Most of the blogs I've read are like a piece of poetry. Touching, thought provoking, a slice of someone's unique perspective. Let's see if I can meet that criteria.
Here's a quick peek at what has been going on over in Cambodia.
After arriving more than two weeks ago, I am going to say that things have been pretty great. We have been staying at Sophea and Jenny Sem's house, and you are not going to find a more hospitable, funny, or caring couple, even if you travel a hundred miles from their home. Our days have been filled with exploring, eating amazing food, teaching English, and getting to know people. Everyone is very friendly and welcoming, though because of the language barrier, it is hard to form deeper relationships. This has actually been a real struggle and irritation for me.
On Sunday we went to the church in Phonm Penh that Sophea pastors. It is actually only a one minute alley walk away from the house. I think everyone on the team agrees that the worship and prayer was amazing. Even though everything is done in Khmer, it is obvious that Jesus is welcome and working there. I have never felt such a strong connection with other believers from another place other than home.
Besides struggling with the language barrier, I have also found it hard to find joy in all circumstances, and have seen a lot of things in my life that need to change or improve. After a week of struggling with how to "fix" myself and asking the Lord to change me, I realized how dumb I was being. If I stop thinking about how I need to do this better, or how to change that, and instead focus on Jesus, on who he is, what he has done, and what he is doing, my response to the events of life change. When I think of Him, and I am no longer focused on myself, selfishness, pride, and anger cannot have a foothold in my life. So when somebody tells me to write a blog, I don't think about how I want to strangle them, I instead do it with a happy heart. So there you have it!