The conference is the easy part

Published October 24, 2013

The 2nd ISAAC Asia regional conference, this one to be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, is due to begin in a few days. By the time I get to the conference facility I will feel like taking a long breath and relaxing, rather than engaging in the conference.

The organisation to get to Cambodia certainly takes some time. I started by checking through various airline schedules to see if I could arrange the flights myself, which I have done in the past. To cut a long story short this became quite confusing. Most of the airlines travel via their home port and there was to be a long lay over before continuing on to Cambodia, in fact most flights were going to take close on 25 hours. I eventually gave up and went to the travel agent. He managed to find an 8 hour direct flight at a very reasonable cost with Vietnam airlines. We could have had a short lay over in Vietnam but decided that having a night in Ho Chi Minh City might be a good option in light of future work in the region. So it was decided that we would take that option.

The next step was a visa for Vietnam and another one for Cambodia. The Cambodian visa was easy. We can get one at the port of entry. The Vietnamese visa was a different thing. We needed to send off application and passports, photos and money order to the embassy in Canberra. Which we did. The next day a very nice lady from the Vietnamese embassy phoned me to say that because we had a one night stop over on the way through and another on the way out we would actually need a multi entry visa, which was now going to cost a lot more. Without going into the actual cost of the visa I can say that by the time we had paid for a money order for the first visa, and then had to pay for another money order for the extra cost of the multi entry visa, any money we thought we had saved on the reasonable airfare had well and truly evaporated. The communists are coming to grips with Capitalism.

Added to all this is the need to find a hotel for the one night stop overs in Vietnam, plus the preparation for the workshop I am running at the conference, dealing with other questions from people wanting to attend the conference, and just general living in the meantime.

Having said all that I am really looking forward to what will be achieved at this conference. To meet up with some of the amazing people who are doing great work in different parts of Asia. Hearing about the organisations that they represent. Hearing the stories of recovery and healing and lives changed will be truly wonderful. We are expectant of seeing people gain more from the conference than they expect. Ministry, teaching, fellowship, meeting new contacts, relaxing in a new city, and so much more.

I will be posting new posts here throughout the conference to keep people in touch with how things are going.

1 Response to “The conference is the easy part”

  1. Jeff November 6, 2013

    I can so relate with your experience having researched flights, purchased tickets, and visas. Then being on the flights, three different planes from the US to Cambodia, with lengthy layovers in between flights. The longest flight was almost 13 hours.

    You know what…it was WELL WORTH IT!!!

    I sat under some excellent teaching, met many wonderful people from all over the world, shared meals, and worshiped the one and only TRUE GOD. It was a life changing experience.

    Many thanks to all the folks at ISAAC and all those in attendence. I was truly blessed to be there.

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