Meet pastors in Phnom Penh

Today I has the joy, and I do mean joy, of meeting three pastors/missionaries in Phnom Penh. 

Francis Velasco and his wife are missionaries for the Philippines launching their church in phnom Penh in February. They are already meeting with new converts and bible study groups. He also introduced me to 23 boys and teens in an orphanage - who live, eat, sleep and bathe very simply. Then we went to a small group of rooms at the river and invited the tenants to a meeting at his church on Saturday. 

Dan Powers is a neat man - having served as pastor in the US for many years, he has left comforts at 63 years of age to assist and train Cambodian church planters. He shared his burden and many stories he has experienced in his first 6 months in Cambodia and I shed a number of tears, being moved. 

Savonn is a Cambodian pastor with an attendance of 350 on Sundays - amazing! His wife in her 30s has breast cancer. He told me of her treatments and future breast removal - an attempt to get a step ahead of this aggressive cancer. What a dear family. 

These men fired my soul today. I loved every minute of our time together. 

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

It has been moving day - viewing the killing fields of the Pol pot regime, the infamous SA-21 prison, adventurous rides in traffic, plus conversations with Jan and Ramona, have left interesting impressions.

The heat and humidity certainly takes its toll on one acclimated to the European climate. Even at night the temperature does not fall morning I found that early morning showers are not very practical. Local house help begins their early morning cleaning routines and water pressure drops to zero. I ended up in soap lather only, to find that i stood in the shower without any water for 4-5 minutes. Then I had a short stream, a few drops and then nothing again. The whole enjoyable event was about 20 minutes long.

The fruit in the marketplace looks enjoyable, but I have been warned to be careful - fresh water is not used to clean in the market. Nonetheless, it is something to behold.

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Out at the beach

Before dinner together, Debbie and I went for a drive, which ended up as a walk on the beach. She is still the love of my life.

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Keith Gandy - GermanyKeith Gandy - Germany

Keith, originally from the desert of Phoenix, Arizona, has been planting a church in Aschaffenburg, Germany for over thirty years. Daughter churches have also been started and missionaries have been sent out of the congregation. Annually, he participates in encouraging other European church-planters and frequently travels to visit them in their respective field of service.

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