Cambodia - Day 4
Our last sleep and breakfast in Phnom Penh, then we collected Tim from Prison Fellowship and very slowly through stop-start traffic crawled our way out of the city and eventually into the serenity of the rural countryside. Tim's fascinating (and often humorous) insight after nine months in Cambodia with his wife and five children was very entertaining, particularly after leaving a successful business career in Canada.
After four hours of rough riding a dust bowl of a track we eventually made it to Kampong Cham to the Smile Restaurant where we lunched with the local Prison Fellowship team. Because Smile is a training non-profit business lunch took a little while to be served (about an hour and half for some). This did not matter as Tim pointed out what the local prisoners go without each day - our lives are paradise in comparison.
In the afternoon we packed 800 food parcels for the inmates we will visit tomorrow in the local church on a bamboo floor where you could see the ground beneath between the slats. Country Cambodia is so different from the madness of the big city. There was a real sense of team accomplishment with the completion of the food packs - well done Riverview Cambodia 2014 Team...you guys are true Champions!!
The senior pastor was badly scarred on his face after been tortured as a young boy by the Pol Pot regime. He described his life as a pastor - very tough with little or no financial contribution from his very poor congregation. However his love for God and the people was his fuel to never give up and keep going!
We enjoyed a wonderful meal prepared by the women in the church and then finished off the night with praise and worship by the Riverview team and prayer for one another. Back to the hotel for an early night ready for a big day at the prison tomorrow.
Local church worship team.