Thursday, November 27, 2008

Tribute to Trambodia

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It's been awhile since I've shared any pictures or updates from our new favorite country: Trambodia.
Trammell is loving life. His letters express such joy and enthusiasm. He has been blessed with the best 1st companion that we could ever ask for.
His companion is Elder Godfrey from Lindon. He has been out 14 months when Trammell got there. He is a zone leader in Siem Reap. Siem Reap is the second largest city in Cambodia with a population around 180,000. It is located about 6 hours (by bus) from Phnom Penh. There are 4 missionaries serving in Siem Reap and 4 missionaries serving a little further out; so the zone has 8 elders.
There is a church building in Siem Reap and they have one branch. In September, church attendance was around 65. Now it is up over 100. The elders had 31 investigators at church last week.
Trammell's letter are full of miracles, spiritual experiences and things he has learned. His letters are a testimony of how much the Lord loves his children, wherever they are in the world.
We have felt God's hand in our own lives while he has been serving and have many, many examples of the Lord's tender mercies in our lives.
Here is just one. Trammell's p-day is on Wednesday. Because they are 14 hours ahead of us, his emails usually hit our computer around midnight on Tuesday. Sometimes, we can not help ourselves and we stay up late to wait for them. This week, we stayed up and nothing came. We finally gave up and went to bed. Sometimes, their p-day is delayed because they go down to Phnom Penh for zone leader training. So we thought this might be the case.
We stayed up Wednesday night and waited for his email. Nothing! We went to bed. A sound awoke me in the middle of the night and being the compulsive person I am, I checked my email.
No letter from Tram, but there was an email from his companion's mother: "Letter Sharing." I opened it and she explained that because her son had so many kind and positive things to say about Trammell, she thought she would forward his letter to us.
She could have just cut and paste and sent us the parts relative to Trammell. But she forwarded the whole letter which included the miracles they had seen, the investigators and the lessons learned. He even referenced some of the things Trammell was writing in his own letter to us. (The one that is lost in cyberspace) It sounded just like Trammell's writing.
This was the letter we were supposed to receive this week. This letter told us more than Trammell ever could have. Somehow, the Lord had mercy on us and provided word for us. We see this happen over and over as we get emails or pictures from complete strangers who just happen to be in Cambodia and just happen to meet Trammell and just happen to take pictures.
The Lord loves us and knows what we need.


Stacy said...

Thank you so much for sharing these with us, Gina. It's very uplifting.

missty said...

I love your updates!!!