From Greenacre Church of Christ Sydney to Cambodia. 3 of our best go to teach basic hygeine to remote villages, disaster management to medical students, support local church plantings and pray like no other we know can. Catherine, Malcolm and Marcelo reach out all in the name of God to our Cambodian friends.
Starting Early Monday morning 27th June they flew out to Phnom Pen and the adventure and work begins.
They take our SPOT for communications to family and friends and safety in a 3rd world country.
MedicalRescue • 2011-07-07 Thursday 7th July 1900 hrs (7:00pm) - The team gets on the firts plane from Phnom Penh at 1810 hrs (6:10pm) CAmbodian time that is 9:10 pm Sydney Time. Then a 3 hour stopover in Singapore the on second flight at 0035hrs half an hour past midnight 3:00 am Syd time for the final trip home arriving 1020 hopefully. Pray the wind does not affect the landing and arrival time. We are looking forward so much to seeing them. I hope they can cope with the cold weather we are having after 2 weeks of hot and humid 30 plus temps. 1 more sleep. - Wayne
MedicalRescue • 2011-07-07 Thursday 7th July From Catherine - "Well, only one more sleep :) We tried to go and see the Royal Palace yesterday but it was closed...the King of Cambodia was in residence. After thinking we saw him (we didn't - it was just a foreign ambassador!!) we left the neighboring Silver Pagoda to find the street outside the Pagoda blocked off by Police Motorbikes. They may have been there for the arrival of foreign dignitaries I suppose. The 3 of us of course prefer to think they blocked off the road to help us cross the street...it's treacherous, you know ;)
Our final day ended with the news that our bus driver (who isn't a Christian) became a Christian that day :)) He has been listening to all the testimonies of the team and churches and decided to pray for God to help him with a particular money problem. And naturally, loving a challenge, God answered! Awesome. Everyone is sooo excited :)
We are all looking forward to coming home though. Kerrie, Michelle and Wayne? NO RICE ON FRIDAY NIGHT PLEASE!!! "
MedicalRescue • 2011-07-06 Wednsday 6th Jul 1645hrs or 4:45pm: There are no new SPOT GPS tracker markers today as the team has settled back in Phnom Penh. 2 Sleeps to go and the am are back in Sydney.
MedicalRescue • 2011-07-06 Wednsday 6th Jul 1645hrs or 4:45pm: From Catherine - "Well, today the 3 M's went and hung out at the local university campus to learn more about what Campus Crusade for Christ do. They got chatting to a couple of Law/Economics students. Sounds like there are some interesting opportunities for ministry there!
I spoke to 9 Christian medical students about Conducting a Primary Patient Survey and Dr My Le spoke about extended medical assessment. Critical thinking was the order of the day. It worked! Students had a great time and did well.
Marcelo is feeling better after a dose of Cambodian belly and all of us had great fun searching out some bargains at the Russian markets. Don't try and haggle with Marcelo....he's a pro.
Sorry no photos today :( We are all looking forward to coming home.
MedicalRescue • 2011-07-05 Makes you really think how lucky we are sometimes, how blessed and easy we have it, and that sometimes we complain a little to much. Going to places like Cambodia opens your eyes and I recommend a mission trip or two (a non tourist trip) to everyone. Stretch yourself, push your envelopes and comfort zones and experience how others are living. Most importantly you will experience Gods lve and see Gods work. Wayne
MedicalRescue • 2011-07-05 Catherine states she doesn't want to ever eat rice again and when she gets home she wants a huge aussie steak. I though I might cook for her - spam chips and rice - what do you think? Wayne
MedicalRescue • 2011-07-05 Tuesday 5th July - no GPS markers today, so far. Error in yesterdays comment - they actually travelled to Phnom Penh yesterday not the day before. And for all you family members 3 sleeps to go until they are home. Wayne
MedicalRescue • 2011-07-04 Monday 4th July - The team traveled 3-4 hours back into Phnom Penh yesterday afternoon. All are getting very tired and are missing family and home. Tuesday has Catherine teaching medical staff for the day. Pray for the team that they strength for another day and they feel the love from thier families.
MedicalRescue • 2011-07-03 Sunday 3rd July from the team - "We had a Marcelo and Malcolm Masterchef Master Class tonight. Marcelo BBQ'd some Brazillian Beef and Malcolm whipped up some caramelised bananas with ice cream. We have been talking about what God has being done in us over the past week and reflecting on the positive things of the trip as well as the challenges."
MedicalRescue • 2011-07-03 Sunday 3 July "Spent today visiting some house churches. One of them has grown from 4 to 50 people in a year!!! There are 7 house churches within a one klm radius...and all within 500m of a huge Buddhist pergoda. Had a great day. This country is beautiful. God is good." Catherine
MedicalRescue • 2011-07-03 Hello everyone here is some updates from the team. They usually start the day with Malcolm leading devotions. Malcolm has also taught two Vietnamese volunteers how to cook scrambled eggs and now they are freestyling by adding fresh corn kernels!!! Yesterday morning they also had hot chips and fried spam :) hot chips with chop sticks... interesting!
The entire team is working well together and the mix of cultures (malaysian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, South American, Sri Lankan and Australian) makes for lots of laughs.
The members of the house churches they visit have wonderful testimonies of God's faithfulness and might!!
The team is visiting a number of house churches on Sunday for services!
I intend making spam and chips for Catherine when she gets home (Wayne) That is all for now I expect more photos tomorrow.
MedicalRescue • 2011-07-01 We have been sent some photos from Marcelo, Malcolm and Catherine, keep watching this space. The team is off to another Medical Clinic Day today. Pray they are able to help many local remote villagers and that they touch thier heart with love from our church.(more this afternoon) Wayne 1230hrs Sydney.
MedicalRescue • 2011-06-30 I received an email from Catherine tonight just before they went for dinner. They have visited a couple of church plantings today. She says it is extremely humid and hot. The team also has completed their first mobile medical clinic today. They have lots and lots of rain in the afternoons, and she will try and get some photos tomorrow. Catherine is teaching general hygiene tmorrow with a focus on the importance of hand hygiene. Wayne 2206hrs SYD (10:06pm) 30June2011
MedicalRescue • 2011-06-30 The team have spent approx 5 hours in a small village south of SUONG which is about 30-40 mins on dirt roads from Kampong Cham and at about 4pm Cambodian time (7pm here) were in Suong. Its good to see movement again, lets hope they send the "check/OK" message to our mobiles tonight. Wayne (1940hrs SYD 30june)
MedicalRescue • 2011-06-30 Ye Ha, Marcelo, Catherine, Pastor Malcolm and SPOT are on the move again. Moving east today will post more info later. Weather 31 deg C and scattered Thunderstorms. - Wayne 1615 hrs (4:15pm) Thursday 30 June
MedicalRescue • 2011-06-29 1830 hrs SYD (6:30pm) (3:30pm Cambodia) and haven't received any SPOT markers today. Many reasons for this as stated in previous posts including that they may not have travelled anywhere today, they didn't turn it on, they lost the SPOT or the SPOT has been stolen. I will look out for the end of day "Check OK" message though and remembering they are 3 hours behind us. But don't fret if we don't see anything from time to time. Wayne
MedicalRescue • 2011-06-28 29 June Weather - at 07:30 this morning t Phnom Penh 29 deg Celcius heating up to 31 today with scattered thunderstorms. Wayne
MedicalRescue • 2011-06-28 I will upload a few photos from my trip 2 years ago as a trial today and hopefully I wii get some from the team in the next few days but understand that they may not be able to download them to me as they may not have internet or the technology available. Wayne
MedicalRescue • 2011-06-28 Kampong Cham - looks like they Marcelo, Malcolm and Catherine may have stopped here over night.
I have just noticed these Posts time stamp is not correct. I will try and work those out today.
MedicalRescue • 2011-06-28 We didn't recieve a "Spot OK" message yesterday - don't worry its a new toy and many reasons for this. Battery flat or Catherine forgot or fell asleep and didnt press button or didn't hold it down long enough. So lets wait and se what today holds for them. Pray for another safe day full of opportunities to demonstrate God's love. Wayne
MedicalRescue • 2011-06-28 http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0LTTf5jucxlitdReYDpjSkBTLqEOOmMnC
Cut and paste this into your web browser to see live updates from the SPOT as the team travel through Cambodia until I get it worked out so we can see it in this site. Please be patient with me! :)
MedicalRescue • 2011-06-28 Tracking SPOTS are comming in thick and fast - this is so cool - see the last comment posted here and go to the other map listed on that comment. It is obvious to me they visited one of the "Killing Fields" today at positions 2,3,4,5. Pray for them as visiting and experiencing the horror of Killing Field near Phnom Penh is very heavy on the heart. - Wayne
MedicalRescue • 2011-06-27 I wonder what the team are doing right now.I hope to get some SPOT GPS track markers today but will be happy with a "SPOT check/ok" message at the end of the day. I have set up another map to record the GPS tracking markers automatically (I hope it works as I am still new a this) Look for it by typing in "GCC Cambodia Mission" in the "Find Adventures" in the "Search" window - Wayne
MedicalRescue • 2011-06-27 Tue 28th June approaching midday Sydney and approaching 0900 Cambodia - weather 30-35 celcius during day and 24 at night.
MedicalRescue • 2011-06-27 Recieved first SPOTGPS Tracker sent "OK" from the team at 21:58 located at 11.55613,104.93169. Copy past these figures into google maps or earth google to see exact location.
MedicalRescue • 2011-06-26 Looking forward to the SPOT GPS tracing device sending its first message from Cambodia stating the team have arrived safley.
MedicalRescue • 2011-06-26 0500 hours Sydney Airport, a very tired Catherine (after a couple of night shifts as a Paramedic with no sleep between)and Husband Wayne arrive Sydney Airport. Children (5 year old boy/girl twins) left with grand parents (Dennis and Pam). 0535 Marcelo, Malcolm and his family arrive. Checked in some breakfast, money changing and off through customs. Catherine held it together even though she thought she would burst into tears. Plane departed approx 0810.
MedicalRescue • 2011-06-26 Please Pray for a safe flight for our team.