… force my face to face …

Survival in the Killing Fields (Haing S. Ngor) 

— It took me 21 days to finish it with various episodes of crying, pausing and praying, lots of reflecting and lots of researching!

The Road of Lost Innocence (Somaly Mam)

— It finally arrived after I ordered it online 21 days ago.  I started to read it from 6:45pm last night with various pausings.  Out of 208 pages, I stopped at page 111, at 11:16pm.  I was sick to my very stomach.  I looked over to Paul, trying to find out an answer and wondering why on earth there are men who could do such a “bulleted word” (NB: as I cannot find a word that could describe what I read) thing onto a girl’s body.  I didn’t raise the question out loud but let myself drifting away to sleep in which a lot of nightmares bubbling up in a span of 6 hours. 

Exodus 15-20 (Moses)

— At 7:51am, today, I opened up my Bible and read through these 6 chapters in one sitting.  The verse,

“I am the LORD Your God, who brought yout out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”

stroke me like a lightening bolt!

A History of Cambodia (David Chandler)

— Prince Norodom Sihanouk, Lol Nol, Saloth Sar (Pol Pot), all these names I am still struggling to pronounce comfortably on my tongue.  Yet these names start to find their respective spots inside my mind. 

Traffik (Norman Jean Roy)

— We own our copy after 378 days of hesitating and considering.  We decided to bring it home to survey each of the face we visited with the words we wrote for (and prayed for) some of them in the past 378 days.  Horrific stories that I read reflect what these faces and body gestures represent.  

I now decide to wrap my face and mind around these 12 words after reading all of the above:

“Who is like you—
       majestic in holiness,
       awesome in glory,
       working wonders?”

In your Son’s name, I pray.  Amen.


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