Posted by: Simon & Becci | May 11, 2011

A crazy few days

Simon and Phally hard at work

Apologies for the delay since our last blog entry – we have had a crazy few days culminating in moving house today – despite also being the day when our flight leaves for the UK. We spent a hectic 12 hours today moving furniture up and down numerous flights of stairs (I have never sweated so much in my life) and after a hurried shower, are now sat at the airport waiting for our flight to Bangkok which leaves in 40 minutes.

Moving house is nothing like in the UK. In the ultimate “man with a van” enterprise two guys turned up with a small flat-back truck and proceeded to load everything onto it. I’m not sure what would have happened had one of the torrential rain showers that come regularly hit during the process. My favourite part was the descent of the washing drying rack from the third floor. It would not fit down the stairs so a series of ropes were set up and it was lowered (at some speed) onto the back of the truck. Our house is now taking shape though just in time for us to leave!

Samuel at PC - desk and chair both sold!

It was sad to say goodbye to people in the church over the past few days, but we are really looking forward to returning in a couple of months time. Steve, Midge, Samuel and Jordan have been absolutely wonderful hosts during our visit, helping us to learn about life in the city as well as passing on their knowledge about the church. This came amid all sorts of other challenges for them – their furniture gradually being sold around them, the theft of the motorbike I was sat on in the last blog entry, numerous challenges with individuals in the church and their own emotional upheaval as they face the imminent prospect of returning to the UK.

The reality of their departure and the transition process was highlighted over the weekend. The team of leaders they have been training threw a “Thank You” party for them. This consisted of a boat trip along the Mekong River for a couple of hours complete with singing, games, much food and a few tears.

Peter preaching; Sopheary translating

Peter Brooks from Sydney (who oversees the church) was with us over the weekend so joined us for the boat trip and then led the service on Sunday which included praying for the Smiths as well as for Becci and I. Peter also stayed at the house with us and it was great to spend a few days getting to know him better. His visit to the beauty parlour with Midge will live long in the memory….

So, its back to the UK for 2 months for us now. Our brains have gone well beyond saturation point but we are so glad to have been able to spend these three weeks out here. God has been so good to us – He really is amazing. If you are reading this blog and don’t know how awesome it is to have a relationship with Jesus, why don’t you come along to an event our church in Coventry is running on Sunday 22nd May (see You would be so welcome. You will get to see us and also get a glimpse of why we are so excited about who God is….



  1. Nice to see Phally with his usual expression 🙂
    Looking forward to maybe seeing your new pad in person next year sometime 😉

    Hope you guys have a great couple of flights and see you at the weekend 🙂

  2. You guys are amazing – sounds like you achieved so much in such a short space of time (don’t suppose you’ll have any problem sleeping on the flight home 🙂 ). Can’t wait to hear all about your trip and your new house when we see you in a couple of weeks time.

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