By Hut Phealy
Meeting New People and Making Friends
As I have decided to go with YAMEN program, I have met many new things such as new places, new language, new cultures and new faces. I have learned to live independently and to live inter-culturally and to be the ambassador of Christ and represented the country where I came from. Sharing the way of the people living in Asia, how we communicate, the food we eat, and the clothes we wear. The communities where I have lived understand and get some ideas about people who are living in Asian continent. After they knew more about my country. I also have taught English to Spanish-speaking students. I was a real example for the students there, because English is my second language as well. English is an international language and they can travel anywhere, as long as they know English.
Becoming Part of a New family
Of course at first I had a little strange feeling during the orientation because I thought what is this host family going to be like? How will I communicate with them? What foods they are going to eat? Will I have enough ability to communicate in Spanish with them? What if I make mistakes or do something that they don’t like will they scold me? There were so many questions come to my mind but I just sat down and talked to God. I said Lord, you have brought all the way here and you have been there before me please let everything will be done in your will and help me to go through all the process.
The Lord is faithful to me when I came to know my host family, and they were very nice and kind to me. They did a warm welcome and I still remember the first word they told me (make yourself like home and my house is your house)
I believe because the love of God in our hearts we could live and together even we have not known each other before. They love me so much and so do I.
I had a wonderful time with them. I could not thank God enough for his grace and mercy. Wherever I go the Lord’s present is with me, I was not alone.
Got to know more about Mennonite church and be part of it:
Before I went to my host family’s church, Mennonite church of La Mesa, I thought only old people will go the church and they will worship God quietly. Because I never been to the Mennonite Church before and I thought all Mennonite churches were like that. But when I got there it has changed my thought, there were all kinds of people like children, youth, and adults. They used kind of same music to praise and worship God just like my home church in Cambodia. It made me feel like we worship the same God no matter where we come from. I have made brothers and sisters in Christ – they were so lovely and kind. Friends from church always invited me to eat, chatting about my country and Colombia they wanted to know more about my country my testimonies and Colombia after we prayed together. My host dad is the Pastor at the church; I learned more how the Pastor’s life like, and to serve just like what the Lord Jesus did. Working and serving God in all ministries such as: with children, youth and adult. Sharing the love of God to all the people. I love being part of the Mennonite church.