Phnom Penh, Cambodia
12.12 - 21.12.2016
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.
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
Thanks to Christine, we had the opportunity to serve in a few ways. This made our stay more meaningful and us, very grateful.
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!
We're off to Siem Reap to spend Christmas!