Thursday, August 25, 2011

Nearing the End

Hello everyone!
It has been a while since I last updated on my Cambodian adventure, but I am still here and doing very well! We only have a week and a half left in Battambang, then we will head to another location in Cambodia for one week, and after that we will be debriefing as a team in Thailand. I have a feeling this will all go by very quickly, as the last 8 weeks have. As things are coming to an end, I look over the time I have been here and realize just how much I love it here and love the people. I have made amazing new friends, and I've made some fantastic, lasting memories. I have learned to use chop sticks with ease, eat a bug with a smile, accept dirt and sweat as a normal part of my wardrobe, and honking rarely causes me to jump hysterically on my bicycle anymore. I feel quite at home in Cambodia. I will be sad to leave, but so happy to move on to my next adventure. And I certainly do have some exciting plans. Our team has decided to put together a book. Early on in this outreach, I had vision for a book, and I presented it to the team.  They were excited as well, so we moved forward with it. It is going to be a book about hope. As I've mentioned in a previous update, there is much hope in this nation, especially in the young generation. The goal of the book is to promote prayer, that it would get into the hands of people all over the world and people would pray for Cambodia. We have so much creative talent on our team, so I'm pretty stoked to see what we are able to put together. There will be lots of photos of course, and other artistic expressions as well. We've been diligently collecting information, photos, and stories while we've been here. I and at least one other member of the team, Kat, have volunteered to see the book out to the finish. We will be staying at the YWAM base in Kona after our DTS is finished to work on completing the book and getting it published. Our time to work on the book will include editing, layout, design, and fundraising. I know it will be challenging, and I am so excited for this project. I also have plans for after the book. I plan to stay with YWAM as staff. As you may or may not know, YWAM has many, many bases around the world. As of right now, I don't know exactly where I will end up, but I do have some ideas. I will continue to pray about it. As YWAM staff, I will be living completely on support. This is a little bit scary to think about, but I trust God will provide. I do feel this is what God is calling me to do, so I will pursue in faith. As always, thank you for catching up with me! I appreciate your continued support and prayers immensely! I plan to update again soon!

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