Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Graduation

 As I told you in the last blog, we had another graduation on Friday night.

Piset, one of our graduates, gave the talk.  He did a great job!  He talked about how before God made the light, it was all darkness; and that is how the world is spiritually.  He talked about how it is difficult but that as they leave the school, they need to be the light and stand strong.

We had 2 graduates.  Standing closest to Rich is Somrach.  And then Makara is standing by Veasna, the other teacher at the school.


Neither Somrach or Makara plan to preach full time as of now.

Somrach is studying Photography - in the form of camera and videos for weddings, etc.

Makara is finishing up his Bachelor's degree in Finance and will then go on to gt his Masters.
Please keep both of these men in your prayers; that they will be Christian examples and spread God's word to those around them.

Much love,
Ronda

Thursday, December 1, 2016

More pictures of camp and updates

 I thought that I would post some more pictures of our camp.  I know that Rich posted some on an earlier blog, so if you missed it, go back a blog post.  This was our 3rd nationwide camp.

It seems that we just can't make a trip without car trouble.  This time is was one blowout in the tire wall. Then, on the way to get it replaces a couple days later, the car overheats.
  It is holding the umbrella.  The Cambodian people REALLY don't like to be in the sun.
 One of the games we were playing to get to know each other at the start of the camp.


 And you can't be at the coast without beautiful water pictures!

Kimsroeun, one of our students leading singing one night.
 Singing together.
 Eating together.
 Rich had the lesson on Sunday morning.  Our theme was "The Love of God"
 The camp is split up into 4 groups.  Each group is responsible for different chores 3 times a day.  Rich's group was on helping with the meal, serving the meal and washing dishes on this particular occasion.

My (Ronda's) group won!  We were simply the best!
 The camp!!!  It is wonderful for the Christians here to get to be together and encourage each other.
 Some of our classes.  The classes were divided into men's, women's and children's classes; and then those were divided into 3 age brackets.
 I taught about 14 ladies over the age of 25.


 Lomang, after playing one of the games.
 Beautiful sunsets!  God richly blessed us with these days.

As for an update, Rich is now teaching Luke to all but one of our students.  I am having Khemrin teach me the book of Philippians in 9 lessons, plus memory work and reading.
 Veasna is teaching Spiritual Formation to all the students in the afternoons.

One thing I thought was interesting...Phyllis is one of the American teachers at the BEST Center, teaching English this month.  She also does sign language.  On Sunday, we had a lady and boy come to services that couldn't hear.  Of course, Phyllis doesn't know Khmer (Cambodian language).  I translate for English speakers during our class and service time.  So, I was translating from Khmer to English; Phyllis was listening to me on her headphones and then translating that into sign language.   Some of the signs are different here than in the US, but we hope they understood most of the lessons.

Tomorrow night is graduation, so we will be blogging on that next.  Please keep us, the student, our graduates and the Christians here in your prayers.

Much love,
Ronda

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Water Festival -Church Camp 2016

November 13-15 is the annual Water Festival in Cambodia.  Over a million people pour into Phnom Penh for the boat races. Each town can enter a team in the boat races. It's really exciting and cool.  Here's a picture from the

Instead of doing that, as much fun as it is, many from the churches here meet together for church camp.  (People have the holidays off, so it makes a good time to gather together.)  Here's some of what we did instead of enjoying the Water Festival:


This young lady from Siem Reap and Thorng from CBI had their own water festival as they were baptized into Christ and His death so that they could be raised again to a new life.


We taught and studied a lot about God's Love for us and showing that love to each other.







We worshiped together.








 We worked and ate together.  I think we had the best time at Water Festival.

Rich 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

On Thursday

 On Thursday, we had to pick up our new passports at the US Embassy.  And let me tell you, getting new passports here is quick!  We took in our applications (and money, of course) to the embassy on Tuesday, Oct 4th in the afternoon.  We got an email on Monday, the 10th that they were here.

