Our Journey with RNhu

Our Adventures

Waves of Mercy, Waves of Grace

Posted on July 22, 2011 at 10:33 AM

 

After 10,000 miles and three days of adventure, the moment was finally here.  We pulled through the gates at Remember Nhu's home in Phnom Phen.The younger girls  jumped up and down in excitement. Our spirits did the same.

We stepped from the van with a bit of awkwardness, not entirely certain of how to break the ice with girls for whom we have prayed but had not met. Then Mary, Tamara and Diane's daughters rushed into their arms, and any bit of apprehension was washed away in a moment of deep beauty and joy.

After a quick tour of the home, a dinner of fried duck eggs and rice, and a round of shy introductions, the girls took over.  They taught us how to play several silly games, giggling when we muffed the hand movements and the rhymes. They also soon had Tamara singing and dancing, ''Évery move I make, you make me move Jesus.''

Jesus has indeed made us move in recent days.  He has moved our bodies from Indiana to Hong Kong, Vietnam and now Cambodia. He has moved our hearts to rejoice at the beauty of his creation and his people, and to mourn at the evils that we as humans inflict on both.  And he has moved our souls to sing new songs of praise to him.

Tonight ended with a phone call, and one final, unexpected blessing. Nhu's cell phone rang as we played with the girls. It was the Phnom Phen Airport; our bags had arrived. On the same day we had all resolved to accept that our luggage might not make it to us before we had to leave for home, we gratefully unpacked fresh clothes, medicine, insect repellant and sun screen.

Tomorrow we deliver fruit to the boat people who live on the Mekong River and we take the girls to Lucky Burger. How lucky (and blessed) we are.

 

 

 

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7 Comments

Reply Richie
9:05 AM on July 23, 2011 
Psalm 103:12, "As far as the east is from the west,
So far has he removed our transgression from us."

I'm sure you guys have a fresh sense of just how far the east is from the west. Psalm 103 was my guide in praying for you this morning.
verse 4, he redeems the girls lives from destruction
verse 6, he brings justice for the girls (oppressed)
verse 13, our loving heavenly father pities his children who fear Him
verse 19, as Christ's ambassadors, establish His rule and reign in Cambodia!
Reply Dave
9:51 PM on July 22, 2011 
Dear team, the first thing we do in the morning is lift all of you up in prayer. We think about you throughout the day. Lynn keeps hearing the song "The God of the City", on K-LOVE, and it makes her think of the difference you're making. Bless you all for being the hands and feet of Christ. Love, Lynn & Dave
Reply gatesjourney@gmail.com
7:04 PM on July 22, 2011 
Thank you all for your prayers. As we have so enjoyed the sweet embrace of the girls we are also reminded of those who have left and those that are still at risk needing to be helped. The team truly desires to be used by God as we continue to be His hands and feet to this nation.
Reply B
5:11 PM on July 22, 2011 
Trusting in Him to bring you and the girls many blessings. So happy to know the bags did arrive and all is well. It's 100 degree here in Indy, with humidity. As I was walking and praying last night I thought how hot and humid it must be there. But the sights, sounds and smells so very different than Indiana. Ejoy and rejoice in the time you have with the girls. Hugs to all....
Reply Tina
4:22 PM on July 22, 2011 
So happy this time is being blessed. You sound so full of joy. Thank you for bringing that joy to those sweet girls. May you be safe and blessed as you continue this journey. Please continue to pray for my girl who has left the home as well. her name was Langh. Thank you for giving so freely of yourselves!
Reply Lorie
12:31 PM on July 22, 2011 
I love hearing how things are going but read with a tear in my heart and try not to cry as I think about my girl leaving the home. I was so hoping you could meet with her, give her the gifts we tried to send months ago and let her know how much she is loved. Pray with me she will return one day.
Reply lblackburn@indy.rr.com
11:31 AM on July 22, 2011 
I enjoyed your post so much! I almost feel like I am there, and hope and dream that someday I will be! Praise God for your safe arrival and for the added blessing of your luggage arriving! But I know the real blessing is being there with our girls. I am praying for you all, often.