Reliable Phnom Penh Tuk-Tuk Driver: Mr Polo

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Mr Polo Touch (left) with Rev Ross Rennie

Mr Polo Touch, who featured in the BBC TWO programme A Cabbie Abroad in 2014, drives a tuk-tuk (a motor cycle and passenger trailer) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Mr Polo provides a taxi service and usually waits for custom outside the Golden Gate Hotel in Street 278.

We have found Mr Polo to be extremely reliable, honest, conscientious and friendly. He speaks English and knows the city well. He will give you a fair price and will not overcharge you.

You can contact him on telephone number +855 11 899 261 or by email at polodriver7@gmail.com.

Watch this interview with Mr Polo by Rev Ross Rennie:

Lizzie’s Tearooms: Open Two Years and Being Used by God

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Today, 19 September 2015, Lizzie’s Tearooms are celebrating their second birthday.

We have written previously about Lizzie’s struggle to keep the tearooms open for business, but today we salute her perseverance and faith and we acknowledge the goodness and faithfulness of God in ensuring that this vital centre of Christian witness and ministry in Ashby-de-la-Zouch remains open.

The business is not yet profitable enough for Lizzie to employ the salaried staff that she needs, but Lizzie is trusting God to go on increasing her custom until it is. Meanwhile she and her husband are working hard to maintain the quality of food, beverages and welcoming surroundings that have prompted glowing reviews on Tripadvisor, where Lizzie’s Tearooms hold the position of number 1 restaurant in Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

This little café is not just a place to get a good cup of tea in elegant surroundings. God has been bringing in needy people and Lizzie has had the privilege of praying for some of them and see God’s power at work in their lives.

Rev Ross Rennie, Director of Grace Missions, says, “As I travel around the UK, I see God at work in many places establishing Christian businesses. The owners are proving that running a business God’s way results in His blessing. But also God is setting up places outside the established churches where ordinary people can discover His life, hope and healing. Lizzie’s Tearooms are one such point of light where people can meet Jesus.”

If you live in Ashby-de-la-Zouch or are visiting the area, why not drop in for lunch or afternoon tea? You can be sure of a warm welcome and some delicious food and drink, and who knows what God may do while you are there?

26a North St, Ashby-De-La-Zouch, LE65 1HS.

Opening hours: Wednesday to Friday: 10:00 – 16:00.

Another Company Not To Trade With

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If you are travelling anywhere in the world and you go on to a comparison web site such as Skyscanner which is a very useful comparison site for flights as we have found, beware of this company Netflights.

As some of you know, I am making a very important trip over the Christmas period. I cannot tell you where I am going as it would endanger the people I will meet, except I am going to east Asia. My experience of this company has been their internal policy is not very professional when booking a flight. I found myself losing £552 which is now to be recovered by the credit card company. I cannot give a recommendation to this company as I have found they are a company lacking in grace. When I first booked my ticket with this company we went on their web site, we followed their procedures, but their web site did not work. We were then given a number to contact which cost 10.5p per minute which unfortunately they take so long to answer this will cost you money. When they do answer on the first trip was quite smooth. My problem came when I had to change the dates owing to events beyond my control. I then contacted the company again which took me a considerable amount of time. I ended up paying £4.50 for the privilege and when I did finally get through they charged me £137.50 for the change of the ticket which is normal practice. I felt everything at that point was OK but here is the rub. The minute you book with this company you have no recourse. It is like playing Russian roulette. On arriving home to see the confirmation the same day I found out they had booked me not for December but November. On seeing the mistake I contacted the company and was told they believed I had asked for November and not December. The problem with this, as many of you know who travel, most reputable companies give you 24 hours to check your paperwork.

This company I believe is a bucket shop. Their only interest is to extend their bank account and not look after their customers as they have no procedure for you to check your confirmation, which is a common practice with reputable companies. On seeing the mistake I contacted the company by two emails, asked them to contact me and they did not even bother. I gave them reasonable time to respond and then contacted them. I was then told there was nothing they could do and my flight was booked for November and a dispute ensued. To say their attitude was aggressive would be an understatement and it seems that once they had my money they were not interested. So I found myself with a ticket to a land that I need to go to on the wrong dates and then they told me if I wanted to change the flight again it would cost me another £137 to change the tickets, but to add insult to injury I would lose the first flight and I would have to pay another £152 to change my flight again. That would be the price of the flight and the £137 admin charge.

I think a few hundred years ago there was man called Dick Turpin and he was a highway robbery man, as some of you know from history. So I would say this company Netflights (remember their name) are bandits. And therefore like Vodafone, TalkTalk, Tesco, I am afraid they go into God’s hall of shame. We may not be watchdog but we serve one who is more powerful than any human organisation, the Almighty God, and He says, ‘Vengeance is mine, says the Lord’.

So, my brothers and sisters, please share this with your friends and family and your Facebook, Twitter, etc, as we need to be aware of these companies and their underhand tactics.