Since Rich is teaching Isaiah in the mornings and then I & II Timothy on Monday,Wednesday, and Friday afternoons, and has language school on Tuesday afternoon, that only left Thursday to go to the embassy to pick up the passports.  We thought we would hop in the motorcycle and get close to the embassy, get something to eat, be first in line at 1 pm to get in, and be home by 1:30 pm or so.We were so wrong!!!

 It so happens that the Premier of China came to Phnom Penh on Thursday; and his plane got in at noon.  To set this up a bit, we live in the south part of the city.  The embassy is in the northeast and the airport is in the northwest.  The roads that the motorcade came in was an "L" shape.  There was no way to get from our house to the embassy without crossing one of the  two streets that they were driving down.

So the picture above is the motorcycles in front of us, waiting behind the barricades, for the motorcade to come through so that we can cross.  There was a barrier a block behind us so that the cars couldn't come this far.  We were glad we were on the motorcycle but it was still about 45 minutes before the motorcade with the Prime Minister of Cambodia and the Premier of China actually passed.
But, I'm sure that the sellers on the side of the road were happy!  Lots of buyers sitting in the sun with no place to go.  The picture below is of the guy selling coconut milk.  For those of you that don't know, coconuts really start out looking green like below.  The brown shell that you usually see in the US in the inside shell.  So he hacks off the top of the shell and pours the coconut milk in a plastic bag.  Then he cuts the shell open, after cutting of a sliver from the side of the shell.  He uses the sliver like a spoon to scoop out the meat and add it to the coconut milk in the bag.  Add a straw, and you have your drink.

Behind the coconut seller, you can see a glass box with yellow squares.  That is sugar cane.  You can just suck on the sugar cane square.  A lot of the time, they have presses that they squeeze to make a drink out of the sugar cane.


To finish the story, we did finally get across the street at about 1:30 pm.  Probably because of the road blocks, there wasn't a line at the embassy, so we did get in and through quickly.  Then we headed to the riverside (Mekong River) and stopped at our favorite Mexican food place for a late lunch.  We ended up getting home at about 3:30 pm.  Oh, well!

In case you are interested, the Premier of China promised half a billion dollars in aid to Cambodia. Since the US and the European Union is threatening to cut off aid since the Prime Minister is getting heavy handed and as far as human rights is concerned, it is getting worse and not better, The Prime Minister has gone to China.

I hope you all are well.  Keep us, the work here, and the Christians here in your prayers.

Much love,
Ronda

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Back to Work

We had a wonderful trip to the US!  We got to see our family and so many friends.

Now, we are back home!  Rich got home on Tuesday, August 30th late at night, and started teaching Revelation to our students at CBI on Wednesday morning.  Teaching Revelation, in the Khmer language, while jet lagged.  What fun!

Ray Hull is here! He lives in Waynoka, OK.  This is his 2nd trip to Cambodia.  His wife, Karen, was able to come with him last time.  He actually got to Cambodia a couple days before Rich got back, so he stayed at my sister's house until Rich picked him up on the way to chapel Wednesday morning. Ray is teaching Hebrews at the school in the afternoons.

I got back late Wednesday night, Sept. 7th.  Try, one of our graduates, was kind enough to translate for Ray the first week and a half he taught.  I started translating for Ray on Monday, the 12th.  That gave me some time to get to the markets and get a little caught up before starting to translate.

These classes will go until September 23rd.  Then we will be out of school for a week and a half for one of the Cambodians' major holidays.

Again, it was wonderful to see so many of you!  Keep us and the work here in your prayers.
Much love,
Ronda


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

US Trip Travel Schedule

What a month this has been!  Rich has been teaching all day this month; Ezekiel in the mornings and then Greek in the afternoons.  And he gave his finals in those classes yesterday.

So as of tonight at about 11:20pm, we are headed stateside.

Our schedule is:
July 27 - leave Phnom Penh
July 28 - arrive in Houston.  Visit with Jason and our new grandbaby, Avery.
                 We plan to worship with the Memorial Church of Christ while in Houston.

