Cambodian Fact – The current Constitutional King of Cambodia is Norodom Sihamoni. He is the son of the previous King, Norodom Sihanouk and his seventh wife. He is also the only current ruler that speaks Czech.
Khmer Proverb – “When the water rises, the fish eat the ants, but when the water recedes, the ants eat the fish.” The American equivalent of this is “Every dog has its day.” The meaning is that we will all be successful at some point in our lives. Even though we may suffer here on earth, when we reach heaven, we will be rich.
Khmer Proverb – “When the elephants fight; the ants run for cover.” This is a proverb that seems to have been taken from the Swahili, “When elephants fight, the grass suffers.” It refers to the times when two very strong and opposing forces disagree that those not engaged in the fight should seek shelter, much like the refugees during the Khmer Rouge Genocide.
Last but not least on this Monday morning is acknowledging the congregation of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Palatine, IL, who have stood with us forever it seems as we had been first sent to Indonesia and then to Cambodia. This was also coupled with their Trunk and Treat festival later that day.
Pastor Tom brought forth the children of the congregation to talk with them (and the rest of us) about missionaries. They each got to shake our hands as we left the altar area.
A special thank you to Diana Broj and Lisa for their outstanding assistance on the sidelines whenever we needed their expertise and / or to bail us out.
One lovely humorous note (and somewhat payback time also occurred at this point as well.) Many of you know that while we were in Indonesia many times I was called “Ibu George” rather than by my given name as was the culture there. While it took a while to get used to I didn’t mind it.
This very morning one of the children introduced us as “Mr. and Mrs. Shary Frahm.” I leaned over to George and said “Ah, payback time, huh ~ chuckle, chuckle.”
That comment was so priceless. Perfect !
Last weekend we were at Immanuel Lutheran Church Crystal Lake, IL.spending time with this very active church family who has so many times surprised us over these past two years. A grateful thank you to Laura Dykstra who connected us with Gerta, Norma, and Bob as well as Pastor Tieman and Kids of the Kingdom and so many others. Sunday evening we all gathered at Laura’s for a wonderful farm tour and time of fellowship. God is so good !
The last three weekends have been filled with blessing after blessing being in touch with people who are standing firm with us on God’s ministry in Cambodia. I’m taking a hiatus from packing and a long to do list to share a bit of time here the first thing on this Monday morning before my feet hit the ground running.
Three weeks ago we were in Memphis TN to share time with our son and daughter in law and very active 14 month old princess. We also had the opportunity to spend time with the congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church. This church is in the midst of some noticeable changes that are impacting the local community. This church dates back to 1855 and resides right down town next to the police building. Yet they minister to those whom God sends their way.
Our last Sunday found us at the Memphis Metal Museum on the Mississippi River for their 2nd annual church wide picnic. While they haven’t posted those pics yet (and I’m not good at taking selfies during church) I’m able to share a bit of the day here from my phone. Pastor Josh AndMelissa Hatcher on behalf of that congregation gave us a wonderful send off blessing.
There are no Starbucks or Golden Arches McDonalds in Cambodia at this time. There are two DQ (Dairy Queen) places, one at the airport and one along Sisoway Quay on the banks of the Mekong River in town. There is a place called Mike’s Burger. While you would say ‘that’s quite western’ let me assure you that the owner is a local Khmer guy who lived in NJ for a few years but then decided to return to his homeland and start this burger joint. It’s quite a hit with both the affluent locals and the expats because he serves the ‘real’ thing, that being an A&W root beer float. Mike orders a container of A&W root beer at a time and when it expires or he runs out of it, then he will order more. Of course he serves American style french fries, coney dogs, and hamburgers, all to ease the homesickness for those who yearn for a taste as this.