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My life moves too fast and is often too serious. I go to these places where tragedy is rampant. It’s AIDS and orphans in Swaziland, earthquake victims in Haiti and the trafficking of little girls in Cambodia. The work we do rescuing them is serious and emotionally exhausting. So I like to dis…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

My life moves too fast and is often too serious. I go to these places where tragedy is rampant. It’s AIDS and orphans in Swaziland, earthquake victims in Haiti and the trafficking of little girls in Cambodia. The work we do rescuing them is serious and emotionally exhausting.

So I like to discover what’s great about a country too. Here in Cambodia, there’s so much that’s awesome.

Yesterday, for instance, we spent the morning touring Angkor Wat, ruins that rank with Macchu Picchu in terms of sheer spectacle. Seeing the way the banyan trees wrap around the Tomb Raider ruins was amazing. The thousand year-old temple complexes are incredibly ornate.

And at a time when everything you hear about the economy is discouraging, a dollar stretches further here than just about anywhere. A few examples:

 
Tuk-tuk for 5 people for half a day touring Angkor Wat: $10

3 tailored shirts: $30

Designer eyeglasses: $34

Nice hotel: $35

1 whole red snapper at a top-rated restaurant: $6

Fish foot massage: $1

 
 
Every country is broken in different ways but also has its redemptive qualities. Sometimes reading the news, all I can see is what’s broken in America, but like Cambodia, there’s lots to love.
 
What countries do you love and what do you love most about them?

Comments (7)

  • Since I’m not a world traveler and have only been outside of the USA once to Canada, I must say that there is MUCH to love about the USA. I’ve seen the beauty of sunrises on the eastern shores of the Carolinas and Florida, and the beauty of sunsets in the Florida keys, the gulf coast and the Pacific coast. I’ve enjoyed the beauty of fresh water crystal clear cold springs in Florida with manatees galore. I’ve camped at the highest KOA campground in the USA at Cripple Creek Colorado and ventured up Pikes Peak, the Royal Gorge, Red Rocks, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, and the Badlands. We’ve driven along the coast between San Fransico to Monteray, seen the giant red woods and visited Yosemite National Park. But I absolutely had my breath taken away this past March in Oahu, Hawaii. The scene before me literally brought tears to my eyes and a prayer to my lips just thanking God for the opportunity to witness the beauty He had created. I have been so blessed to have visited these beautiful places. But in addition to the beauty of God’s creation that can be found in America is the beauty of the heart of the American people who I believe are the most generous people in the world. May God continue to bless America.

  • @Kathy, thanks for reminding us of our blessings! @Seth, did they massage a fish’s foot or yours with fish?…neither sounds attractive!

  • Fish massage: There are hundreds of these little fish that eat the dead skin off your feet. It’s a funny sensation – it tickles. Definitely one for the bucket list.

  • I think I would rather die before sticking my feet in a tub of dirty water with mine and everyone else’s epithelials floating around, while lil fish have a feeding frenzy on my feet. blah! LOL. haha.

  • I went to Cambodia for the first time this year. I must say one of my favorite parts was visiting the killing fields. I have wanted to visit this place since my childhood. I know it seems goth, but I think it’s a very moving reminder of the atrocities committed in the name of “secularism.”

    So many times the secular world attacks the church about all the crimes committed in the name of religion, and tends to ignore the horrific crimes of secular regimes, i.e. the devastation caused by Pol Pot or Chairman Mao, which have claimed a much larger number of lives in 20th century than in all the history of the “church.”

    That said, evil under ANY name is wrong, be it “religious” or “secular.” Whether 1 person is killed, or 1,000,000 it is all unjust and will be rightly judged by God in the end.

  • Aloha Seth….so happy to hear that you and Karen made it safely to Cambodia. Love the blog! I know Steph has told me about the dollar and how far it does go in certain cases. Also, sooo good to see this pic of all of you! Of course, there is one person real near and dear to my heart in it! lol! Blessings for a fruitful visit with your teams of girls! I know Steph is loving what she is doing for sure!

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I'm motivated to join God in his global reclamation project. He's on the move, setting his sons and daughters free from their places of captivity. And he's partnering with those of us who have been freed to go and free others.



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