In a stark contrast to Friday’s trip to the Killing Fields and the poverty laden Russian Market, on Saturday morning, James took us to the “Royal Palace.” This is the where the king of Cambodia entertains foreign dignitaries (like us? LOL!). He lives in the heavily guarded rear of this compound. There are numerous buildings in the tourist section filled with all sorts of beautiful treasures and artifacts. As we have ventured in and among the people, we are saddened by all the poverty. Conversely, here we were struck by how much wealth is present yet not being used to help the poor. It is our prayer that God opens the eyes of the government to responsibly care for the people.
The guys spent the remainder of the day preparing for upcoming seminars they teach. Toward evening, Dr. Rick and Gail Northen came by to encourage us. What a delightful couple. They have given this period of their lives to oversee the “Ship of Life,” a medical mission ministry operating on the Mekong River. Later, Dennis and Sharon took Brad and Siriporn out to celebrate her XXth birthday. We did manage to find a restaurant with Thai food spicy enough for her liking. We dearly love this couple and so look forward to many years on the mission field with them.