Suistei (hello in Khmer) , friend’s and family!
Monique & Sierra bringing you the latest news from our team! We are so happy you are reading these blogs and praying for each and every one of us! We are so thankful for all of you and are excited to tell you more about what we’re doing here.
For the past two days we have been working at the AIM center. We start off our days getting breakfast and coffee with one another and then get on the bus where our lovely driver, “Mr. T,” greets us. We then head over to AIM (about a 40 minute bus ride from where we are styaing) and watch the people on the street who can somehow fit 4-6 people on a motorbike. Once we get to AIM we say hi to all of the new friends we’re making and start our workshops. The workshops are classes where we teach the young disciples a type of skill or activity. Some workshops we are offering are music, arts and crafts, sewing, photography, singing and even a Bible study. These workshops give us the opportunity to share with the disciples some skills we have developed over the course of our lives but also gives us the opportunity to build relationships with them. After the workshops we do team-building exercises with all of the disciples. We get into a big circle and play games. The disciples are quick learners and usually beat us.
After games, we have lunch which is prepared every day by the amazing women at AIM and is always incredible. This lunch break is a great opportunity for us to sit with the disciples and staff to learn more about their lives and build stronger relationships with them. After lunch we have a break where we prepare for Kid’s Club and usually go get more iced coffee (because as AJ and Nate shared in the last post, it’s amazing!).
After the break we start Kid’s Club! We begin with worship and do a couple of songs in Khmer and some in English. Afterwords, we perform a skit to teach a Bible lesson, memorize a verse, play some games and then end our day with a craft. On our first day at AIM we had the kids make torches out of cardstock and tissue paper and they turned out so cute! On the second day we had them decorate crowns with glitter and gems. Although the glitter got all over us, all over them, and all over the AIM facility, it was so much fun and the crowns turned out perfect! After it’s all over it’s time to say our goodbyes to the kids until the next day. We have truly loved seeing these kiddos every day and getting to teach them about Jesus. They always have the biggest smiles on their faces and can’t wait to tackle and hug you every chance they get.
On the 22nd, which was our second day, we were given a tour of the different building of AIM, many of which were old brothels. There was one building we were taken to that still had one brothel room up to show what the building had started as compared to what God has turned it in to. I know for some of us team members, seeing that room really put into perspective what we are trying to prevent. It was heartbreaking to see but we serve a greater God and that was clearly shown during the rest of our tour. Later that day, we went out and played soccer and volleyball with the leaders and disciples at AIM. It was so fun getting to play with them and they didn’t even mind if we were horrible, they still cheered for us! They just wanted to have fun with us and get to know us better as well. After we leave AIM we are usually hungry so we find somewhere to eat. The food here is great and we have been able to try new things. After dinner we are ready for some much needed sleep. Although we are exhausted at the end of the day, we are so happy to be here and get to do what God has called us here for.
We have been challenged greatly, but been blessed ten times more. We can’t wait to see what the next week and a half holds for our team!
Love you all and miss you! More updates to come soon!
-Monique, Sierra & the team