Meet the Team

Meet the Team — Lydeth

So sorry everyone — in all of the news and events we’ve had to share this fall, I never finished introducing our team here in Cambodia!

So today, meet Lydeth (pronounced “Lee-Date”). He’s a recent civil engineering graduate who has been working with us since the office opened in April. Since then, he’s been an instrumental part of many of our projects — the airfield in Myanmar, the surveying during Laura’s trip to the Noah’s Ark project, the school, and others. He’s one of the bright young Khmer who make it so easy to be excited about Cambodia’s future!

Lydeth (left) and Reatrey working with our surveying equipment

Lydeth and I are in a core discipleship group (together with Nivo), so we’ve gotten lots of chances to talk through life, faith, and the bible. He’s full of good questions, always eager to learn and understand more than before. Despite his young faith, I’m always amazed (and challenged) by how deeply he thinks about the convictions he holds, and how he wants to reconcile those fully with his life.

One last item — he’s also the only other person I’ve ever met who expresses a love of “post-rock” music (think epic instrumental themes on electric instruments). So that’s pretty cool!

So keep an eye out for Lydeth — chances are good that he’ll keep showing up!

Projects

In Cambodia, the beach comes to you!

I’m working out on site today — but if I had a lounge chair and a coconut to drink, I might be confused. (Alright, maybe not)

Flooding is a huge issue in a tropical country like Cambodia. The rains are sudden and fierce — and often times, there is nowhere for the water to go. The easiest way to keep your house from flooding is to have built it on high ground, or to raise the ground before you build.

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So today, I’m supervising the delivery of trucks full of sand. One of our clients will be building soon, and this sand will make sure their church building stays high and dry next rainy season.

(And don’t worry — Matthew 7:26 is illustrative, not necessarily literal engineering advice. In this case, building on sand will make a good foundation!)

Projects

Stormwater

What does a project look like at the very beginning? Ideas, so many ideas!

Because my time at language school is almost done (2 months will go by so fast!), I keep getting pulled in to help at the office. Last week, a client in Myanmar called with stormwater questions. Their property is in the bend of a river and there is a dam upstream. As the river erodes the property, one of the buildings is 10 meters from the water’s edge and getting closer every wet season!

My task was a quick crash course to a team member on what questions to ask and what options are available. This project will happen while family visits, so I won’t be traveling there in person, but it was fun to be involved all the same. I know the team who goes will do a great job.

Our office’s involvement means this ministry can continue to focus on what they do best, working with orphans and giving hope to children. I love that we get to support such incredible ministries!

 

Projects

What I can’t say

This week we are excited to announce the completion of a project in Cambodia that some of our teammates worked on!  This project will benefit girls coming out of the sex trade industry.  The above photo was borrowed (with permission) from one of our teammates.  These tents can be seen across Cambodia whenever there is a celebration, a wedding or a funeral.  In fact, this week we even had one blocking our street for an engagement party!

Notice me dancing around details here? Yep, that’s intentional.  There will frequently be times where Ian and I will work on a super awesome project and not be able to share.  For security reasons we will always be careful about the photos we take or the details we share on social media.  Not every region we work in will be open to cameras. Many ministries will ask that we restrict our posts and photos so that we don’t identify them or any of the people they are helping.

When you see these posts omitting details, please take it as a reminder to pray for us and for all those involved.  In this example, please pray for this group of people helping women rebuild their lives after the sex trade.  The engineering that you support is for them.

We will share what we can about our lives with you!  Cambodia is a beautiful country and Southeast Asia is an incredible place to be.  Ian, Geordi and I are excited to share this with you.

If you would love to know a little more about the decisions facing missionaries with social media, this is a fantastic article a friend shared with me:

In Defense of Missionaries on Instagram

Geordi

The Cone of Shame

Why greetings adoring fans!  Geordi here and I have a small confession to make.  You all know what a wonderful, benevolent king I am. (Yes, thank you, it’s true). But I have recently discovered, that despite my qualities, there are certain limits to my rule and reign. Let me explain!

It all started when my family … er… subjects decided to visit an island.  I quickly realized the opportunity this presented — this island is pretty and has real grass and lots of fun geckos to chase!  Why not continue my grand campaign and claim it as my own?!  I don’t have an island in my territory yet!

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However, there was a pack of rebel dogs that inexplicably did not wish to acknowledge my claim over their island.  Their king decided a sneak attack was in order.  He bit me! ME! Geordi, supreme ruler of all I see and he bites me!  How dare he!!!

The battle was furious, and I was heavily outnumbered. The rebel king tried to bite me more than once, but my dad bravely rescued me.  My mom cried a lot but I showed her I was fine and proceeded to stalk the geckos the very next day.  After all, who will keep my subjects safe from those pesky lizards, if not their king!  As my welcome had run out, I soon chose to retire to my own territory. I was sooo tired on the way back to the city, but I met a nice EMI intern… er.. attendant whom I like, so I decided to let her hold me.

Upon my return, my parents.. uh.. advisers suggested we visit the good-smelling European lady.  She is kind, but she always gives me the strangest combination of new concoctions and fashions to try, normally via a shot in my rear!  This time she shaved my side.  She says having just one side shaved is all the rage in France.  She also provided me a rather flamboyant collar to wear.  Now my attendants are tending to my wound morning and night and giving me medicine.  I like the medicine.  It tastes like peanut butter.  I don’t like the stuff they put on my side though.  If my mom isn’t looking I try to wipe it off on the blanket or sofa or my mom’s shirt, whatever is closest.  IMG20181010152919

Never fear!  I am safe, healing and will be back to guard duties as soon as I can convince my parents that I don’t need to wear this ridiculous outfit anymore!