On Tuesday morning at 6am, we left the World Renew office in the city of Phnom Penh and headed for one of the provinces (or “up country” as we might say at home, or “into the bush” in Mali).  The direction was south west, to SvayRieng province, toward the border with Vietnam.   An hour into the trip we came to NeakLoeung where we got on a ferry to cross the Mekong River -- about 1 kilometer wide at that...

If pre-school classes have become the norm in Ontario, people in Cambodia are also beginning to realize the importance of giving children a head start in life.  And so KADRA (a Cambodian partner organization supported by CRWRC and Norwegian Mission Alliance) initiated a program of kindergartens.

It was a delight to visit the kindergarten in Kantourt Prong Village.  The children were eager to demonstrate some of what they had learned. Small groups took turns standing up front and together, more or...

Psalm 145:3 tells us, “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise, His greatness no one can fathom.”   After spending almost two years in Honduras I can testify that the Lord is hard at work in the midst of poverty, corruption and natural disasters.  He has manifested His love for these people in powerful and provocative ways and I praise Him for all these miracles – small and great.  

Now, God has called me to be an ambassador...

Home

So, I made it home (most of you have probably figured this out by now). Both my flights were on time, and I had no trouble getting through immigration, so my trip was delightfully hassle-free. 

Looking back on my trip, the past four weeks are a blur. I know now would be an appropriate place to describe how much I "accomplished," but that really wouldn't be honest. Yes, I did some traditional service on this trip, but more of my time...

The sign outside indicated that we had come to ICF (International Christian Fellowship), but it didn’t look like a “church” until we had climbed three flights of stairs and entered the sanctuary.  And then to my western eyes, it was all very familiar: a large pulpit area in front with two beautiful banners, projection screen, grand piano to one side, cushioned seats for about 300 people arranged in a semi-circle, and air conditioning.  The praise team consisted of three singers,...

ASJ

One day more!

I am no longer officially a volunteer with CRWRC, I am a volunteer with World Renew. No, I didn't do something crazy and change organizations. CRWRC (pardon me, World Renew) changed their name on me!

I spent the last three days working with World Renew's final partner organization in Honduras: Association for a More Just Society, or ASJ. If you can read Spanish, or have automatic translation in your web browser, you really should check out their website -...

My head still rather feels like it is filled with a combination of sawdust and jello rather than brains  -- it will take a while for the jet lag to wear off.  But I can clearly report that I had safe and good trip here.  The 15 hour flight from Toronto to Taipei was not as dreadful as I had feared, as I managed to even sleep a little.  This was followed by four hours in the airport, waiting for...

Guess who's delighted to have internet access again? :)

I am back from six days in various parts of Nueva Suyapa, an underprivileged development on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa. Since Tegucigalpa is built in a valley, the suburbs are all on the hills and mountains overlooking the city. Nueva Suyapa is built into the hills on the east side of Tegus. 

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Monday of this week and last I spent working with MCM, a CRWRC partner organization in Nueva...

Children would say, “Only 5 more sleeps!”  In fact, it will soon be Labour Day evening, when I will head to the Toronto airport for the 1:30 a.m. take-off, heading to Cambodia.  My ticket tells me the non-stop flight to Taipei will take 15 hr 35 min (!!) where there will be a 4 hour stop-over; then the final 3 hr 25 min flight to Phnom Penh.

So it’s time to finalize what will go into the suitcases.  One is already...

Harvest

Yesterday and today I visited communities in Choluteca that work with CRWRC's partner, Harvest.

Both communities I visited yesterday had recently received training from Harvest on the subjects of healthcare, nutrition, and birth control.  The day I visited was weigh-in day for all the children under 6, and I spent a few hours reading off weights of children for one of the community women to record. (see photos!) I also saw a community clinic, which consisted of some basic diagnostic equipment...

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