Cambodia

Dreams...

I have something I want to share that feels a bit vulnerable to me. Thanks for your listening ear and grace in advance! It has to do with dreams. No, not the dreams we have for our future but actual, lying-down-at-night, while-we-sleep dreams.

Shortly after Jacob and I moved to Cambodia, we both started to dream. Quite a lot actually. Of course everyone has dreams and most of us remember them from time to time but it has always been very rare for me to regularly recall these night-time slumberings. Then I arrive here and I start dreaming like crazy. And not just random I-ate-bad-food stuff. Dreams about prayer, the lost, my own walk with God, other people's wholeness and healing, and so on. Cambodia is a land of dreams -- it seems to be one of the ways the spiritual battle between dark and light shows itself here. Many people have incredible dreams to share.

For my quiet, well-though-out self, this has been a bit interesting for me. Do reserved Swedes dream? Evidently so. LOL. I decided a number of years ago that if God opens a door or presents me with an opportunity to learn more about Him, I want to say yes. I wish I could tell you that I always do so. Sometimes I don't. Sometimes I'm afraid. Sometimes I care too much what other people will think. Sometimes, in my flesh, I just want to say no.

But in these dreams, I hear Him. And I believe He is showing me another way to walk with Him.

As always, we have to sift everything through Scripture and I am grateful for the wise counsel of God's Word and other believers. Many people in the Bible had dreams. And the book of Acts says that in the last days, God will pour out His Spirit and old men will dream dreams and young men will see visions. I am not an old man but if God is pouring out His Spirit in my life through dreams, I don't want to miss it because its new or a bit uncomfortable.  

I hope that's the cry of all of our hearts: "More of You, God. Whatever that looks like, I want to hear what You have to say and see what You are doing in this world You care so much about. Teach me with wisdom and humility how to enter the wondrous, mysterious and faith-summoning story YOU are creating on the earth."

Until next time my friends...

 

Sihanoukville

This past weekend, we took a little trip to a place called Sihanoukville.  Sihanoukville is located about 3.5hrs South of Phnom Penh on the coast of Cambodia. It's beautiful! Eric and Ginny took us to their little getaway spot for a long weekend. It was incredible. It's amazing how a little rest can rejuvenate the soul.

I remember talking to several missionaries before we left and one thing that sticks in my mind is the importance of rest. Often times, I think we get carried away in the busyness of life and forget the value of rest. It's vital to our physical, emotional and spiritual health. Well, as new missionaries, we want to practice and establish healthy habits and that includes finding time to rest.

So Friday morning, we all hopped in the car and headed off down the crazy roads of Cambodia to the beautiful coast. After 20 or so lime shakes and a serving of Barracuda and plenty of Cambodian snacks, we found ourselves rested, energized and ready to get at it once again.

Me being a photog, I took pictures. Surprised? I didn't think so. Enjoy!

Here is a beautiful shot of the sunset.

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An old man grabbing his fishing net.

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Fishing is a huge source of income for Cambodians, so there weren't a shortage of fishing boats!

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The lady on the left is carrying one of my favorite Cambodian fruit. We call them Hairy Berries. Eric on the right is trying out his new camera. It's fun to shoot photos with someone else that enjoys photography.

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Noelle getting her peach fuzz ripped from her face. Also known as "threading." Look painless? It's not.

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Meet Tee. Eric and Ginny met Tee a long time ago when they first started coming to the beach. Over time, they have built quite the relationship with him. It's awesome to see good things that last. We pray one day, Tee will come to know Jesus. It was great to get to know him a little bit.

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A shot of my beautiful bride.

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Um. I guess whenever I go to the beach, I'm a little bit out of control.

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Another shot of Noelle. And on the right is a Lime Shake. Tasty!! We had many of them over the course of the weekend.

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The last night, Ginny got crab to eat. Noelle said this at the time and I loved it, "Ginny, you are the only 50+ woman I know who helps handicapped men on the beach (Ginny bought a month's worth of headbands from him for Sak Saum) and eats crab." Indeed. Eric and Ginny are a vibrant couple!

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The elevators. Long story short. The elevators at our hotel were on crack. They gave you like 3 seconds to get inside before the doors shut. And you know how there is supposed to be a mechanism that prevents them from shutting people in the doors? Not these.

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The Flood

Apparently, Cambodia and many places in Southeast Asia are known for flooding.  Today, we had a flood. The unusual part is that it's April.  April is known to be the hottest and driest month out of the year, so I guess it's rare to get rain like this.  Anyways, I came home sick today (fever w/ body aches) and lo and behold, buckets of water fall from the heavens.  I'm not joking, I got literally drops on my shirt while scurrying up the moto ramp to my apartment building before torrential rain began to fall for at least 2hrs.  

Rain is perfect for sleeping, so since I wasn't feeling well, I curled up on the couch and took a nap.  I woke up to find it still raining and the road parallel to the market was flooded. It was at least two feet.  

Here are a few photos.  I suppose once rainy season officially begins, I will be able to experience more of this.

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This guy was not a happy camper. He got water in his engine...bad day.

It was deep!


I would not want to be delivering packages today...

 

We've Arrived to our New Home -- CAMBODIA!

Friends & Family,

I write this from the living room of our new apartment in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  We both walked in and felt such a whirlwind of emotions.  It will take time to adjust to the reality of living here long-term, but I know God will meet us where we are at.  In fact, I know that to be true.

Our flight was quick - only a 3hr lay over in Seattle and then a 12hr flight to Incheon, South Korea followed by another 5hr flight into Phnom Penh.  Our wonderful friends, Eric and Ginny Hanson greeted us along with Emily from New York.  It's so good to see familiar faces when embarking on such an unfamiliar journey.

Anyways, I should get some sleep...it's 1:15am and I'm wide awake (thanks, jet lag).  Here are a few snaps from our apartment in the RAW.  We haven't take showers yet and our stuff is everywhere. Ha!  Noelle will probably be dreaming of ways she can decorate.  It will be so much fun.

Also, attached is our newsletter in case you didn't get a chance to read it.  Click HERE to read it.

Love you all, Jacob

 

Noelle modeling our kitchen.  

 

The master bedroom.

Our guest bedroom...

Noelle working hard at 1:30am.  The clothes washer is behind her, then the stove, water heater, sink.