AIR MOBILE TO CAMBODIA AND BACK TO VIETNAM IN 24 HOURS - WHIRLWIND TRIP - MUCH ACCOMPLISHED VORTEX VOYAGERS@ REPAIRED / DEPLOYED AND TRAINING! MOTORCYCLES EVERYWHERE!
October 23, 2006 - Monday - 8:38pm (Vietnam time - 11 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Report submitted by Joe Hurston - President - Air Mobile Ministries
Air Mobile made it's first trip into Cambodia and accomplished a lot in 24 hours! Upon arrival into Cambodia, we met Rahvy who works for World Vision. What a great contact. Immediately we headed out to a provencial town about an hour southeast of Phom Penh. There we found the Vortex Voyager placed there last year by Lauren, Rolf Engelhard's daughter. The unit had been dropped and damaged requiring a replacement. We came prepared. We also trained additional operators on the unit. Now, this community can receive clean drinking water again. Air Mobile makes every effort to support all the Voyagers in the field. Rahvy explained that many in the provencial areas of Cambodia do drink water directly (not boiling) from the streams and contaminated wells. The incidence of water-borne disease is very high.
From that community, we headed back to Pnom Penh and found a wonderful orphanage referred to us by Peggy Ewing. What a nice facility operated by Seoung Man, a man with a precious heart. The children in this well run and clean orphanage were very sweet and well mannered. After checking, we found out that the water in the region was very bad and they desperately needed a Vortex Voyager. Soon, we were training Seoung and his staff on the unit. With joy, they received our gift of a Vortex Voyager!
Yesterday morning we met Dr. Kit from Thailand. He and his associate are learning the Cambodian language and had a Vortex Voyager from Luka in Thailand. He had not had proper training on the unit. Though the Voyager is extremely simple to operate and maintain, basic training is necessary. We were able to thoroughly train Dr. Kit and his associate. Now, they're equipped to provide clean water wherever they do medical work.
The food in this region is delightful, though a bit unusual. The Chinese food here is slightly different from what we get in America. However, most fine restaraunts serve eel. After looking closely at them, I decided not to partake in the delicacy. I could see the sense of relief on the face of at least one eel, though I'm sure the relief was short lived. Many in this area truly love eels.
One experience from Cambodia that I would like to share was the visit to the Genocide Museum in downtown Phom Penh. What a heart-breaking experience. History tells of the bloody regime of the Khmer Rouge. Well, after visiting this incredible memorial to the fallen Cambodians during this time, I'll never be the same. Over 1 million people were killed during this time. The thing that devasted me was the broad range of the victims, from children and the old people to whole families. I posted just one photo of a group of children that lost their lives. The experience left me both weak and yet determined to continue to go into all the world and preach the love of Jesus! Truly, what the world needs now is Jesus!
After our full 24 hour mission to Cambodia, it was back to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. A little complication with the Visa at the airport, but with patience and good help from the Degenhardt Foundation staff, we got through. Today, a little shopping, final touches on the report and boarding the first of multiple planes at midnight.
Getting ready for the long flight home. From the time of departure here, it will be 45-48 hours before actually landing in Orlando. And the battle with jet-lag will go on for a couple of days after the return home. These journey's really turn your internal clock upside down. I'll be back in my office on October 26th. Feel free to contact me then. In the meantime, don't hesitate to e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, I can't begin to express my own personal joy at being able to follow the Lord Jesus on this noble mission of bringing clean water to thirsty people. Thanks again for your love, prayer and help!
President - Air Mobile Ministries
PLEASE CONTINUE READING DOWN TO SEE HOW THIS EXCELLENT MISSION UNFOLDED. THE LORD HAS TRULY BEEN WITH US! Joe