Land of Extremes

Lee Michaels | August 10, 2011 | Comment

Cambodia is a land of extremes.  You see glowing smiles on friendly faces—surrounded by unmistakable poverty; children dancing joyfully—not knowing their little bodies are totally naked; open hearts full of hope after a history filled with deceit and massacre.  Floods—and drought—devastate thousands of people each year as they watch their rice crops destroyed and their families suffering as a consequence.  As we motored our way to remote villages, we jostled and thumped through enormous potholes in the unpaved roads and just praised the Lord for the precious locals that travel these roads everyday without complaint.  We arrived to hundreds of patient people seated on the ground, organized in rows, with their children in arms and wandering all about.  Who knows how long they have waited in the scorching sun and blowing dirt.  The hands we shake, the people we hug, and the babies we play with are crusted with days of unseen baths and have hair filled with scampering lice.  But their beautiful smiles endear them to us every time.  My heart just rips and weeps as I look at the needy crowds.  Can you tell me which ones wouldn’t want a better life, which ones wouldn’t want to know the forgiveness of sin, which ones wouldn’t want the love of Christ in their lives, which ones shouldn’t get at least one chance to hear?  The answer goes unsaid.  It is more than a joy and honor to present each of them personally with the Gospels of Luke and John and the bags of rice.  The rice will last for days—the Word of God, for eternity.  Thank you to many of you who let us represent you while we presented the rice and the sacrifices you made to make this trip, this food, and the Word available to thousands of Cambodians.  Many lives were changed.  We got to meet them now.  You will meet them in Heaven! 

Psalm 57:9-11, “I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of You among the peoples.  For great is Your love, reaching to the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.  Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Your glory be over all the earth.”


Meeting with Government Officials

Little one in village

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