New Year, New Update

Goodness…. I can’t believe it’s already January 2016. Where has the time gone? Luke will turn 7 in March and is in 1st grade. I am in the middle of my 9th year of teaching. John has been out of the “cubicle farm” for over a year and a half. Time flies…

Who would have thought the Lord would have us serving in Cambodia in the year 2016? Who would have imagined we would be living half way around the world in a country where we don’t know the language and only came here knowing a couple of families? Who would have known John would be serving at a wakepark along side of a guy we “knew of” but didn’t really “know” and learning how to wakeboard? Who would have guessed I would be teaching children from a variety of countries American curriculum, Canadian Science, World Social Studies and the Bible in Cambodia? The Lord has been so faithful and provided what we need when we need it. He shows us He is bigger than what we can even imagine.

Being transparent for a second… I was sitting in my classroom last Thursday before the kids came in when the state power went off, we could only run the generator. I thought to myself, “Well, it’s not quite the way I wanted to start a Thursday morning, but it will probably only be off for about 10 minutes or so.” So I started my school day, the children came in and we all started sweating. For the first time this school year, I opened up the windows and doors in hope to get some sort of breeze… but it was still hot! This was the first time since we moved here where I had one of “those moments”. The moment when you look around and think what in the world did I say yes to. Why did God send me to a place where they only have two “seasons”, dry  or wet, but it’s always hot and humid. After being frustrated for several hours, I knew I still had a job to do and the children were still going to learn whether it be hot or not (side note – the state power was out from 8am until 2pm or so that day), so we moved on with our day.

God has called us to Cambodia to serve Him, to be His hands and feet, and we are here until He calls us home. Someone asked me the other day, “Are you ready to go back home?” and I simply replied, “God’s work is not done here.” So with a joyful heart, we are happy to say, we are staying for at least another 2 school years (through May 2018). John will continue to serve at the wakepark, I have signed on for another 2 years with Logos International School where Luke will attend 2nd and 3rd grade!

We would love that you want to continue to be a part of our ministry here in Cambodia. Our prayer is that you would continue to lift us up in your prayers to the Lord, asking him for strength, guidance and wisdom as we go throughout our days. If you would like to support us financially, we would love for you to do that as well. Half of our monthly budget is paid for by Asian Hope (Logos International School) but the other half is donations we receive through people like you. Thank you for your prayers!

Love ~Ashley

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