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Hands-on Ministry: Cambodia Volunteer Team Day 2

Our Lutheran Hour Ministries International Volunteer Team from St. Paul Lutheran Church, Mt. Prospect, Ill., continues the journal of their trip to participate in the ministry of our Cambodia ministry center.

Sunrise over the Mekong River, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Sunrise over the Mekong River, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Source: Wikimedia Commons

This morning we worshiped at Christ Lutheran Church in Phnom Penh.  It is a small but faithful congregation, where 20 Christian people gather each Sunday. The worship service began with a familiar song, “How Great Thou Art.” We sang the song in English while our Cambodian sisters and brothers in Christ sang it in Khmer.  Similarly, we said the Lord’s Prayer and the Nicene creed together each in our own language.  It was a powerful reminder that, though we live in very different places with extremely different cultures, we worship the same one true God and are partners in the same mission of sharing his Word with others.

After a quick stop to the market, we travelled three hours by bus to Kampot—our home for the next 5 days.  We learned quickly that driving here is much like a game of chicken and not for the faint of heart.  Cars, trucks, buses and scooters drive either way on both lanes, darting to where ever there is space to fit. It helped to be distracted by the beautiful scenery of the landscape outside and the lively conversation inside the bus.  Pastor Philip, Naro and Peter escorted us on this journey and answered our questions about Cambodian culture and their way of life.

The topic of our devotion tonight was God’s commandment to bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth. We are very far from home—perhaps even at our “ends of the earth.” Yet, because of the kindness and hospitality of our hosts, we already feel right at home.   We are one in Christ!

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