20
Jun 13

Bad Conscience Medicine

Be true to yourself.
I have/don’t have a peace about it.
That’s not my calling.
Just do what makes you happy. That’s all that counts.
It’s OK, we cracked a window.
It’ll buff out.
I’m just sayin’.
I’ll do it later.
I sent an email. I’m waiting for a reply.
Why go far away when there is so much need in your own backyard.
God closed that door.
God opened that door.
That’s just what I believe.


19
Mar 13

I’m in Indonesia

I left Phnom Penh for Indonesia early yesterday morning. During my 4 hour layover in Singapore, a friend picked me up and we went to lunch. It was my first time in Singapore and since we left the airport and had a good meal, I can now add Singapore to the list of places I’ve been. We also visited Bill’s office and walked quickly around downtown. Here’s a picture of my friend Bill with his office team in Singapore. Bill is the white guy.

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I got to Surabaya, Indonesia at about 5PM and my friend Quan and a new friend Pastor Indro picked me up and took me to dinner. We ate well. Last night I stayed at a Bible school run by a church. There are almost 50 students studying Bible and ministry here. This is a good place.


15
Mar 13

Today in Phnom Penh

This morning we worked at the youth outreach ministry again. We taught English, Bible and Bread-Making (round two). It went great.

Poverty
Train Tracks
Nudity
Chaos
Jumping
Singing
Praying
Play-dough
Bible
Mexican Candy
Dinner Rolls
Braided Bread

This afternoon we had lunch at “Mike’s Burgers”.

Burgers
Pepto Bismol
Canned Refried Beans
Taco Seasoning

After lunch we went to a former “Killing Field” site that now serves as a memorial to the victims of the genocide.

Mass Graves
Prayer
Smell
Bones

Later we walked through a touristy market.

Shopping
Souvenirs
Rings
Paintings
T-shirts
Place Mats

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13
Mar 13

A Village Visit, Church Planting, Fertilized Duck Egg and St. Patrick

Today, we’ll be visiting a village area a couple hours outside Phnom Penh. A long-term goal is to see a church planted in the area. We’ll be going with some of the long-term team to meet people, make friends and pray.

After the village visit, our friend Jon Gordon will take us on a Food Tour in the city. Spiders and fertilized duck-eggs are on the list of scheduled tour bites. Can I eat a fertilized duck egg? I give myself a 50% chance. Is anyone willing to take bets and cut me in on the profits afterwards?

A photo update:
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The trip is going great! The timing has been ideal and it has been good to have the opportunity to remind our friends here how valuable their work is. Yesterday we had a party and gave gifts to the World Horizons mission team. We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day American-Style with cheesy green decorations and accessories in an Indonesian restaurant with 1 Irish man, 1 Canadian woman, 4 English people, 1 French woman, 1 Indonesian and 5 Americans.

Later, we spent several hours at an orphanage run by our friends. It’s a good and happy place and evidence that the work being done by our team here is achieving long-lasting, sustainable good. I’m proud to be a member of this organization.

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11
Mar 13

Today in Phnom Penh, we’re teaching “Why are foreigners so strange?”

Today, we’ll be working and teaching at a youth outreach program in Phnom Penh. The ministry is called MorningStar. They run daily programs for kids from 5 to 21 years old. We’ll be teaching an English lesson, a lesson on how to make “pizza bread” and a class called “Why are foreigners so strange?” as an introduction to cross-cultural communication and mission.
Cambodia has a part to play in God’s plan for the nations.

We are the foreigners and we are strange.

I just took this photo from my seat at a coffee shop. This boy and girl were flirting with each other.

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10
Mar 13

Today in Phnom Penh, we’ll teach “How to Make Bread and Enjoy God”

It’s Monday morning in Phnom Penh, Cambodia – the start of our second full day here.
Today, we’ll be teaching at a ministry that houses and disciples Cambodian students. It functions like a house church and ministry training program.
We’ll be teaching an English, bread making and theology lesson called “How to Make Bread and Enjoy God”.
The ministry makes and sells snack foods to help cover its expenses. We’ll be teaching how to make a couple snack foods that they can sell.

Yesterday, we spent a few hours with the World Horizons team that lives here. There are about 18 people on the team. They have people from England, Ireland, France, Indonesia, Canada and the U.S. It’s a great group of people. They’re leading ministries for orphan care, church planting, art as mission, business as mission, ministry and discipleship training and after school youth outreach. I’m glad to spend some time supporting them.

This is where I’m sitting right now. Its nice.

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09
Mar 13

Sunday Morning in Phnom Penh

It’s Sunday morning in Phnom Penh.
This week I’m traveling with my friend Jon (he lives here in Cambodia), Aleesa (she’s an American member of our organization who lives in Mexico and will join us on Tuesday) and Hope (she’s an American from Virginia who has been on a mission trip to Cambodia before).
We’re staying at a guest house/hotel. It’s pretty decent and has air conditioning.
Today, we’ll have lunch with the World Horizons team that lives here, then we’ll go to a church that meets in the afternoon.

Here’s Jon with an inflatable Josh Conrad.
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08
Mar 13

My Rules for Air Travel

1. Pack the night before the trip. Not before.  There is a separate list of rules for packing.

2. Book a window seat for early morning flights so you can sleep against the window. Otherwise, pick an aisle seat – the freedom to roam is important.

3. Anything other than a window or aisle seat is crap and should be sold at half price. Therefore, the poor guy stuck in the “middle seat” gets to use the #$@^% armrests.

4. Always carry on (don’t check) your luggage. Always.

5. Have a toothbrush, individually wrapped face wipes, a book and downloaded movies at hand. A real pro also has good cookies for the flight and a fresh shirt for arriving decently.

6. Inflatable neck pillows, fanny packs, passport carriers, hidden travel wallets, safari vests, camel-packs, matching t-shirts? No. Don’t be that guy.

7. When someone is sleeping, reading, writing or wearing headphones on a plane – it means “please don’t talk to me”.

8. The guy in front of you can feel it every time you put that tray table up, tap the touch screen on the cool in-flight TV or rest your head on the tray table to sleep – do the right thing.

9. The armrest and seat cushions are very important borders. Stay inside your space while seated.

10. Just because you’re not in a rush to get out of your seat, into the aisle and off the plane once its landed, doesn’t mean the people behind you aren’t. Get out of the way.


08
Mar 13

Gone to Cambodia

We’re taking a 10 day trip to Cambodia. Here’s the mission statement for our trip:

“We are taking this trip to Cambodia to glorify God and to advance and support the long-term discipleship, outreach, training, prayer and evangelistic works of World Horizons and our ministry partners in that country.

We will accomplish our goals by:

* Actively encouraging the long-term mission team members through prayer, gifts, meals and fun.
* Engaging in the youth outreach work in Phnom Penh.
* Teaching Christian mission principles to various groups.
* Teaching English as a Second Language for various groups.


14
Nov 12

Things I saw in my kids’ school cafeteria today

A lunch lady in a faux fur vest and purple apron.
School-issued lunches consisting of a thin slice of unnaturally colored mystery meat on a hot dog bun.
Offensively indiscriminate use of ketchup and mayo packets.
A child with an entire salt shaker in her lunchbox.
So much open-mouthed chewing.
Fruit cocktail from a can.