You are nominated!

This video was originally for a game on facebook. You get nominated by someone and have to jump into cold, public water within 48h.

In fact, you can apply it to my life as well. God nominated me for a mission in Cambodia. I didn’t hesitate long to decide that I will follow his call. The decision has a huge effect: It doesn’t only mean that I’ll leave Switzerland, but also my comfort zone. That includes things like: family & friends, my cat & dog, a good & secure job & income, a safe & clean country, a familiar culture, many luxuries you have living in Switzerland, and so on…

My future is now a jump in at the deep end. (By the way, in German you say “jump into the cold water”.) It’s a step into the sweet unknown. As you know I’m going to volunteer for ICF Cambodia for about 1-2 year(s). There is not much more I know: I don’t know yet, which function I will have, where I will sleep, how long I will stay, who I will get to know and who I will make friends with, ……. Some leaders from ICF I got to know during a few days which I spent there a year ago. I don’t know the language. I am still learning about the culture, the tradition, the people, the religion, the history – the country itself. I am not used to their food, the climate, the Asian lifestyle. There is no plan B, neither do I have a plan for afterwards.
But you know what? I don’t care! Instead of worrying me, it even encourages me to make this step into the unknown. Needless to say, that it’s not going to be easy, leaving my beloved people, job and the “life-easy-making-luxuries”. What counts most, is that I know, it’s the right thing to do. And I am absolutely sure, that God will help, lead and bless me and my work.

“When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen: There will be something solid for you to stand upon, or you will be taught how to fly.” Patrick Overton.

God nominates you
The following quote might be a bit cynical, but not too untrue:
“We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.”
Life is about much more than money and impressing others. I’m sure, not everybody is meant to leave his country. But what I’m also convinced of, is that we all can make the world better. It already starts when we get up: Is your mood like: “Okay, just another day. I’m gonna work, probably again long hours, gonna go back home, have a beer. Just like yesterday. And tomorrow won’t be different.” Or is it like: “Yeah. I got another beautiful day to live which is a present. I am blessed with health, a job, great friends, … !” ?

And then, whatever you do, do it with a loving heart. It’s the small things which make others and yourself happy. If it is helping your old neighbour carrying his shopping bag, taking time to listen to and comforting a sad friend or smiling friendly at an angry-looking person on the bus. Wherever you are, enjoy being there. Whatever you think God has called you for, go for it. Whether it means staying where you are and making a difference there. Or leaving your comfort zone behind and doing something totally crazy. He’s got a plan for you and he’ll be with you!

I nominate you
If you want to warm up my water a bit, think about donating something/sponsoring me. Volunteering there is absolutely without any income. These are the details you need to know:

Support me:
Sponsorship: Decide on an amount which you would like to transfer monthly. There are no obligations, you can start and end it whenever you want.
Money for a particular thing: You want to pay for an extraordinary thing like flights, motorbike, visa, etc.? Just let me know so I can give you details. Or you simply want to give some money for anything? Of course, this is also possible.

Bank account – Post Finance, Switzerland:
IBAN: CH16 0900 0000 8773 8037 8
Vivien Bachmann
9213 Hauptwil