Arriving in Thailand last night with our LightBridge staff and a small mission team, one of our team members asked me how to say 'hello' in Thai. I quickly taught her and then added that she wouldn't need to remember the words until next week. First, she would need to learn to say hello to Cambodians. A few hours later, our team traveled to Cambodia, made our way across the border and are now safely tucked in our rooms resting and preparing for the days of ministry in the Minefield Village.
As God has orchestrated, our LightBridge ministries in southeast Asia encompass three different cultures and languages. The differences, cultures, and issues for each location are complex...including language. Saying hello goes like this:
- Cambodian -- "Soke Sa Bei"
- Thai -- "Sawadtii Kha" (unless you're a guy and then it's "Sawadtii Krap")
- Karen -- "Da Bleu"
Tonight, as I write this prayer blog, thinking about the language differences give me pause. Language is just a small portion of the depth of complexities each location holds. I am freshly reminded of how much we need the Lord's direction in this work. Would you join me in praying over these coming days? Please pray for:
- Health, safety in all travel, and protection from harm or injury
- Efficient use of time and resources in all projects planned
- Building and strengthening of relationships in all our locations
- Wisdom in advancing all projects in the MineField Village - LandMine Design, Water filtration/training, Church Ministry, Medical Clinic, School & Lunch Program
- Continued direction, leadership and care for each of our orphanages - Blossom Home, Heun Nam Jai & Jury's
How thankful I am for you and for your willingness to pray with us and for us. Thank you for praying and for journeying with us in this work. We're excited to be here and excited to see what God will do in the days that come. I'm so thankful for an omniscient God who can easily handle the depth of complexities...and with ease!
Reatrey sous-dey (Goodnight) from Cambodia,