A few weeks ago, Andrew and I traveled with the SP team to Siem Reap to hear Loren Cunningham speak (yup, I'm still playing catch-up with February). Loren is the founder of Youth With A Mission, an international Christian organization that has planted thousands of churches and reached out to countless children and adults all over the world with the Gospel. I grew up reading missionary books written by YWAM authors and reading challenging books authored by Loren, part of which stoked the fires of my desire to work overseas.
We had received an email that Loren Cunningham would be speaking in three different cities in Cambodia, and SP decided to send their entire staff to the meeting in Siem Reap, about two hours away. The meeting started at 7:30 am with registration, and the staff decided we needed to leave at 5:30 am. I don't think I have ever been awake that early. The night before we left, we told our landlords we'd be leaving the house around 4:45 am; we didn't want them to be awakened and alarmed at anything. They waved their hands and said, No worries! We get up at 3 am anyway. (no wonder they take long naps in the afternoon...)