A few days ago our children’s center in Kracheh, Cambodia got broken into. They stole all the clothes from more than 40 girls which were on the clothes line.
Westerners thought the idea of the golden calf as a deity died out with the Egyptians of old. Boy was I surprised that the golden calf (Preah Ko) is a worshipped today in Cambodia and has been worship for thousands of years already. In Cambodia any animal which is born with a defect is automatically worshipped as divine.
True poverty. “Om” is a widow. She came to Poipet, Cambodia many years ago and barely survives, but has nowhere else to go that offer any better prospects. She has no family to help her, so each morning she cooks rice and tries to sell it to people. When I met Om, she was just washing the dishes from the morning breakfast. Yes, in the same water, that she is living over. I just pray that the people she feeds don’t spread cholera. Her house is the little hole directly in front of her. It is made out of rubber insulation from discarded shipping containers and bamboo. Her toilet is behind the white rice sack wall and her clothes line, for her other set of clothes, is a bamboo pole.
In Cambodia, life is cheap. Girls can be bought for $1.25. Unfortunately many tourist frequent these massage parlors as do Cambodians themselves. As Christians, the best things we can do is to just stay away from the temptations of sin that are around us.