After a delightful night’s sleep (fell into bed at 9:00), I woke up at 4:30 and couldn’t go back to sleep. So, I spent some sweet time talking to God and reliving our first full day in Cambodia and composing blog posts in my head. (It’s 6:15am on Wednesday here–12 hours ahead of those of you on EST.)
I feel such a burden–not a bad burden, a good one. Just a heavy weight of seeing and hearing and feeling so much and wanting so badly to share it with all of you. Much of it is hard, but much of it is so good, so redemptive, so full of hope and promise and awe of our amazing, loving God who cares so deeply for the people he created.
I envision themed posts where I delve deeply and eloquently into people’s stories and various aspects of life in Cambodia. In reality, you’ll probably get a smattering of thoughts and feelings, raw and rambling, and you’ll have to pick out the nuggets and digest them on your own. I’m asking God for his grace as I write, that he’ll give me words, that I can somehow communicate even a small percentage of what’s going on in my mind and heart.
I hope to share lots of pictures too. So thankful for Gabe’s gift and praying for a strong internet connection that allows him to upload as many sights and scenes as he can for you to see.
After I blogged yesterday…
Oh goodness. Ava just woke up with a bellyache, and after holding her in bed for 20 minutes or so while she cried and I cried and prayed for God to heal her, she said she needed to throw up and made it safely to the toilet. She says she feels better and wants to go on with our day. Bless her heart. Please pray that she stays healthy (that all of us do). My heart aches for sick babies who don’t have a mama to hold them and clean water to drink and brush their teeth with. Oh God, have mercy.
I kind of just lost my whole train of thought…
Oh, yesterday. After I blogged, we ate breakfast and showered and got together all the stuff we brought from home for our friend Yvonne (coconut m&m’s, apple corer, head lamp, personal items) and then met her, Veasna and Panha for lunch at a Khmer restaurant. It was kind of fancy with cushioned seats on the floor. Veasna ordered for us, and we ate Khmer-style (help yourself to all the dishes in front of you). Something something sour pork, a vegetable dish, yellow chicken curry, and a popular green and sour Khmer soup.
Then we took a tuk-tuk tour of Phnom Penh (including watching Veasna in action teaching Kids’ Club at a park near Wat Phnom) before dropping Yvonne off at her apartment and heading to the orphanage with Panha.
Melt my heart at the sight of my little blondies (with streaks of green and purple) running around and giggling with those sweet precious kiddos we love and miss so much. Hope to have pictures for you soon, because we got some good ones.
Off to spend the day at the Boys’ Center. Talk about some heart-wrenching stories all mixed in with hope. Yvonne and Panha shared some things yesterday that made me want to run back to America and go door-to-door begging for spare dollars and change so that these boys and their families can thrive and know Jesus.
I’ll have an opportunity soon for you to help in a small way with a huge impact. Praise God for the internet.
Good-bye for now! Praising and thanking God for your faithful prayers.