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Twymans Update: Our First Week in Cambodia

Our First Week in Cambodia

It took twenty-six hours of flight time, 14 suitcases, six carry-ons, two car seats, two layovers, one stroller, one pack-and-play and a few meltdowns, but we made it to Cambodia!

We have had an incredible group of people here on the ground who have bent over backwards to make our transition as painless as possible. They stocked our fridge, ordered us furniture, filled our house with basic supplies, set up someone to clean our house this week, have taken us around town to learn where to shop for what we need, and answered the 3,254 questions we’ve had – and a few that we didn’t even know we had.

Despite the incredible work of these friends, there have been inevitable challenges. We landed already feeling physically and emotionally exhausted from packing up our life and saying goodbye to everyone we loved. Our family has been battling jet lag, and jet lagged toddlers are SO FUN. Everything from housework, to going anywhere, to buying groceries takes longer and an immense amount of mental energy. We are tired, but hopeful. Even in the short time we have been here, we are so encouraged that this is going to be a great fit for us.

I read this verse this morning and it resonated almost comically:

Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’- yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.‘” – James 4:13-15

We have landed in this place that feels so foreign and other, but Jesus has been working here for a long time. He knows how He will use us, and it will likely be in ways we have not anticipated or accounted for. So we are trying to remain open-handed, to set aside our agendas. And on days (which will be most of them for a while) when our “accomplishment” is directing a driver to our house to deliver our fan, we celebrate. It is only by His mercy.

Steve and Caitlin

Arrival in Phnom Penh

Little Miracles

  • We bought a car! Steve has been working hard to find something that would work for our family, and we should have it back from the shop next week.
  • Our kids are sleeping better, which means we are sleeping better. And everything is better with good rest.
  • We had a great interview with a potential house helper.
  • We and our kids have already made friends that we feel will continue to develop into deeper relationships.

How to Pray

  • For wisdom as we make decisions about the kids’ schooling and care.
  • For grace for ourselves, as we are realizing that we can accomplish so much less in a day for so many reasons.
  • For our language learning and help. Steve will start language school on April 22, but Caitlin cannot begin until May 22, so we will need to hire a language tutor.
  • That Jesus would use us in any way He sees fit and that we would abide in Him.


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