Cambodia Photo Blog 2019 NCS Crusaders

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Toys, games and fun for the kids in Cambodia
So it begins...
LAX til midnight flight out 🤙🏼
Landed in Hong Kong 6:30am on Saturday June, 15...the future is good 😂
Traveling fun...last plane to Phnom Penh, Cambodia!
Day 1
Made it to our traveling van for the next 9 days. #wemadeit

Hotel view 1

Hotel view 2

Lunch at Jars of Clay - 2 Corinthians 4:7

Today we gave the students a very short break once we landed and got our luggage into the hotel. The goal was to stay awake for the day to try and sleep tonight. We spent the afternoon at Cambodia’s genocide muesem called S-21, or Tuol Sleng.

Original classroom

What was at one time a high school, was converted into a prison for torcher during the Khmer Rouge in 1975 to 1979.

Tuol Sleng Genocide Muesem

The beginning of our journey is understanding what brought this country to where it is now. Over 2 million Cambodians were slaughtered, a 1/3 of the population, by there fellow countrymen under Pol Pot’s communist regime. Cambodia is still recovering from this horror and within the shambles of brokenness and poverty, the injustice of human trafficking emerged as a way to make a profit. The aftermath of the Khmer Rouge and today’s sex trafficking epidemic in Cambodia are inextricably linked.

One of the five original survivors: Chum Mey

We will Process this more tomorrow. Tonight’s dinner and debrief was just the beginning as we look at 7 Mission Principles.

Good night, or good morning 😂

Day 2
Church on Women’s Island Day 2

The Sath family has dedicated their lives to reaching their community for Christ. The church planted on Women’s Island is a unique and needed ministry to a forgotten part of society.

Women’s Island
Breakfast and traveling
Church service, we got to lead a song. 10,000 reasons 🎶
Walking around Women’s Island, learning the history of one of many killing fields. Remnants of a country torn by genocide.
Finding 🥭
Kids Club Phnom Penh 😄

Our first of many dance parties, games and loving on children. Rapha House Kids Club seeks to prevent the trafficking of children within the community. They have over 500 sponsored children who have a social worker that checks on them weekly sometimes daily.

More dancing 🕺 💃🏽

Day 3
Walking to the market.
Shopping time!
Lunch at Daughters of Cambodia
Daughters of Cambodia
Traveling to play soccer.
Soccer, futball or tart bar!l
It was our workout for the whole month!
The girls 😄

Driving doesn’t always go according to plan.

Today was filled with lots of laughter and fun. Tomorrow we journey 6 hours to our next city called Battambang. Pray for safe traveling and for our hearts to be open. Tomorrow we meet the girls we have been praying for who have been rescued and are being healed one day at a time. Pray for our team to fully embrace what God is about to do.

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” - Isaiah 43:19

Day 3
Made it to Battambang

Today was mostly a travel day, six hours-ish with stops, fromthe capital of Phnom Penh to Battambang, another major city in Cambodia.

Lots of music on the bus, good conversations, fun food and coffee stops. Nothing brings you closer then being crammed in a bus for several hours.
Hotel view

This evening was our ministry time. This is the part where we part ways for little bits at a time to keep the security of the ministry in tact. Just ask any student about our first night in Battambang and they have one word they are ready to share to explain how God has forever changed their hearts and perspective on love and acceptance. We have been given more love then we could ever return. Thank you CIY: Engage for this opportunity to love and be loved.

Dinner at The Green Mango!

Tomorrow is a new day, thank you friends and family for supporting us!

Day 4
Staff devotions, good job Sam Locke!
Tour time
Lunch at Cool Night
Pool time with special needs girls, no photos of the girls for security reasons.
Dinner 😁

This was an amazing day with so much love and joy. The ministry time was a gift from God. Today we played a relay race with the kids and talked about Hebrews 12:1-2 about running the race with perseverance. I was told these girls need to be reminded that there suffering is also what Jesus experienced on the cross. They need to hear about perseverance. In America we focus on God’s love but for the Khmer they need to be told that God’s courage to remain steadfast and persevere through suffering speaks more loudly. Our God is greater and stronger then their fear of evil spirits or punishment.

Day 5
Staff devotions lead by Bri James
Tuk tuk tour
Rice paper
Sticky rice
Kids Club Battambang
Dinner at the top of Classy Hotel
Last night in Battambang

Our hearts are full, our tears are evident, our sorrow is great, but our hope remains. We said goodbye to the people we came to serve, love and be loved by. Without looking back, we moved toward the gate so the goodbye’s weren’t too overwhelming for them. We were told not to cry in front of them because it is too much for them. We were strong, held our heads high and gave our last hugs. We stepped onto the bus and the flood gates opened. We know they are crying too, but love for a short time is better than no love at all. Please ask the student’s the person that impacted them, whose name they wrote down in their journal, who they wrote a note to and received one in return. These people we gave our hearts to are broken and beautiful and our hearts are broken in a new way. Our hearts of stone have been shattered and we feel the love of Jesus in a way we have never felt before. Thank you for sending us and supporting us. This time here in Cambodia is changing us into Kingdom Workers. Thank you Lord Jesus, please hear our cries and come rescue those who are the most innocent and are in need of your justice.

Day 6
Official Cambodia Team 2019
Students and Mr. Diaz #lovecambodia
7 hours back to Phnom Penh
Some amazing treats
Cool story with Bloom, ask your student about it.
Kids Club one last time 😭

You never know when the last time you will see someone is. When we left Phnom Penh on Tuesday we thought we would not see these kids again. Our fearless leader Theara pulled some strings and set up one last party today with these funny, beautiful, and heart warming kids. The staff at Kid’s Club came in on their day off to make this happen 🙏🏼 Orkun (Thank You).

Last dinner in Cambodia
Late night shenanigans...um...trying to stay up to reset our sleep schedule?!?
Heading home on Saturday June, 22...we will land on Saturday the 22 😂
Traveling home is bitter sweet ✈️ 🇺🇸
What’s missing??? Our plane 🙄

After an hour delay and almost missing out flight connection from LAX to PHX, we arrived home at 10:15pm. Thank you again for your love, support, and prayers.

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Matthew Diaz


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