Posted by: Simon & Becci | May 20, 2014

The sound of rats and smell of their urine….

“At night time we got so hot, and the sound of rats crawling around us and the smell of their urine was a bit unnerving, plus the shouting of the drunken men outside and the extremely loud TVs next door….”

Intrigued? Disgusted? Read on…

One of the great privileges of living in Phnom Penh is that we get to meet some pretty amazing people, who are doing some pretty amazing things. And none more so than our good friends Steve and Mollie Brown.

Having lunch with Steve and Mollie on their visit to Phnom Penh on Sunday

Having lunch with Steve and Mollie on their visit to Phnom Penh on Sunday

Steve and Mollie are from Grimsby (via Leeds) in the UK, and have been in Cambodia for nearly two years working for Iris Ministries. Iris are of one several organisations fighting against the massive injustices of human trafficking, child slavery and exploitation that are widespread across the country, which lead to devastated and broken lives, families and communities.


Steve and Mollie were part of our church for 18 months before moving down to the coastal town of Sihanoukville earlier this year to help lead the Iris projects there. As they moved they felt God call them to do a number of things including giving away many of their possessions, and to live in one of Sihanoukville’s slums for a month!

The link below is their story of the time they spent there during April (the hottest month of the year). You may not know Steve and Mollie, and may never meet them but can I invite you to be inspired by their courage and faith for a few minutes?



  1. love Steve and Mollie! thanks for sharing their story.

  2. Bless you for sharing this glorious witness to the power and love of God.

    Love and hugs Sandy

  3. […] after nearly three years in Phnom Penh we are moving house. Following Steve and Mollie’s example and moving to a slum was tempting, but we have opted for a nice apartment instead! Its fairly near […]

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