Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Le Voyage en Asie

Well I'm back from the trip which was quite an experience. We are still remembering little things that happened everyday, none of which were we used to. We arrived in Thailand and that sort of introduced most of us to the Orient, but that was just the beginning, with the metros and river boat we still felt somewhat at home/not so lost. We didn't know quite the extent of things we would get to see in the other are a few shots from Thailand. 
 So that was pretty much Thailand. We only stayed for about half a night and had to leave the hotel at about 3AM for our flight to Burma. Burma was really amazing. We got to see the big Pagodas, a sort of Buddhist monument and visit other Christians there. I will show you more very soon but I can't have any pics on here of Burma or talk much about it on here. We then headed to Cambodia after 3 days, through Bangkok to make the change of country, that was my birthday...wooo....hahaha. 
     In Cambodia, we were actually with Bill and Marie-Claire which was better than without them :-) as they weren't able to get their visas for Burma. We got to see a lot in Cambodia, including the Ship of Life medical boat, we went out to a few villages with the nutrition team and saw the Partners in Progress Center and CBI Sunset-like bible school. We also stopped at a school next to a random pagoda and played with them at their recess and sang them "the wise man". 
      The medical boat takes dental patients and patients who need a physician from villages they stop at. At the moment, they are on the Makong River and do about a village a week. In the morning, people come to the shore and take a number to see a doctor and then hang out most of the morning waiting to go on board and be helped out which is when we sang and did a few skits for them. These people don't have doctors so the doctors there are a great help to these people. Every once in a while there are more specialized doctors who stay on board for a few months as well.  The crew was made up of quite a few american doctors and nurses who have kids in college. There were also a few cambodian crew members who weren't christians but had been coming to the church session they have on board. Bill and Marie-Claire and Partners in Progress in general try to stay open to opportunities they can be used to serve and talk to other people about God. 
  The nutrition program goes to about 3 villages a day, 3 days a week, but there are quite a few villages under their support at one time. The team teaches the children about hygiene and God at the same time. They give them Soy milk and peanut butter on bread for a morning snack as 60% of children there are malnourished. They also give them play money for a little store they have with pens, pencils and t-shirts for doing things like wearing shoes and clipping their nails. Here are some pictures from there which will say more than I can in a decent amount of time.
 Constantin loves the movie Fightclub.
On top of the PIP center.
 More pictures coming...


  1. Hey Derek, It was great to read your blog and see the pictures. I am anxious to hear and see more about this trip and all your adventures. I am so thankful you are back safe and the rest of the group too. I take it everyone was well during this trip. Give Katie & Craig my salutes and hugs and kisses to you from NONNA (even tho it says Frank).

  2. It is so great that you got to spend time with Marie-Claire and Bill. Bien sur, I'm jealous! Looked like a great trip. Enjoyed the photos M-C's and yours.