God is sooo good! Hehe! I haven’t written in a couple of days but let me start by saying Happy New Year! May God bless your year with extra special blessings and fill your life with His abundant love and may your relationship with Him deepen and grow till you truly can’t live without Him and every breath you take makes you realize how loved you are and your heart yearns share His love with everyone you know. May the fire that was first within you when you met Him but rekindled and may those of you who don’t know, realize from your heart how great our God is!
Hehe! So everything has been so different. One by one the girls have been coming down with dengue. The average incubation period is 3 days to 2 weeks so potentially all of us could have it! :) Everyone is doing great though and hopefully at least Maggie will get to come home. I honestly think they were hospitalized because they were American based on what I have read and what the doctor himself told me so it’s nice not to be worried and share that peace and comfort with the family. I know it must be scary being nonmedical and having 4 kids in the hospital so I am glad to be around. I tell you, sometimes in Japan I wondered why I needed to become a doctor, but here not a day goes by when it isn’t obvious.
So yesterday I spent most of the day in consults :) The kids and the housekeeper. It’s rather scary, but she was given 2/3 meds that were bad for a her baby at a supposedly good hospital. What I found interesting though was that she had a 20 week ultrasound. I would have never expected that :) It’s interesting that even a poor person in Cambodia would get a non essential test like that. But, it was good because it showed a complication that now we need to follow up on. I’m learning the ropes on what it means to be a doctor here. On Tuesday I went to meet Donnie, from a church that I have worked with on my previous medical missions. He’s a nurse who moved to Cambodia and has been coordinating care for people in different provinces. He’s super but works way too hard. So I met with him and offered to help while he is on vacation and to train his staff :) I was pretty excited to do it and for the opportunity and he was pretty excited about the offer.
Before that I met someone else from the church. In usual Cambodia meeting manner it was awkward, but then we became friends. I really like all the members of this church that I meet. You feel God when you are around them and I love their passion to serve and love people. My wonderful house deal fell through and so she gave me a few leads.
So I had this potential house I could get that was a great deal (I didn’t know how great till it fell through) so I need to look elsewhere. We looked at 2 properties based on the leads given, one while functional and ideal in that way, was in a dirty smelly location and the other was way too expensive. We found one the next day near the Rheas. It’s on the main store front road and only $350, beautiful bathrooms but not as much space as I want. Two days ago I got to see another one that I like for $300, with a bed and refrigerator included, corner house. I really like it. So the question arises, do I get both. One for me and one for the center or do I get one first and double it and then expand as we expand. Pray for wisdom and God’s guidance. :) or that He just closes the doors like the last one. It’s interesting cause everything the house I liked lacked, these two properties possess:). We had even sent the owner a contract but he found someone else and went with them at the last minute. All because God had something better :)
So I got a bicycle. I needed one to get to my Khmer class
Jan 2, 2012
So I just got back from a busy day. I bought my bike so I could go to my khmer classes and back and so decided to do a trial run to make sure I could make it. hehe! I ended up going twice as far as I was supposed to and never found it! heheh! But I also found out if I bike an hour I can probably get anywhere in PP. :) Feels good to have that freedom and not be dependent on Michael all the time.
So riding a bike is super scary in Cambodia. Why you may ask? Cause motorcycles pass you with what feels like hair to spare distance and they come out of no where. I am not a bike rider but people were super nice. I almost ran into a guy, but he just laughed and moved. I couldn’t get my bike stand off and someone did it for me. :) I almost got hit by cars, tuktuks and motorcycles, but God protected me. This morning someone prayed for my safety and I remember thinking, “ I don’t need that” but as soon as I was on the street I was praying myself and thanking God for his praying :)
I spent the day with my Sri lankan friends. It was nice getting to know them. They are both super nice. Took a tuk tuk home cause it was dark. I now know the way! It was great! So taking Tuk tuks at night is totally safe :)
My potential new landlord called and he wants to sign a contract when Michael comes back. Hehe! :) This may be it! Let’s see. :)
You know, I love everyone here in Cambodia. I love my new friends. It’s awesome being in foreign countries, you bond so fast. 2/4 girls are back and Monichea just needs to eat more and she can come home! It’s so good to have them home. I didn’t even realize how much I missed then until I came home today! I tell you, following God is the best!