Once breakfast finished, we hopped on the bus bound for the FCOP Training center for church. Sam acted as our guide during the ride, explaining some of the history and aspects of the culture as we got our first good look at Phnom Penh. One might experience culture shock on the roads here as drivers have little regard for right of way or personal space.
Church service was in certain ways very similar to what you might see at Living Water: A three guitar band, three vocalists, and a three song lineup. Close of worship, offering, a sermon, and response/ministry time to conclude the service. The differences were that the entire service was conducted by the Cambodian people in their native language, and everything had more fluidity than your typical service back in the states. For example, many of the congregants didn't leave until an hour after service because a torrential downpour flooded the entire grounds. We used the time to introduce ourselves to and play with the children around the home. There were tearful reunions and new beginnings all around.
After a brief tour of the training center (while things dried out) we got back on the bus to a little place called Steve's Steakhouse. If the condiments weren't partially labelled in Khmer then you might mistake this for an American restaurant. The owner, Steve Billington, has a good relationship with Foursquare Children of Promise, the organization we are serving with.
Over 50% of our orders were for cheeseburgers.
Our lunch time was rounded off by a trip for coffee in one of Phnom Penh's cafés. Of course, in 92 degree weather we're all opting for iced.