I finally made it to Cambodia!
It’s been a whirlwind of a few days, from traveling to recovering from jet lag to visiting the city. I’m pretty sleepy right now even though it’s only 3 in the afternoon! I’ve been learning a lot of interesting things about Cambodian history, the missionaries here, the political frustration people feel, and the history of Jumpah (pronounced “jump-AH”) ministries.
I’ve been staying with Tim and Dar Ratzloff in Phnom Penh the last two days as I get adjusted. They’re the ones who started Jumpah, and they’ve lived here for two decades, so they are full of helpful information. Dar took me out in a tuk tuk today to see a market, the junction of the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers, and a favorite pho restaraunt. The pho was delicious! It’s pretty fun just driving up and down the streets and seeing all the people on the streets.Tomorrow I’ll head out to Sobhan, which is about an hour’s drive. I’m eager to get started on the farm! It was really helpful to hear from the Ratzloffs about the village and the various activities Jumpah has going there. Jumpah is at a point where it’s pretty much Cambodian-run, which is really exciting! There are a number of staff who have turned down high-paying jobs to invest in the community this way, and they really share Tim and Dar’s heart and vision. The Ratzloffs have been slowly stepping back and placing more and more ownership into the staff’s hands, to the point that, though they would love to be out there every day, they come just two days a week now. This has given them much needed time to work on the administrative and financial side of things which can be difficult.
Thank you so much to those of you who have been praying for me! The flights were both very smooth, and I made it through immigration with no trouble at all. Jet lag hasn’t been too bad, and though it is hot the heat doesn’t seem to bother me as much as it bothers some who have been here for a while.
Ways you can be praying for me– Pray for me to continue to adjust both physically and emotionally. It’s been pretty overwhelming being here, not in a bad way but just like when you move anywhere new. I’ve been dealing with some homesickness, not going to lie, so if you could pray for me to grow relationships here quickly that would be awesome. Or even just prayer for patience with the homesickness and adjustment. Also I’ll be sharing a room with two other girls until the end of the month, so pray for our interactions to be full of grace and love as all three of us are adjusting to life here!