After 4 hours wandering the airport, we both could feel the pressure building in our legs. Thirteen hours on a plane without much muscle movement is the perfect scenario for cankles. Yes, cankles. This phenomenon occurs when your ankles swell to the same size as the lower part of your leg, making the leg seem to continue in to the foot without any joint. Not sure if this is a made up term or if I got it from some sitcom, but it suited the situation.
We jumped back on the plane for Bali and met a lovely British woman off to visit her sister. Funny thing – turns out the couple we’re staying with here know her sister. We’re excited to see her again. It is a small world. We arrived around 3pm Bali time and much to our dismay our luggage was not so fortunate. Somehow it never left Vancouver and we would need to wait a day for its arrival.
At last we meet the our host family at their beautiful home in Seminyak; Villa Mandalay. its just stunning here: lovely garden, pool – a real Tropical Villa with thatched roof and teak furnishings. Its just delightful. We have our own little place complete with mosquito net around the bed. There are 4 dogs with such funny personalities and their children are so wonderful.
Today was amazing! After a lovely breakfast that the staff prepared for us (we feel INCREDIBLY spoilt here) we prayed and spoke with our hostess about an array of topics, but the best part was simply to bring the encouragement of what powerful purpose God has for her and her family being in Bali. There is so much hope and anticipation of what God can do in a Hindu culture, as it only takes one to make an impact for Jesus Christ. We prayed for wisdom and insight before arriving here that we could look upon their situation with His eyes and we believe He’s answered that prayer as she has already expressed a renewed hope.
We then went on to lunch and met up with another friend of hostess. She expressed concerns she was having for her children’s behavior and how she is at a loss of what to do. The Mrs. began to speak to her about what a difference speaking God’s purpose over her children has made in their lives. Her friend perked up and said she would love to be able to do that. So we offered to pray for her right there at the street side restaurant. God spoke to us about how He had uniquely created her and her twin boys. It was fantastic. We later learned that she doesn’t have a relationship with God, but there she was willingly and receiving His word…
After arriving home, we went for a walk and with our hostess’s encouragement we went to a reflexologist. I’m pretty convinced that there will be streaks of bruises down the arches of my foot and the top of my leg. How utterly excruciating, but somehow relaxing? After our half hour foot and lower leg reflexology session (for $5) and our cup of ginger tea (wow)..we felt like we could dance home. I think we may be in danger of staying here indefinitely…
So now we sign off as its about 8:30pm and dinner is about ready. We’re sitting by the pool in the dark and the sound of giant geckos (not the ones you find in Hawaii – bigger) and falling fruits make us thankful that we’re REALLY here… REALLY… how amazing. And its only the beginning.