November came and went.
We find ourselves on the verge of completing our first month of language school. It goes to say that learning any language is not easy, but we are having a great time and making progress. Somebody once said, “fake it until you make it!” Well, we have become quite good at faking it for about 5-10 minutes before we are completely lost in vocabulary that we either have not yet learned or lost in slang.
The hardest part has been pronunciation. For example: The third hour of class every day is spent working on phonetics. We sit around practicing the sounds that each symbol makes. Want in on the secret that makes learning Khmer difficult? 33 vowels! That’s right 33 compared to English’s 5. So here is how this goes down:
Teacher: What sound is “u”?
Teacher: And “w”?
Us: “eeee” (followed by laughter)
And yet through the confusion, the homework and the brain overload, we laugh and smile because this is why we are here. We feel the chasm closing and relationships are beginning to blossom.
Other highlights of November and early December:
We hosted Thanksgiving dinner with friends old and new, complete with a delicious turkey cooked in a toaster oven.
I turned 28 and set a personal record on my half marathon at 1 hour and 28 minutes.
We had our first flat tire.
Stace drove a moto. (Zeal Face)
We continue to pray for growing relationships and Christ centered vision. We are open to the doors that are continuing to open and the ones being shut. We thank you all for your love and support!
We are also continuing our support raising efforts so please head on over to https://givingtuesday.razoo.com/story/Cambodia-Ministry.