The Beach At Last

So after our eventful detour, we finally arrived at Sihanoukville. This would be the spot for the yearly SP staff retreat. Even with the afternoon rain showers, the beach there was lovely and relaxing. Many of the Khmer staff had never seen the ocean before, and their ecstatic reactions reminded me of my first vacation to the beach - on my honeymoon, no less! So I suppose my reaction to and love for the beach is still a bit in a child-like phase.

The week was spent in worship, devotions, and team building exercises, like "bowling", or Bocce ball, and skits put on by the different project teams to tell the other staff about what they've been up to over the past year. It was great to catch up with a few different people who live in Phnom Penh whom we don't get to see very often.

Our Poipet worship team led the worship time every morning and did a fantastic job. Poipet has the largest number of staff of all the Cambodia bases, and they do a really great job of leading the music every morning at our staff devotions at the base.

We took advantage of the warm nights and walked along the beach. All the lights are shacks set up by the sea where you can get cool drinks and hot food. Some of the staff went to the market one night, bought up seafood and had a grill set up right on the beach, making amazing food.

The ladies above (and Tim in the middle!) work with me in Poipet, and the other barang (white person) in the photo is an intern working in Phnom Penh.

That's me, trying my hand at Cambodian bocce ball. Andrew did a lot better than me - his team won the championship gold medal!

The last night together, all the staff went to the beach and swam in the ocean together, then ate fresh, tasty seafood. The sunset couldn't have been more perfect.