3.10.13 CAMBODIA- from lightness to light

HOW MANY CAN WE FIT ON A MOTOR CYCLE ?

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CAROL DELIGHTS IN A SNACK OF TARANTULAS…FUZZY LEGS AND ALL

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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS.

A BAG OF CRICKETS FOR CAROL , ANDREW AND DYLAN

 

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BACK TO BEING ON THE ROAD

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Dear Friends,
What a day today was. The morning broke with chickens clucking at 3:30am, a call to prayer, dogs barking, children’s groggy Sunday morning voices, and the promise of another opportunity to make a difference in the world. We spent the day driving through the country side from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and stopped along the way for lunch. It was here at our lunch stop that I had my first snack treat of spiders, tarantulas to be exact, after tasting the wonder of crickets for breakfast. Dylan, Andrew, Judith, Dave and I shared a cricket or two over breakfast, but I was the only one who decided a tarantula was worth a nibble. I was just hoping that the body wasn’t filled with anything too gooey or icky. Oddly enough, the body tasted a lot like I would suppose Ponds cold cream would taste. A little bland, but definitely fresh and quasi, well, maybe medicinal. I figured all of you would love to experience this with me so I have attached a few photos. Just thought I’d share my sweet snack foods with you. As you might guess, this evening I needed to floss…little legs and wings and pieces of furry legs were stuck in my teeth.

We made our way into the capitol city of Phnom Penh today. It is so big compared to Siem Reap. It is going to take some adjusting for sure. We met with Esther Gitobu, an amazing UM missionary who has organized the two days we will spend with the United Methodists. What an incredible woman she is; her husband, Ken, is wonderful too. Most of us spent the evening talking with both of them about our next two days which will include things like going to 2 orphanages, the livelihood projects which includes pig farming and agriculture, hammock making,sewing projects,etc., meeting with the children of the slums, a bible study which Kim Pendleton Bolles, and much more. We are now moving into the meaty part of our trip where we will step into our purpose for being in Cambodia. We will see first hand how education and job opportunities, both provided by the United Methodists, are the key to limiting Human Trafficking. When parents have jobs to create an income they don’t need to send their children off to make money, which is usually how children end up being trafficked. They also don’t need to sell their children with the hopes of making enough money to feed the rest of their families. Education is another key to keeping children and youth from being trafficked.

So, what started out as a light, fun day has now become a day of much introspection in anticipation of tomorrow. And now, as we join all of you online for morning worship, we are not surprised that we are feeling empowered for the journey ahead.

I wonder what Cambodia will bring me tomorrow? I wonder how God will use us to help heal this broken and fragile world? I wonder how we will move from the lightness of a fun day to the light of God’s purpose for our trip?

Love in the wonder of it all,
Carol and the other 7 abolitionists