Back to Work Again

Lalin, myself, and a patient with her daughter, handing me homemade sticky rice

This week, Andrew and I have been back in the swing of things. I am working Mondays and Tuesdays at the thyroid clinic, Wednesday afternoons at the regular clinic, and studying for my nursing classes the rest of the time. Andrew is almost caught up back at work after being gone for 6 weeks. He's really enjoying taking on a leadership role with the Water for Kids team. It helps that the guys on his team are energetic and fantastic workers who are excited about sharing the Gospel through their work.

We were able to bring back some gifts for our friends here. And I've converted Yusue and Om Suong (above) in KU fans! They were pretty excited to get some Jayhawk action on their t-shirts, although explaining "mascot" was a bit difficult - definitely a foreign concept! That is something I never thought about until, when trying to explain it to Yusue, I realized I had never seen a mascot for anything in Cambodia. 

As we have been adjusting back to Cambodian culture, God has been constantly showing me areas I need to apply His Word to. This Scripture particularly has stood out to me every day:

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. - Colossians 3:12-14

It can be challenging to adjust to a different culture and know what the correct response is in different situations. But God has been showing me that His Word always applies. And even though it definitely goes against my flesh and my own instinctual reaction, the result is so much better. So I keep praying that, as we get over the "honeymoon" phase of culture shock (yes, I think we're in the honeymoon phase again!), God will just ingrain that Word in my heart and make that my instant reaction.

But it's off to bed tonight! We have one of Andrew's Khmer coworkers over for dinner, and Andrew is introducing him to the movie Nacho Libre. Yes, that's right, Nacho Libre. We are all for cultural diversity around here!