Yesterday took us to Angkor Wat. Google it. It's fascinating. It's a gigantic ancient temple complex. I think Tomb Raider may have been filmed there. It looks like any of those King Kong types of movies could be filmed there. It was cool. We did a lot of walking. We went to three different sites. The third one has the trees growing up in it.
Monkeys were hanging out and are used to humans here. They were cute, but not cute enough for me to want to own one.
We went to Pub Street to eat and do some shopping. I did the most bizarre thing I have ever done—stuck my feet into a fish tank so they could eat off the dead skin. It was $3 for two people and I laughed/screamed through the whole thing. The picture is with Charlie Restivo. He is from the Bronx and now a Calvary Chapel pastor. You can tell from our expressions how we felt. Leon didn't get in the fish tank. He videoed. Had one of the best laughs of my life.
We are going back to Phnom Penh today. Miss being there.
Tomorrow night we head back home. Am not looking forward to that flight, but I miss you all and I miss my pup. Hope to see you all soon. [divider] Sunday, January 20, 2013
Can't believe we've now been here over a week! We are now in Siem Reap on the tourist part of this trip.
Today began in Phnom Penh with breakfast with most of the team. Our usual restaurant, Jars of Clay, was closed so we had to eat elsewhere. We're glad they have Sundays off but missed being there. Jars of Clay is a restaurant run by Christians founded for the purpose helping vulnerable women. Besides the good they want to do, the food is also good.
After breakfast we worshipped at Water of Life. There were a lot of people there. It was a beautiful service, and I went into emotional overload. Had to put my sunglasses on to hide my tears. Our oldest sponsored girl, Theavy, came running up to us during the song, "You Never Let Go" and gave me the biggest, warmest hug. She stayed between us for a song or two with her arms around us and ours around her. I won't even try to describe how this felt. I'll just leave it with emotional overload.
Holly led worship and let me just tell you, she has a Beautiful voice—and that is with a capital B. Amazing. The message was good and was translated from English into Khmer by Long. He picked us up at the airport when we first got here. He is a great guy and was ordained as a pastor last September. Very smart and loves Jesus.
The people here, when complimented, say "Praise God." Not “Thank you” or the false humility of, "It was totally God and not me." So from now on I want to give God the glory with "Praise God!"
Tomorrow we will visit the ruins of Angkor Wat—a group of ancient temples. I'll send you some photos.
Thank you all for loving us and praying for us.