it's hard to put into words what i have not fully reflected upon yet. but i wanted to pen down something before time flies by, and i begin to forget.
we took the boys to cambodia for a mission trip during the first week of school hols. it was ben's first mission trip + dan's second. he had gone last yr with husband.
despite the extremely heavy programme & the tons of preparation, i was strangely calm and collected about the whole affair, from start to finish. the kids were involved in putting up a skit for the cambodian kids. this was part of the overall vacation bible school programme that we were helping out with.
as for me, i had to give a bible study-cum-talk about music theology & how to worship God with music. i was really touched how attentive everybody was, and how freely they participated in the discussion, which was really more than i had hoped for, given the language barrier and the nature of the topic.
with 6 kids and 12 adults, husband had the tough job of co-ordinating & organising the trip together with his best friend of 12 yrs. there were just so many things going on--medical missions portion, music & guitar lessons, vacation bible school, visits to the hostel, evangelistic talk on sunday.
thankfully, we got through it all in one piece, with nobody falling sick! the kids were decently behaved, and probably because there was much more space to run around, they enjoyed themselves tremendously (unlike when they have to sit still for hours on end in singapore).
here are some reflection points:
1. i am very encouraged that the work of 2 missionaries has birthed a village church which has in turn birthed a christian school in the village. And to see the dedication & energy of the teachers, as we worked alongside them, to present the gospel message through song, skit & craft, was very heartening.
2. i am very encouraged by those who showed up for the guitar lessons & talk on worship/music. they were so eager to learn & talk, it was very different from a singapore crowd which is typically more quiet & shy.
3. i really liked the pentatonic flavour of khmer hymns. they were chant-like, almost tribal sounding, and they reminded me once again that Christ is for all languages, tribes and tongues. it was a great joy to all, cambodians and singaporeans, to see the kids belt out the khmer version of "hallelujah" with great enthusiasm every so often. i think in this way, the kids were Christ's ambassadors to the people, through their sincere & unadulterated joy for the Lord.
4. Finally, CAMBODIA is HOT!! You could be standing still and everywhere you go, you feel like you're in an oven! Baking away!! I was so hot at one point, I actually drank 2 bottles of mineral water at one go! By 4pm, when we returned to the hostel, our clothes would be soaked in sweat and dirt. That was how hot it truly was!
In conclusion, I thank God for the chance to see his work in the village of tak mao, and to see how enthusiastic & passionate the growing church there is. It must be tough for them as their daily circumstances are far more trying that anything we could ever imagine. So to see their smiles & enthusiasm for Christ is all the more amazing!