Made it!

Hello from Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia! My cankles and I are currently on a mattress on the floor in the Center for Global Impact (CGI) office. It’s midnight here, so my first glimpses of the city were tons of neon lights and motor scooters and tuk-tuks in video game-style zig-zag traffic. I met my boss, Barry, outside the airport, and at that moment, it didn’t seem like it had taken me 30 hours to get here at all. So weird! I think my body is just confused about what it’s supposed to do. But its favorite thing to do is sleep, so we’ll give that a shot.

The view from my mattress.

Getting up early tomorrow to spend some time with the team from Grace Community Church that is here on a short-term trip. I think the day will include a visit to a genocide memorial as well as the killing fields. (Cambodia history lesson, anyone?) I tried to brush up on my knowledge of the Khmer Rouge genocide era before coming here because it’s such a huge, important part of this country’s tragic past. Hoping to learn more about it tomorrow and connect some cultural dots.

Later on, we’ll see Jeff & Brooke, two of the WND fellows and stay with them at the CGI Daughters House. If you have the chance, read Brooke’s posts about “Monsoon.” I seriously cannot wait to experience her for myself.

My time here is short, and I already know that I won’t be able to do everything, but I’m grateful for the time that I do have and intend to make the most of it. Please pray that I avoid the sickness that has plagued everyone else on my team at some point during their time here. And that I would be constantly aware of how God is teaching me and revealing himself to me throughout this adventure.

Goodnight from a little mattress on the other side of the world.