Coffee with Jesus. #mcm
Shortly after, my organization had their annual conference for a week. It was great getting to meet new people and catch up with old faces. It is crazy to see how far the Father has brought us since last year. Last year at conference, we were all still walking on jello. Many of us were nearing the end of our honeymoon stage while others just arrived in Thailand with bags full of emotions and feelings we did not know how to deal with. Since then, the Father has redeemed our hearts and reminded us of how He has never left us. To talk about our year after eighteen months of Asia was so beautiful. There is so much more of Him in our stories than us. Conference was also a time I was able to find silence in the Father's presence. It has been a long time since I have last rested. As an extrovert, seeing hundreds of faces made me want to schedule multiple coffee dates a day in order to hear their hearts. This year, it took a lot of restraint but I made sure it was about Jesus and I. I still had a lot of coffee but it was coffee with Jesus. There was a lot He laid on my heart before conference started that I was asking for direction for.
I have learned so much the past few weeks. He has redeemed me so that He may be glorified. What is there to fear. Agape. He will reveal it in His perfect timing. Love Him, first.
I spent a few days after conference in Singapore and now I have a few left in Malaysia. Though it has been nice to see and experience the many cultures the Father has placed on this earth, it breaks my heart too. Singapore has been a blessing -- where my 'thank you's were responded to and smiles were shared. It's not something I get a lot of when I am in Cambodia. Yet, those smiles and words still brings emptiness to my heart. There is an urgency to the lostness of this world that the Father has placed in each of our hearts. I am thankful each and every day to have the opportunity to be overseas and loving on the people of Asia. You have all been so faithful in following the Father's call to love on me. You are all doing His work back in the States with loving and fervent hearts.
The Father has laid on my heart for year three and four to be in Asia. These two years will not look the same as the last eighteen months. I currently cannot reveal how those years will look like, but I ask that you keep me in your thoughts. Please ask for favor from those who have a large part on these opportunities becoming reality. Through this process I have learned how my only job is to be obedient and abide. If the Father has called me to do something, I need to reply in obedience. Even if in the end, things do not play out the way I intended them to -- or I am back doing what I was doing all along, I am to obey. This next step is a step of obedience to the Father's call even if the end means bringing me right back to Cambodia teaching university students.
Please continue to keep my brothers and sisters in my organization in your thoughts. Many have to make the decision within the next month or so for what will happen during the 2015-2016 school year. Please ask that the Father's voice would be loud and clear for them. Some will need to be heading home because of poor fundraising support, finishing degrees, and others for marriage. Whether it be for something we can rejoice about or not, may it be because that is where He has called us to go.
The first day of the semester is March 2nd! I will be teaching 2 Culture Studies, 2 Literature Studies, and 1 Faculty Pronunciation course. I will be back in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on February 20th!
We have a new teammate! Jon has joined Team Cambodia last week. He will be doing language study for the next six months before he begins teaching in the Fall. On top of that, he will be working on his TEFL certificate. Please keep him in your thoughts through his transition. The Father is doing great things through him in Cambodia.