Showing posts from July, 2008


I am proud to say that I made it nearly 3 full months living in Cambodia without getting sick.


We got on the bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh on Monday and I noticed my stomach felt a bit funny. I attributed this to a mid-morning snack of Pringles and salted cashews (I am terribly healthy). The feeling lingered throughout the day, never getting worse (even despite eating lunch at KFC), yet never entirely subsiding either. I went to bed that night feeling not so great and over the course of the next 2 days developed a close relationship with both our bathroom and our bed. I was quite grateful to be at home in my own bed while sick, with a very kind man I am married to who took good care of me. The exciting part of it all (aside from sleeping more than I was awake) was that because I couldn’t keep any liquids down (these are the details people want to know) I got to have my first I.V. I am so brave.

We are quite fortunate to have doctors on staff here who make sure we are all stayi…

"Good morning Mrs. John.."

Last week Josh, Emily and I headed out with a team from AZ to do prep work at the site for the upcoming medical clinic in Pursat. It was amazing to see the transformation that occurred through the work of the team and a team of Cambodians working together. The house and cafeteria got painted, cement walkways laid, squatty potties and showers constructed, stages set up for evangelism, and a myriad of other details that will continue to unfold before the clinic officially begins on August 4th.

Cambodia painting techniques are my favorite.

Second only to Cambodian moving methods (Need to move a building? Grab 30 guys, pick it up, and go. It's that easy.)

This is where my week-long sleep over with the ladies from New Life will take place :)

We had a great time with this team, enjoying hour long commutes to the home together, scraping blue paint off of ourselves at the end of each day, eating really good Khmer food (maybe including French fries sometimes..), and at the end of the night fin…


Yesterday, what began as a normal office day in Phnom Penh, turned into an all day road trip for Josh and I. We had the chance to go to the province of Pursat with the two doctors who work here to do a scouting trip for the upcoming Everett medical clinic. Not only am I excited to finally use my vast medical knowledge (on a tray full of tools, I could identify a stethoscope), I am also quite thrilled at the idea of seeing familiar faces step off of an airplane in Phnom Penh! It will be a fun glimpse of home while being so far away.

On the way to Pursat I had the chance to use what is most assuredly my favorite toilet I've encountered so far in Cambodia. It is practical, nearly private in its roadside setting, and I only nearly slipped in between the wooden beams potentially harming myself once during the whole process.

The Pursat home is amazing. It is pretty exciting to envision the set up that will soon happen there. Josh and I will welcome a team next week from AZ who will come i…