Cambodia / by Joshua P Jacks

This past week we were able to go visit our neighbor country, Cambodia, for the regional retreat.  We were able to spend 7 days there.  The resort was great and they even had MK’s from all over the world come and to do childcare so us parents could sit in all the meetings!  Big thanks to that program!

I was able to catch up with a dear friend I met while in orientation who is now working in Cambodia.

We were able to visit Angkor Wat!  It was huge, with many places for all the kids to run around, if the sun hadn’t drained all their energy.  Most the kids’ favorite thing was swimming at the resort pool! 

We were able to spend some good time with our team from Laos, the couples from different places in Laos along with the Gordon family. I really am enjoying getting to know them all!


I was also able to go horseback riding!  This has been something I have wanted to do since Josh and I saw the horses on our honeymoon.  It reminded me of the time I spent at my friend’s ranch when I was younger.

The city of Siem Reap had a Mexican restaurant, a couple cute little shopping centers (one of them had Dr. Pepper!), and a nice night market! It also had "fish massages" everywhere! Not to mention it is the home of Angkor Wat (largest religious building in history).

We had to take tuk tuk’s everywhere we went, and it was common to see a few skinny cows en route to dinner, shopping, or the famous Angkor Wat.

It was a great week, and although I still think Laos is more beautiful (I know I have a biased opinion,) it was fun to just be with family and friends. 

We have about two weeks of just studying the Lao language and getting caught up on college courses for Josh. We also have odd and ends here and in the states that will be handled online. We start our last term at the end of August.

We will be making our way back to the states for full appointment early next year. I cannot believe that the time is approaching so fast. There are many mixed emotions in it all. So setting up times to come and visit is one of the things on my ‘to do’ list.  Make sure you start thinking about carving out some time for the Jacks family!