Yesterday I was pretty jet-lagged. Stayed up till 2 am the night before and woke up at 6am to barking dogs and the helpers shouting and running down the stairs. It was too hard to sleep after that so lay in bed for a while. Made use of my kindle and the devotional my friend had me download. I am so glad she did. I didn't see the great value of it till arriving but it was God's little encouragement that He is in control. The verse of my life has been Hebrews 11:1. For those of you who know me, it is what got me into medical school and over and over it is what gets me through. Well, guess what the verse of the day was :) I accidently re-read it again today too and it was sooo wonderful.
Dragged around all morning and finally went downstairs for breakfast only to discover there was no milk, but praise God for the little snack bag my older sister prepared for me! :)
Church was good. Nice to see how it's grown since the last time I was there. At the end I ended up talking to a man Michael introduced me to. As we were talking I discovered Michael had applied to leave for america to work with a Christian group but had just gotten his rejection letter 4 days before I arrived! Wow! And here I thought he would be there to help me the whole time. hehe! I guess he will be now. Yesterday after lunch and shopping (bought my sim card. It cost 25 cents for the sim card and $1.25 to get it cut to the right side to fit my latest gift of the Iphone 4S). I'm not sure how many minutes I can talk on it, but it's great since I will need to meet so many people now and will need a phone. Then we went to buy me some food. That cost over 5 dollars!! Shocking! Will have to find a cheaper super market.
At church a boy was messing around with Michael's motorcycle and I was thinking, "I want to learn to ride it too." but of course I am a little weary of my balance skills and driving in cambodia is a little scary. hehe! Well, as we ate lunch Michael said that we had to work on my transportation needs and thinks getting a moto is the best thing and he's going to start giving me lessons! AHHH! Definite prayer is needed, but I feel like I have been getting mentally prepared for this day since last Sept when I went to visit Maiko, a Japanese missionary and rode on the back of her moto all around Chiang Mai.
Was so tired I went to sleep super early (6pm), had a phone call at 10:30 and then stayed up till 2ish finishing the last of my extra medical stuff. I had decided it was unimportant while I was in America since I had enough credits but God is so good! He knew I wanted to get through all the magazines and He gave me time!
Woke up this morning and read the new devotional and it was another one of my theme verses (Romans 8:28) - another encouragement from God. Checked my email and 3 people had responded! Hence my meetings mentioned above! Spent 2 hours rearranging my suitcases and trying to consolidate as until I get my own place I am sharing a room with 3 other girls and my suitcases have taken up the entire room! So I packed a suitcase full of stuff I don't need while I am here so that if needed we can move that to another place and store it. Stuck a hand-back in my other suitcase and so am down to a backpack and two suitcases and my purse :) Yes!! I travel heavy but!! I am here for a year!
So I am thinking of starting an english school for the rich cambodian and possibly a clinic/pharmacy. Michael and I were talking yesterday and we are going to try to work with the local government officials. It would be so cool to be able to do public health or teach at the local medical schools and maybe get some of my friends to do that as well! Let's see what God has in-store. This is just my first day's thoughts :)
So the plan for today is to look at the house, have lunch with an old friend, spend time with the family I am staying with and pick their brain after we catch up and possibly open a bank account but I think I need to change my visa status first! :) Life is wonderful and I am soooo blessed!