Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Interview With Deborah Joy Benefield

Over the last several weeks I have sat down with each of my children and interviewed them for our Anniversary Month. Angela and I have been blessed with awesome kids, and I want our friends and supporters to have a chance to know them better. I hope you will enjoy these interviews.

July 2010

How old are you?
I am 10 years old.

Where were you born?
I was born in America...in California.

So if your family has been here 10 years, you must have been really young when you moved to Cambodia, right?
Yes, I was 6 weeks old.

So...you remember a lot about that trip?
(rolls eyes) I was a BABY, Daddy!

Oh, that's right. So you've lived in Cambodia your whole life?

What grade are you in?
I'm in 5th grade.

What is your favorite subject in school?
I like Social Studies, because this year I am reading parts of the Bible and studying about different people in the Bible. Right now I'm learning about Joshua.

Wearing the dress mom made her for her 10th birthday party,
which had a Felicity theme (American Girls), October 2010
What do you like to do in your free time? 
I always like riding my bike, reading books, playing with my horses, playing the piano, and playing with Bandit.

Who is Bandit?
That's my dog. He's black and white. Daddy got him for all of us kids, but none of the others really like him any more, so he's just my dog now.

Can he do any cool tricks?
He sits down and lets me put a treat on his nose, then he shakes it off and eats it. That's the only thing I've trained him to do, because I've never trained a dog before.

With Bandit Benefield the day dad
brought him home, February 2009
And you said you like to read? What kind of books do you like to read?
I like to read animal books, Sisters in Time books, American Girl books, and Little House on the Prairie.

Making bagels with mommy, February 2010
What is it like living in Cambodia?
It's hot, except during the rainy season. And it's kind of fun. And it's interesting, and sometimes very disgusting when you see like roasted tarantulas for sale at the market.

What do you mean when you say it's kind of fun?
It's kind of fun because there are friends at the church and other missionary friends and we can get together at Thanksgiving, 4th of July, and other special days.

And what do you mean by interesting?
Because you see so many new things.

Deborah and Emma were angels in
the MK Christmas Pageant, 2009
What is something you really love about living in Cambodia?
Getting to eat rice a lot!

Thinking back over your 10 years, do any memories stand out?
4th of July and birthday parties are always fun.

At the 4th of July BBQ and art show, July 2009. The white picture
over her right shoulder was her entry from 2008, and the picture of the Iwo Jima Memorial and the U.S. flag was her entry in 2009.
How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?
Almost every Thanksgiving we have someone over to our house. All of us kids always help mommy snap green beans and set the table. After the main meal there are pies and pumpkin bread, and sometimes we do a craft too. The grown-ups usually sit around and talk or play a game (like Chauvinist Pigs!). Sometimes we sing some songs.

So you have some really good friends here? Are all your friends missionary kids, or do you have some Cambodian friends?
I have good friends who are missionary kids, but I also have many Cambodian friends.

What do you like to do with them?
We like to share stickers and candy and write little notes to each other. And sometimes they ask me how to say something in English.

With her friend, Sonyta, June 2010
What do you do to help out in the ministry?
I go soulwinning, play the piano sometimes for the offering, and help clean and set up the church. 

What can you see yourself doing as you get older?
Maybe teaching young children or playing the piano for the services.

How about preaching?
Daddy!!! Girls don't preach! Well, sometimes they do...but they're not supposed to. When I get older I could help more in the nursery. I already help in the nursery some.

Playing the piano at her recital, May 2009 
Has anything ever happened in Cambodia that made you laugh?
Oh, yes! Like when some of the Khmer kids tried to say, "supercalafragilisticexpialadocious".

That didn't go so well?
No! (laughing)

Do you have a favorite Khmer food?
Rice is Khmer food, isn't it? I like rice. Also Khmer noodles.

Making cookies, October 2010
Here's a really important question. When did you get saved?
I got saved in 2006 at Neighborhood Bible Time at Sequoia Baptist Church. I don't remember who the teacher was, but I raised my hand that I wanted to get saved. My dad talked with me in the church office. He drew some pictures to help me understand how to get saved.

And what happened after you got saved?
I went and told my grandpa and grandma, Mommy, and Candace, and I felt really happy inside!

Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
I really like Hebrews 11, the whole chapter, because over and over again it keeps saying that certain people did something "by faith". I like that.

Riding in a tuk-tuk decorated like a carriage to pick up guests for her 10th birthday party, October 2010

With little brother, Seth, on his 1st birthday, August 2010

With her sisters, Candace and Emma, July 2009
Tomorrow's interview...Emma!


  1. It is exciting and a blessing to get to know more about you Deborah. You had good answers, even your dad had silly questions! :) We hope God keeps blessing you in Cambodia. We'll read this to Timothy this morning.

  2. That was a fun interview! Your dad asked some pretty silly questions, but you did a great job with your answers! While I was reading your interview it made me feel bad about not spending Thanksgiving with you this year! I sure will miss all of you! You are a great young lady. I know God has special plans for you! I can't wait to see all He does with you! Love you! Mrs. Ruppel

  3. Hi Deborah, It was a lot of fun to read your interview and learn so much about you. I really want a dog, but we can't have one in our apartment. We like to read the same kind of books too. One of my VERY FAVORITE things to do is read. My favorite book of the Bible is Ruth.
    Thanks for showing us lots of pictures.

  4. Bandit is really cute!
    I like Social Studies too. Right now I am learning about the Persian Empire.
    In my free time I like to build with my legos.
    We eat a lot of rice too, but I need some kind of sauce with mine.
    My favorite book of the Bible is John.

  5. My favorite subject is Science and right now I'm learning about acids. There are several experiments I will get to do...that will be fun.
    Did you name your dog Bandit from Little House on the Prarie? He looks like that Bandit.
    I like the picture you drew for your art show in 2009. You did a great job!
    My favorite book of the Bible is Joshua.

  6. It's been so fun to read these last couple of posts and get to know the kids better. Our family is anxiously waiting for Emma's interview tomorrow.

    Deborah, you are such a sweet young lady. I had a smile on my face as I read this post because I could just hear your cute little voice giving these answers - especially the "daddy, girls don't preach". I am sure you are a big help in the ministry that your family has in Cambodia. Never quit loving the Lord with all your heart.

    ~Aunt Rachel

  7. Loved learning more about you Deborah! We will be praying especially for you tomorrow morning! The kids are really enjoy each of these post and so am I!

  8. from little Timothy - "Just like you, I got saved! Good job that you got saved. We go knock doors, too. I like to ride my bike, too. I like animals, too, especially bulls, but I don't want to stand by one. I DON'T like rice or noodles. I like candy too. I just got a book of dinosaur stickers for my birthday."

  9. Love the memories. What a wonderful way to create them with your children. Glad Deborah likes rice that is a good thing living in Cambodia

  10. I can't believe Deborah is 10 years old now! What a blessing to see her growing up and serving the Lord! I have enjoyed reading all of these interviews, and we can't wait to get there in just a few months!