What is amazing about travelling to the other side of the world (and sometimes feeling like I fell over the other side) is seeing what is similar:
–the grimace of excruciating pain. I received a Facebook message from a friend saying she has given birth to two children but remembers her corneal injury as being worse. I never got his name but the 70 year old villager from last night was doing much better this morning. I took off the patch and he could see well with only mild discomfort. The Great Physician did that-certainly nothing we could have done would have accounted for such a quick turn around.
–I about died laughing when the translator said, “he say line tree look good but line above easier see.” Who knows-the eye chart was made in the USA so maybe that is why the larger letters are easier to see. I hear similar statements all day long at the office back home.
–God’s Word is eternal and not limited to any language, culture or geographic boundary. Today we attended the ending session of a weeklong pastor’s conference. 45 or so Cambodian pastors from surrounding villages converged on Banlung to study, worship, fellowship, and get their eyes taken care of 🙂
–the smile when vision goes from “acheebah” to “cheebah.” We’ll be working our way through different lenses with a translator and all of a sudden eyes light up and lips turn up. No translator necessary.
–a certain day in July 2007 was a great one for cute little girls to be born. Jon (because Jonathan is generally just too long) and Zoe are from the UK and have four children. I asked Poppy (“pop-EEE”) how old she was….”aboot 5 and a hav”….”really? when is your birthday?” When she answered I thought, huh that sounds kinda familiar. Same exact birthday as my Lilly! With her light brown hair, blue eyes and the life of the party, they are definitely related.
–weddings mean time for the groom’s uncle to get hammered, stumble around, and try to talk to people in a foreign language….and when he finds out they don’t speak the language SPEAK LOUDER