On Thursday, I was having lunch in Morges, Switzerland at Kim’s house. Kim a Cambodian Christian had invited family members and friends to a nice meal. A great way to end 3 weeks on the road. When someone around the table asked me: ‘Tim, how are you going to get to Paris in the evening with all the train strikes across France?’ I replied: ‘I still don’t have a train ticket; but when I get to Geneva, it will have to be’ faith’ that gets me somehow to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.’When I arrived in Geneva on the Swiss-French border, the young man at the train station counter told me two things: ‘The few trains that are still heading to Paris are full and the other trains are all on strike’. God knew I had to get on that Paris-Phnom Penh plane that same night. How I would get to Paris, I don’t know. I was advised to go to the Air France counter and see if there would be a flight from Geneva to Paris. To my surprise, there was one! When I got on the plane and sat on the last row, I realized I was given one of the last two seats on the aircraft. By taking a plane instead of a train, I avoided the mess in Paris (the whole city in mayhem with the strikes) where I would have had big trouble finding a metro or a taxi to take me to the airport.
One hour’s flight and there I was, well on time at Charles de Gaulle.
The long flight from Paris to Phnom Penh via Shanghai, China went as smooth as silk. (Even the Chinese on board who are usually so loud were dead silent all the way!)
Tomorrow Wednesday, I will be taking the bus for the 5 to 6 hours trip to Battambang…Please pray for God’s protection on a road not known for its safety.
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