Every year life seems to get busier while time zooms by faster. Every year life seems like a revolving door that keeps on spinning. Things are always in flux. You’re either preparing for it, in it or recovering from it. This year was no different. The start of the year was focused on preparing for our time back in the States. Then our HMA took us to eight different states and we slept in over forty different places. We were deeply thankful that we were able to meet most of our loved ones and supporters but long for a day when we don’t need an excel spreadsheet and time is limitless. The schedule was exhausting and often wondered if we could make it to the end of the day but we experienced God’s sustaining us. Thankful and amazed at how God provides just enough to keep us clinging to Him and gets us through to the end.
JFK Airport Send-Off
Returning to our house, though suffered damage from storms and floods in our absence, indeed felt like coming home. To have our own space surrounded by the comforts of familiarity is such a gift. Though our hearts ached for the sacrifice of relationships we’ve left behind in the States, we were reminded of the gift of people He’s surrounded us here in Cambodia – our team and ministries, our neighbors, our homeschool community. God provides.
Chaos on the outside but friends and love on the inside
Baptisms Our 1st Sunday Back at KCC
Bye-bye Car…Hello Motos & Tuk Tuks
The rest of the year has been non-stop with teams and travels but we made a greater intention in trying to slow things down, especially for Caleb and Nate. While Susan focused on getting the home repaired and settled, the boys reunited with friends and focused on school. A fun addition to their week has been joining a nearby Tae Kwon Do class with some friends. They recently passed their yellow belt test and are working hard to catch up to their cousin in New York who has a black belt! Our homeschool co-op has also gone through yearly changes; every year we lose a precious family as they return to the States. This past May while we were in the States, another family, who has been with us from the beginning, left the field after serving faithfully for twelve years. They were a big part of our homeschooling community and well-being. Yet God continues to provide. This year our group consists of eleven core families and 24 children from all over the world, including America, the UK, New Zealand, Sinagpore, France and Spain. We meet every Tuesday to study drama, art, science & writing (Caleb only), geography & culture (Nate only), and soccer. It’s been wonderful getting to know each other and see how God is working in and through so many people in unique and beautiful ways.
TKD Finally Available Near Us!
1-Hour Commute to Co-op
Bridges Homeschool Co-op
Hosting Teams & Airport Runs
Reuniting w Friends in Angk’jeay
This year Paul has been continuing in his role as Co-Regional Director. From administration, hosting visitors and teams, preaching and teaching theology, counseling teammates and national partners, and Skype call meetings, Paul wears many hats and works with many different people. The greatest blessing has been working with our many teammates and the national partners in Cambodia as well as Myanmar and Vietnam. As he sees God working in and through their lives and ministries, he has been spurred on to toil alongside them for the Church.
Regular Visits to Angk’jeay to Support & Encourage
A Visit to a Charity House in Myanmar
It’s been over five years since we first arrived in Cambodia as MTW missionaries. Today is our fifth Christmas here in Southeast Asia. It’s been five years since we’ve seen snow, roasted marshmellows, opened presents with the extended family, or attended Christmas worship in English. Being surrounded by banana and mango trees in 90° weather, Christmas looks different but the same Truth remains.
Hope you have a BLESSED CHRISTMAS!
With LOVE, the Lees in Cambodia.