Many have asked how we are doing and what COVID-19 looks like here in Camboida. Thank you for thinking of and checking in on us.
It is quiet in the city of Phnom Penh. Last week, the government placed a travel ban prohibiting those from the US and a handful of European nations to enter. All schools and universities have been closed. Movie theaters and KTVs are closed. Large group gatherings and all religious meetings are prohibited. Supermarkets with imports are slimming down. Tuk tuk drivers go for days without work. Workers left jobless with factories closing down. Many have left the city to return to their hometowns. Many expats have returned to their passport countries.
It is difficult to get an accurate account of the number of people infected with COVID-19 infections. The government haven’t enforced screenings. Cambodia isn’t equipped with medical resources to test and screen much less have the level of care and treatment needed.
Though there isn’t panic, there is an underlying anxiety for everyone. It is easy to be filled with fear and do what we can to feel like we have some semblance of control. Many of us here have self-quarantined ourselves and feel isolated, left to stew in our thoughts and worries. The remedy has been WORSHIP – to turn away from ourselves and to One who is in control and who loves us with an everlasting, steadfast love and faithfulness. We need to be continually, creatively and prayerfully keeping community with and encouraging one another to remind us of these Truths.
PLEASE PRAY for
- Most of our churches do not have an online presence but are quickly learning. Pray for wisdom as they seek ways to worship and shepherd their people.
- The vulnerable and the poor who are most affected. Pray for the church as they seek ways to respond and come alongside those in need.
- Safety, Protection & Health
- Our team has decided to stay in country. Pray for our own protection and health, especially for teammate, Dr. Mark, who serves on the frontline at Family Clinic.
- Pray for the poor; they are the most vulnerable who are limited, voiceless.
- God be Glorified
- This is a unique opportunity for us to share Christ with our neighbor who are afraid. May we be honest and share our fears as we also are “always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).
Meanwhile, as a homeschooling family, life for the Lees in Cambodia isn’t too different. The absence of extra-curricular activities, playdates, ministries and meetings has given us some time to rest and do things we haven’t had time to do, like sleeping in or napping, daydreaming, and putzing around. Thankfully Paul is working from home so we’ve had a lot more time all together. Together, we’ve been going through old family pictures and showing them some of our favorite movies of the past.
We are thinking of and praying for all of you all over the world in the midst of this unique time in history. We hope you and your loved ones are healthy and continually find comfort in our Almighty Heavenly Father.