Cambodia - Day 5
Breakfast at Smiles as the golden Cambodian sun rose over the still Mekong before making our way to Kompong Cham Provincial Prison with The Prison Fellowship Team.
We had to be free of phones, cameras and jewellery. After the usual checks and authorisation we were granted entry to be formally seated within the prison courtyard in neat formation behind the prison chief, his deputy, Tim (PF) and Meena (RCF). 800 prisoners sat cross legged in rows facing us with intrigue. The music and singing commenced with the worship team of our local host church as well as Rachel (keyboard), Lambert (singing), Joan (guitar) and Tama (guitar).
After a message about the "Hope of Jesus" in Khmer by the local pastor, Elisabete then shared her testimony and Robbie shared about his time in prison and how he now helps other prisoners. The audience listened intently through the translator. The Prison Chief was clearly moved and surprisingly shared how he too had once been a prisoner.
After the official ceremony we handed out the gift packs to 800 very grateful men and women prisoners. It was such an honour and a privilege to represent Riverview Children's Foundation on behalf of Prison Fellowship Cambodia.
The afternoon was spent tracking along the bumpy and dusty highway to Kampong Thom to arrive at the welcoming Sambor Village and its tranquil pool that filled very quickly with virtually every member of our team who happily stayed in the refreshing water way beyond sun down. Another amazing day in amazing Cambodia!
Three hour bus ride with roadworks like this all the way!
The Mighty Mekong.