Day 1 – Thursday, June 7, 2007

            Sou-is dey” Y’all!  That is Cambodian “hello” with a Texas twist.  We are here!  By the sovereign hand of the Lord, we arrived in Phnom Penh weary but excited.  Our flight from Taipei was uneventful and with partly cloudy skies, we enjoyed watching, first the ocean (South China Sea?) pass below, and then the Vietnam and Cambodian countryside from six miles above.  You think you’ve had a lot of rain this spring where you live…the water is everywhere here.  And we are still in the early stages of their rainy season which doesn’t end until around the beginning or middle of fall.

            Immigrations and customs were a cinch…no worries at all.  The Cambodians are noted for their smiling faces and gracious demeanors so even the officials are delightful.  James and Tawn met us at the airport full of sweet, sweet smiles.  Brad and Siriporn, full of grins too, were with them, having all waited for nearly four hours after their arrival from Bangkok.  Everyone enjoyed a splendid reunion, then caught a taxi to our hotel.  We had intended to stay at the Golden Star across the street from last year’s hotel, the Golden Gate.  Since they were full, we are back where we stayed last year, the Golden Gate (#9, Rd 278).  If you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by.  We’re in room 512.

            After settling in and unpacking our bags, we took a stroll around the neighborhood.  Rest assured, none of us got chilly.  We found the Khmer/Thai food restaurant we ate at often last year so we enjoyed our favorite (so far) Khmer dish – Pineapple Chicken.  We all ate too much so we needed another stroll to work some off.  We ended up at the International Book Store which is more like a university book store and a Barnes and Noble combined with an Office Depot done 7-Eleven style.  We bought an alarm clock!

            I guess the folks ’round here seem to have a less than positive impression of westerners (Americans?) because when Sharon greets them with her disarming smile and soft words, they never fail to warm up to all of us.  One even asked where we were from in a way that made it obvious he expected a different attitude from his experiences.  We credit it to the Spirit of Jesus living within us.  We remain hopeful that by the love we show each other and to them, they too will see that it is Jesus who makes us different.  Please pray for the success of the Lord working through each one of us.

            – You are never far from us when you live in our hearts and share in our service to the King! –

Brad and Siriporn Beckett in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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About Mission Cambodia

Dennis and Sharon minister in Phnom Penh to share the “Good News” of Jesus to the Cambodian people. Dennis trains in sowing, watering, disciple-making, church-planting, discipleship and leadership. Sharon directs the SNACK Program, an holistic outreach to poor, malnourished children and their families in the Cambodian countryside.
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7 Responses to Day 1 – Thursday, June 7, 2007

  1. Dale Bankhead says:

    Well, prayers are answered for us. You are there. The love and spirit you have is definitely contangious. I look forward to hearing more of how things go. Tina and I are excited to see the word going out. Ya’ll enjoy that hot food and figure out what the word for barbeque is. It is amazing as I met a gentleman here who went through the war years in Phon Phen, I will pass on more as I read of your experiences. The Lord bless and keep you.
    rdb

  2. Angie says:

    So good to hear your “voice”! Glad all is well with you and Sharon. The Keller church is thrilled with the good news of the support you will receive. Sarah is doing the outreach challenge for LTC. Several of her tasks will involve writing letters to missionaries, attending missionary meetings and preparing an outreach study. She knew this would be great since the Welch’s are missionaries!
    Love to you both, ABCS

  3. Sandy and Cindy Detherage says:

    We are grateful for God’s blessing your travels. May He continue to bless your time in His service.

    Love,

    Sandy and Cindy

  4. Bud & Tweedle says:

    We are thankful that you had a safe trip. Bud came home Monday afternoon and is out getting his walks in and doing great. May God bless your time in Cambodia. Love Bud and Tweedle,

  5. Jay Jarboe says:

    Great to hear from you. Praying for your busy and active summer.
    Love,
    Jay Jarboe

  6. Alex Abenchuchan says:

    Keep it up! I am very inspired to know that my classmates are bold and really outta there in a faraway land! Be sure to keep the lookout for deaf orphanages and let me know if there are any! God bless you and your team richly.

  7. Jerome Dupuis says:

    Bonjour! I’m really so happy to hear about that, also I’m so inspired what did you there that my classmates and brotherhoods $ sisterhoods! I’m so impressived from you because you got actives for God! PREACH UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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