Friday, August 12, 2016

An Assault on the Senses

Well you guys....

We've officially departed from the kingdom of Cambodia & my heart feels torn. As we jetted off into the pitch black sky, I looked back on the country that left such an impact on my life & thanked God for this experience. I have gained a wider world perspective and increased insight on how we operate as humans, some of us just merely trying to survive harsh social conditions & some through the rebuilding of life post physical trauma. 

Before I go on to share about my final activities though I want to say thank you to all who have been following along, learning with me, sharing with others, and praying for our team. You're part in this trip is one of the motives that drive us to make this journey to the other side of the world. This is an awareness trip for modern day slavery (human trafficking) & I'm simply the vessel that got to go, so THANK YOU from the depth of my heart for caring as much as I do on this topic. I'm praying for each of you. I do request that you don't stop thinking about the things I've shared with you in the few emails  that have come across your desks and please don't stop praying for our team. We're still in route traveling home as I write to you and we have already experienced some hiccups along the way... and personally, my health is not keeping up with my feet so thank you again for your continued thoughts and prayers for me and my team. 


Precious Diamonds

The last 4 days have been spent in Battambang, a city 6 hours north of Phnom Penh and we have been doing A LOT since we've been here. The days have been long, but they are going quickly. Tomorrow we leave again to journey on to Siem Reap.

I have enjoyed my time in Battambang, even the ride here. This country really is so pretty and I loved being able to travel through so much terrain; I only wish I had more time to explore Gods natural creations on this side of the world. On the way here it rained, and for a country whose culture includes a lot of outdoor activity, nobody stopped doing what they were doing which was interesting to me. I like that about their culture... regardless of the struggle, the crime, the poverty, and the lack of support they receive from their government, they are an easy going people & not so much consumed with their appearance, their comfort, or material things. It may be difficult, but it's simple. And I like that. 


Keepers of this Knowledge

That's hello in Khmer (or how I would spell it by the way it sounds anyway).

I am winding down after a full day two in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, just trying to find words to describe the things we've seen and done here so far. We arrived just after midnight on Tuesday and on the way to the hotel we traveled through what was pointed out to be a "heavily prostituted area" in the capital city. I was tired from all the traveling we had done, but I was determined to capture all I could as we drove through the almost blackened streets of Phnom Penh. It was dark and I couldn't tell how tall the buildings were, or what the few lights that lit up store front signs were telling me, but I did see people hanging out in every little space and little moto's zooming past us in every direction. Literally. About this time is when it hit me... I'm finally in Cambodia. It's an absolutely beautiful country and when we got up the next morning to head to Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and The Killing Fields, I noticed how naturally bright this place is. Just beautiful. 

And hold that thought. 


Gearing Up for Cambodia

"Although I'm no longer physically traveling, I believe God is continuing to prepare the ground I tread on as I look back on the trip from the very beginning..."
The Team at the IND Airport at 5 am 
The last 13 months I have been in steady preparation for what's approaching in less than 12 hours now. And I want to start this trip by saying thank you for your support, whether you contributed financially, you're sending good vibes, or you're intentionally and specifically praying for me and my team, thank you. 

As the final moments approach before we board the plane, I ask those of you that are praying for our team to consider our health, the logistics, and our team's anticipation. 

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i'm drey. i'm 25. i have two cats; i love to travel, take pictures, walk around antique shops, and eat donuts... and i'm trembling at the feet of my Savior.

Psalm 111:10

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise."


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