Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Frustrations of a Foreigner- Introduction

After being in Cambodia for going on two years, I must admit that being a foreigner still has its challenges. Although I have grown accustomed to many cultural differences, there are some issues that still give me a headache. In these posts, I am going to be blunt and transparent. I am the first to admit that some of these cultural struggles are simply the result of my lack of Spirit-filling. (I'm sure that a good percentage of my readers on this blog have never had that struggle.)  :)   Nevertheless, I am going to document some of the culture battles that I have faced and am continuing to face. I intend for this to be a record that I can look back on 10 years from now and hopefully be able to say, "Thank God that His grace has allowed me to conquer those issues that I faced back then." I also want to give a reality check to anyone who is getting ready to move to the foreign mission field- especially if they are coming to Southeast Asia. I don't want to come across as overly negative or down on the country to which God has called me to serve Him. We love Cambodia. We love our lives here. We plan on being here long-term. But I would be lying if I told you, "Being a missionary in Cambodia is just one big blissful experience with no frustrations whatsoever!" Just like America, Cambodia has its issues. What makes it doubly difficult for me as a foreigner is that some of the issues in Cambodia are issues that I've never dealt with in the States. So, I hope these posts will be enlightening and in some cases entertaining. I am making this part of my life an open book....enjoy!

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