December 2021 – January 2022 UPDATEIn December Joe continued to teach Hermeneutics online and Veronica taught the children school. We had a great time celebrating the Christmas holiday with family in Pennsylvania and Ontario. We also were able to connect with some supporters in the USA and Canada. We were very grateful for the good weather for traveling from Pennsylvania to Ontario, successful Covid testing and border crossing both into Canada and back into the USA.
After successful Covid tests on December 31st, we headed to New York City on New Year Day to fly back to Cambodia. We praise the Lord that all our paperwork was accepted and we made it on our flight back to Cambodia. The flight was pretty smooth, but the arrival process was a bit complicated. Thankfully we all tested negative upon arrival to Cambodia. so were able to go directly to our home. One woman from our church tested positive and had to spend two weeks in a government quarantine center. On January 3rd and 4th Joe went back to teaching at PPBS. However, on the afternoon of the 4th we received a number of calls from the Ministry of Health. In the end, we had to quarantine at home for 8 days and get yet one more Covid test, which thankfully was negative. After all the Covid testing, the kids are quite certain we don’t need to leave Cambodia any time soon if Covid tests are required!
We are grateful to be back at our house in Phnom Penh and back to a bit more of a normal life. School at PPBS is pretty much back to normal (other than masks). Veronica is teaching English again. Joe is continuing his Hermeneutics course as well as teaching Prison Epistles (Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, and Ephesians) a couple of days a week in January and February to catch up for the first part of the semester when we were in North America. In addition to homeschool, Briana has started her swimming class again and Wes has joined a soccer club at a nearby school. Lucas is doing well with his reading and Tommy recently celebrated his 3rd birthday.The end of January we had Sports Day at PPBS. This was encouraging for the students and staff as it’s another sign of life returning to a bit of normality after the last couple of years.
We are so grateful for all the generous support we have received over the past couple of months. Because of your generosity Able to Teach has been able to support some students with financial need as well as give some money to PPBS to help support teacher/staff salaries. For more information on how to support the work at Phnom Penh Bible School, visit www.able2teach.org.
God bless you all!
Joe & Veronica
Wes, Briana, Lucas, & Tommy