In two days I leave for Cambodia. CAMBODIA. It doesn’t seem real and has yet to hit me that for the next six weeks I will be completely immersed in the Khmer culture. Originally I was a bit disappointed when I found out our outreach location options didn’t include Thailand. I was set on Thailand, and Cambodia threw me for a loop. Two months later I can’t imagine going anywhere other than Cambodia. The more I have learned about Cambodia’s history, the more my heart has grown for this country and these people. I also can’t imagine going with anyone except for my INCREDIBLE team. They have truly become my family here. They’re absolutely hilarious and bring me so much peace, joy and just rest to my soul.
I just wanted to share some information about Cambodia with you guys :)
Population: 14.8 Million
Religion: 95% Buddhist
Over 1/3 of Cambodians live below the poverty line.
Cambodia has the highest infant and under age 5 mortality rate in S.E. Asia.
45% of Cambodian children show signs of stunting.
Cambodian’s LOVE karaoke!
Cambodians are extremely friendly people who avoid conflict.
Seus Dei (SOOH-SAH-DAY) = Hello/Good day/a common greeting.
From 1975-1979, The Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot regime ruled over Cambodia. This period saw the death of around two million Cambodians due to political executions, starvation and forced labor. The Khmer Rouge targeted the educated, upper class. The result was the extermination of an entire generation of Cambodians and the destruction of infrastructure in the country. This has led to many of the current social conditions.
We got back from our Australia outreach last Monday and it was incredible! God worked in some really cool ways. Our first week we spent in Gladstone. We presented to seven school aged groups about modern day slavery and ways they can get involved to fight it. It was awesome to see students get empowered and excited about fighting injustice! It gives me so much joy and contentment to share about the things I’m passionate about.
Our second week was spent in Brisbane. We did:
Prayer walks around the city.
Hung out with the community.
Presented to group of 300+ students about human trafficking.
Spent time with residents at a home for those with mental disabilities.
Handed out care packages door to door that included reference material for families and a bible.
Did a concert for the YWAM base we stayed at
Our third week we volunteered to help set up for a Christian music festival called Easterfest in Toowoomba. Around 20,000-30,000 people were there! We just helped out with whatever was needed (working the box office, putting up tents, cleaning up the site, etc.) On Good Friday we watched ‘the Passion’ and it absolutely wrecked me. It just hit me how much God loves and how He died to bring glory to God, freedom and life to us and bring victory over the enemy.
Our team is absolutely incredible and we truly have become a family. We function in such unity and everyone displays maturity, humility and pours 100% into everything we do. It really blows me away and it’s such a joy to be on a team with them!