We began our travels on March 26th and arrived in Phnom Penh on the 29th, about 8,485 miles. God was gracious to us in our travels and there were not delays or hiccups. Marigold had to spend 38 hours in her kennel from LAX to Phnom Penh but the airline did insure that she had food and water. We were even able to see her in Tokyo and give her some medicine. Upon arrival three coworkers at AIM picked us up and took us directly to our new home, they even had dinner for us and bought us some groceries. The welcome was overwhelming due to the graciousness of those we are beginning to work with. We could not have felt more loved and taken care of.
We have only been in Cambodia for a week now but it is already beginning to feel like home. We are learning our way around the city slowly, finding stores to furnish our home, and how we can get groceries. Starting out in a new culture, new language, new environment, and different currency has its challenges but we have found ourselves enjoying the process. Part of this new life is driving a scooter, A.T. is learning about “flow of traffic” and how to drive here. We are praying about a slightly bigger bike but are renting this moto for the time being. One of the best parts of our new house is the location, it is close to 3 families who also work for AIM and all of them in walking distance! A.T.’s main office is about a 10 minute drive which has also been a blessing.
We have been praying for quite sometime about where and what God would have us. A.T. has already been transitioning into work and could not imagine a better position. He loves the projects he is getting to be part of, the people he is working with, and our dreams coming to fruition. It is amazing to long to be part of a solution- to end sex trafficking, to fight for something that needs to be fought, and then realize that God has placed you exactly where your heart breaks. It is not just an answer to prayer it is living life to its absolute fullest.
Throughout all of these adventures and struggles it has been brought to our attention what really matters, relationships. We almost lost Marigold as she went to her deathbed. She fought for her life for over a week and miracles on miracles, prayers, and God’s graciousness she lives. A day before our flight we received a bill of health that she was fit for travel. She made it here and everytime we see her we see God’s favor.
We have left many friends and family to come here and our hearts grieve the distance. We have grown so close to so many and you all have loved us so well. We long for the days that we see you again but know that we are blessed here. God is providing new friendships and the work we get to be part of is worth the pain.
Tommy is doing great and is getting back on a schedule. Crystal is the rock in the family who makes sure we are all taken care of. She has been helping all of us transition, giving words of wisdom, and fostering a house that is full of peace. We rejoice that God has given us eachother, a precious son, and a fierce joyful dog. (Dogs and people look at her with respect, she also draws a lot of attention)
We thank God for you all and please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers.