So Saturday I woke up early. Everyone was asleep and so I had 3 ½ hours to do things like write in my diary, take care of expenses and bills online, read the bible, spend time with God, pray and it was soooo good! I so needed it! The whole day was just so relaxed and pleasant because of it. I needed a day off and so although no day is ever off totally and I always ended up “working” it all just felt like vacation. :) And I got a Barbie movie in too!
We made it to the bus stop on time and we even had time to buy snacks and go to the bathroom. We got a deal on the tickets and the bus was air-conditioned and had a bathroom in it. The interesting thing was getting to the bathroom – over and under a lot of luggage in a bus that moves so fast you think you are going to fall on a passenger J I liked it! J Sleeping was hard as those seats recline a lot and hehe! Your let space disappears but I praise God for how he answers prayer. One prayer to sleep and I was out :). We got there before 5:30am and the border didn’t open till 7 and so I was wondering what we would do, but the bus driver let us all stay on the bus! So I slept for an hour! J Then we walked to the border. I had been warned that they might try to get more money out of me, but I stood my pleasant, I am not doing what you want ground and right when Michael was about to pull out the money, they took my passport and processed it. They were a little upset and just threw it out the window when it was done but heheh! I got what I wanted! Then we started back. We didn’t have a return ticket and first bus we found was already full. So we walked to the next and they said that we cut sit in the front window for 2 hours and then get a seat. So I said ok! Anything to get home! So we got one and they said,” guess what, there are seats, but as people come, give them up” so we started musical chairs until I was sitting in the luggage area scrunched down and just when I needed to get out of there we got real unchanging seats! ;) I love the adventures on the bus! They were all so nice to me and even moved people to try to give me a proper seat until they couldn’t anymore! The bus ride was horribly long, but full of interesting things and insight on the Cambodian culture. I was glad I did the trip that way (the cheapskate in me always tries to save money) but I don’t think I will do that again that way if I even need to! :) The car washes here are pretty interesting.
We got off early to save time BUT Michael’s brother didn’t pick up the phone so we walked and walked for 20-30 minutes until he finally found us! I did get a chance to walk through the area that Michael thinks we should reach out to, so that was good! I also found out that in Cambodia men and women toilets are in the same bathroom! So when we stopped at a gas station (the bathrooms are relatively super clean) I walked into the wrong stall :) but was informed by Michael to look up and see the male sign. Interesting. Then today at school the same thing happened (I mean the bathrooms downstairs where the locals are and not the foreigners) the bathrooms are bisexual and interestingly they had 2 male stalls and only 1 female one.
I wasn’t sure if there was going to be anything at home to eat, but they had re-stalked when I got home and food tasted awesome! The family was gone and I was bummed that I missed the Indian food they had told me they were going out to, but at least I was finally home! The clothes were placed in the washing machine and then they all returned. I was so tired I couldn’t even make it through the washing machine, but luckily Paula was going to stay up late and she put my clothes in the dryer!
Today I woke up later cause I took a shower last night and it was nice to have 10 minutes extra to sleep. I was a little worried about going to class because I had been too tired to study on Sunday when I returned and hadn’t gotten any studying in the bus like I had planned, but class went well. After class Grace, one of the Filipino missionaries with Every Nation church and I decided to meet up. We had a classical fruit drink and dessert and talked and shared our stories. She had been praying for a bunch of things and praise God, a lot of what I had to say was exactly what she needed to hear. She’s been wanting a mentor, so it looks like we’ll try to meet every week. I really like her. She is a pretty incredible young woman who really loves God and I loved her testimony. She really loves God! She is thinking of moving into an apartment and out of her house and so I brought her over to my place to see it. Since my place was locked, we did what you can only do in a foreign country. I had looked at a store front property that I decided to hold off on and now it had been bought and it was open and construction was going on outside it so I said, “let’s ask the construction people if we can look inside” well out comes the owner and I asked if we could look inside and she gave us a tour of the whole place! Grace got to see everything but inside the bedrooms. The family liked us despite our rude intrusion and asked for my phone number so that they can come meet me when I move! YAY! Khmer friends! They speak just enough English that we can communicate a little bit! :)
Came home and Michael was over and told me the landlord was at the house and wanted us to go over and look at the stuff he had already brought in and to look at his version of the contract. We spent over an hour there with him and I really like the place. Chatted with my landlord who is super sweet! Then off to school with the usual stop at Michael’s house for him to change and me talking to his neighbors. Class was great. I teach tomorrow. We have a new student and he’s super smiley. Then we had dinner with Mr. Pandey, the guy from the store when I went shopping with Kimmy. He calls me almost every day and so Michael and I might just agree to dinner with him once a month. He loves the company and we love the food :) He’s a sweet old man who has volunteered his services for the nonprofit. :) Pray for him. I want him to know God. I had been wanting pink Indian sandals and guess what he bought me as a New year’s present – hehe! YUP! :)
Well, I am really tired, but today was a blessed day. Thanks for all your encouraging emails, I was really blessed by them. Please continue to pray for wisdom. I can’t wait till I have the house cause then we can finally start outreach! I have meetings the next few days, so please pray for those as well.
God Bless!!! Love you all and I really appreciate your support, love and prayers!