HOPE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY
Written by Cathy Reynolds
Today has been remarkable (Thursday was our day off). Our first visit today was to "SHE Rescue", an Australian NGO, that is an aftercare facility that works in the healing of girls who have been rescued from the sex trade. The girls live in a beautiful house, feeling secure and loved. The hope is that they will eventually be reunited with their family. Neil and I are now wearing armbands saying "IT'S NOT OK". I can't get my head around the child sex trade.
If our emotions weren't overflowing after that, then our lunch appointment made our bottle of Fanta erupt. The main translator from Conference One, Abraham, had invited the team to his home for lunch. He and his wife (her Khmer name translates to "Dancing Girl" in English) are expecting their first child in November. Imagine telling your wife who is 34 weeks pregnant, that 10 people are coming to lunch! Abraham met us at the Russian markets and led us through the twisting streets and alleys to his home.
Lunch was set out Khmer style - mats on the floor, food set out and we sat around the mats. I haven't the words to describe the special hospitality of these courageous, humble and beautiful people. The tears were being held back. It was a privilege and honour to be in their home.
This evening we had a lot to take in. I feel extremely blessed to have met these people today. We are more than half way through our trip. I wonder what God has to show us in the next few days as Conference Two unfolds.