Yesterday was a fantastic day. Everything fell into perspective again and just saw God in everything. I hadn't been meeting with enough cambodians - the whole reason I am here. So started the day off taking our helper to the hospital to check on her pregnancy complications. Praise God things have normalized so she will be fine. Came home and after lunch was super tired and thought I should call Michael and figure out a plan for the day but a little voice just said rest. So I fell asleep and Michael showed up unannounced :) So everything I wanted got done! :) I love how God works and leads! I really needed the rest. So we finalized the housing contract and Michael is sending it off, then we went to visit a patient. We had tried the day before but she wasn't there and I was super glad cause I was really really tired that day. But after my nap yesterday I was totally up to it. I ate again before I left (or else I have found I am too hungry to be useful by the time we get back from our trips into the city) and hopped onto the motorcylce and off we went. It was the grandmother of the family we went to visit the first week. They spend the whole day making temple incense and other things. I think I posted a picture of some of their stuff on my facebook page for save each one and you can see them there. As I was talking to and examing the family, I just felt so much love and joy and this feeling of "this is why I am here" I loved our short time there. I had forgotten my khmer homework book at home and wanted to leave my medical stuff there, but didn't want to make Michael go back just to convenience me BUT I accidently left my cell phone on the charger so we had to and I got to make all the switches :) I love how God works! :) Then Michael got a call from a friend who said a friend of hers was in the hospital with mental issues and she was concerned about her. She was apparently suicidal. We had heard about her a day or two ago and Michael had said we would go visit when she was out, but after getting off the phone he said he really wanted to go today with me. We were supposed to take a night bus to poipet (8 hours) and so I told him if we get a ticket for tonight then no, if not, then yes. hehe! so we didn't get a ticket for tonight. :) So we went. I was sooooo glad. Michael's friend ended up being this girl I had taught first aid, cpr and other basic things to last year when I went to cambodia. I was so happy to see her and she me. She later told me that when she quit her old job where she had met me she was sad that that meant she would never see me again! God's so good isn't He? How He just puts such love in people's hearts. Last year I taught them for 2-3 days, then had them do a medical camp with me, and then handed out the extra soaps/shampoos/coffee that I had brought for the camp as we sat in a circle, prayed and said goodbye. That was an awesome group and so smart too. I am a tough teacher. I really push my students (while laughing of course) but I have a very high standard and I believe everyone can achieve it - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me :). heheh! Actually I was a little worried in English class yesterday cause I really push them on their pronunciation and I wasn't sure if they liked it. But as we were driving to the hospital Michael said the class really appreciates how I push them on their pronunciation. So YAY!
So back to the story. We walk in the room after getting a little history from the sister and it's a boy! hehe! I think Michael didn't know what to think or say and honestly I didn't either, but I just openned my mouth and out came all these words. First about God's love and then before I knew it I was asking him about medical stuff - stuff he hadn't wanted to share with the doctors here apparently and it was so cool cause even when he hesitated, words came out of my mouth to put his mind at ease and soon we were talking about what I wanted. We ended with praying and now I have an invitation to come to his house after my return from thailand this weekend. :) I felt the same thing as I was talking to him, "this is why I am here" There were two other people in the room. A sick man and his wife so we prayed for them as well and left. I found out the girl who asked us to come's family is sick as well and so we'll be back to see them. She lives near a house we looked at and so on my way home I was all confused again. Where or where do I get my house. In the center of the hustle and bustle or in the peace. Where everyone is or on the outskirts. Pray for me please about this all! The price is fantastic, the need is there (a lot of karaoke clubs and beer gardens in this area), but is this where I should be? and then a house contract, 1 year or 2 years? If I new this is the place $300 is a steal. If I open the final center elsewhere in the city, I would want to be closer there. All these questions. Let's see what God wants to do :)
Pray for me! I am beginning to realize that whatever Michael asks me to do, even if I don't want to do it, when I do it, it's always good. I'm glad God put him into my life. I get to really interact with the communities and individuals in ways a lot of other people don't. I am soooo blessed! God is sooo wonderful!
I hope all of your new year is going as well as mine or even better. You know there is no better place than being in the center of God's will and putting all selfishness aside. :) If you are holding on to anything that is keeping you from what you know God really wants you to do, just let it go. Love - love people and love God. I know everyone always says you have to take care of yourself, but in my experience, God does that as you love God and others with His heart. :)
God bless and have a great weekend!