2014-10-20 23.58.56Crossing Cambodia used to be my blog, but now its an organization, so I can't quite claim that for my personal ramblings.  Way back when I first started working abroad my newsletter was called "The Adventures of the Asian Caucasian" and so now I'm coming back to my roots with "Ramblings of the Asian Caucasian." I try to make sense with the things I write.  Some of them may even seem wise and will end up in the regular blog for Crossing Cambodia.  But for the most part, this is where you can come to get an insight into the life of a missionary who is probably never going to move back to America. IMG_7327 Like my opinions on roadside food and the current state of the weather. Hope you enjoy my thoughts and more often than not, my nonsensical ramblings!

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Admitting When We Make Mistakes

Long ago I remember going to an interview for something I’m pretty certain was actually some kind of pyramid scheme.  There were a bunch of other folks there and we’d get called into different rooms and told about how great the job could be for us and at one point I got called in for…

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Eang Mom

This Christmas my family got one of the most wonderful Christmas presents we’ve ever gotten and possibly ever will get. This is my wife’s mother. Her name is Eang Mom. She has been experiencing abdominal pain among other symptoms and last week went to see a doctor in Phnom Penh at Victoria International Hospital. A…

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The Little Girl That Changed My World

As 2013 is rapidly drawing to a close I’m getting bombarded by end of the year “stuff” and find myself marveling at all the changes in my life that have happened in 2013 and wondering how I got here. And something I can’t overlook is how much one child, that isn’t even my own, has…

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Time To Read!

Reading. It’s something a lot of us people from North America take for granted sometimes. Even those of us who don’t read multitudes of books each year can appreciate just reading a news article or a story for fun once in a while. But most of the time we don’t realize how amazing it is…

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It Takes a Village

They say, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Whoever “they” are, they sure aren’t lying. We have 6 kids in our program and it takes 3 full time staff in addition to myself to get them ready in the morning, feed them, make sure homework is done, and provide extra tutoring for reading…

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Stepping Out on Faith, Trusting God to Change the World

I need to start this post by stating that at Crossing Cambodia we are Christians and everything we do is because of our faith in God. When you come to our website, a permanent fixture at the top is “Stepping Out on Faith, Trusting God to Change the World.” I say this because lately I’ve…

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God’s Solutions are Simple

Our kids like to draw. So much so that they were tearing pages out of their notebooks and drawing at school rather than paying attention.   So we made an arrangement that they would get one clean sheet of paper each day to draw on. Whatever they liked, but they couldn’t use their notebook paper…

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Don’t Be Afraid, Just Believe

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:12 People often say that a picture is worth a thousand words. As of today I’m convinced that a thousand words is gross undervaluing of the picture I saw today. As of late I’ve been stressed…

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It May Take a Lot of Love and Prayer to Overcome Our Fears

Lately I’ve been struggling with how to reach out to some of the boys I work with from the streets and slums.  They struggle with authority and have very few positive influences in their lives.  And I am always scared that they will give up, quit on me, and I will be powerless to help…

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Remembering to Take it Slow

Many days when I take the kids back to where their families are staying I am swarmed by other kids.  They want to know what I’ve been doing and when I’ll run another program for them, but many more of them just ask if they can go to school too. It’s hard when I have…