We have arrived! Kim and I are here safe and soundly pampered… really… we showed up at the apartment to find cupboards full of food, clean sheets, a manual with instructions for navigating life in Phnom Penh and oodles of other goodies, like cellphones, helmets to use on the motos (local transportation by motorcycle), toiletries, and jazz like that. The toiletries are special blessings since most of my toiletries are chillaxing in my checked baggage… which somehow didn’t make the flight with me. Let me tell you, though, I was HUGELY impressed by the airport officials who took the lost baggage report. Mr. Thy, the luggage official, detailed all of my information, including a description of the bag, my flight numbers, and contact information. I’ve lost bags before in Mozambique, and the officials there weren’t nearly as helpful. Kim has enough clothes to dress the entire country (just kidding), and since we’re roughly the same size, we forsee no problems with the baggage delay.
Helen (Kim’s supervisor), Allyn (my supervisor), and Hannah (Helen’s daughter) picked us up at the airport- they even had a sign welcoming us. 🙂 Helen drove us around town, answering the dozens of questions we peppered her with. She expertly navigated traffic and took us to a little tea house where there was an exhibit of the artwork of trafficked girls. Some French NGO was sponsoring the exhibit, and the girls (the artists) from the shelter were there as well. I thought that was so courageous of them- first of all to share their stories so openly through their artwork, but even more than that, the fact that they were at the exhibit! Five of them performed a Cambodian dance for those of us who were there. It was really an exciting experience for Kim and me… only in Cambodia for 2 hours at that point! 😉
Now Kim and I are back in the apartment resting. We showered and now we’re just chillin (well, we’re trying… we flew into 104 degree weather this morning). We plan to go to Tim and Tiffany’s (missionaries with Global Partners) house for dinner with the short term missions team that is here from IWU. Tomorrow, we will go to church with Helen and Allyn. On Monday, Allyn is going to give Kim and me our cultural orientation. We are looking forward to that! Then, on Tuesday, Allyn has arranged a two-hour interview with a developer, and on Wednesday, she and I are off to check out some development programs in the provinces! All Helen told Kim was that she’d get to come to the office and get the overview on Tuesday.
Yeppers. I’m tired. My brain is tired. My body is exhausted. Tonight’s sleep will be VONDERFUL (read in a German accent)! Maybe I’ll catch a few winks now… not TOO many winks, mind you… just enough to get me to 9 PM tonight when I can crash for a good 12 hours! 😉
Resting in HIS peace,