THE CHILDREN OF THE RAILROAD TRACKS
(formerly, the children of the dumps)
THE GOVERNMENT ORPHANAGE
THE CHILDREN OF THE MUSLIM SLUM
THE CHILDREN OF THE ORPHANAGE
THE UNITED METHODIST MISSIONARIES
(at UM Headquarters)
Dear followers of the Abolistionist 8,
The questions we asked ourselves today were, “What is God asking of us in Cambodia? What is God asking of us as justice seekers? Is God looking for kind people, people who will walk along side the word justice, people who understand what it really means to love mercy, not just seek mercy?”
These are the things we pondered throughout the day as we worshipped around the scripture Micah 6:8 with our new missionary friends at Methodist Headquarters, sang and danced with the children of the orphange in the slums of Toul Kork, walked the delapidated and crumbling stone hallways of the once thriving nunery -now government orphanage- moved through the single dusty street of the Muslum slum so painfully sucked in by poverty, and celebrated in song with at the Methodist church with the children of the railroad tracks -formerly the children of the dumps.
This was a day where we prayed we would learn to fully understand what it means to seek justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God. I believe we came close to aligning ourselves with this call as we danced and sang in a blur and whirl of authentic loving and living along side children of great poverty and, oddly enough, of great wealth known through love.
Oh that we who have so much might be satified with less so others might have more.
Today was the kind of day we will find ourselves savoring and reflecting on again and again and again. And in doing so the growth we all seek will surely root and grow and flourish in each of us.
Until tomorrow, walk humbly with God.
Carol Damonte and the other 7 Abolitionists: Dylan Damonte, Kim and Phil Pendleton Bolles, Judith and David Hamilton, and Janice and Andrew Maggiora