A full days work, and then some! That about describes our Sunday in Sihanoukville. It all started with a wedding, that turned into VBS, that turned into a wedding.
A wedding you ask? On a mission trip? That's right! How privileged we were to have started our day walking in a wedding procession, thanks to the Directors, of Stronghold Cambodia. Pastor Jesse and Naomi were scheduled to attend the wedding of Naomi's cousin today. Our team was honored to be invited to the festivities and witness some true Cambodian customs. The Wedding was a traditional Buddhist affair filled with pomp and circumstance. It all started with the actual ceremony held very early in the morning. Afterward, the wedding party lead their guests on a march up and down the road carrying gifts of food, which were later served at the reception. The procession is symbolic of the Prince of Cambodia on his journey to meet his wife. After the procession, a fine breakfast was served. Our team enjoyed the breakfast, and scurried off to Stronghold to lead the children in VBS.
VBS was a success, praise be to God! One hundred five children listened to words of love and encouragement. They heard God's word, and learned that Jesus is Our Good Shepherd, who cares, provides, leads, forgives, and saves. They assembled lamb crafts reminding them that they are part of Their Good Shepherd's flock, following Jesus to their salvation. They sang songs inviting them to "Come and Gather In the Name of Jesus" and "tell the world, I LOVE JESUS". After the lessons, songs, and games, the children were feed a nutritious lunch. The event proved that a large team can come together and work together perfectly, when the Holy Spirit is invited to lead.
After VBS, we cleaned up supplies and readied Stronghold to host the International Church Service. Pastor Dion delivered the message.
Off to the wedding again, for the reception gala. If you have ever watched the classic film "The King and I" or its remake "Anna and The King", then you will have an idea of the beauty in costuming which we observed. The evening reception is an elaborate event in which the family and friends come together donned in their Cambodian finest. The women wear custom made gowns. STUNNING! The meal is served in many courses, each grander than the one before. Then a full night of dancing, much like American weddings. What a great way to end our last day in Cambodia as servants!
God is good, all the time. He brought together two groups of people who had never before meet, and He created a team of dedicated disciples willing and eager to share His message of Love! We feel blessed to have been a part of this journey and Praise God for the growth that we have experienced during this past eight days. Let's meet again some time Ellisville!
Tammy and Emily Webb, St John's Midland, MI