Life in the Big City
Posted by Kandi on July 23rd, 2017 | 2 comments
July 23, 2017
I was headed to church yesterday morning by public transportation – AKA moto taxi. The first hurdle was trying to agree on a price. The first guy started at $5, a crazy amount. Eventually, I found an older gentleman willing to take me for $2. So off we went – to the end of the road – at which point he stopped at a little moto/bicycle shop. There he asked for a hammer and then proceeded to bang a part of the moto back into place (this gave me great confidence in his motorbike). When we started off again, we got stopped at a large intersection, but in Cambodia, you don’t really stop until you have to, so the driver just pulled up on the sidewalk area which was covered with debris from construction. We bounced our way along this obstacle course until he had no choice but to stop. We were unable to go anywhere for a while, because someone important was coming the other way and so the police had stopped all traffic until they passed. Then off we went again, eventually making it to the church a little after the service started.
Thank you so much for your prayers as I adjust to life in Phnom Penh. And it is an adjustment! Traveling around the city is stressful and unpredictable, as the story above illustrates, but I am grateful for God’s presence and peace. My favorite verse right now is Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
As I still don’t have a drivers’ license (and probably won’t for another month), I ended up taking a taxi van to Poipet the other week. I had a good visit with folks in Poipet (it was like coming home) and a great Field Forum in Thailand with the Thai workers. (See pictures below). Thank you for your prayers for safety in travel and our meetings in Thailand.
Praise the Lord! I found a house to rent that is near to where we will be teaching the Urban Ministry Training Center (UMTC) students. I may just walk to work. 😊 I hope to finalize the rental agreement this week and move in within the next couple of weeks. Pray that I can make good connections with my neighbors and my new community.
Continue to pray for the preparations we are making to open the UMTC in September. Our team is meeting frequently to work out the details, but everything that needs to be done is dependent on God’s intervention. This project is too big for us, but not for Him! Pray for the right number of students who have a heart for God and what He is doing in the city. Pray for housing for the students. Pray for a cook for the school. Pray for provision of funds for building the residence building. And ask God to take the lead in this endeavor and give the staff hearts able to discern where He wants us to go.