Today we had our first 7:30am class start as well and at the 1pm one we had 3 new girls. There was an outreach we did with una about a month back and it seemed like nothing came out of that, but these three girls came from there! So YAY! they were super excited to learn and called on their own! So God is good. I still want L to come, but maybe one day. In the meantime, what I started for her is blessing others. So I just sent out an email to ask a girl if she will join our staff and take over the new class. I have just enough time to train her :) Also Mrs. Rhea showed up and loved the class and so it should be great having a native english speaker around when I leave! I love it! God just does His thing.
This sunday is our medical camp. The students are coming in a few minutes to discuss the details before the camp and probably to get some money for the expenses :) I think the meds are bought, but lets see.
Things are getting super busy and I am almost leaving! AHHH! but it's sooo cool at the same time. Everything will be established and running when I leave and it'll run like a well oiled machine :) hehe! ok, at least close to it!
As for my vacation! It was delightful. I haven't seen Janelle in years and it was sooo great. I never realized how much we have in common and what an amazing individual she is. What she has done in 3 years is simply remarkable. She has basically single handedly run a donation organization after moving to thailand. Not only did she not have a michael and have to figure everything out, she has been totally alone here, but the insight and ability she has to run multiple projects at once and to see what will work and what won't is simply inspiring and amazing. All of us are gifted so differently. hehe! But us missionary types really don't know how to take breaks so it was good for both of us to get away. The first day was bangkok and I loved seeing everything. Did the touristy thing and went on the river and saw the palace and the lying buddha. Went to the famous back packers place. From there went to the mall for frozen yogart and a movie at a fancy couch movie theater. Horrible and disgusting movie and we both wanted to walk out but didn't say anything to the other person (Alex cross) and then off to a massage :) from there we went to one of the roof top bars and got a nice view of the city. Then we were off to the redlight district. That made me feel sick. They were selling sex shows out in the open and the things they have these girls do, makes you sick. I didn't go and see their "free trial". Just had no desire. Ugh. How people can do that to other people is horrible and disgusting. I took pictures of just stuff in the market but don't have the heart to post them. Just disgusting and I didn't even see the disgusting stuff.
Went to eat dinner on the street and made it home after midnight. Next mornign we woke up and headed to the government bus station. 5 1/2 hours and we were at the ferry terminal on our way to koh chang. What is awesomely cool about Janelle is that we have the same taste in food. So we both picked the same icecream, drinks, food etc.
We got to our resort and it was way nicer than I had thought and it was on the secluded side of the island. Since we were tired, we didn't do anything but plan the next two days roughly. Janelle took a nap while I had to try everything. So I was in the pool, lounging at the pool side, sitting under the little huts reading. And then when she woke up we were off on a kayak ride. We were horrible at our first attempt, but it was fun and the sunset was beautiful!
Since we had missed lunch we were starving by the time we got back and praise God the food was delicious!
The next day we were off to cooking classes. I was a little disappointed with the place, but that was short lived cause the food they taught us to make was delicious! I couldn't belielve it was my cooking! And I learned all these things I have been wanting to learn! From there we were off to the waterfall. The other couple from the resort had come too and so the cooking class said we could enjoy the waterfall and then they'd drop us back! YAY! Free rides are always good and a blessing! The water was freezing, but once in, awesome. I got spoiled in koh kong with having the waterfalls all to myself so didn't like so many people there in the water, but it was still great! I had wanted to go to a waterfall and God made it convenient!
We came back and after reading for a bit were off in the canoe and we had it down so we were able to go more than twice the distance in the same amount of time or less! IT was great!!
Came back to more great food. I was out like a log after that.
The next day we were off on an elephant ride in the jungle. Wouldn't recommend it but I did get to ride on the elephant's neck but was too scared to stay there too long :)
After that we went on a 1/2 day trip to Koh Wai. They dropped us off with old snorkeling equipment and left us. We had been told they would give us a lunch voucher but it only paid for 1/2 a lunch. :) So we were like, this isn't going to be great, but it was!!! It was almost the best snorkelling experience I have ever had! I loved it and so did janelle. We saw sea urchins, sea anenomeas, tons of fish to the point where at one point in the beginning the number of them scared me. The water was warm, the beach was white sand and besides the other tourists, not a lot of people there! Simply marvelous. And we got blessed with a speed boat both ways! We just missed the storm because of it. Got back and found out it had been raining all day in Koh Chang so we were really blessed to have been away.!
French fries at night and dinner and then I was out again. But of course I had tried out the hammocks and everything else :) Woke up in the morning and didn't have a sure plan of how we were going to get to the airport on time. The minivan people were delaying and I was almost worried, but we actually got there early. had a delicious lunch of subway and a dunkin donut mocha (which is really really good) and had a great time talking to Janelle. Vacations are so much better wtih someone! heheh!
Then on the plane, I just happened to be sitting next to someone from PP that I know who was able to really talk to me about some things on my mind. The whole trip a wonderful blessing and smiling Michael to greet me with wonderful news about what he has decided :)
pray for us as I end things here and make a lot of decisions! We have a lot of stuff that we are jamming into this month and I'm excited!
thanks for all your prayer and support and love!
God Bless!! none of cambodia could have happened without all of you!