Dearest Loved Ones,
We hope you have had a good week and we send our love to you. Although there may be many miles between us you are always near in thought and prayer and we thank God for you. We are having a blast!
The work here keeps us very busy. There are so many amazing opportunities. Like so many places Cambodia need more workers. Dennis and I took our first R & R break in mid February to a remote island. It was very primitive but we had a wonderful time of rest & relaxation. Of course we did have to venture off for a little excitement and went rock climbing (around the beach). The area was beautiful and peaceful!
Last week was kinda normal if life on the mission field is ever normal. As unusual as it sounds we actually have somewhat of a daily routine! Oh, in case you are interested in seeing a few words in Khmae “tum loab prαα cam thngai”…yep these words in English mean “daily routine”. Dennis and I continued with our language training every day this past weekday. Since Dennis is still teaching Acts at CBI, I did language class by myself in the AM and he joined in the afternoon. In another week we will start learning reading and writing, up till now we have been using phonetics to learn (see above). The language is done in a sanskirt, similar to Indian and Thai. Well I guess its back to kindergarten with the #2 pencils and Big Chief padsJ! We are excited to finally getting started.
Each Tuesday morning we are blessed with the opportunity to meet with a missionary couple and be encouraged with prayer, Bible study and some fellowship. The remainder of the weekdays consisted of Wednesday evening Bible study, Thursday night we enjoyed our small group meeting in the home of other local missionaries with 12 attending. Another great time together with some yummy dessert too fill our tummies.
Just because we are in a different country, we still have some responsibilities to the USA so part of Saturday was spent preparing our 2008 taxes. The remainder of the day Dennis worked on CBI lessons for the week ahead. I did the weekly trip to the grocery store. This is fun because you never know what the grocery store will have in stock. I certainly have a greater appreciation for Wal-Mart and stateside stores. Generally speaking we are able to find mostly all we need! I even splurge and sometimes buy ice cream…but not Häagen Dazs. Why, because it cost $12.85 a pint, not in our budget, so only the inexpensive local brands for us.
Sunday, we were back to the countryside where we worshipped at TTT (Tuk Tung Thngay) & KSP (Kor Sang Paem). We had 2 of the CBI students Nouen & Sophea join us. After assembling together we were treated to a wonderful Khmae style lunch. Then it was back to the city to meet with the University Church of Christ. What a sweet blessing it is for us to get out of the city and into the countryside to be with the Christians of Cambodia.
We are doing ok – of course we miss everyone – wish you could be here…
Eternal Love & Blessings,
Dennis & Sharon / Pawpaw & Nana