So after all my morning things were done and I was changing rooms I met Mrs Rhea. We started talking and basically she has ideas and people that can help us! She not only has skills but people who can sell our products in America! So YAY! Plus she has more people who want to help and lots of contacts! So we spent a few exciting moments talking before she had to get ready and I had a phone call :)
Michael came and we all went to see Doc Demy. He is a surgical oncologist from the Philippines who has been in Cambodia for the last two years doing missionary work. His wife is in the Philippines and he is here. His daughter is visiting and he has a team of 5 Filipinos and some locals. Our meeting started of awkward and then as soon as he found out I was here to stay suddenly everything changed. From trying to dissuade me from working in the brothels and not wanting to be involved, he’s got connections to get me an ngo visa for cheaper, how to get a cheap car and lots of other helpful hints. Did you know apple products are a few 100 dollars cheaper here and it’s from the official apple store according to this group! Plus there is no tax J Had lunch, shared a few stories, prayed together and then Michael and I walked home. I figured a 10-15 minute car ride couldn’t be that hard of a walk home, but boy was I wrong. Praise God for the weather. Perfect. There is a constant gentle breeze and the temperature is just perfect! All the pictures I have been wanting to take on the back of Michael’s motorcycle but would never free my hands to take, I could take!
We stopped by one of the homes he goes to visit. The family makes things used in the local temples. A simple repetitive task gets them $150/mo. After reading about the Grameen Foundation and it’s foundation it makes me wonder if they weren’t selling to merchants and directly to the people going to the temple how much more they could make. Microloan possibilities?? Or just my head full of ideas
Continued our walk home after that but bought a coconut on the way. This had to be one of the sweetest cooled to perfection coconuts I have drank! Loved it!!
Got home and the girls were so excited. One of the teachers they had been talking to me about ends up being the exact person I was supposed to contact that day! I met her at the airport my first visit to Cambodia. We ended up hanging out together at the lounge in Thailand and were in a crazy mood. J So we decided to take turns riding in the luggage cart. She went first and I was taking her across a walking sidewalk and all was well until the very end when I needed to do a little lift to get the cart off the sidewalk and I wasn’t able to! Down went the cart with Anu inside! The funniest thing was an airport personnel came up from behind, lifted the cart up and kept walking like nothing happened. Needless to say we decided I wouldn’t ride in the cart.
Well she was supposed to be at the kid’s Christmas program that I had agreed to go to the day before. We got to the program late and sat in the back and there were so many people I was thinking it would be hard to find her. Well right at intermission guess who comes to me! Apparently I was sitting in front of her! So YAY! I love how God works and connects. She introduced me to her father who works with the pastors of Cambodia and knows a lot of people.
Everyday, I am in awe of how God connects and puts pieces together. Mrs Rhea has been wanting to do something and has had no one to do it with. She is thrilled I am here and planning to stay in the city and not the province like she had originally thought! Anu just happens to be the teacher of the girls and sitting behind me at the program. Doc Demy and his team have a lot of contacts and knowledge to help a newby like me and he’s a doctor! I am sooo blessed! Sooo blessed!