Aug. 6 - fly to DFW.  Visit with Rebekah and Evan in Plano.
                 We plan to worship with the Waterview Church of Christ there.

Aug. 11 - fly to Richmond, VA.  Visit with Reuben and Emily
                   We will be worshiping with the Three Chopt Rd Church of Christ.

Aug. 18 - fly to Tulsa, OK.  We will be staying with Randall, Kassie, Kenley and Ryah in Collinsville
               
Aug. 21 - we will be worshiping with the North Heights congregation in Batesville, Arkansas.  We are excited to finally make it there on a Sunday!

Aug. 24 - we plan to meet with the Collinsville Church of Christ for Bible class.

Aug. 28 - Worshiping with the Broken Arrow Church of Christ on Sunday morning.
                     We may be meeting with the Whispering Hills congregation on Sunday evening.

Aug. 29 - Rich leaves to come back home.  Ronda will be going to Houston to play with one of our sweet granddaughters for another week; then flying back on Sept. 6th.

We hope to see many of you soon!  Keep us in your prayers as we travel and the school here in your prayers in our absence.  If you aren't in one of these congregations, but are close, come see us!

Much love,
Ronda


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Maynards in Cambodia

 I started to write this blog about a week ago and the electricity went out, so I couldn't write it.  Then, I totally forgot about it.
So, here it is.

On June 11th, David and Elaine Maynard, along with their daughter, Kayla and her husband, Chris Chambers, landed in Cambodia.  Because of a problem in San Francisco, they were without luggage for a couple days.  Always fun!!!

David and Elaine Maynard, for those of you who don't know them, have been friends of ours for years.  David is currently serving as an elder in the church at Broken Arrow.  We have the honor of their son being our son-in-law.

David came about 2 years ago with Scott Keele;  Kayla, their daughter, came about 4 years ago to teach English in the BEST Center.  David did teach on the 5 Love Languages during Rich's class at the school on Christian Family on Tuesday before we headed to Siem Reap.

The trip to Siem Reap takes about 5 or so hours by car.  The last time David was here, the trip took us 8 hours since the roads were all torn up; so this trip was much easier. These are the stairs up to the very middle of Angkor Wat.  In this picture, the stairs don't look so steep, but they are extremely steep.


This picture is from the front of Angkor Wat.  We went through 3 temples from different periods.  It is always amazing to see what people so long ago accomplished.  All the carvings are amazing.  But lots of stairs and lots of heat.


On June 18th, Rebekah and Evan got here. It was wonderful worshiping together with the Khmers.



We enjoyed David and Elaine, Kayla and Chris for 2 weeks.  Rebekah and Evan overlapped them one week.
Evan stayed another week, leaving on July 2nd.  Rebekah left just this last Friday (8th).

This picture is of our Rebekah, otherwise known as "big Rebekah" or "white Rebekah", or "Rebekah the 1st".  With her in the picture is Rebekah, the daughter of Christian here.  She is known as "little Rebekah", "black Rebekah"  (they don't do shades of colors like we do), or "Rebekah the 2nd".  The girl in the pink is Rebekah the 2nd's sister, Sarah.

We hope that all the Maynard crew enjoyed being here as much as we enjoyed them coming.  We love sharing Cambodia with anyone who comes.

Rich is currently teaching our older students the book of Ezekiel in the mornings, while Veasna is teaching Bible History to the newer students.  Then Rich is teaching all the students New Testament Greek in the afternoons.  Please continue to pray for Rich and our students and graduates.

We will be leaving for the US on July 27th.  We will first visit Jason in Houston (after all, he does have our newest granddaughter!), followed by Plano, TX (Rebekah and Evan); Richmond, VA (Reuben and Emily); and then to the Tulsa area, which includes a trip to Batesville, AR, seeing Randall, Kassie and the girls, and Broken Arrow.  Rich will fly home on August 29th; I will go back to Houston for another week.

We hope to see a bunch of you soon!!
Much love,
Ronda