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On new years day, before the sun had even risen my alarm went off. I was caught between a groan of annoyance and a cry of excitement. After a night of broken sleep I could hardly comprehend it being time to wake up already, but today I was getting on a plane to Cambodia. I had not previously visited South East Asia and I was both nervous and excited about the opportunity. My Church goes to Cambodia each year to visit some of the organisations we support to encourage, help and build ongoing relationships with these amazing people and the work they are doing to share God’s love with a country still recovering from a tragic all-to-recent past. I was invited to join the trip as the media officer. Photographing our mission work and blogging for family and friends back home to see what we were up to. You’ll notice this post contains photographs mainly of children. Cambodia is a young nation. As most people know in the mid to late 70’s Cambodia was ravaged by one of the most horrific genocide’s in the world’s history. Millions of Cambodians were brutally murdered by the Khmer Rouge regime and as a result there isn’t a huge population of elderly people in the country. I was blessed to be able to take portraits of some of the people who survived this time. I was blown away by the love we were shown everywhere we went in Cambodia. The people were so incredibly loving to us and shockingly generous out of their poverty. I’ve been truly challenged to think about the way I live my own life back home in light of what I’ve seen and to be extremely thankful for how blessed we are in Australia.

I took thousands of images over the 16 days I was away and I’ve included some of my favourite moments below. Enjoy. – JM

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ben - great images of some amazing people! what they’ve been through is insane.

Joshua Mikhaiel - Thanks so much Ben. It’s just crippling seeing young mothers holding their nursing babies, begging for a dollar by the roadside and knowing that no amount of money could actually truly give them a life with half the opportunities we enjoy on a daily basis

Samara - Incredible images… the black & white ones are especially amazing … truly took me back to when I went to India … reminded me what others go through, which can be so easily forgotten in life here… I’m thankful that He doesn’t forget like I do. Thankyou for sharing

Christina - I’ve spent the last half hour lost in the photographs from your Cambodia trip. There are so many things, so many feelings, I would like to try and explain in words that truly justify how beautiful these images are, and how supremely talented you are, but they escape me. All I can tell you is that I forgot to breathe. You capture moments with a clarity I have never ever experienced before. It seems like there is an eternity in every single shot. So much pain, so much hope, so much beauty in each crease of an old face. So thank you, thank you, thank you a thousand times over for sharing something so heartbreakingly beautiful with the world. Thank you for the reminder of how fragile and powerfully wonderful the human race is. Thank you for the little window into something so indescribably complicated and magical. Keep being exceptional, man. Because you are spectacular. You’ve got something no one else does.

Rob - So good!!!!

Hannah Kelly - I just happened to stumble upon this collection of photos and my oh my, they have taken my breath away! I travelled to Cambodia last year and fell completely and utterly in love with the place. These photos have reminded me of all the incredible times I had there and for that I am truly thankful! These are humbling and simply exceptional… thankyou for making me realised how blessed I am.

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