Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Cambodia Trip Update #2

It is hard to believe that Matthew and I have about one month left until our trip to Cambodia. Needless to say, we are getting tremendously excited!

We were very encouraged at our Cambodia team retreat by the relationships being formed, the information we learned, and the planning for our service to the community. There is still a lot of work to be done, as some of our members prepare original child-geared lesson plans, games, crafts, and skits for the week of kids' club. Matthew and our friend Joyce So are also leading the musical worship, so they are in the midst of choosing songs and learning them. (I am getting annoyingly familiar with the YouTube versions of a number of child songs as Matthew picks them out on his guitar nightly.)  Personally, I am part of the team that is planning a party for rescued girls at the rehabilitation house and have been put in charge of decorations. (I would love suggestions for how to play up our Hawaiian Luau theme!) Once we get to Cambodia, all team members will participate in the various activities, but these are just the groups that have been assigned to do the preparation work. We got a good start on planning activities during the team retreat, but we all have to step up our game to make sure everything is ready before we go!

Please pray for continued team unity, effectiveness in planning and ministry, full financial funding for all of our team members, and growing hearts for the people of Cambodia.

We were also recently blessed by our bible study small group when one of our members/friends organized a get-together to share our hearts, discuss the details of the trip, and gain additional supporters. Our friends asked a lot of good questions and prayed over us in a meaningful and special way. We also had a lot of fun sharing a delicious potluck dinner and just hanging out with the people we have come to love in the Bay Area.

And in other news....Praise God! Shortly after the dinner with our friends, Matthew and I got word that we are fully funded at $5,800! Thank you so much for making this mission trip possible with your generosity and prayers!

For anyone who is still interested in partnering with us, please let me know, and I can add you to our list of prayer partners. Additionally, any extra funds raised by us above and beyond our personal fundraising goal will go to other members of our team who do not meet their respective fundraising goals.

We also have a dear friend, Joyce So, who is going on the trip with us, and she is still raising support. (She is the friend I mentioned above who is in charge of the music with Matthew. She is also a former teacher and is largely heading up the curriculum design for the kids' club.) If you had been thinking about donating but missed the boat before we were fully funded, please prayerfully consider directing funds her way! If you would like to make a contribution online, you can do so through our church's website. (Go to this red link, select "Donate Here," and choose Joyce So from the drop-down names.) Alternatively, if you would like to mail a check, please send it to MPPC Mission Dept. / Cambodia STM Trip / 950 Santa Cruz Ave. / Menlo Park, CA 94025 with a note indicating that it applies to Joyce So.

We have our vaccines done, our funds raised, and our detail planning in process. Now, we are just getting very excited to be on the ground in Cambodia! Thank you all so much for your prayers, encouragement, and financial partnership. And thank you for continuing to support us; we could not do this without you!

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