Phnom Penh Cambodia
Meet Mary. She lives in Phnom Penh Cambodia and she is blind. When she was 6 years old, she fell into the river while washing her clothes. Fortunately someone saw her and rescued her. Or so she thought. They sold her into slavery. For 20 years, she was an indentured servant who was “passed around.” Sak Saum heard about Mary and stepped in. They went through the proper channels and rescued her.
One day during an art therapy class, they found out that Mary could paint beautifully. Today she works for Sak Saum painting custom fabrics. When I was in Cambodia February 2014, I knew I had to meet Mary. We got an opportunity to paint together. I asked her what color she wanted to paint with and she said “pink and gray.” She walked over to a table full of tubes of paint and held each one up close to her face. She started saying the color and putting it down. I thought there must be braille on the tube and picked one up. I felt nothing. I thought maybe the paints are in a particular order. So I handed her a yellow one. She looked in my direction and said “no, that’s yellow.” WHAT!?! I looked at Ginny the Director and said “I thought Mary was blind.” She said “she is, she just recently started seeing some color.” My world was rocked that day!
Not only does Sak Saum rescue men, women, and children from trafficking, they also have programs for prevention, rehabilitation, and restoration. But what I truly love about their ministry is that the artisans show an incredible amount of love for the people in their community. You cannot show love and until you have experienced love.