Savann Mey, 62, attempts to start the lawn mower, which had previous not started due to a dead battery, next to his house in Hallsville, Mo. “No power, no power,” Mey said, as he turned the key and there was no response from the lawn mower.
Mey examines the Practice Cambodian Dictionary in his living room in Hallsville, Mo. Mey only studied English for 6 months, but knows greetings and other basic phrases.
Mey, reads a book that teaches about the Buddha and the way of the monk in his home in Hallsville, Mo. “After breakfast and washing the dishes, I usually listen to recordings of prayers or read books about the Buddha,” Mey said. “There are many teachings and lessons to learn, that a monk must study them daily in order to remember them”.
“If I am bored, I have things to do. I can study about the Buddha, I can watch TV, or I can sing,” Mey said before he sang karaoke in his room.
Mey watches a video on Facebook in his living room at Wat Angkor in Hallsville, Mo. Mey has lived in Hallsville for ten years and plans to stay till he dies. “The monk before me did not like the snow and the cold,” Mey said.
Mey empties rice and noodles from his breakfast meal into a dish for the cats outside of his house in Hallsville, Mo. “I help them, they help me,” Mey said, as he spoke about the relationship between the cats and him.
Mey looks for bags of coffee in his cupboard at his home in Hallsville, Mo. Mey relies on donations from the community to fill his shelves and freezer.
Mey exits the temple after finishing the Khmer New Year prayers on April 16, 2016. Mey leads services for the Cambodian community in rural Missouri. Mey said. Mey lives alone in Hallsville, which is about 17 miles from downtown Columbia, Mo., but relies on donations and assistance from community members.
Mey leads a prayer during the Meak Bochea ceremony at the VFW in Columbia, Mo. "Many people are busy and cannot come all day. Some will come later and some will have to leave," Mey, said.