Recently, there have been a lot of exciting things that have been going on. I realize I haven’t actually posted about any of that, so I want to share with you some of the awesome that I’ve gotten to experience so far.
For one, Derek and Hiatt brought home their three beautiful foster children a week ago. Their journey of being parents has begun, and it is so beautiful to see. This morning after church I looked over and saw Derek pick up one of their sons and just hold and cuddle him. Yesterday I was over at Jen & Ty’s house and Chay E, Derek and Hiatt’s new daughter, smiled so big at me, ran over, and wrapped her sweet little arms around my waist. It was one of the sweetest hugs I’ve gotten since being in Cambodia. I am excited to see how these lives bend and weave together to form a family, and how their lives will change the lives of each other and onlookers like myself.
Yesterday a bunch of Rapha staff and The Americans celebrated Jen’s birthday. It was a surprise party, and it was so great. Lily and I bought $20 worth of chocolate for Jen and as we were driving up to their gate, Jen and Ty were walking outside! Lily had to crunch up the bag and hide it behind her leg and we just kept driving past pretending like we were heading to the Fleenor’s house. Luckily, they didn’t see us. When we came back around to the gate, the surprise had already happened, pictures were already taken, and the candles on the cake were already blown out! Cambodians don’t mess around when it comes to birthday parties. (:
This morning was church. Church begins at about 8am (sometimes, usually, fifteen minutes after) and lasts about two hours. There is some worship time, which is mostly all in Khmer (it is a rare treat when there are English songs). Then there is the greeting time, which is my favorite, and then some announcements shared, a time of offering, followed by some children getting up and singing and doing a little dance. Then comes the sermon time, complete with a powerpoint presentation that has Khmer AND English words on it, then maybe some more singing. Next is communion which is taken together as a whole church, maybe another song, some long prayers, and then goodbyes! It’s a really great church. Sometimes it’s really hard to feel connected because the entire service is in Khmer, but it is really nice to look around and see how the Church spans generations, cultures, skin color, and languages. Usually during the sermon I’ll take notes from the English on the screen, or just read my bible and pray in my journal.