There are so many things I love about Cambodia! Motos, Tuk-Tuks and coconuts are just a few.
My first time on a Moto was just a few weeks ago when one of my English students offered to drive me around town. I put on my helmet and hopped on the back…sideways, because I was wearing a skirt. I held on for dear life asking her over and over if she was a good driver. She laughed at me… Here in Cambodia everyone drives a Moto…hardly anyone drives a car. There are not really any traffic laws except to honk a lot when you are coming up to a crossroads. I finally figured out that all of the honking is because there are no “lanes” and there are no traffic lights or stop signs…so everyone just honks to let everyone else know they are coming. One day a boy about 9 years old drove by me on his Moto with his kid brother on the back! He was just a bit taller than my son Jacob! So my first Moto ride I gripped my student the entire time…gasping and closing my eyes around every sharp corner. My second Moto ride was much easier…still sitting sideways only this time holding my student with one hand and holding the railing on the back with the other hand…a bit more relaxed. My third Moto ride I sat sideways and didn’t even hold on except for a few times when going over a bump or around a corner…wow I feel like a real local now. Read the rest of this entry »
I am writing this blog from an air-conditioned hotel room where I spent the night last night with all of the girls on our team. We had an amazing “girls night” where we shared pictures of family, talked about our first kiss, and shared personal stories from different events in our lives. After a very challenging week, this was the perfect way to end…growing deeper in friendship, sleeping on a cozy bed in an air conditioned room, taking a warm shower, and waking up to a great breakfast with my husband and kids (who arrived here at the hotel to hang out for the day on our “day off.”) Events from the week… Read the rest of this entry »
Ok first off I have a confession to make. Actually, this is a public repentance. I will NEVER again accuse my husband of being a “scary” driver. Never, Ever. Ever. I fully repent of ever thinking he was not paying attention to the road…or driving carelessly…or not being a “defensive driver” like I was trained to be in driver’s ed. On our drive from Bangkok to Cambodia, I was sitting in the back when I started to feel carsick…so I moved into the front seat where I spent the rest of the drive trying to keep my self from having a heart attack. I felt like my mom when I was in driver’s ed. She was always pushing on the (fake) break pedal that was (not) on her side…constantly jerking, yelping, gasping for air while I was practicing my driving. Drove me nuts back then, now I can fully understand. I think I said “oh my gosh” and closed my eyes shut about 100 times during the drive from Bangkok to the border. HOWEVER…the drive from Bangkok to Cambodia was nothing in comparison to the drive from the Cambodian border to Battambang. A few highlights from that part of the journey… Read the rest of this entry »
Here is a video compilation of an outreach we held at Ramkhamhaeng 2University in Bangkok. We were able to share the Gospel with close to 100 students this day! There are so many who will be following up with the seeds that were planted and we are thrilled at the openness of every student we met this day!
Has it really only been one week since I last wrote? Unbelievable!
I could literally write a blog about every single day of the past week…following Jesus is so exciting!
My week started with an opportunity to help fix a house at the slum. It was not an appropriate project to bring our kids to since the houses at the slum are raised up on stilts and basically built on top of sewage filled, snake filled, rat filled, garbage filled swamps. I have no idea what got into me that day but for some reason I told Aaron that I wanted him to stay back with the kids so I could go help fix the house. Read the rest of this entry »
First week of outreach…down. An amazing first week that culminated with a fourth of July party celebrating not only America but our first salvation in Bangkok! What happened this week?
We survived 30 hours of travel…without TV’s (see my last blog for the full report) and our kids transitioned to the 15 hour time difference and started sleeping through the night after only 3 nights.
We had 2 days of YWAM Thailand orientation learning about Thailand and it’s customs, the people, the ministry of YWAM Thailand and the Buddhist religion which 94% of Thai people practice….complete with a tour of a Buddhist temple with one of the largest “reclining Buddha” statues in the area. Not only that, but we were also introduced to a Thai delicatessen called “fried worms” which is literally “fried worms”…real worms fried in oil to a crisp. Read the rest of this entry »
As the Lord continues to move our hearts and minds to further His Kingdom, we have been prompted and obedient in moving to Australia. Check this website regularly for updates on what we've been learning.