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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

12.12 - 21.12.2016

 Picked up at the bus station by Buntheourn.

Picked up at the bus station by Buntheourn.

We were welcomed into a Christian home.  We really could have stayed the month if not for time itself.  Christine Stacey welcomes people from all walks of life into her home, Cambodians and foreigners alike.  Missionaries, friends in need and visitors like us.  We have dinner together in the evenings prepared by Noranne, Buntheourn's wife.  One evening, it was a full crowd as previous residents of the home came back to visit and to enjoy Noranne's cooking.   While we stayed at their home, we enjoyed not only the company of Christine, but also Buntheourn's family of 4, Georgina from England who's learning Khmer and will find a job soon, Channek, a young Cambodian man working in PP and little John, who is under Christine's care and became a good friend with Eli.

 Early morning cozies.

Early morning cozies.

 3 adults and 7 kids for supper :)

3 adults and 7 kids for supper :)

 Noranne went to the market every morning.  I liked joining her.  Eli as well.

Noranne went to the market every morning.  I liked joining her.  Eli as well.

 Rarely are there sidewalks.  We walk on the street with the tuk tuks, bikes and cars.

Rarely are there sidewalks.  We walk on the street with the tuk tuks, bikes and cars.

 Some intersections are really crazy!  We were in a tuk tuk in this pic.

Some intersections are really crazy!  We were in a tuk tuk in this pic.

 We've spotted this a few times.  Streets transformed into banquet halls for a few days then back to norm.

We've spotted this a few times.  Streets transformed into banquet halls for a few days then back to norm.

 There are some really creative designs on tuk tuks.  Colored threads, crocheted ones, spider webs,...

There are some really creative designs on tuk tuks.  Colored threads, crocheted ones, spider webs,...

 Somewhere between Central market and the river.

Somewhere between Central market and the river.

 The fascinating process of attaining ice in a hot market.  Large blocks of ice slides from truck.  Distributed between storing it whole, breaking it into chunks or into the  ice shaving machine.  We liked the cooling effect.

The fascinating process of attaining ice in a hot market.  Large blocks of ice slides from truck.  Distributed between storing it whole, breaking it into chunks or into the  ice shaving machine.  We liked the cooling effect.

 We met Kumhuot Kit and are now fb friends!  (i really admire they way they dress.)

We met Kumhuot Kit and are now fb friends!  (i really admire they way they dress.)

 We became regulars at Delikat Gelato near Russian market.

We became regulars at Delikat Gelato near Russian market.

 Our ride home

Our ride home

We went to the two genocide museums on separate days.  There was so much horror and shock.  Horror because it was a rule of death.  Over a quarter of it's population died in a span of 4 years.  Shock because the leaders were the educated ones and it was the world leaders, including the US, UN, EU, who were fooled and supported Pol Pot's regime during and decades after the genocide.  The Vietnamese, who fought and won against the Americans were the ones who freed the Cambodians from the Khmer Rouge but they were painted black because of such "anti-communist" outlook at the times.  Another example of how politics fail the well being of the people, the poor.  We went to the museums while in the process of reading Loung Ung's First They Killed My Father.  A difficult but good read.  

S-21 Prison / Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide

Choeung Ek Killing Fields

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 Killing Tree

Killing Tree

 Skulls found were categorized by age and method of death.

Skulls found were categorized by age and method of death.

 After the visit, we encounter an accident.  

After the visit, we encounter an accident.  

 It was so cool to see people coming out of their various vehicles and help move the broken vehicle and then help move each other's vehicles.  No one getting angry or frustrated.  Just comeraderie, friendly exchange and team work.

It was so cool to see people coming out of their various vehicles and help move the broken vehicle and then help move each other's vehicles.  No one getting angry or frustrated.  Just comeraderie, friendly exchange and team work.

 Buntheourn's turn :)

Buntheourn's turn :)

Thanks to Christine, we had the opportunity to serve in a few ways.  This made our stay more meaningful and us, very grateful.

 Emma and I got to help serve at  Feed My Lambs  in preparing these healthy lunches.

Emma and I got to help serve at Feed My Lambs in preparing these healthy lunches.

  Tables are for climbing too :).  It is not uncommon to sit on the table to serve or prepare foods.  Tables are like the platform of a bungalow.  So, we climbed on top to help fill the containers.

 Tables are for climbing too :).  It is not uncommon to sit on the table to serve or prepare foods.  Tables are like the platform of a bungalow.  So, we climbed on top to help fill the containers.

 Thanks John Turner for this time with the children.

Thanks John Turner for this time with the children.

I accompanied Julie (Christine's daughter) and Christine to another slum where Julie shares the Gospel every Saturday.

We got to meet and support Srey Pich!  Thank you, Duncan and Chanthy at Helping Hand.

We were happy to join in the fun in decorating the Christmas tree!

 Merry Christimas!

Merry Christimas!

We're off to Siem Reap to spend Christmas!

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Kep, Cambodia

Kep, Cambodia