There was so much to do before leaving but God worked it all out so now I can be in Cambodia without any worries about things that aren’t directly related. All my medical education is all taken care of for the next year :) What should have taken ages got done in an hour! My kindle is full of books thanks to Jenny and my sister Anu. My packing is all done thanks to Trylla coming by to help. My shopping got done thanks to my brother Salil and sister Sungeeta and I got to the airport on time thanks to Ann. Thanks everyone!!!
So my friend gifted me a business class ticket to Cambodia! I am so blessed. The seats fully recline, the tv screen is huge. The food is fantastic! You can watch movies before the plane even takes off! The bathrooms are cleaner! The glasses are real and the tea comes in mugs! :)
I board my flight to Cambodia soon. My itinerary had the wrong date of arrival so I hope my translator and the family I will be staying with will be at the airport to get me or else a friend will treat me to a 5 star hotel. I have to say, I am pretty blessed. Whoever said being a “missionary” is hard. I think it’s full of God’s blessings! On all sides and in everyone you can see His goodness helping you along. Gotto go catch my flight!!
God is sooo good! I am here! Everything worked out perfectly. All the last minute possible complications didn't bear any fruit and once again God came through.
I don't know why, but I have been behind schedule this whole time. I think it's because what I think will take a few hours takes more than a day, a few minutes takes hours, but despite all my miscalculations, procrastinating watching hulu and meeting people, everything worked out. I am here and all my stuff arrived safely. :)
I am staying with a wonderful family that I met on my second trip to cambodia. Michael my translator and helper in everything I will be doing here introduced me to them as his family. I met the wife Akemi for a few minutes and she offered her place if I ever came alone (and not as part of the medical mission trip). I thought nothing of it at the time, but the next year I stayed at their house for 1 week and simply loved the family. True hearts of gold. And while I am settling in they are letting me stay at their place. They have moved but this new place is cheaper and nicer and hopefully no snakes! Their daughter was bit by a snake at the other place and had to be flown into bangkok for treatment. She almost died. But they have permanently moved here. Everyone is at a retreat today for 1 more day so I am in the house alone with Michael and the helpers. :) I kind of like being able to collect my thoughts and spend time with God before they all arrive. What a blessing!!
So all my worries didn't pan out. I was worried that I would be charged for taking 3 suitcases and that somehow the internet information would be old, but that wasn't a problem. I was worried they would stop me at customs and take all my medicines and medical supplies, but that didn't happen. I was the only one with so much luggage, but they just counted it and let me through. I was worried Michael wouldn't understand that the itinerary I gave him was wrong and he'd show up a day earlier than he was supposed. But praise God he was there smiling away!
The room is great. I will be sharing it with 3 of the girls. I don't know if i get the bottom or top bunk but it doesn't really matter. :)
Michael said he found a house for $250 in a safe area! So we'll go look for that! If it works out, it will be 50 dollars a month cheaper than originally planned!!!
My goals for this first month are:
getting my npo status here
finding a house and furnishing it with the basics (I brought some decorations from america)
learning the language
setting up a bank account
getting my phone activated
meeting people/meeting all the contacts that people have given me
praying and figuring out all the details
I can't believe how good it feels to be here. All the stress is gone and everything is at perfect peace in my mind. I just know it will all work out. I knew it in America but now even the little bit of worry I had seems to have disappeared. I feel like I did when I was in Japan, just full of joy and peace and at rest. It's sooooo good to be here! Looking forward to my adventure with God and the cambodian people!