It has been an eventful week...and it’s only Friday! We have a team with us from Washington for ten days. They landed late Sunday night. Monday Jesse, Kaeli, and I toured them to the killing fields and S-21. The killing fields kind of explains itself. If you don’t know anything about Cambodia’s sad history please do some research! It is estimated that the Khmer Rouge conducted a mass genocide that took the lives of anywhere between 1.7-2.5 million people from 1975-1979. S-21 was a place where the Khmer Rouge tortured anyone suspected of treason. This genocide has formed what Cambodia is today and explains a lot about the people and the reasons for life here currently.
Tuesday through Friday we have been hanging out with the team at Sparrow’s Nest. The team has been doing a great job with the kids. They have been loving on these kids with everything in them. They have been doing the Bible, art, gym, and playtime lessons and have been doing a great job. The picture is of a child (I am going to stop using their names in my blog for safety reasons, if you feel led to pray for them by name please email me and I will happily send it) and myself after art one day. They made bookmarks that said, “God Knows My Name”, a theme for this week, and the girl and I got a little carried away with the stickers that were supposed to be on the bookmarks.
It has been fun seeing Cambodia through the eyes of the six of them from Washington. After a while everyday life becomes normal to me. The kids with no shoes, little kids running in the streets, the necked eight year old boys (which is totally acceptable), the tuktuk rides, the traffic, the list goes on. It has also been eye opening for me to see the not so normal activities through their eyes. I get used to taking the street kids to and from their home. I forget, and or, block out what I see everyday. People doing drugs in front of me, the garbage, the pure filthiness, the sense of hopelessness. The kids are literally sleeping with “the dead” in a Buddhist temple. I can tell you one thing, when I arrive with six happy little kids that grave yards turns into a house of praise. The hopelessness quickly vanishes as the kids perform the worship songs they learned that day at Sparrow’s Nest for their family members. The kids are truly bringing light to the darkness.
It is good for me to see everything all over again, it is good for me to see the shock on these wonderful woman’s faces when they see something that is so normal to me. This morning God gave one of the women a verse from Psalms 8:1 and 2. “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.” This is so powerful. When I walk the kids home we sing praise to God the entire way. I know God loves to hear these kids raise their voices to heaven.
Please pray for strength for the team. They have been hit with Big D (aka diarrhea) and many other sicknesses. Also continue to pray for wisdom for the Sparrow’s Nest team. It seems this week we have been in situations where only the Holy Spirit could make sense of anything. Thank you all for your continued love and support. God is working here in Phnom Penh!