Cambodia is roughly 55 times smaller than our home country of Canada, but it still takes over 12 hours to drive from one end to the other. We were long overdue for a family vacation and since it’s difficult to leave the country, we decided to embark on a 6 day road trip within Cambodia. This past week we traveled over 1500 kilometres through Cambodia’s provinces in the east (bordering Vietnam) and the north (Laos). The landscape holds many treasures such as waterfalls, rivers, unique mountains and breathtaking views. We also had the opportunity to visit areas populated by indigenous minority groups living near the border who continue to farm the highlands growing crops such as avocados and coffee.
There are about 20 different indigenous minority people groups that have been identified in Cambodia; these people have special attire, eat traditional dishes, speak different languages and many have not integrated into mainstream Khmer culture. Because these minority groups speak a different language and may not even have a written script yet, it is even more challenging to share the gospel with them. During this trip, we ate a traditional meal with a Christian friend and her family who are Bunong, one of the Indigenous people groups. It was encouraging to hear that the C&MA has planted 2 churches in the area. We are thankful for the International Workers that are currently doing pioneer mission work among the various indigenous groups teaching and translating the Bible in order to share about the hope of Jesus Christ.
Kid’s Corner: What was your favourite part of the roadtrip?
Mackenzie – “Jumping in the lake and seeing dolphins in the river.”
Marcus – “Climbing the mountain because it was exciting.”
- Thankful our family had an enjoyable trip exploring more of Cambodia.
- Pray for our team this first week of July as we have scheduled strategic team meetings to discern future ministry plans.
- Pray that we can continue to deepen relationships with people in the ministry, especially the 4 identified leaders.