Today we finished our time in Ratanakiri province. This was my 5th trip up here and Stacy’s 4th. It’s absolutely amazing to see some of the same smiling faces and I was shocked when one of the village pastors said, “I remember your name. It’s ‘Joan.'” I hadn’t seen him in at least 3 years. I was touched.
We saw the staff at the local radio station who do Christian broadcasts including broadcasts in the native languages. I asked Kreg “where did this gentleman get these glasses?” “Oh they were some that you left behind.” I thought I recognized them. It was a reminder that the opportunity for folks here to get eye care is so limited it is almost completely nonexistent. Once again, the only eyeglasses I saw in the villages were ones that we have brought.
Tonight we had the honor of attending Saturday night fellowship. When I first attended this gathering 6 years ago, it really struck me that this group of missionaries from all around the world really understand what it means to function as a body. They all have different strengths and weaknesses; many speak different languages; but they all love Jesus and are living to make Him known so they worship together and encourage one another. We can all learn from their example.
Here’s some random pictures: