New Every Morning

I’m a morning person. Everything begins fresh and new in the morning. Like God’s mercies (and a cup of coffee!), they are new every morning (Lamentation 3:22). What will today hold for us all? I have several things planned today; Bible study, meeting up with old friends, perhaps meeting new ones. But it all begins in the morning. Make the best of your mornings…great is his faithfulness.

Room 666

I know that the number for Antichrist is the number of a man, not a hotel room, but my room number could pose a big problem for some people.

It’s not the Marriott, but it will do.

Touchdown

22 hours after liftoff from LAX I’m back in the bustling city of Phnom Penh–my seventh visit here. I am in my taxi heading to the hotel. There are a lot more cars on the road since I was last here in 2012. The airport has changed and grown tremendously. It feels good to be back. Now I need a power nap!traffic-in-phnom-penh-2-phnom-penh

A Positive Vibe

Greetings from Taipei, Taiwan. We just landed. A few hours ago, during the first leg of my flight, I wrote some (rather lengthy and I’m hoping not too tedious) random thoughts I’ll share with you.

I got about 7-8 hours of sleep (off and on) during the 14 hour flight. I paid the extra fare to upgrade to Business Class (what is a savings account for?), and I’m so thankful I did. I’m too ‘large and old’ to ride nearly 15 hours in a small seat 🙂. I remember when Bryce and I traveled to Cambodia several years ago on China Air–miserable. The seats were so small and cramped, my knees were bent and nearly in my chest the entire trip!

The seats on EVA Airlines Royal Laurel Class are really the best of any airline I’ve traveled with. They lay completely flat and I have enough room to turn on my side. The comforter they gave us is fantastic; it is thick, soft and warm. And as a bonus, they even handed out pajamas when we departed LA. Also, earplugs, eyeshades, slippers. Just like home 😉

After waking up, I took advantage of a little toiletry kit they gave us when we boarded.

Another 3 hours and 25 minutes left in the flight, until we arrive in Taiwan. Then, after a nearly 4 hour layover, I’ll catch a connecting 3.5 hour flight to Phnom Penh. As I’m looking at the map on my screen, we are nearing Japan.

I am enjoying my first cup of coffee of the day (I always enjoy airline coffee at 36,000 ft.), and reading my weekly Bible passages from the Gospel of Luke, Psalms and Acts

While waiting to board my flight in LAX, I was sitting in the business lounge. A worker came up to me and randomly said, “Thank you for exuding a positive vibe!” Then he walked away. I wondered what he meant. Seconds before I had been silently praying for my trip and that God would be glorified in all that I do. I wasn’t praying with my head bowed or eyes closed–just sitting in a comfortable chair, praying with my eyes wide open. No one would have known but, I had a ‘vibe’. Regardless, Christ is noticed in us by others, even when we least expect it. It reminds me of this verse:

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us…” – 2 Corinthians 5:20

I want to exude a positive vibe for our Lord, don’t you?

Pre-Cambodia VIP Meetings

My chauffer is ready to drive me to LAX, but before leaving I had a meeting with some VIP’s.

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Heading Back to Cambodia

It’s been about 3.5 years since I visited Cambodia. I want to check out our Hope Now work and I’m looking forward to seeing my friends and loved ones. I bring encouragement from everyone at Hope Now Bible Church too. My bags are filled to the brim and weigh about 60 lbs each. Fortunately, I forked out the extra dollars to upgrade to Business Class so I can carry more ;). I’m heading to LAX soon.luggage.jpg