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11/14/2012 8:21:00 AM
Thanksgiving in Cambodia: Chelan couple hopes God will surprise them
Brenda and Bob Webster on their last mission to Cambodia.Courtesy photo
Brenda and Bob Webster on their last mission to Cambodia.
Courtesy photo
Michelle Lovato
Staff Writer

Chelan residents Brenda and Bob Webster are on a mission in Cambodia where they expect to be surprised; to be used, and to be knee deep in adventure.

"I expect to be surprised by God," Bob said. "And I expect God to do not only the unexpected but the profound. That's usually the way God works. We have our expectations but God has his own."

This is the Websters' first trip to Cambodia on a medical mission but their fourth missionary trip to the country they are becoming familiar with.

The couple traveled to Cambodia with a group called Musicianaries in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and fell in love with the country and its people.

This time they are traveling with TransformAsia, a Christian ministry, and are the only two people from Washington State.
This missionary trip's leader is a Pittsburgh doctor. Brenda is a nurse and Bob will volunteer as a layperson.

The Websters will get two days off during their three-week trip that began Nov. 9. Brenda said she expects the group will fill the needs of patients in 18 medical clinics, and will spend one rest day visiting one of the mass graves where Cambodians were buried during their genocide and offer them the hope found in Jesus Christ.

"We've been praying for people to be receptive to the gospel," Brenda said. "It's a heavily Buddhist country and we've been praying for the ministry ahead of time. We've been praying for the hearts of people, healing and restoration of the land."

Brenda said the Cambodians still struggle to recover from a massive genocide between 1973 and 1979, claiming the lives of more than 25 percent of the country's total population.

Almost 80 percent of Cambodia's 14 million people are living in small villages and communes, according the TransformAsia website.

"Most of them are living under the poverty level. They have very little access to medical or dental care.

Moreover, they have no money to get their illness or sickness taken care of," the website said.

The most common causes of death for the children are diarrhea, typhoid, dengue fever, and malaria.

The most common illnesses for adults and children in Cambodia are skin infections, ear infections, yeast infections (for female patients) and malnutrition.

The main cause of these illnesses is related to the lack of clean drinking water and basic sanitation, the website said.
Brenda said she is praying for miraculous healings.

"I want to come back and say 'whoa,' I can't believe what I saw," she said.

God already showed the Websters His miraculous power when the couple was trying to raise $9,000 for the trip.

"God worked unexpectedly all over the place," Brenda said. "Bob still needed $1,500 for his portion of the trip.

We own a house in Brewster and a tree fell. Our homeowners insurance paid us to remove the tree that landed perfectly between two houses. The insurance company waved the deductible and now we have wood for next year."

Brenda's father sent her a $500 check unexpectedly, the couple sold salsa at area farmer's markets and saved everything for the trip.

"God made provisions for the money," Brenda said.

(Follow the Websters' blog at

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