Recap: Home Visit and More! (July 2018 Update!)

Wow!  July literally flew by…or maybe it was the 78 hours of travel time going to/from the USA.  But let me tell you – it was totally worth it!  I got to see so many family and friends.  Plus, my baby brother got married and I got an awesome sister-in-law!  Seriously, how cute are they?

(Bride and Groom, on their wedding day.)

And as promised, photographic proof that I did wear a dress:

(Me – in a dress, with Dane and Christine.)

The wedding was such a blast, filled with laughter, love and so many family and friends.  It was great to have most of our family come out from the East Coast, especially since I didn’t get a chance to travel back to New England during this trip.

Other than the wedding, most of my home visit was a blur.  Between catching up with friends, buying last minute things for life in Cambodia, adulting (aka going to the dentist and checking in on my house) – my father also retired and my parents moved back to the East Coast.  There was a lot of scrambling around for the family.  To quote my mom, “These two weeks were a major season of change for our family.  We need to be gentle with one another.”  While it was an exhausting week, I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to walk through this transition with my parents.

(Being able to “roast” my father, at his retirement party.)

Thank you to everyone who made time to meet with me, ask questions about Cambodia, gave me hugs and offered to drive me around.  I really appreciated each conversation and hope to continue to stay in contact even while I’m abroad.  It was fun speaking at my church, Oaks Parish.  As promised, here is the prayer I shared:

អរគុណ ព្រះយេស៊ូវ
Akun Preahyasu.
Thank you, Jesus.

(Oaks Parish at the Portland Pickles game.)

Also, to everyone who came to my gathering – thank you!  Way more people showed up that I anticipated and I was super overwhelmed (in a good way) by the love and support.  I didn’t get to speak to everyone and definitely didn’t get to chat as in detail as much as I wanted too.  I really do hope you’ll forgive me and send me an email letting me know what is happening in your life and how I can be praying for you.  Also, if you have any interest in seeing the slide show I had prepared for the night – send me an email and I can send you the link.

(Photo from my gathering.)

Before heading back to the USA, I was able to purchase my “big” motorcycle for upcoming prayer rides here in Cambodia.  For months, I have been training to join Prayer Circle Cambodia and also praying for the perfect bike for me and peace with making a huge financial decision.  With the help of some amazing friends, I was able to purchase this beautiful bike.  I have few feelings to compare this moment too – maybe like trying on my prom dress for the first time.  I got a text from one of the leaders of Prayer Circle Cambodia saying the guys at the motorcycle shop found a bike that “might” work and that I should hurry down and check it out.  When I got there, the group of Khmer guys who were looking for a bike for me rolled out this beautiful teal bike!  They were smiling and laughing and I was near tears.  It was such an awesome moment.  I’ve already got two confirmed rides and two tentative rides planned.  Please keep the team and I in your prayers – for safety and wisdom in serving.

(My new bike and I!)

Another thing that happened before I flew back to Portland was a conversation with Daughters about wrapping up my time with the organization.  While I have no doubts that I’m supposed to be in Cambodia and working with vulnerable populations here.  I do believe Daughters was the door to get me to Cambodia and for that I’m thankful.  I’m planning on taking some time to focus on language while listening to God direct my path.  If you have any questions about this, please email me and we can set up a call.

I really love hearing from everyone back home.  You can email me and share what is happening in your life, how I can be praying for you.  I’m also available to chat via Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, fell free to message me that way.  You can do this by sending me a friend request on Facebook (if we aren’t friends already) or adding my USA phone number to WhatsApp.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Hugs from Cambo,
Jenna (and Bullet)

(Bullet and I right before I dropped him off to stay at Animal Mama while I was on home leave.)

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