On a hot dusty day a team of eager American’s walked around Poipet’s dusty roads. The were walking around with children from the Imparting Smiles Children center to invite kids to a Children’s program. In traveling, you get a different view depending on the speed
A few days ago my wife, Noit, was at the market and her eyes spotted a pair of shoes. These were no ordinary shoes, though they looked cheap. It brought back a flood of memories. In 1975 when the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia my wife was only 11 years old. The Khmer Rouge destroy
Recently for a Christmas party I was in rural western Cambodia. About fifty people were present, and I noticed some of the young girls had some new t-shirts in the latest fashion. Direct from China! I am sure that neither iPhone nor the owner of the apps get any royalties, but the
My blog mentor, Omar Garcia, started doing a “Wordless Wednesday” blog where he just gives an interesting picture with little or no comment. It sounded interesting to me as I love to take pictures, but I don’t want to just copy my good friends’ ideas. As I
The lowest job you can have is that of a shepherd, today as well as 2,000 years ago. Even in Cambodia, the lowest job is a shepherd. Usually they get kids to be the shepherds. If a family has adopted kids, it would be the adopted kids who have to watch the animals in the fields.
In a period of 24 hours I saw two scenes played out in front of me in two very poor places in Cambodia. I believe the pictures speak for themselves. The first picture is of musicians who are all are former beggars and are all handicap land mine victims. The second picture is in the
In November 2010 we were blessed in Poipet of a team coming from Memphis, Tennessee to build us a playground at the Poipet Imparting Smiles children’s center. This was all possible because Steve and Ellie Marcum at Bellevue Baptist Church were inspired to help the kids there. They r
As we approach American Thanksgiving and many people are able to get together with their families the circumstances around me makes it difficult to give thanks. Injustice abounds in the world. Today I am in Mindanao, Philippines with my family. Exactly one year ago, 58 people were ki
Currently I am ascertaining flood damage on schools in Poipet, Cambodia. Upon visiting one school I noticed a rare feature: a playground. In fact, after visiting every school in Poipet (a city of 120,000 people) I found there is only ONE playground in the entire city. As I looked
Last week there was terrible flooding in Cambodia and with Typhoon Magi heading toward Cambodia we were fearing the worst. After much prayer (and a high pressure system) the typhoon pounced on China and Taiwan (sorry about that). I breathed a sigh of relief assuming we would be ok.