Covid here is continuing to grow and spread. Each week the government has tried to combat its spread by issuing further sanctions. On Wednesday of this past week, the Prime Minister declared that the City of Phnom Penh would be shut down with no exceptions other than authorized workers, food deliveries and food stores. One can only leave to get groceries in not more than groups of 2. One can only go to get groceries up to 3 times per week. To enforce the directive, the military and police are on nearly every corner with a blockade. They only let pass those with proper credentials and purposes.
This morning, the local paper noted that a high ranking official in the government was arrested with 2 companions for violating the lockdown. He has been expelled from his job in the government, with the possibility of jail time and fines. The streets are eerily quiet. It is clear that the government wants to try to control the spread of the virus.
We have tried to stay busy this week by uploading documentation of our projects. We have been doing work online to complete two more contracts for schools in Kampong Cham. If we can catch a break we hope to start these two projects in the coming weeks. Unfortunately our current projects are coming to a stall. Suppliers are closed, the contractors are limited in the work they can do. Several projects are very near completion. Our concern is that the delays may continue if the virus doesn’t slow down significantly.
Our efforts now will focus on the missionaries and the members. We spend time working with them and encouraging them. We have a team of 8 that arrived last week. They are delightful. On Saturday, Sister Stone led a Zoom meeting with them as we played a match game using a variety of pictures from the Liahona. She ran the match board, and I ran the camera for the zoom picture. A fun time…! We met with them today as they conducted a wonderful Sacrament meeting for us on Zoom.
We love our time here. We think of the many ways the Spirit is touching lives here. We know that God is near. Always near. He knows our thoughts. He loves us all…every one. We know it.