I asked Josiah to write a report on his and Lynnette’s outreach to Cambodia. Here it is, along with some pictures of the trip.
Going to Cambodia was the best experience I’ve ever had. I learned so many things about myself. It was such a fun trip and I miss that beautiful country so much. I could have stayed way longer, but I had to come back to start High School. Thanks to everyone who donated and contributed to this trip, whether it was donating money, or giving by having me wash your car. I couldn’t have done this trip without you guys!
I’m definitely shocked as to the differences between here and there. I’ve also grown in my faith and my behavior. I met so many amazing people while I was there and got to do things that I wouldn’t be able to do here. Young guys like Sat and Lang were so amazing while we were there, and I got to know them very well.
We got to join in with two visiting teams from the U.S.: a team from Washington State. We did some amazing stuff with them. We got to play with a big group of kids at a school out in a village. We also got to join a team from Texas that arrived right after the Washington team left. For three days, we helpped build bathrooms for another village school. They were both such fun groups! I also got a chance to help at Café Eden with some of the new work being done upstairs. That was a lot of fun. If you are ever in Battambang, go to Café Eden, and try the French Toast and Syrup, it is the best. Also, try the Limenade! (Lemonade, but with limes.)
For fun, I also did something called the “Bamboo Train,” where you sit on a bamboo platform and ride this rail track. Luckily, we got the young guy as our group controller, so we asked him to go really fast, which probably wasn’t the smartest idea. (We gave him some extra money so we would go fast. Shhh, don’t tell anyone!)
My highlight of the trip was everything! Except for when I got sick the last few days of being there, but no worries. Once again, thanks to everyone that helped me and my Mom complete this amazing journey!
Josiah holding two baby crocodiles, just born that day!
Our view out of the window of Cafe Eden, a ministry of YWAM Battambang
This is how we got around every day
Josiah and Lynnette in a TukTuk
Josiah and Sat, one of the amazing Khmer guys he got to know
Josiah with the Washington College missions team
Josiah doing tricks with yarn with some kids
Lynnette’s very favorite picture from outreach!
Josiah with his “scavenger hunt” team
Starting the foundation and floor of the toilet block for a village school
Finding the “treasure in a basket” (candy) after learning about the hidden treasure story in the Bible
Josiah and I on a Moped – Yes, there’s 3 of us!
Josiah washing dishes at the YWAM base
Group shot with Washington team, traveling in back of pick-up
With the awesome Childers family
Hanging out with 2 YWAM staff kids
Lynnette with Sopheap, our contact while we were there
Working on metal for the foundation
Josiah with 3 of the Khmer guys he really connected with
Lynnette and Suel Pratt – her amazing family serves with YWAM Battambang full-time
Josiah and Lynnette with Anna Milligan – Anna is the founder, the heart and the mind behind Cafe Eden, an amazing cafe/ministry in Battambang, as well as a key leader there.
Josiah and Lynnette, just left Cambodia, now on the Thai side of the border