Monday, December 20, 2010
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Friday, December 3, 2010
Many say the bridge won't be used anymore and that they should just take it down because of all the dead and the ghosts that will haunt it and the island that it was connecting. This is a very real to Cambodians, who for centuries have had these beliefs, so the underlying fear in the city is very evident. We now pray that the Khmer people will learn through this event, that God is bigger and more powerful than any evil spirits.
Our prayers are with the people of Cambodia, where such a useless loss of life could have been prevented. Though not the least bit surprising, with safety standards and crowd control as poor as they are here, it is more of a surprise that this has not happened before, or that the loss of life was not even higher.
Monday, November 29, 2010
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Friday, November 26, 2010
So they survived.... Some moments that were overwhelming, shocking, comfort-zone altering, uncomfortable and unbelievable were mixed with moments of awe, excitement, hilarity and relaxation. My parents have been in the Kingdom of Cambodia for two weeks and they will fly out late tomorrow night relieved at having seen where Leanne and I live, the country itself and a completely different lifestyle than what is familiar to them in Colorado.
We have had such a wonderful trip with them. They spent a week with us in Phnom Penh seeing where we are working, living and the city itself. Last Saturday we loaded into a 12 passenger van with another great family and drove to Siem Reap, home to the temples of Angkor Wat. The temples were astonishing and it was the first time in a long time that I audibly said "wow" at what I was seeing. The detail, history and construction of Angkor Wat was remarkable and many times I literally could not believe that people were able to build on such a massive scale.
On Tuesday, we headed from Siem Reap and drove the length of the country down to Sihanoukville where we stayed at a beach resort called Sokha. The water was crystal blue, the rooms were unbelievable and we all left feeling relaxed, refreshed and a little sun-scorched. We were spoiled at Sokha with the private beach, incredible breakfast and free Spa. Not our typical vacation which made the experience even more enjoyable!
Spending time with my parents has been so rejuvenating. We have loved having them see our life here in the city as well as some other gems in Cambodia. They have experienced a lot out here and we are so thankful that they had the chance to see us.
On a more serious side. We were in Angkor Wat when the tragic stampede happened in Phnom Penh. The bridge itself is on the other side of the city from us, we were obviously not impacted nor were any of our immediate colleagues. There was an estimated 2-3 million plus people in Phnom Penh for Water Festival and the city is just not suited to hold such an influx in population. We thank all of you who reached out, checked in and offered your thoughts and prayers for us and for the people of Cambodia during such a tragic event.
If you haven't read about what happened last Monday night you can read about it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/24/world/asia/24cambo.html?ref=asia
Thursday, November 18, 2010
My parents came into Phnom Penh this week and we have enjoyed our time with them immensely. Phnom Penh can be overwhelming to the senses with its traffic, pollution, sights and sounds. It is a developing country with many frayed ends and is a distant cry from the organization of the States. Though they are just a few days into their trip, they have done great. They have endured the heat in Russian Market, rode through the chaotic streets in tuk-tuks and have experienced may aspects of our life here in Cambodia. We are so thrilled that they are here and are looking forward to our week vacation. Starting Saturday, we will head to the temples of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap and then endure a brutal car ride down to the Cambodian coast and a town called Sihanoukville. Leanne and I are so excited to see new parts of this country and it gets even better knowing that we get to do so with my parents. So far, so good!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
We are now looking into what community, district, or area in Phnom Penh we would implement an educationally focused prevention project. Please pray for God's leading in this, as over the next few weeks I will meet with village chiefs, pastors, and other authorities in the community.
At this training we had the opportunity to talk about the biblical framework behind the work that is being done here to end child sex slavery. It is awesome to see how loaded the Bible is on dignity, value, and image in Christ. Here are some of my favorites that we talked about:
- "The LORD your God is with you. He will take great delight in you. He will rejoice over you with singing." -- Zephaniah 3:17
- "Now if we are children, then we are heirs- heirs of God, and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in this sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory." -- Romans 8:17
- "But God demonstrates his love for us in this: While we are still sinners Christ died for us." -- Romans 5:8
Chab Dai Group Photo