A new and beautiful day

It’s a beautiful day in Battambang, Cambodia. It’s been raining for the past week, but today the sun is shining, presiding over a nearly cloudless sky. And, for the first time since I arrived in the country, it’s hot. Very hot.

Last night’s assembly with the kids was wonderful. Andy and I walked away refreshed and encouraged. And to wake up to such beautiful weather, one can really feel the newness of God’s mercy that he promises to send us every day. 

In a few moments we’ll be meeting up with Savorn and going to visit our BB2 and BB3 homes. After a couple of hours we’ll head over to see where some of our older boys are learning the silversmithing trade. I’ll talk with their teacher and try to negotiate some of the details of an upcoming order for our Trade Justice Mission jewelry co-ops.

And then tomorrow, it gets crazy. We’re loading all of the kids and staff into a caravan of mini-buses and heading off to see the Angkor temples at Siem Reap. None of the kids have ever seen the temples in person, but they’ve all learned about them in school. Cambodia is very proud of Angkor Wat, and all of the kids are thrilled to make the trip.

I don’t know what my schedule will be like over the next few days; I don’t know whether I’ll have internet or not. I’m praying that all goes well with the travel arrangements for Chris Ramos, a representative from Back2Back Ministries in the U.S.; he is planning to meet us in Siem Reap, travel back with us to Battambang, then to Phnom Penh, then to Chiang Mai. Quite a few stops, quite a few opportunities to lose track of details. Pray that it all goes well.

Oh, and I’m having camera troubles, so it may be a while before I post any more pictures. But I’ll have a couple hundred to post when the time comes.


Okay. I’m off. Peace.

John McCollum2 Comments