The South East Asia team – Cambodia

Most of the SE Asia team before leaving Carlisle

Most of the SE Asia team before leaving Carlisle

The first part of the DTS outreach in South East Asia took place in Cambodia. Here’s a testimony by Aubrey:

‘God did a lot of things while we were in Cambodia, but my favourite experience was working at the drug rehab centre.  Our second week we went to the centre on Thursday and Friday morning to work with young men ages 17 to 30 who were recovering from severe drug addictions.  Our contact was pastor Noel and he gave us the schedule of what the days would be like beforehand so that we could prepare.  Thursday was interesting because the schedule we were given for the program did not end up being followed, so we only did about two things out of the five or six we had prepared.  However, despite the miscommunication it was a very rewarding time with the drug rehab patients.  I taught English with the help of Ben and Eva, which went fairly well considering I had no idea how advanced the students were.  It turned out they were more advanced than I thought, but it worked out ok and they responded very well.

The team spent some time sharing Jesus at a drug rehab in Cambodia

The team spent some time sharing Jesus at a drug rehab in Cambodia

It was really encouraging for me to see that the work being done there was really having an impact on the people.  I wasn’t sure at first if what we were doing was really meaning anything to them, but as we were driving home on Friday we all agreed that these men’s lives were impacted by God.  When we first arrived I was a bit intimidated by the high cement walls, armed guards, and barred windows throughout the complex.  I wasn’t sure what to expect; I didn’t know if the men we would be working with were responsive, respectful, or even totally present mentally.  However, as soon as we entered the “classroom”, all of my fears disappeared.  I can’t explain it exactly, but I felt completely safe there and somehow I knew that they were responding to us and the pastor who works with them on a regular basis.  They had a level of joy and peace that one would not expect in a place like that.  It was a real joy to work with them, and I am a bit disappointed that we didn’t do any more work there, but I’m grateful for what we were able to do.’

Pray for our DTS outreach team in South East Asia!

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