This is just the beginning...
It is now 9:28PM, here in Phnom Penh, and the team is just now headed to bed.
We started the day with a lovely breakfast at Hotel Cara; which has become a starting point for most Living Water trips to Cambodia. Once we were all fueled up, the team got on the bus and headed to the FCOP Training Center for church. Upon arrival, we were greeted with hugs from many of the children there. With our hand in theirs, we found our seats, and service began.
There's nothing quite like experiencing a full-blown Cambodian church service- including powerful worship, spirit-filled preaching, and a special performance by the children, all in Khmer! However, most of us were beautifully distracted by the little one's sitting next to us.
After church, the real fun began! Piggyback rides, patty cake, and just being kids; that is what it's all about. It really is incredible how quickly you can fall in love with these children.
We said our goodbye's, and headed to get lunch...and also made an obligatory stop at Brown Coffee.
Our afternoon was spent touring the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. What is now a museum, once served as a high school and then a prison during the Khmer Rouge. The tour, although very emotionally taxing, gives great perspective to the tragedy this country faced during the late 1970's. We had the opportunity of meeting one of the few survivors from the Khmer Rouge Prison S-21, Bou Meng (seen in the photo below).
After touring the museum, we spent the rest of our evening at Pastor Tim and Dhana's home where we enjoyed pizza and quality time. A few of us couldn't resist playing soccer with some of the neighborhood kids, who put us to shame in a game of 3 on 3.
Tomorrow we leave Phnom Penh and head north to Battambang!