One of my favorite things to do is get my car washed after a long trip. Usually I am off road and so I really get the mud caked into every part of my car. I love going to the car wash and getting such good service.
Wheat and rice look quite similar and have similar properties. Another unique aspect is that both wheat and rice have counterfeits as well. The “tares”. In the Cambodian language it is called “song-gnie”. It looks very similar to rice when growing, yet when it turns harvest time it is more than clear what is rice and what are tares. One you can eat, the other has no nutritional value. One has value, the other is worthless.
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.
One day Christians in an Indonesian village heard rumors spreading around the village that soon they would be burned out and chased out of the village by a militant group in the village. They got together to pray, fast and to seek God in what they should do. This was praying for their very lives.
We live in an instant high-tech age where ways of communicating and relating change rapidly and drastically. We must always remember and even force ourselves to be physically, personally and intimately engage people in a real world. We are called to be agents of change, but transformational change, in the real world.
In Cambodia everyone knows the name Duch. He was the warden of the Khmer Rouge prison called S-21. From 1975 to 1979 Toul Sleng held 20,000 prisoners. All of them, except 7, were tortured to death. As a believer in Jesus, he is using his final days to share the message of forgiveness and love. He is an unlikely witness.