Wednesday, May 6, 2015

These days...

April flew right by... I guess time flies when you're on holiday! Here's a photo update on what's been happening during the last while.

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.

April equals mango season, as well as many other kinds of fruits. The kids are always after the fruit in the trees!

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
We recently began school again, but I only taught my Grade 11/12 English class for about a week before they stopped studying to prepare for their upcoming evangelism trip.

Grade 8.
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.
I hope to share more with you soon about some experiences I've had with students recently. There have been many challenges and yet some blessings that have re-inspired my faith in God.

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.