Hello, We never knew laundry could be so exciting! Check this out. Andrea was doing laundry in our Toshiba washer that is written in Japanese, so that in itself is an adventure in trying to figure out how this thing works. Sometimes this thing agitates and sometimes it doesn’t but we’re not sure if it is because we’re not pressing the right buttons or if the machine is not working properly (it’s second hand).
Well anyway, she started the wash and was checking it every five minutes to make sure it is working. She probably checked it at least five times and the sixth time there was a SNAKE in the washer with the clothes!!!!! YIKES. Nothing surprises us here but this was a bit scary. We had no idea if it was poisonous or not. And did we mention that she had her hands in and out of that thing five times! God is so good! Everything is an adventure here and nothing is simple. (We did get rid of the snake but we destroyed the washer in the process of getting the snake.) Things are very different here and at times we feel like we are infants learning the most basic things. The praise is that this stage of infancy also brings newness and curiosity and great pleasure to see God provide in such incredible ways that just bless our hearts. On Saturday, 4/5/03, BJ, Daren, & Nathan were taking a motor cross class to prepare them for a 6-10 hour cross country motorcycle ride to visit an orphanage in need of help. On the way home from the lesson, BJ was in an accident. He is ‘ok’ but he did break his arm (fracture of the left radial head). We are so thankful for so many things! First, he was wearing his helmet he purchased the day before the accident. It was his left arm and not his dominant arm. He had very few abrasions, none to his arm. Some missionary docs were able to cast it here in Phnom Penh and we did not have to be evacuated to Bangkok. Please be praying for BJ that he would be able to tolerate the cast during the hottest month of the year, April. It has been reaching about 105-110 F. We started language school today! It was fantastic to finally start. We start at 7:00 in the AM in hopes to avoid the hottest part of the day. Please pray that our ears would hear the sounds that we don’t use in English and that our tongues would be loose enough to create those sounds. And that we would be able to endure for the sake of the Gospel. We had a huge rain storm here! It was about a 45 minute down pour like we have never seen, not even in the Philippines! We were shopping in an open market when it hit out of nowhere. There were two rushing rivers in the middle of the market which made it a little tricky to find a way out. When we finally got out we had to try to navigate through the city to get back home. It was unbelievable! The two main streets of the city were completely flooded (about 3 ½ ft deep). We were going down one of those main streets when saw a large dump truck headed our way. We had nowhere to go so we held our breath and prayed! The truck created three colossal wakes that broke right into our windshield and on top of the roof of our car. We were laughing hysterically!! Then we came upon a wild and crazy motto driver who was testing his driving skills and the endurance of his motto by driving through the deep river in the middle of the city. We began to get a little nervous as we came upon him because we realized that if he did not make it we would have two choices; either stop and stall out or press on over him! Fortunately for us, his driving skills and moto endured. We visited Angkor Wat last weekend. This is the largest religious building in the world and is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We learned much about the Khmer culture and history. This has caused us to be even more fervent in our prayers for the people here in Cambodia. The deception of Animism, Hinduism, and Buddhism has kept the Cambodian people in bondage since the 7th century. Check out the pictures of our trip on our web www.actioncambodia.org (click on Nathan’s pictures). We are so encouraged to be in Cambodia and experiencing ALL that God has for us, including the snake, the flood, and broken bones. None of what we go through is meaningless. Our hearts are comforted and filled with joy as we hope in God’s word. Consider it all joy my brethren when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 2-4 Praising God to be in Cambodia, BJ and Andrea Hebrews 12:1-2
BJ and Andrea Lopez