I arrived 3 days ago, but I already feel like I’ve been here for a month. Phnom Penh is such an interesting mix of new/old, east/west, tradition/progress and I think I’ll love exploring it this next year.
My new coworkers at IJM are wonderful. What a collection of passionate, hard working and fun people! They’ve welcomed me with open arms and made the transition really great. Work officially beings on Monday, and I can’t wait to jump in.
On deck for this weekend:
– learn how to ride my moto before hitting the streets and becoming a “commuter.” The rules of the road here are basically a perpetual game of chicken. Lights, lanes, even one way roads are suggestive at best. As I’ve always felt hindered by the traffic laws in the US I’m really excited to jump in…ha, pray for me!
– explore the city a bit. There is SO much history and beauty right here in Phnom Penh. Navigating exploration around the heat and humidity will be the trick though.
– figure out how to heal these bug bites. Oh man do Cambodian mosquitos love me! I thought the US bugs thought I was tasty, but these guys take the cake.
All in all, I’m off to a good start. I know I’m in the honeymoon period but I’ll take it. In the coming months I know I’ll experience battles from missing home and from the difficulty of the job I’ll be doing. I’m going to be meeting people, hearing stories, and seeing things I can’t fully prepare for. But seeing how God has brought me here, helped my transition along so smoothly, and consistently shown up to remind me this is His plan and He won’t leave me in the middle of it, gives me comfort.
The day is finally here. After months of preparing, packing, fundraising I’m leaving for Cambodia to start my mission with the International Justice Mission.
I will keep this brief, since true to Shaz form, I have a million “last minute”errands, but I will share with you all how excited I am at this very moment. I can’t believe I was accepted and am able to help IJM in this fight. I can’t wait to see all Cambodia and many of the surrounding countries have to offer.
I’ll miss my family. I’ll miss my wonderful friends. And I’ll miss my nice little life. But I’ve always felt my life is bigger than just me, and what I want, and now I’m ready to put that into action.