We had our second “Thursday Fellowship” yesterday. We plan to get together once a month at a church member’s house for worship and a meal. We all had a really good time together, and it is already evident that spending this extra time together is strengthening the relationships between members.
Also, according to custom, this gathering is broadcast by loudspeaker over the surrounding village, so every month a different area gets to hear a few hymns and a message of salvation by grace through faith in the Only True and Living God, Jesus Christ.
Our hosts this month were Kim and Nyen:
Here are some ladies preparing the meal. I can’t remember the name of the dish, but it sounded ironically similar to “don’t eat.”
This is Sopheak, Chheng’s niece, whom I mentioned in the previous post.
This is how to cook rice for 50 people. The wood has already been removed from underneath, and most of the rice eaten, for that matter. I’m not sure about the banana leaf. Maybe a potholder?
These girls are playing a game called “catch the lice.” (Really, lice?) It’s basically jacks but with rocks. The girl in orange has them here. And in case you were wondering, Taylor Doyle sent Flat Susie for a visit!
You can see the local pool hall across the street.
These guys (the 6 in front) are students at the PATC.
We’re riding the ferry back across the river. The girl behind Chheng is Srey Leab, a student and faithful worker for almost 3 years.
The lady on the right is Sarun, Chheng’s sister. She was the first to believe, and the church—7 or 8 people—met in her home when Chheng began his ministry here in 1999.