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Day 3 - Seminars and Saving Lives

We had an incredible day today. Kirby Nichols, Tony Buop and I spent the day presenting staff development topics to a group of 30+ attendees from a variety of NGOs in Cambodia. We had attendees from Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cambodia (ELCC), Lutheran Hour Ministries, Concordia Welfare and Education Foundation (CWEF), Child Rescue, Stronghold Cambodia, Pastor Seang Chern from Ream Church and Pastor Bun Hearn and his wife, Chan Somphosh, from Kompong Sam Church and students from the Kampong Som Bible School (KBS), who graciously provided the venue for our seminar. The morning topics consisted of lessons in "Personality Styles" and "How to Manage Difficult Conversations," presented by me.  I must say, this is the first time that I have given a presentation in bare feet, and looked up to find a cow meandering by the large opening at the rear of the venue.

After a delicious lunch of squid in Koh Kong Fish sauce and pork and vegetable over steamed rice, we returned to the seminar to cover "Hiring Best Practices" and "Performance Management," both presented by Kirby.  Pastor John Saray was our excellent translator for the entire day. Amanda Rossini was the trooper of the day. At the last minute, she was called on to teach English (without the aid of a translator), to the six classes at Stronghold Cambodia; three in the morning and three in the afternoon. All of the English speaking staff of SC would be with the rest of us at KBS attending the seminar. Two other teachers and the SC cook; all of whom only speak Khmer would be the only staff left with Amanda at SC. The morning classes were able to enjoy a face-time session with Amanda's son Caleb. They exchanged conversation about their ages, families, and favorite pastimes. Because there is a 12 hour time difference between St. Louis and Cambodia, Caleb was sleeping by the time of the afternoon classes.

As if this weren't enough heroism on Amanda's part, after dinner we had time to take advantage of the hotel pool for the first time since arriving. It was a well needed break for all of us. While we were swimming, a young man jumped into the deep end of the pool. His mother began yelling, and three of us assumed she was chiding her son for breaking the pool rules. But Amanda correctly assessed the situation, hearing the fear in the mother's voice and realized that the boy could not swim. Her prior life guard experience kicked in and she immediately jumped into action.  She lifted the boy across the pool and into his mother's waiting arms. After a little sputtering, it was clear that he was okay, and the mom expressed her heart-felt thanks. We thank God for Amanda and her quick thinking and instant action. Talk about being "The light of the world," which coincidentally as the topic Amanda had chosen for the devotion she was leading at the time of the incident. We all believe that we are here to save lives, but today, Amanda knocked the ball right out of the park. God bless you Amanda!!

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Kick Off

Saturday, October 11, 2014 was a big day for Stronghold Cambodia. It was the first time children were served by the NGO. After we fancied up the building for the big ribbon cutting ceremony during the dedication the day before, we were now ready to open the doors to the children. And open them we did!  In true Cambodian fashion, of the 100 children invited, over 130 children attended this first event. Children came from the congregation of nearby churches and from the neighborhood in which the organization is located; the very mix we hoped for. 
 
All were treated to a full day of Vacation Bible School. We began in the morning with a "Creation Story" skit which was delivered by the ever energetic Danay Mao, a frequent Stronghold Cambodia volunteer from Concordia Welfare and Education Foundation (CWEF ), and Tim Esala, a St John volunteer who's artwork and cheerful silliness kept the kids entertained while they learned.  There was a large number of other volunteers who also made this day possible. Pastors John and Nehemiah and their entire families helped out. Dan, our Australian friend and volunteer brought his whole family to assist. A group of adult students from the Komponson Bible School, from which Jesse and Naomi graduated, also leant a hand. And there were the six short term missionaries from St John; Katie Geisert, Linda Brady, Tim and Diane Esala, Linda Mueller and Jen Dotson. Last, but never least were Jesse and his family. 
 
After the skit and the picture frame craft, where students enjoyed decorating a foam frame and placing their instamatic pictures in them, it was time for lunch. Stronghold Cambodia fed over 160 people. Naomi and her miraculous kitchen volunteers cooked up a delicious chicken curry, served with fresh warm french bread that was the biggest and best meal we've had in Cambodia.This brought us happily into the afternoon where more skits and crafts were on the docket. Tim and Danay presented the story of Adam and Eve. Then came the Christmas story with David and Solomon (Jesse and Naomi's sons) played Joseph and the angel, while an unknown local talent volunteered to play Mary.  Pastor John and Pastor Nehemiah teamed up to deliver the Easter message, rounding out the story of Christ for us. For crafts the children enjoyed learning about and making their beaded faith bracelets, coloring their "Creation Story" pictures, and making "Jesus Loves You" cards. 
 
All in all it was a powerful, fun, exhausting day, a great way to kick off the mission to serve the children of Cambodia at Stronghold Cambodia. 
 
 
 
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