Thursday, May 19, 2016

Cambodia, Day 10

Today was the last of the interior travel days. In the morning, we visited Angkor Silk Farm, where they grow, dye and weave silk. Here are some silkworms. 
The looms were fascinating. I could've stood by for hours, watching people weave silk thread into fabric.
Angkor Artisans takes young women and men on as apprentices, then keeps them as interns, then sends them out as skilled crafters who can earn money and keep Cambodian textile culture alive and well. In addition to silk, they do stone carving and a number of other regional arts. The patterns they made with tie-dying were remarkable.

Right after a slightly early lunch, we hopped on a Giant Ibis bus for the six hour trip from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. We're back in the big city, and Pastor Troy chose the last hotel to give people a look at inner city Cambodia. I already made a new friend.

Tomorrow we visit Tuol Sleng prison, and a mass grave. Jesus said this about the world's ending, and tomorrow is going to give me a benchmark for just how bad is bad. I'm trying to brace for that.

Monday starts the intense phase of the work we came here to do. Everything until now has been adjustment and overture, and it's almost time to get to work. Now would be a wonderful time for you to keep us in your prayers.

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