From Pastor Dave
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Days Nine and Ten - Angkor Wat ... What?!?!?!
Day Nine and Ten - Angkor Wat ... What?!?!? 10-26-13 & 10-27-13
We got up and had breakfast with Curtis and Bre in the morning then headed out to view Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm two temples that were discovered in the late sixties and are in the process of being restored. The word temple dies not truly express the magnificence of these structures. Angkor has the world's largest man made moat around it, measuring 5 miles long. It took 40 yrs and thousands of slaves to build this massive project. Pictures are on Instagram if you are interested in seeing them. What amazes me the most is the amount of work that went into these massive structures for the worship of worthless and impotent gods. How blessed we are to be the chosen temples of the living God, made not with human hands but by our Loving Lord.
The next place we went to was Ta Prohm which is the place where they filled Lara Croft Tomb Raider. The place really looks unreal with trees literally growing out of the walls and dense green vegetation everywhere. I was telling Jake that it was like a jungle gym for big kids. Amazing to explore it all. Maybe the most notable thing was the picture of a stegosaurus carved into the walls of this 1200 yr old temple. (Again there is a picture on my Instagram page)
After visiting the temples it was time to go back to the hotel for lunch. Curtis had been saying he had a pain in his side all day. So he and Bre headed to a clinic to get it checked out after lunch and we headed back out to the temples.
We went last to Bayon an amazing temple of faces carved into the rock with tremendous precision. To walk in places 4 times older than our country is a truly humbling feeling. No matter the reason for building such monuments one can not help but be in awe of their construction. We returned from the temple and our day went from Wat to what?!?
Curtis had appendicitis and they were deciding whether or not to operate. We hopped a Tuk-Tuk (motorcycle carriage) to the hospital to be with our hosts. Around midnight they decided to operate, as soon as they received $3,000 dollars in deposit. How many of you could give someone $3,000 if you were 6 hours from home? These uninsured missionaries could not afford it at all and certainly not in a few minutes. We began to see why everything had been orchestrated as it had. The three of us pastors made a judgement call to help him get the surgery. You all through your giving to Calvary may well have saved a life today. If they did not pay, no operation would be done and they would release him to find care elsewhere. Meaning he could die if it ruptured. We handled the bill prayed with Curtis and Bre before surgery and stayed with Bree until Curtis was in recovery! Praise God the surgery went well and he has no fever today.
In addition, had we been in Phnom Penh he may have went too a far less skilled and far dirtier hospital. But because we were in Siem Reap which has a lot of tourist because it is home to the temples, the hospital was newer, cleaner, nicer, and staffed by skilled drs. This last minute weekend trip brought Curtis to a better hospital and our being here made it possible for him to afford the surgery. Truly God is great in all His plans and timing!
We had breakfast with Bre but had to leave her and Curtis behind so we could look after the students and fulfill our teaching tasks. As I write this we are on the bus back to Phnom Penh very tired, but felling very blessed. God truly cares about every detail of our lives. Turning What?!?! Into Who!!! And pointing us back to Him.
Please continue to pray for Curtis and Bre as he recovers in Siem Reap. Also remember the pastor students in your prayers as they finish out their semester next week.
The Lord Bless You All,