This blog post is a copy from our quarterly newsletter which was sent out a couple weeks. I wanted to post it here for anyone who doesn't receive our newsletter. I will start posting new weekly updates here next week.
We are in Cambodia!
We have been in Cambodia for almost two months already, the time has flown by. Thank you to everyone for all of your amazing prayers as we traveled from California and have transitioned to living here. We have seen God do many things already:
It’s been a long 6 months as we traveled to Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Colorado, Oregon, Utah, and California to say goodbye to all of our family and friends. But it was an amazing blessing to see everyone we did and to be sent so well. We have also been welcomed very well by our team here in Cambodia. Some of them met us at the airport and helped us get all our stuff to where we were going to be staying.
After two and a half years of preparation it has been surreal to finally be back in Cambodia. Some things are the same, but many things are also different. We had friends drive us around and show us different places to shop and the kinds of things available here. This was all really helpful to us getting some of the basics as we transition to our new life here.
We started off staying at a friend’s house the first two weeks. He was amazing, his home was really nice, and it helped us transition here. But it also felt a little like limbo as we looked for our own place. We finally found a home to call our own, and moved in three weeks ago. We love it! We got a nicer house than we thought we could , for cheaper than we thought we would be able to, and in the exact area we wanted. Prices have been going up around here, but our friends who have been living here all say we got an amazing deal. We have started meeting our neighbors who seem great and would love to continue building relationships with them.
We also have amazing landlords who have gone way above and beyond preparing the home for us, and fixing things for us. Those things are not normal around here, most landlords don’t do anything to fix their homes or accommodate renters. It has taken us some getting used to only having one hot plate and now a toaster oven for cooking, but over all we love the home. We really feel like it was God who blessed us with the home and our whole situation here.
The girls started school 5 days after we arrived. The school is amazing, they both have great teachers, and are making friends. Harper is a social butterfly and is really thriving at school. Ember is making friends and enjoys classes, but it also wears on her emotionally being away from her sister and parents for such long periods. Harper is in class 5 days a week; while ember has Mondays and Thursdays off.
Our support has been short of our budget, but the Lord blessed Megan with an interim Librarian position at the girl’s school through December when the Librarian returns. It doesn’t cover all of our remaining needs, but it is helping a ton! She started work last week and is really enjoying getting connected with everyone at the school.
Aaron starts language school next week. He will be doing night classes two nights a week through December. That schedule allows him to watch Ember Mondays and Thursdays when she is off from school. Aaron also does most of the grocery and household shopping, cleaning, and cooking. However, he is excited to get going on learning the language. Aaron also is going to get a part time language helper as soon as we can afford it, which will accelerate his learning.
There are many amazing churches here in Phnom Penh. We have been to a couple, including an assembly’s church, a Kingdom Cities church, and an Anglican church. We are also going to visit a local new life campus near our home. We wanted to visit several churches to get a feel for the different communities, make connections throughout the city, and see where God leads us to put down roots.
To find out more about why we are in Cambodia and what we will be doing go to the homepage on our website: www.holmeslove.com
Here's a few prayer request highlights:
If you'd like to write us a post-card or send us physical gifts, our permanent address is Megan’s mom’s house; and she will send things with people coming to visit us:
Aaron and Megan Holmes
3664 Sunwood Drive
Redding, CA, 96002
We no longer have our old phone numbers. If you would like to contact us please email hardplacesaaron@gmailcom, or use any of our other social media listed on our website to connect with us www.holmeslove.com/contact.
Thank you to all of you who have been so amazingly generous with our family. We literally wouldn’t be here without you. Besides our monthly budget we raised $4000 towards our moving costs.
Some items we used the moving budget to pay for include:
We would still like to raise $3500 for the remainder of the expenses to fully setup our new life in Cambodia. We also need to raise about $500 more a month right away to get us through December. Partner with our family and go to www.holmeslove.com/donate
All donationations are tax deductable and greatly appreciated!
Thank you for partnering with us!
Megan, Aaron, Harper, and Ember Holmes