Friday, March 23, 2007

Made it to Taipei


I made it to Taipei. One flight down, three to go.

I also just had the best airport food I've ever eaten -- a plate of handmade steamed pork dumplings. Really good.

I've got a cup of tea, and a few hours to kill. I'm doing okay.

I'm going to try to not fall asleep in the airport -- I really want to take my drugs shortly after we take off. With any luck, I'll sleep most of the way to San Francisco.

Leaving Phnom Penh was difficult. I felt a real sense of melancholy as my plane lifted off, the Mekong and the wats and the dirt roads fading in the distance. But I'm certainly ready to be home.

Almost as soon as Phnom Penh was obscured by a thick blanket of clouds, my mind started to race: Did I get enough done in Cambodia? How will my reunion with my family go? Does Element have enough work? How can I raise more money for Asia's Hope? How can I take the cafe concept to the next level? How long will it take me to get over jet lag? Why didn't I read my Bible more over the last few weeks? and on and on and on...

The biggest question I have right now is whether or not I'm doing damage to my family and my business by traveling so often. I do know that I am doing important work, and that each time I go away, I come back stronger, smarter, more engaged, more confident and more sure of who I am. I just pray that I don't hurt the ones I love and need the most.

Pray for Kori and the kids. They've been fighting various sicknesses over the last few days. Xiu Dan has the croup, Chien had some virus, and Pak is suffering from asthma problems -- Pak also got the virus, so he's had a double whammy. I have a good wife and a good church.

Speaking of church, I can't wait to worship on Sunday morning. I've sorely missed Western-style (as in U.S. and Britain, not as in 'country and western') worship music. I hope I can stay awake...

Bye for now.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

safe travels.

- Jordan