Friday, October 2, 2015

On the Way to Kampong Cham

2 Oct 2015

Saturday 26 Sept 2015.... Elder Leavitt and I drove to Kampong Cham for a Zone Conference.  These next pictures were taken out of my car window on the way to Kampong Cham......


The women wear these pajama like clothing.  They feel very fashionable. 

Just a moto driving on the wrong side of the street.   Its common.  It seems to bring out the "road rage" in us!!   We were driving down the 4-lane highway when Elder Leavitt had to quickly swerve into the right hand lane when he realized that he wasn't pulling up to the back of a truck... he was coming head on with a truck.  Well, after all, what is a guy supposed to do?   Stay on his side of the road?  He needed to make a left hand turn!!!

Those are 5 bed frames stacked on each other that are in the back of the truck (the man is sitting on the tailgate of the truck).  

A fast food store.  Most of these are on movable carts.  This one is a little more "up town" .... it is stationary.  

It is so trashy everywhere.   They do gather it up in one spot but it stays there all day.  The trash wagons come around at night.  They never bag it up or anything like unto it.  It just sits there and rots all day.  That is one of those things that will "forever be foreign".  
A couple of carts on the sidewalk selling their wares. 
The children seem to be happy and loved.  They just don't know how dirty it is here!   And that there is education out there somewhere..... that the gospel of Jesus Christ is at their fingertips.... our missionaries just have to find them.  Door knocking is against the law (no doors anyway)... the people just have to bump into the missionaries on the street and make a contact.  It is a different kind of missionary work here.
This is a pharmacy with the blue cross.  Not like we have in North America, it really is only a DRUG store.
                                                               A Cambodian Cowboy
Just another mode of transportation.   The people living in the Khets (kites) are very poor, but they keep plugging away at life and making the most of it.
                                                                    Local vendors
On the road home I saw some of the skinniest cows I have ever seen.  These cows pull the machinery  in the rice fields.  Just like all the humans, they work hard for very little return!

The trip to Kampong Cham is very interesting, very sad, very humbling yet it inspires gratitude, and motivates one to want to help and bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to a people who have nothing to lose and everything to gain.   It has changed my prayers. 

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