Ups & Downs in Cambodia
July 8, 2011 by eazywanderer
Hello and goodbye to Cambodia. As always time has flown by for me in this busy city. As most of you know these trips always come with challenges and this one has not been any different. But I have to say I have been better equipped this time around. With that said God is always challenging me in new ways and I am starting to welcome these challenges with open arms.
I guess the best place to start is at the beginning with the Lighthouse Orphanage. These kids will steal your heart and give you so much love that it is overwhelming to me. Heather, I used your donation here because I thought of all of the work you have done with Child Protective Service and now as a counselor – it seemed a natural fit. We had all of the broken bikes repaired so the children can get back and forth to English Class; trimmed a mango tree so that it would not fall and damage the dining area; bought two bikes that were stolen and baskets for all of the bikes. I have a letter from one of the girls to share with you that received a bike. Another donor took care of a great number of the computer needs.
It is always so hard for me to leave this place, and it never fails that one or two of the girls that I have followed though the years was conveniently not there when it was time for me to leave. The woman who oversees the day-to- day operations lost her husband last week at the age of 65 which seems so young to me. I was told that he had been sick along time. I pray that God will comfort her heart and the pain will become less and less as the days go by. Saying “goodbye is never easy for me so it just seems better to walk away without being noticed.
Now onto Steung Meanchey, also known as the dump. They now have an electric gate up with a school off to one side but there are still families living in inhuman-like conditions. This places throws so many different feelings to me that I can’t put it into words. I could just take all of the babies and run. In the back of one corner I came across the most unique baby that I had ever seen there. His eyes were telling so many stories and feelings; above any language barrier. I could just feel the pain of his hurt. He had purple spots on top of his head which we were told it was from medicines. I will post a picture of him later.
As we were leaving a women who lived in the garbage dump approached or was brought to Eric and her story was told to us of her daughter’s death. Having two daughters of my own I can not even begin to understand her loss, her pain, or her will to go on. Not having the money for a funeral. I can only pray that we provided comfort, understanding, and hope to her. We were able to fund a traditional ceremony through which the mother would be able to honor her little daughter. What a tough life to live day to day and still willing to smile at strangers!
Well I told you that God always likes to step it up with me and He did it this time for sure. I visited the safehouse and was able to sit and chat with three ladies that work in a bar. One of them is only 14. We are trying so hard to get her out of that environment but her aunt will not let her go because of the monies she will lose because the young girl will not be working. Her eyes were so full of life when she thought her dream of going to school was within her reach and then taken away in less then a minute when her aunt said “no.” We will not give up on her and will visit her again tomorrow. As I returned to the van all down the street I could feel the “enemy” lurking around. I believe that God has given me the direction that I need from today’s event.
So in closing out this day my prayer request is for clarification with today’s events; sleep, and to process the last six days which only seems like a short couple of days.
Thank you for your time!