Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Interview With Emma Grace 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

First of all, is Emma your real name?
No, my real name is Emerald.

Which one do you like to be called?
(giggles) Ummm...I like Emma better. Well...I don't know which one I like better. But I think I like Emma better.

Okay, then Emma it is. How old are you?
I am 8 years old.

Where were you born?
In Thailand...Bangkok, Thailand.

Does that mean you speak Thai?
No. Well, I know how to say one word: sawatekaa (giggles)

At Deborah's 10th birthday party, October 2010

What grade are you in?
I am in 4th grade.

And do you like school?
Yes, I love it!

What's your favorite subject?
My favorite subject is English because I like learning about nouns, verbs, adjectives, and all that stuff.

July 2010

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to go outside and play tag, hopscotch, hide-and-seek, soccer, and ride my bike. I like to write letters to my pen pal, listen to music, play the piano, and read books.

Do you have a favorite book?
Clara Barton is my favorite book, although I don't really read it anymore because I already know everything in that book since I've read it like 5 times! I also like the Nancy Drew series and American Girl books.

Playing in the piano recital, May 2009

So how do you like living in Cambodia?
I like it! (giggles) I like my Khmer friends. I like going out on the moto with daddy. I like how the Khmer language is written. I like going to the monthly English services with the other missionaries. And I like staying overnight at my friends' houses.

Is there anything you don't like about living in Cambodia?
Number one...I hate the smell in the markets. It smells dirty and yucky!

Riding a tuk tuk with Candace and her friend, Abby Freeze, October 2009

Has anything ever scared you in Cambodia?
Well, when we took Aunt Malinda to the Killing Fields, I saw some real skeletons (she means skulls).

Yes, many people have died in this country. Do you know why our family is here?
Yes, we are here to be missionaries and help people get saved.

And how do we do that?
We pass out tracts, we go soulwinning, we have church services, and daddy preaches and sometimes he has one of the church people talk to someone during the service if they want to get saved.

What do you help with?
I go soulwinning and help clean the church. Also, mommy is training me to watch the nursery!

Singing "O Holy Night" with her sisters, December 2009

What is your favorite memory in Cambodia?
Going to the water park with Grandpa and Grandma. I had never been before, and then I got to go with my grandparents. I love riding the big 20-foot slide!

Is there anything you really look forward to in America?
Seeing all my friends and cousins and getting to travel to different places.

4th of July BBQ, 2010

How do you celebrate Christmas in Cambodia?
We do some special things with the Khmer people. Sometimes we have a Christmas party with a gift exchange. Sometimes we have someone come over to our house for Christmas cookies and we give them a present. We always have a special service where people can sing or play an instrument, and we also have a food offering where people bring noodles and different kinds of food.

December 2009

And how about with your family?
We make cookies with mommy, exchange presents, and lots of other fun stuff.

Do you have a specialty that you make every year?
Yes, my specialty to make with mommy is divinity.

Making divinity, December 2009

That sounds delicious! Do you have any favorite Khmer food or drink?
Rice, fried noodles that you get on the side of the road, especially when you get beef in them, and sugar cane juice. I also like prawn chips.

I heard some people eat bugs in Cambodia! What kind of bugs are there?
Lizards, cockroaches, big ugly spiders, big giant beetles, grasshoppers...

Ever eat any of that stuff?
NO! (giggles)

Decorating cookies, December 2009

This last question is the most important one. When did you get saved?
I got saved on April 26th, 2008. We were in Washington, at Riverview Baptist Church and they were having a special day. A missionary taught the lesson and during the invitation I raised my hand and told him that I wanted to get saved. He told me he would tell my dad. Later that night at our hotel daddy talked to me about it. I got saved that night.

Was there anything special about that day besides the fact that you got saved?
Yes, it was my birthday! That's neat getting saved on your birthday.

With the gingerbread house she made with siblings, December 2009

Holding baby brother, Seth, September 2009


  1. My favorite book is Daniel Boone. I do NOT like English. I would like to try eating a big ugly spider! I enjoy helping my dad on Sunday mornings by setting out song books and extra Bibles. I asked Jesus to save me after talking with my mom and dad about it. It was just before my 6th birthday.

  2. You did great on the gingerbread house. I would like to get to do that one year.
    I was saved in Visalia, California in the Conference Room at Grandpa's church.
    The Arty books are my favorite series.
    Sugar cane juice sounds good. I think I would like it. I would try the fried noodles too.

  3. It sounds like you have lots of fun on holidays. My favorite books are the American Girl books. Right now I am reading The Secret is really good. Your gingerbread house looks YUMMY! Sugar cane juice is something I sure would like to try. Sounds delicious.
    My favorite subjects are English and Literature. Actually, I like all of my subjects. I LOVE SCHOOL!
    I like to help my mommy in the kitchen every day, but especially at Christmas. I'm glad Christmas is almost here!

  4. Hey, I think your name should actually be Giggles. :) Enjoyed hearing about your favorite things. I think maybe I'll send you a big box of fried cockroaches for Christmas since you like them so much. Glad to hear that you're learning to work in the nursery.

  5. from little Timothy - "I can only play Mary Had a Little Lamb on the piano. My favorite books are dinosaur books. I am going to help my daddy and mommy start a church in Patterson so people can get saved, too. I look forward to seeing you, too, when you get back to America. My favorite drink is chocolate milk. My favorite food is Top Ramaan."

  6. Hey Emma!
    If Uncle Tim sends you a box of fried cockroaches, will you share with me? Just kidding! However, maybe we should send him some of those big spiders or a fried snake. What do you think? I really liked reading your interview! I LOVE your giggles! That is part of what makes you so special! You always make me smile! :) I love you BUNCHES! Mrs. Ruppel

  7. Thank you Emma,for sharing with us, what its like to be a missionary, in Cambodia. Your parents are blessed to have such sweet little girls! We will be praying especially for you in the morning!

  8. Emma, You sure do giggle a lot =) Every time I talk to you, you giggle. Your adorable smile in all these pictures show what a sweet little girl...or young are. It is so neat to read about your desire to help in the ministry and serve the Lord. You are never too young to start serving the are off to a great start. I love you!
    Aunt Rachel

  9. Really enjoyed learning more about you Emma!! What a fun interview! I don't like the fried spiders either, or the smell in the markets! Loved the picture of you with the gingerbread house you made at Christmas!
    Sharon Shull

  10. I noticed there were a lot of "giggles" in there...classic Emma. We miss that sweet girl, as well as all her brothers and sisters. Thank you for these interviews.

  11. i really like these interviews .Emma