Cromer woman to spread gospel in Cambodia
Debz Conisbee will be leaving her home town of Cromer in June to carry out missionary work in Cambodia.
The devout Christian will be travelling more than 6,000 miles to southeast Asia to spend at least six months working in a remote rural area in the north west of Cambodia. She will be coping with tropical heat, snakes and spiders in an area of the country that is strewn with landmines.
After learning about the plight of Cambodia’s most impoverished people Miss Conisbee said she had a calling to help. Initially she will be supporting a Cambodia Children’s Fund project for elderly people to become adoptive grandparents to orphans. Then she plans to move on to carry out missionary work in the province of Siem Reap.
A team assistant with Cromer Parish Church, Miss Conisbee said that circumstances had enabled her to embark on her mission, since her job and tenancy of her house were both drawing to a close.
"I just feel that now is the right time for me to go and do this work, and that it's what God wants me to do. I really have no expectations and trust that God will place me where my skills will be of the most use and that I'm able to spread his word and share his love."
Seasoned traveller Miss Conisbee has previously worked in Australia, the USA, Europe and Middle East, but has never been to Cambodia, which promises to be somewhat more challenging, as she will be sleeping in tents in the jungle during the country’s wet season.
She will be living in temperatures of around 29C and wearing mosquito repellent clothing. Hordes of unexploded landmines also litter the landscape left from the Vietnam War and during the time of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime.
Conditions will be in stark contrast with her life in north Norfolk where she serves as a town councillor and as president of Cromer and Sheringham Rotary Club.
She needs to raise £3,000 to fund the trip and is holding a meal and blind auction at the Constantia Cottage Restaurant in East Runton on Thursday April 14. Tickets, £25, are available on 07775 744255.
This story first appeared in the Eastern Daily Press.
The picture above is courtesy of Andreas Yiasimi.
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