She then told us that when we prayed, she had seen a vision of Jesus standing before her with arms stretched toward her. My friend said, "Jesus is calling you to Him. Do you want to go to Him?" She was very excited and together we prayed accepting Jesus' invitation. Now the best part... she turns to Nira and says, "Nira, do you know what? Twenty years ago your father read the Injil (New Testament) and said that one day he wants to become a Christian!" Wow! We then prayed for Nira and she too received new hope in Jesus! Amen!! God prepared hearts long before we ever stepped into the picture! :) We prayed for Nira’s father to find a way to get to from Syria to Turkey to join his family. Yes Lord, let it be.
For you who want to hear what Jacob and Carmen in Tanzania are doing, their latest blog is up and just follow this link to read it. http://geymansteps.blogspot.com/2017/04/falling-into-place.html
I will be travelling home again tomorrow so please pray for travel mercies. Hope that this week will be a fun filled week for you all.