Many of you who follow this blog knew what I did in my previous career back in the US. I worked at the Institutional division of TD Ameritrade. There, I managed a group of people and helped financial advisors. My standard day was spent sitting in a small cubicle, talking on the phone, writing emails, attending meetings or working with my staff. All of that to say, it was a pretty standard job in my eyes. It was a career that I originally envisioned myself being in for a good portion of my working life.
Fast forward to today. My standard day is sitting in a homemade pallet chair or hammock from Kampot, talking with the local kids, eating rice, exploring the local markets for parts, learning how to build a wakeboard park and also learning to wakeboard and as of this week learning to drive heavy machinery. That’s right, watch out all of you construction folks back home. I can now operate a Caterpillar Bulldozer and will learn to operate the Caterpillar Excavator later this week. This new phase of my life has been fun, difficult, exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time. Some days I come home and I am ready for a second shower because I have been outside all day.
In one of my previous posts on this site, I wrote about how God seemed to be preparing me for what I am doing now in my previous career. He did prepare me for many things, but driving a bulldozer and almost daily working with my hands was not part of that preparation. Even though I wasn’t ready for that part of this life, I still feel like every day will be a new adventure.
Kam-Air has really started to take off. We have come to find out that Saturday’s will be our busiest day and therefore our weekend is now Sunday – Monday instead. We have our first set of “regulars” that come out to ride or hang out regardless of what we are doing. We also have two local kids that hang out with us every week waiting for a pull. We still have a long way to go and we have many irons in the fire.
Alf and I have been seeking prayer and guidance regarding several different things including; opening a second park in Siem Reap, hiring a dedicated night security guard, rescuing another individual from the local brick factory, and how to use the donations we have recently received to best benefit the community directly around us. If you think about us this week, send up a prayer about any or all of that. If God speaks to you surrounding those topics or something out of left field, make sure and let me know.
As usual, if you are interested in joining us via Skype or another method, drop a line and we would be happy to talk.
I miss you guys sooooo much! I’m glad everything is coming together!
those excavators were a gift from God. He gave them to me with bows and ribbons like one gives a gift to a child on Christmas morning. Cambodians take three or four or even five showers a day, by the way.
Thank you Lord that you are learning new skills which is very exciting. Think of you Ashley and Luke often. Glad everything is going well with you and your family. Pray that God will continue his blessings on you all.
So glad things are working out for you guys!! Would love to see a picture of you on one of those big machines!! Will continue to pray for you & your precious family!!
Absolutely! We can do new family pictures very soon 🙂
How exciting to hear of all that God is doing through you! We regularly pray for you and will especially lift these requests too! I love and miss you all!