Village Life

Hello Readers!

First off, thank you to everyone who has supported me financially and in prayers. I could not be here if not for you. It honestly means so much to me.

I’ve officially been in the village of Angk’jeay for about 10 days now and am getting into the swing of things. Luke and Sokha have english classes at their house every day of the week except Sunday. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays there are three english classes that go on at different times of the day. They start each class by singing a few hymns and praying. Many of the kids know how to play guitar because they have learned from Sokha, so usually a few students will play the guitar while the rest sing. It’s very beautiful to listen to and watch. Many of the students have become christians through coming to these classes over the past four years. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays I will start teaching a english class through bible stories. We started a booklet on the life of John the Baptist and I’m excited to see where it goes.

The students love to play volleyball! Luke and Sokha have a volleyball net set up in their yard so we play together quite often. They are pretty good(way better than me)!! Recently we started playing USA against Cambodia… they love representing their country, that’s for sure! We took many of the students to the mountain this past Sunday after church. We were able to hike for a while and explore a little bit. Personally speaking, I had a lot of fun and I think all the students did too! Luke, Sokha, and Becca also hosted a health fair for the students this past weekend! Some team members from Phnom Penh came to the village to help with the sessions. There were sessions on toothbrushing, hand washing, height and weight, and nutrition. It was a huge success and I think the kids learned a lot and had a lot of fun!

We had a farewell party for Becca last night as it was her last day in the village yesterday. Becca is an intern from the states who has been here since January. Cambodians definitely know how to say goodbye well. It was incredibly beautiful and heartwarming to see everyone from the village come help send Becca off and wish her well. There were lots of tears. It’s not hard to see the impact she has made on the students’ lives while she’s been here…. or the impact that they have made on hers. It will be hard to see her leave tomorrow, though.

Speaking of Becca- I cannot put into words how thankful I am that I have had her to help me transition into the village. She has been a blessing from God and we have gotten along so well! It’s been so good to learn from her and witness the love she pours out daily on the village of Angk’jeay and the people in it. She will definitely be missed.

I am quickly learning that God is more amazing and comforting than I could ever imagine. I don’t deserve life but He has given it to me and all I can do is be eternally thankful.

The students love taking pictures!

The students love taking pictures!

I'm teaching them to love my school :)

I’m teaching them to love my school:)

The health fair! I was in charge of crafts.

The health fair! I was in charge of crafts.

God does amazing things with the sky here. It's a new surprise every evening.

God does amazing things with the sky here. It’s a new surprise every evening.

The fruit for Becca's party!

The fruit for Becca’s party!

Becca's farewell party. So many loving people came to send her off. May I just add how amazing the sky looks in this picture.

Becca’s farewell party. So many loving people came to send her off. May I just add how amazing the sky looks in this picture.

We helped plant trees in the front yard the first Sunday I was there. It was great.

We helped plant trees in the front yard the first Sunday I was there. It was great.

The three amigos.

The three amigos.

Our trip to the mountain was fun. They loved climbing the rocks.

Our trip to the mountain was fun. They loved climbing the rocks.

The girls taking pictures on our way to the mountain.

The girls taking pictures on our way to the mountain.

Prayer requests:

  • For Becca to have safe travels home and to transition back into the US smoothly
  • Luke and Sokha and their ministry in the village- that God would give them strength and perseverance
  • For more students to come to know Jesus through these classes. Also for the students’ futures, that they have a chance to experience God’s immense love in many different ways.
  • Me to be an effective teacher while I’m here and to hold nothing back. Also for me to be content while I am here and for any homesickness that may occur to leave quickly.

Thank you again for praying for me, supporting me, and keeping up with me!

Blessings,

Whitley

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