Today we were blessed with an opportunity to have Tawn Lork from CBI as our guide. We visited the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and once again were filled with emotion as we saw and read about the brutal treatment of prisoners at this facility. As we toured this sight, we could still see the bloodstained floors from these atrocities of their past. This place had once been a school which was taken over by the Khmer Rouge regime. The classrooms were converted into prison cells; the windows were enclosed by iron bars and covered with tangled barbed wire to prevent escapes. Tortured into making false confessions for actions not committed, this was the last “hell” they endured before being trucked to the “Killing Fields” for “extermination.” The people here have been through so much pain and suffering in their past.
Sharon and Siriporn decided to visit the Central Market while the guys prepared lessons. Central Market is a tourist friendly market with many foreign visitors. The exterior and interior are filled with aisles and aisles of trinkets and household items. The girls had fun haggling prices as they purchase traditional souvenirs made in Cambodia. The girls noticed it was getting dark rather early but then realized why…the rains they had been expecting since their arrival had finally come! They soon saw venders scurrying around as rain starting pouring into their booths. As the girls headed toward the doors they could see the rain had already started flooding the streets of Cambodia. After waiting a long while and not seeing an end to the rain they decided to make their way to the Tuk-Tuk taxi waiting on them. To their surprise, they could not find it. By this time they were soaked and soon found themselves in thigh high water as the streets continued to flood. Eventually they negotiated a ride back to the hotel where they found Dennis and Brad waiting for them. To the surprise of all, they were laughing and finding joy in this new experience, knowing this would not be the last time they would be seeing monsoon rains in Cambodia. As in James 1:2 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance”. It is a blessing to see how Christ is working in our lives as we experience growth opportunities like these.