Family and Friends. I hope you will forgive me from being absent from the blogisphere for sometime.
but let me fill you in on what has been happening here in The Kingdom of Wonder. (although there have been moments over the last week where I wonder if the slogan actually reflects the country)
A couple of weeks ago Summer and I jetted over to Thailand. now before you get any ideas and start thinking “I never get to jet off to exotic countries like they do” we popped over to get a full body scan 1 year after Summer had some surgery. what a week it was jam packed with Hospital visits daily and then trying to squeeze in some sight seeing and then a quick trip to visit some friends 2 hours south of Bangkok.
after being at the hospital all week and have numerous things pumped into her and a full body scan, Sunday was results day and what a relief. we had been praying for clear results and praise the lord thats what was delivered.
Thailand is beautiful. and dare I say it the roads are a lot more civilized that Cambodia!!
after we arrived back from Thailand we had a couple of days turn around
Then we had the Whitaker family arrive from America to start life here in Cambodia. The Whitaker’s are with the same mission agency as us and so we were super stoked to welcome them to town and help them settle in.
2 days after they arrived we had some great friends of ours, the Coleman family, arrive in country and we had a pretty full on week worked out for them
A family of 4 from New Zealand; James, Julia, Jacob, and Sam. James and Julia are both priest in the anglican church and I was fortunate enough to work with Julia at St Mary’s Karori and also have Jacob in my youth group.
So it was a special moment for me to welcome them to Cambodia.
The week started of with a hiss and a roar. church on the first day with loads of conversation with many missionary families and then that evening a dinner with the head of investigations for IJM and his family, followed by a drive around to see the underbelly of the city.
The week continued at the same pace with many meetings with many different people.
A Visit to the IJM Cambodia field office and a lunch with some staff there.
Coffee with the Dean of the Anglican Church of Cambodia.
Dinner with our new team mates.
A trip to the Benton household for dinner and football.
And Julia taking a trip to visit the trafficking shelter where Summer works.
Along with loads of fun touristy things to see and do.
And of course LOTS OF EATING!!!
As a family we just felt extremely blessed to share our life with the Colemans for 1 short week. we felt that we were able to show them a good chunk of Phnom Penh and Life in Cambodia for the week that they were here.
We hope and pray that we can continue to host and bless others as they come to Cambodia, for what ever reason.
let me finish with this.
my family and I have had the opportunity to spend time with some amazing people this week and talk and share about how God is moving in this country and around the world.
May you continue to Shine the love of christ in all situations, whether it be through giving way on the road in a country that doesn’t give way or a cheeky smile when someone is staring at you.
Bless you all and much love
PS my wife didn’t spell check this for me and i write how i talk so please enjoy but any grammar criticism can be fired my way 🙂
Yesterday was the Kings Birthday Holiday here in Cambodia.
We were invited along to the pool with 2 other missionary families to share in the public holiday. We spent all morning and a good part of the afternoon playing, swimming and laughing with all the kids.
Here is 59 seconds of our day mashed into a video. We hope you enjoy.