I Knew You Would Come Back

In 2010, when I first came to Cambodia, I hired a young man to drive me in his Tuktuk. Each time he would take me somewhere he would charge a different price. There was no doubt (me being a foreigner) he was taking advantage. Finally, I said to him (through an interpreter), “Look, you keep charging me a different price and each time the price goes up. If you are fair with me, I will be fair with you.”

Virak became my friend over the years and each time I would come to Phnom Penh, he was my driver. Even with his limited English and my nonexistent Khmer, we could communicate, and I was always fair with him. He was a Jehovah’s Witness, and I shared the truth of Christ with him often. Once when Bryce came with me, he prayed with Virak and it was meaningful to him. On one trip in 2012 Carol joined me; Virak invited us to his humble home (see photo from 2012) where his wife had prepared lunch for us. 

Today, Chantha and I went looking for him near the riverfront where he works. As we came around the corner he caught glimpse of me and recognized me. He said to Chantha with tears in his eyes, “I knew he was a man who would not just leave without ever saying goodbye. I knew one day he would come back!”

Virak is no longer a Jehovah’s Witness, but has need of understanding eternal life is gained through belief in Jesus and not by works. His JW/Buddhist/Animist background is all works centered and is hopeless. I invited him to church on Sunday at Calvary Chapel where Chantha and Sharon attend and he assured me he would be there. I pray that the pastors will teach the Word.

The three of us went to lunch and enjoyed renewing our friendship. Tonight, I’m paying for the spicy Indian food we all enjoyed!

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.

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?