We’re about half-way through our time in Cambodia now, and we thought we’d share a few highlights of the trip so far. (For your help. I’m writing this early Thursday morning, so you’ll be getting it late Wednesday evening U.S. time.)
We arrived in Cambodia on Saturday afternoon and spent the rest of the day sleepily interacting with our hosts, the Jeremy Farmer family, and their other guests. We turned in early and got a good night’s sleep.
Sunday we went to a Khmer church. There was a translator (complete with wireless headphones!) so we were able to follow the basics of the sermon. Afterwards we stood around and talked with folks — several of the church members have good English.
Monday we spent the day with the Farmers, going with them while their kids got immunizations, visiting the “Russian Market” (it’s not Russian), and taking an audio tour of the Killing Fields.
Tuesday morning we were supposed to drive with J.D. Crowley to Ratanakiri province, an 8-hour drive from Phnom Penh. But unfortunately, a stomach bug that was passing around laid me low Monday night. No details, but I was pretty miserable for a day and a half. Amy was a great comfort to me and very sweetly attended to my complaints. It was a wonderful reminder of what a wonderful companion and friend God has given me.
Wednesday (yesterday) I was feeling well enough in the afternoon to take the first half of our trip to Ratanakiri — we stopped the night in Kratie town, the capital of Kratie province, half-way between Phnom Penh and Ratanakiri. This was the stopping-off point for Jeremy, Brian, and me when we went from Phnom Penh to Ratanakiri in 2006. But back then, the drive from Kratie to Ratanakiri took all day (early morning till about 11 pm on the back of a taxi truck!). Today the roads are better and we anticipate that the drive will take 4 hours!
Once in Ratanakiri we will meet with missionaries, see the area, and hopefully visit a village or two. Right now our plans are not completely settled.
Thank you for your prayers for us so far. Please continue to pray:
- Pray that Amy will not get sick.
- Pray that my stomach will continue to settle and not interfere with plans for Ratanakiri.
- Pray that God will continue to providentially give us the right experiences to prepare us for moving here one day.
- Pray that we can encourage the believers we spend time with.
- Pray that our kids will continue to do well with their grandparents in PA (so far they’re doing great, though I’m not sure that Amy and I are doing so well: we miss them).
From Kratie, Cambodia,
Josh and Amy Jensen