The girls changed schools this year and most of their friends go to another church (the church associated with their school) and so they have been talking about going there since we went to the Christmas Program. So we all went. Each of us had the choice to go anywhere, but we all wanted to go and it was great! The service had 5 churches together doing the christmas service (anglican, catholic, two others and the home church that was assembly of God). I loved it. It's so nice and refreshing to see churches of different denominations working together like this! It's the way the body of Christ is supposed to work and I loved just being there. I think I really like this church and it might become my home church. you could just feel God throughout the service. Everyone liked it and so we all want to go and see what a real service is like and hear the real pastor share. But I think this church will be a keeper :)
After that met some indians during the socializing time. It was great!!! So I have been wondering about this whole wanting to set up a clinic desire of mine. The Indians really really think I should do it! So as soon as I get my house I think I'll start having evening clinic :) They said word of mouth alone about a good doctor will get the practice going and all the indians will want to come and then the cambodians as well. Of course there will have to be a sliding scale for payment and maybe the csi people (the doctor group I just met) can help me with what they do. :) YAY! and there is a young Sri Lankan doctor who has been here for a year who maybe can help me :) Interestingly he attends the small group the World Vision contact I met goes too. Small world :) I think the Christian community here must be small too cause Akemi said she met people who already knew about me too! And the indians said that the people I met at the christmas program (father of the airport girl) lives in their building, so when they talked to me, I already had built in credibility. One of the Indian ladies is a social work and she's already open to working with me with the women. Unfortunately she just arrived too 4 months ago and so doesn't know the lay of the land and language yet, but more than me! Also, she already gave me helpful hints on how to get indian food! YAY! I love how God works and blesses His children. They were so excited to have an indian doctor and I was so excited to meet them. One of the guys works with malaria control for the governement of Cambodia. I can at least pick his brain about the nation wide medical programs I have in mind :) I am blessed! I am blessed! I am blessed! :)
Came home and we all cleaned and then picked names for secret santa. I dont know what to give my person (I wish it was one of the kids) hehe! but this is better! Just need to figure out what to give.
Then we cooked. We chopped and cut vegetables and cooked for hours and by 5 all of us had our lunch/dinner combo. And then the kids refused to let me sleep! hehe! So we played all sorts of games till 10:30 when they then asked me join them in one of the rooms for a sleep over. Six of us in one room :) I had thought I would sleep at 10:30 but a friend called and the friends wanted to talk till late at night. Needless to say, none of us woke up till Akemi came into the room at 9 to wake them up for their shopping time at 9:30.
Yesterday I was just starting to think that maybe I should move out the moment I get a house and get things situated and figured out once I am there, but the Rheas would like me to stay with them forever, even after I have my house. Wow! I love how God works. At least I dont have to worry about overstaying my welcome now. Honestly I don't usually worry about that, cause I figure people love having me around hehe! I mean we all having so much fun, but the 2-3rd day I was here someone put the thought in my head that the Rhea's would want me out asap. So YAY! Any bit of worry I might have had about that is gone. Now the question is, how long do I stay :)
So I certainly had a very restful, productive and fun weekend. Ready to go back to work this week.
Prayer requests for this week
1) Housing situation - Michael is working on the contract as we speak. I want 3 months down and am willing to pay 3 months at a time. I don't want a 2 year lease, but a one year one till I figure things out
2) Making contacts and following through. Need to figure out the timing of everything
3) Establishing the NGO
4) Visa status
5) Eating healthy - my diet has been atrocious!
Besides all that I have already told you. I love how my relationship with God has just blossomed here . I was feeling quite dryish in america, but feeling so close with God and loving my devotional times and prayer times and love for people just flowing out! Praise God! A real answer to prayer!
Thank you everyone who prays for me and