Walkin' into Fullness

{July 27, 2010}   Wide Open Doors

Some updates:
We spent Sunday afternoon at Jeevit’s House, a ministry to help HIV-infected (or suspected) kids and orphans. We danced for them, i shared a little testimony about unity in diversity, and then we combed their hair for lice after we washed their hair with anti-lice shampoo. It was honestly a bit hard for me at first.. but I resolved to do the best i could after i got over my initial fear. If this was the way God wanted me to show His love.. i’ll do it. The kids got friendly really fast, and it was great to be able to serve them dinner after and play games with them.

Crystal preached in church on Sunday! It was great to see the kids paying close attention and being touched by what has been shared.

I’m starting to really like some of the girls we are teaching dance to at the rescue house. Am thinking of ways that i could continue to support them even after the outreach. I’m starting to feel that we’ve been blessed with so much so that we can give to those in need.

Last night, Garth, the base leader of the YWAM base in Battambang shared with us about the base and what God has been doing through it.
It’s only 4.5 years old, started through the vision of a short-term outreach team, and has since grown from 4 staff to around 45-55 staff, half of them Cambodians.
They have mercy ministries like Jeevit’s house, partner orphanages and street kids ministries, and their major project – the youth centre – has grown tremendously. At the moment, 500 kids come in every day to learn English (and some take bible and dance classes too).
Garth gave some really interesting statistics…
80% of Cambodians are 30 yrs old and below. The Khmer Rouge has done much to decimate much of the older generation. 42% are below 15 years old.

There’s an amazing opportunity now for us to reach out and support, positively influence and grow the younger generation for they will be the leaders of tomorrow.

Much food for thought…
When God opens the doors so widely… will we enter into it? Or will we shrink back?


{July 21, 2010}   Cambodia Update #2

Sneaking a little internet time before i head back to lunch…. : )

It’s been a really eventful week so far. We’re settling into the routine of painting/sanding/weeding (at the prospective building for the YWAM base expansion) in the mornings, lunch back at the Pastor’s house, prepare and teach dance classes to the girls at the rescue home in the afternoons, dinner back at the Pastor’s house and then team time in the evenings.

I feel so blessed because we’ve been getting comforting home-cooked Chinese food at the Pastor’s place (which is where we are lodging too). Lovely soups and rice and a chicken dish each day. I heard it’s very unlike actual Cambodian food!

Some of us are getting heat rashes and infected bites and poison ivy on our skins though… I need to go find us some snake-brand prickly heat powder and calamine lotion soon. I’m running out of supplies.

It’s been great connecting with the girls at the rescue home. It IS tough sometimes because the girls come late for classes and some get so distracted easily. Yet I feel that I’m training myself to teach well no matter what happens and maintain composure. I trust God’s gonna give enough strength and love to keep on doin’ this. 🙂

I went into Bad-Dreams mode this week again. The past 3 nights have been hard. Took ages to fall asleep.. and then the dreams begin. Wierd, disturbing dreams involving familiar people. Makes me feel horrible when i wake up. I wonder whether it’s just new surroundings.. or it’s spiritual. I did get quite a few when i was in Montana and also in Shangri-la last year during outreach. Sigh.. whatever it is, it’s impossible for me to control it cuz i’m asleep then.  Me needs lots of prayer in this aspect!

Gonna head back now…  Peace out!

Time sure flies. I finished the academic phase of the dance school… all 6 months of performances, choreographies, dance history and anatomy lessons and YWAM community living.. done.

Gonna need to take time to reflect and hold on to the little gems of revelation that God has been growing in me.

Already it feels like a distant memory as new experiences are being created as i get used to outreach life in Battambong, Cambodia. This is definitely one of the most challenging outreaches I’ve been on. No joke about the hot humid weather. I’m taking like 3 showers a day now.. haha. It’s physical labour (tedious weeding and sanding old doors of an old building that’s gonna be part of ywam battambong) in the morning, and teaching dance and maybe English in the afternoon at a rescue home for young gals.

Cambodia to me thus far….

Constant dusty feet. Yummy chinese food at the pastor’s home. Motordobs for transport. Sweet young kids who shout hello every time you walk by. Internet cafes. Tropical fruit galore at the markets. Friendly brown-skinned Khmer people. Blue PVC pipes for ballet barres. Dancing out in the open air and under tents. Hurricane-like downpours in the late afternoons. Lady Gaga’s Poker Face in Khmer. Insects everywhere. Marvellous English class ministry at the Youth Centre in YWAM (500 kids every day who take classes).

I’m exciting to see how Cambodia will progress as this generation of young people grow up with a knowledge of who Jesus is, and being equipped with a good command of English.

Looking forward to planning modern and ballet lessons for the week ahead.

et cetera