25 November 2008

pleased to meet you




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well, we are here!
we've been in cambodia for two weeks now. we're feeling thrilled (& a bit exhausted), but mostly just thrilled to be here.
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i captured this on our way to the office last week. it is perhaps a good summation of our first impressions of cambodia...
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the vibrancy & the dust
the sacred & the routine
the hope-filled streets stalked by silent shadows of tragedy
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4 November 2008

go. joy. peace.

well, tonight daniel & i will hop on a plane in buffalo, ny & when our journey is finished, we will be in phonm penh, cambodia, our new home.

three years ago, when we walked down the aisle, together, after our wedding, it was to the gladful noise of our friends & family singing "you shall go out with joy & be led forth in peace", a song based on isaiah 55:12. this verse has felt like a promise to us, as we've journeyed together as pilgrims, finding joy & the blessings of community in the places we are & continually being led forth in peace, to the new places where the Lord leads.

& as we've prepared for this transition to cambodia, we've been praying for this joy & peace. & the Lord has confirmed his promise to us in little ways-in a church member praying this verse over us, in this song being sung at our mcc "sending service" & in the joyful celebrations we've had with friends & family in the past month, as our journey begins.

as we prepare to go, we've been reflecting on this quote, from helen keller,

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

dear friends, we seek your prayers for our safe travels, our transition period & for a faith that is not measured by security, but rather by joy, peace, & selfless love.

a quick recap from our month of farewells...(farewell terrace, with your foggy mountains)

(farewell vancouver friends)


(farewell little autumn jude, our newest love)

(farewell, family)


(farewell, dearest seattle friends)

(farewell, strange amish town)