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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Back in Kratie...

I am back in Kratie, Cambodia. Here is the province where I made many close friends last May. Everyone here remembers me, my name, and my story - even people that I do not recognize. It's great to see them again and be encouraged by them. After my team leaves on May 21, I will return to Kratie and spend 2 weeks with Rolitess (a filippino World Hope missionary). I am very excited! The youth are very active in the church, and most also attend the English school - so I will have alot of fun with them.
This morning we hiked up a mountain to see the city. We went up maybe 350 stairs and halfway up I was thrilled to find a restroom. It was a little shady - but I was a new woman after using it. Monday evening we rode elephants up a mountainside in Siem Reap and it was absolutely beautiful at the top. We coud see Angkor Wat on the horizon, and the sun was starting to set. I am really able to connect with God through nature and I was reminded again of His goodness. Every evening after team devotions we talk about our "highs and lows" of the day, and everyone's high was the top of the mountain.
Our van driver, Om, also went up with us - he doesn't join us for many things aside from meals, so we took advantage of the opportunity to take a picture with him, and I think it meant alot to him that we included him. Ihave seen him bow his head when we pray over meals, and it warms my little white heart. =)
Yesterday I taught 2 intermediate English courses. It was different, but I enjoyed it. Last night we went to Tess' house (she is a World Hope missionary in Kratie, teaching English) and we had prayer meeting. We sang praises, then shared a testimony, and shared prayer requests then prayed the Korean way - everyone outloud and holding hands. It was really neat.
We are all still sharing 1 room. We pushed 3 full beds together and 7 of us are sleeping comfortably. We have gotten very close and it's been alot of fun experiencing Cambodia together.
Finally, I'm thinking about getting married so Tess is going to teach me how to cook rice later this week... I'll let you sit and ponder that one. =)
Please continue praying for me and my ministry here. I want to grow closer to God and take others with me!

1 comment:

Joni said...

It sounds like some of us need to get the rest of this story, haha! I am very happy to hear that you are enjoying your stay and have been able to avoid sickness. Did you eat a tarantula? We all miss you in Indiana but are so proud of you! Love ya.