Our 2-week Khmer New Year holiday was rather quiet around here, but it was nice to get some extra rest after many busy days of teaching. And actually, even though a lot of the kids were gone, quite a few things happened.
Caleb (Tim's oldest son) and his now-fiancee Savorny had their engagement ceremony in her village. It was a very nice occasion, simple and beautiful!
A family from Canada came to volunteer and stayed through the long holiday. They brought 7 of their 9 children - all boys except for the smallest two, which they adopted from Vietnam. We had a lot of fun with them! They helped to build a playground for the school, put on a spiritual emphasis week, and helped with many other things. All those kids especially provided a good dose of comic relief! :D
|How many kiddos does it take |
to pump a bucket of water? ;)
|Ollie working hard to dig holes for the playground.|
|Sabbath afternoon under the Maddocks' mango tree.|
|Shoes knock down fruit really well!|
|Barang and his prized cashew fruit.|
Near the end of our holiday, we had the annual orphanage birthday party, complete with games, Wendy's yummy vegan pizza, and a slippery homemade water slide.
|Mun, Yuhan, Sombech|
|Lots of fun, especially with soap!!|
|One of the girls and Nhy|
|Grade 9 in the science lab.|
|On the tire-climbing portion of the new playground.|
Grades 11 and 12 are now doing evangelism in a nearby village, Svaysor. Keep them in your prayers as they work!
|Sreymao and Lin doing visitation.|
|Teaching English and Bible.|
So yes. It's very busy here! Students and teachers alike are starting to count the months, weeks, and days until we finish the school year. We're nearly there - about 12 weeks left, not including holidays. I'm looking forward to taking a trip home for a month this summer.
God willing, I am planning to return after my visit home, for another school year. There is so much work to be done among the students and I don't feel that my portion of the work is done yet. But... I am still rather short on living expenses for next year. If you would like to help sponsor my work here in Cambodia next year, please contact me via Facebook or e-mail: emmykrishe at gmail dot com.