Pick a spot…

Here is a young man starting off his career with a little sewing shop set up on the sidewalk. Somewhere he got the money to build a little shed and buy a sewing machine, and then he just looks for an empty place on the sidewalk and squats–just like all the other little shops on Street 51.

Traffic Problem

Phnom Penh has a horrendous traffic problem. There isn’t enough space on the streets for all the vehicles, and this year they are registering an additional 850 vehicles every day. One of the reasons there is no space in the streets is because the streets are used for everything else. What you used to do on your farm land in the provinces, you now do on the street in front of your house.

ChildFund Workshop

ChildFund is a Swedish-based NGO working on issues related to children in 20+ countries and this week they have sponsored a workshop in Phnom Penh to consult with local groups here.

A distinguishing characteristic of this workshop was that it was limited to about thirty people whereas so often this type of gathering has 150 or more participants. Because the hosts were Swedish and don’t know Khmer, the workshop was conducted in English which was a real plus for me as I represented DDP.

Notable Quotes

While Jesus never mentions homosexuality in the Gospels—not once, he repeatedly insists that the outsider, the marginalized, the oppressed—those whom others regard as sinners—are loved by God and the primary focus of God’s gracious activity. Many will be surprised to discover that the people they reject will be first in the Kingdom of Heaven. ~ Pastor Mark Reynolds

Linguistics Seminar

This weekend the Royal University of Phnom Penh in collaboration with the Chinese University of Hong Kong offered a seminar on sign language linguistics. The catalyst for the event and the main speaker was Prof. Gladys Tang, the head of the Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies at Chinese University. Click here to see some photos from the day.