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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Camiguin and Cambodia Trip

The past two weeks were a busy but blessed days! It made me realize that God is truly gracious to put me in this work ministry to serve His people.

First, the team where I belong in the Philippines had a meeting and team building for three days which was held in the beautiful and peaceful island of Camiguin. After we finished the day's schedule, the team was able to visit the sunken cemetery and enjoy and feel both the cold spring
and hot springs! It was a very relaxing and wonderful experience.

Then the following week I have to go to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to p
rovide technical assistance to the HOPE people there on their implementation plan and to learn about one project on improving the quality of life of people living with HIV in Battambang province, which is five hours away from the city capital. I felt very fortunate and blessed to meet those people and I really learned many things from them and about the project. I wish we have the same kind of project for PLWH in the Philippines.

When I found out more tha
n a month ago that I have this trip to Cambodia, I was hoping to see the famous Angkor Watt Temple which was located in Siem Reap, five to six hours away from Phnom Penh. Learning this fact, I gave up the idea of seeing it but to my surprise.....the project team had decided to bring my colleague friend and I to Siem Reap on our way back to the city from Battambang province! Of course, I was so thrilled and elated in anticipation for this was really unexpected! I said God, you are simply amazing!

So I must say that God is more than gracious enough to turn this temple in my Asian history into a reality! In addition to that, back in Phnom Penh, my friends brought me to the Royal Palace, Genocide Museum and Russian market to buy gifts and souvenirs.

Indeed truly another great experience from this South East Asian country, Cambodia, the seventh nation I have visited. Thank you Lord for this blessing!

4 comments:

stanw said...

Great post, like your account of your time in Cambodia. Great that you got to see what you so wanted to see. Are there a lot of people in Cambodia with HIV?

Awesome that you are getting these opportunities to travel and also learn and share.

E L R o i said...

Hey Stanw....thanks that you liked it. Yes, there are many people there who are HIV+ but they are able to manage because of the good system in their district.

And yes by God's grace I am so fortunate to have a work ministry with all these wonderful opportunity. Love to share it too here to show people especially those who are also in my situation that being HIV+ is not really the end of world. If they would only trust and obey God, they can have this kind of life too. Hopefully many would still be able to read this blog. God bless bro.

stanw said...

Praying along with you that others will do just that, trust and obey God, His love has the power to change us if we let Him! God bless you.

E L R o i said...

Thanks Stanw :)