Our mission has been an exciting adventure, we began by closing several projects from the past, and then we began new ones. We have several in process. We are building a shower at the Chamkarleu Hospital, and we are providing a well. We are also providing sanitation facilities for two schools, and wells at two health centers. All in Kampong Cham Province. We also have a project where we are providing incinerators and facilities for the patients of 3 health centers in Takeo province. And now we are ready to start a water improvement project at a level 2 hospital in Prey Veng Province. This will be our most complicated project that we have undertaken. It will take a lot of time and focus to successfully complete it.
Recently we visited several schools and health centers and submitted plans for projects in several locations from Vietnam to Kampong Cham. We hope to get approval on Tuesday, and we will begin 6 more projects. We have 3 more projects to follow those. All of these projects are supporting health centers and schools. It is eye opening to visit some of the locations and see what health care people work with and what they work without. The people here are resilient and hard working. When we offer to help them to help solve some of the sanitation problems, they are delighted and appreciative.
We spent much of last week preparing contracts for our contractors. When we get those signed, we will be very busy monitoring all of the work. When we travel we see beautiful country and meet wonderful people. It makes for long days, but it rewards us with wonderful memories. This week we will work on more contracts and prepare for some maintenance & sanitation training to be conducted at one of our projects.
A few weeks ago, we met with the minister of Urban Development and Transportation. In that meeting, we were invited to attend a trip with him to his area of personal responsibility. We attended with him and reviewed needs of a hospital and 2 health centers. The trip also included a bike ride of about 20 km. We concluded the trip with a luncheon on the banks of a river that divides Cambodia and Vietnam. It was very relaxing to listen to Khmer music, eat lunch with him and view what was happening across the river. It turns out that this man is a Senior minister who is just under the Secretary of State. He is referred to as His Excellency. We are very fortunate to be able to work with him and his team. It allows the Church to be in view of people who make decisions that can affect the Church. Our assignment from Hong Kong is to create relationships that will help the church grow here in Cambodia. We hope we are creating those relationships that will make a difference.
Later we went to the North Stake and helped them put on a missionary reunion. All missionaries living in the north stake were invited, it was fun to mix with them and to listen to missionary stories. The mission experience for these people is helping to strengthen the church here.
This morning we attended a baptism at the Sen Sok branch. It was a wonderful experience. The little boy was clearly excited to be baptized. His mother was proud of him and the little guy was surrounded by his friends.
Our experiences are widely varied. We are buoyed up by the people and their sweet kindness. We love what we are doing. We end the day exhausted. We sometimes get to exhaustion before the end of the day. It is starting to feel like we are not quite as young as we use to be. We miss our family. We love you! We love the people. We love the Lord.
We hope the winter there is wearing out, and that spring will come soon.
With all of our love.
Elder & Sister Stone