Posted by: Simon & Becci | March 28, 2013


ladiesmealflowersThe gender lines within Cambodian society tend to be rather more traditional than they now are in the UK. Whilst men are the ones who drive Tuk Tuks and frequent local coffee shops, women tend to be the ones who cook, shop and look after the children at home. This is not universally the case, but on the whole the confidence of men in the kitchen is somewhat low.

A couple of weeks ago on “International Women’s Day” we were praying for the ladies in the church and I felt God prompt us to organise a meal for the women that would be prepared, cooked and cleared by the men. This rather counter cultural idea was received favourably by the guys, and with great enthusiasm by the girls and so last Saturday witnessed the inaugural “Ladies Meal” in Jubilee Family Church.

The aim was to serve them and bless them as much as possible. The following photos tell the story….


The day started early at the market as we purchased rice, meat, spices and more. Markets here are a blur of sights, smells and sounds – as well as thieving hands as evidenced by the theft of my wallet 😦


Paul and Savath preparing their dishes


Meanwhile others prepared the main room for the girls arrival


Enter 18 ladies to feed….


…and to clear up after


Srey Chen models some post-lunch nail art


The guys did a great job of serving – even 4 year old Nara joined in!


However, it wasn’t all work, work, work


Finished! Phally enjoys some well-deserved alone time with the air conditionner. We did all of this in temperatures around 37 degrees in the shade (imagine how hot our kitchen was – it has a metal roof!)

On the eve of Good Friday, all of this reminds me of the ultimate servant Jesus Christ. He was the one who broke cultural taboos as he served and loved the outcasts of society. He was the one who bowed down low to wash the feet of his friends only hours before he knew they would betray, abandon and deny him. He was the one whose final painful cries on the cross were of forgiveness for those crucifying him. He is truly the Masterchef, whose best recipes for his people are still to come.




  1. Cooking doesn’t get tougher than this!

  2. This is a very uplifting account. It’s good to be counter-cultural wherever we are! 🙂 Thank you!

  3. As ever thanks for your encouragement and challenge all in one update. Plus points: It’s nice to see your extended family. I love the colorful chairs also and I bet the food was lovely? Minus points: Sorry to hear about your wallet and 37C is hot!! – it’s been freezing in the UK for ages!

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