Today is Sunday. It is currently 9:12 pm and we have done a lot today.

This morning we went to church, two services actually, a kid’s service and an adults service.  The thing is, we didn’t understand 90% of what happened. despite the language barier we learned a lot (the pictures in the kids service helped). It was a humbling experience.

Afterwards when we were talking to the long-term missionary we learned that the services we visited were illegal (oops). Good news though, the law against Christianity is not enforced. Good thing too, cause posting to this blog would be incredibly difficult if we were all in jail.

In the afternoon we visited the missionary again and learned more about how he was called to Cambodia and how he started NIBC which unofficially stands for Not I But Christ and officially stands for something including  Building I think. He then took us out to a floating village on the Tonle Sap. The Tonle Sap is an interesting lake because it’s size varies dramatically depending on the season. This natural occurence allows for rice to be grown all year round.

The Floating village was humbling. we took a double dekker boat out to it and stayed at it’s tourist three story barges and watched the sunset for about an hour then left. Most of the village consisted of small boats probably around 20 – 30 feet long by 10 feet wide with shack like stuctures on top for shelter. These were the houses. Hammocks were used everywhere as seats and probably beds as well. There were some little kids in metal half spheres who were basically begging for money. The phrase one dolla could be heard here as well as in the market.

After being here for just two and a half days I feel as if I’m just getting bits and pieces of Cambodian culture and I can’t wait to get more.

– Theo Voss


2 comments so far

  1. Carole Voss on


    It was nice to see your name attached to a blog entry. Katie wants to know, did you bring a camera? Take a lot of pictures! Aunt Jayne says she could maybe even paint one if you’d like.

    We love you and are praying for all of you.


  2. Dawn Crook on

    Hi Theo, just wanted to let you know that I’m sure Grandma is very proud and excited for you right now. And so am I!
    And I want to see pictures too when you get back to Calvin! I’m following the story everyday. Say hi to Professor De Rooy for me (we used to go to the same church). You also have another classmate with you in Cambodia whose mother I grew up with (Dawn VanderPloeg, but I don’t know her daughter’s name). Small World!
    Take care. (cousin) Dawn Crook

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