Sou-is dey” Y’all! That is Cambodian “hello” with a Texas twist. We are here! By the sovereign hand of the Lord, we arrived in Phnom Penh weary but excited. Our flight from Taipei was uneventful and with partly cloudy skies, we enjoyed watching, first the ocean (South China Sea?) pass below, and then the Vietnam and Cambodian countryside from six miles above. You think you’ve had a lot of rain this spring where you live…the water is everywhere here. And we are still in the early stages of their rainy season which doesn’t end until around the beginning or middle of fall.
Immigrations and customs were a cinch…no worries at all. The Cambodians are noted for their smiling faces and gracious demeanors so even the officials are delightful. James and Tawn met us at the airport full of sweet, sweet smiles. Brad and Siriporn, full of grins too, were with them, having all waited for nearly four hours after their arrival from Bangkok. Everyone enjoyed a splendid reunion, then caught a taxi to our hotel. We had intended to stay at the Golden Star across the street from last year’s hotel, the Golden Gate. Since they were full, we are back where we stayed last year, the Golden Gate (#9, Rd 278). If you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by. We’re in room 512.
After settling in and unpacking our bags, we took a stroll around the neighborhood. Rest assured, none of us got chilly. We found the Khmer/Thai food restaurant we ate at often last year so we enjoyed our favorite (so far) Khmer dish – Pineapple Chicken. We all ate too much so we needed another stroll to work some off. We ended up at the International Book Store which is more like a university book store and a Barnes and Noble combined with an Office Depot done 7-Eleven style. We bought an alarm clock!
I guess the folks ’round here seem to have a less than positive impression of westerners (Americans?) because when Sharon greets them with her disarming smile and soft words, they never fail to warm up to all of us. One even asked where we were from in a way that made it obvious he expected a different attitude from his experiences. We credit it to the Spirit of Jesus living within us. We remain hopeful that by the love we show each other and to them, they too will see that it is Jesus who makes us different. Please pray for the success of the Lord working through each one of us.
– You are never far from us when you live in our hearts and share in our service to the King! –