Random snippets

Wish I would have kept better track of things I don’t typically hear in a normal week back home:

“Yeah I think she has leprosy.”

“My missionary wife has had Dengue fever….at least twice.”

“It feels really nice in here after being outside.” Inside an 87 degree home.

“Please come he’s dying.” 3oish year old with pneumonia. “How’d his uneducated village wife know he was actually dying?” “They just know….get to experience it first hand quite a bit.”

“Are you on your honeymoon?” New life goal: get asked that at least every few months.

“She’s just scared of the ‘barong'”  aka big nose

“I think if I were to get a newer vehicle (current SUV has around a quarter million miles) I’d get a truck with open bed……lost track a long time ago of the dead bodies I’ve transported in here….”

“They just don’t really treat pain here.” Huh?!! Yep. Busted knees, sore backs and throes of death nearly all go sans painkillers. Oofta.

“AWESOME! I can use tap water to brush my teeth again.”


Sometimes just gotta say “wow”

We had breakfast at our hotel today for convenience sake. The room was full with about 100 people from the USA (man are we easy to spot), Korea, France, Germany, Cambodia (obviously), China and plenty of others I’m sure. It’s cool to hear so many languages.

Anywho-when we walked in I told Stacy, “that’s the hostess we met last year.” Stacy wasn’t sure but I said yep. After we sat down for a while and ate, we made eye contact and I lifted my Bible and said “Cray Hesoo?” which I think is supposed to somehow possibly mean Christ Jesus in Khmer. She smiled and said, “You Zonatahnn and Stahcee?”

Last year over breakfast we would give thanks for our meal and read a chapter from the good book. She came over and asked if we were Christians. She was so excited to meet fellow Christians. Believe it or not everyone here doesn’t just say they’re Christian so I guess it was memorable a year later.

So please pray for her. I can’t remember her name but God knows who she is. Pray she would be encouraged in her faith and others would come alongside her that she may be encouraged as well.

12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.

1 Thessalonians 2 (NIV)

A beautiful conclusion

Today was our last day of clinic and just what I needed. A selfish statement I suppose but just being honest. We helped a whole bunch of people, had a great translator, and got to spend some quality time with one of my heroes Brandon. Plus he regaled us with stories such as his vasectomy in Bangkok (tied down all fours in spread eagle) and shall we say “follow up confirmation testing” in Phnom Penh where he didn’t know the language in the clinic so trying to get across exactly what was needed was….an adventure 🙂

It’s always funny when someone grabs our camera to get some pics. We never know what’s going to show up so here goes:


Took about an hour each way out of Siem Reap. A fair amount down some twisty, lonely dirt road.



Who needs lines outside when we can all crowd around inside?






Gratuitous barefoot bathroom pic


We didn’t get photos of helping the ladies at the AGAPE Employment Center today. On purpose. That’s where women brought out of “difficult” situations are given skills, education and value.

We helped well over a hundred folks, feeling pretty good physically and now looking forward to about 2.5 days of rest and travel. Can’t thank each of you enough for the prayers and support. We truly couldn’t do it without you.

Jon & Stacy

survive and advance

It may not be March yet but that’s a fair thought process for the day.


After leaning our suitcase against the back seat the driver slammed the door three times and then kicked it a few. Then our missionary friend said “he asked if there’s anything breakable in that suitcase.” A tad late for such details.


Our view for 8 hours. The funniest (well maybe in a few weeks) thing was Stacy’s Fitbit registered her climbing over 50 flights of stairs within two hours. Yeah it was a bumpy ride.


Never again will I complain of leg space on a domestic flight

What you don’t get to experience is the Khmer version of hits including: Hear Me Roar, Stand By Me and Achy Breaky Heart. At ridiculously high volumes. Noise blocking headphones were not enough.


Yet she still smiles when it comes time for a tuk tuk ride. The most amazing woman I know! Actually most amazing person but that just sounds kinda weird. She’s simply amazing!

We’re off to bed. Wake up before 6 tomorrow to head to our last round of clinics here outside of Siem Reap. Sounds like we’ll be in the van for a handful of hours to get there 🙂

……..well bed maybe but there’s some kind of karaoke event going on outside our room. Seriously. Think concert in the park only louder.