We have also found this company was first owned by Thomas Cook. In February 2014 the company was acquired by Dubai-based air service provider dnata, whose CEO is Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. So if you do have any disputes with this company I cannot see you getting much redress, as there seems to be nowhere to write to except the London office, which, as I have already said, I believe is just a bucket shop.

So beware. The Bible says we have to be as crafty as serpents and as gentle as doves; therefore I have left this matter in the hands of the Lord. Yes, I have lost £552 but, as many of you know, I live by faith and have done for many years. They have not stolen from me; they have stolen from the Almighty God. If this company Netflights had behaved in a respectable manner and looked at some way of recompense they would not find themselves in God’s hall of shame.

So if you know of other companies such as these please let me know, as we live in perilous times, and I will be pleased to publish it if is supported by evidence and truth.

God bless you

Rev Ross Rennie

Companies Not To Trade With

In this article I share with you some bad experiences with companies I have dealt with in personal and business life. I recommend that you and your family, friends and colleagues do not trade with these companies.

Vodafone

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I used to be a satisfied customer of Vodafone. Then in 2011 their representative persuaded me to sign up to a contract that he promised would cost me no more than £50 per month.

In March 2012 I received a bill for £380. I had exceeded my monthly inclusive voice call allowance and Vodafone had charged me at an exorbitant rate for the excess. They had no system for alerting me to the fact that I was nearing or exceeding the inclusive allowance. I complained, but received no satisfactory answer.

Then in June 2013 I received another astronomical bill, this time for more than £430. I could not afford to pay the whole amount in one sum, so I offered to pay so much per month. Vodafone refused and said they would hand over my debt to a debt collection agency.

Update, early August 2013:

The final bill at the end of my contract was £527. Vodafone have admitted that they have no way for a customer to pay a debt by instalments. Either it is paid in full or they sell it on to a debt collection agency. I find this astonishing. The company is greedy, dishonourable, inflexible and completely lacking in compassion for the victims of its aggressive charging regime. If you are considering using Vodafone’s services, think again. If you are locked into a contract with them, beware, and get out as soon as you can.

Update, late August 2013:

Having been threatened by Vodafone with court action I reluctantly paid the bill. Imagine my astonishment when I then received a further bill for £3.52! A very rude call centre employee in India again threatened me with legal action if I did not pay, but a much more polite and helpful employee, this time in Egypt, resolved the matter to my satisfaction.

Steer clear of this company.

TalkTalk

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Some years ago I was trying to resolve a dispute with TalkTalk. Whenever I telephoned I spoke to someone in South Asia who seemed to have no authority to do anything to resolve the problem.

Steer clear of this company.

Tesco

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We have written elsewhere about Tesco’s support for the London Gay Pride festival. Tesco have never repented of this action, so, if you disagree with their policy, our recommendation is to do your shopping at another store.

Steer clear of this company.

Tesco and Gay Pride

Tesco logoI would like to bring to the attention of my brothers and sisters across the world and in the UK something concerning one of the largest supermarket chains in the UK, Tesco. If you have not yet read this article from Christian Voice I suggest you do so.

We are not against Tesco per se, but we oppose the policy they are adopting at present of supporting the London Gay Pride festival by giving them a gift of £30,000, which could have been spent on better enterprises such as social, medical or other charities. and the fact that Nick Lansley, Head of Research and Development at Tesco.com, has called Christians opposed to same-sex marriage as ‘evil’. I would say that this gentleman, as many of you would believe, is misguided as we are the light of the world and they are living in darkness. I would like to express we are not against gay people but we are against the sin. As we are people of grace it is not our place to judge, as our Lord Jesus Christ told us not to. He said, “How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” (Luke 6: 42)

But it is our place to be wise with the finances that the Lord Jesus Christ supplies to us as Christians. I with many of my colleagues am boycotting Tesco — their stores, their petrol stations and tesco.com — until they reverse this decision to give £30,000 to what I believe is a sinful organisation. I would hope if you read this that you would tell as many Christians as possible that if we spend our money with this particular supermarket chain we are condoning their actions. As we are a peaceful people and unlike many other religions we do not riot, this is the only course of action I believe the Lord Jesus Christ would want us to take. I would like you to pray and see if you feel as many Christians up and down the British Isles do today.

If you look at the press you will see that we are not a minority; we are a majority because He that is in us is greater than he that is in the world. When we as a Christian nation stand up together there is a great power between us and heaven. This has been seen on many occasions such as the time when Jerry Springer the Opera went across our land. Or consider the time when Sir Cliff Richard wrote The Millennium Prayer and the pop industry boycotted it but it still became number one, as many of us know. We have the victory as Christ defeated the powers and principalities and made a spectacle of them at Calvary 2,000 years ago.

My prayer is that the board of Tesco will realise this is not something that they should put the public’s money into and they will relent from involving themselves in Gay Pride or Stonewall. I myself will be writing to the chief executive of Tesco and I suggest many of you who shop at Tesco regularly should do the same.