Seasonal Flooding

This is a view of the Cambodian countryside from the air as we approached Phnom Penh two days ago. The Tonle Sap River is on the left; the Mekong River goes across the top of the photo. Under the plane’s wing are large flooded areas. This is normal flooding every year but it’s lasting a little longer this year because the seasonal rains–normally ending in October–are still continuing. It actually rained again today, something relatively unheard of in this “dry” season.

MKLM Leadership in Cambodia

Ted Miles, the executive director of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners, and Leslie Lopez, our advancement director, went to the Maryknoll gathering in Hua Hin, Thailand with us. Then they came to Cambodia with us when we returned yesterday. They will spend their time here meeting with the Maryknoll Lay Missioners and visiting all of their projects.

In the morning today, Leslie and Ted visited the Maryknoll Deaf Development Programme to understand the program and to talk with Russ Brine (R) and Charlie Dittmeier. Here they are at DDP, again entering phone numbers for their communications while in Cambodia.

In the afternoon, they came to our weekly Cambodia Mission Team meeting to talk about the MKLM’s present situation and direction. Here they are in a general discussion after our meeting, liturgy, and dinner.