Hello Thailand blog. There’s really too much to say about this trip to be encompassed into one blog post – but one thing for sure is that we have an almighty and all powerful God.
This past week has been absolutely amazing – from the moments we, as a team, share floor space at the airport due to a layover, to spending time with the Thai kids at an orphanage, to making Tesco runs, to winning basketball games for Leroy Jenkins, and most importantly, teaching and building relationships with students at Jian Hwa vocational school (in hopes of sharing the gospel!). Ahaha, but in all seriousness though, God is so good.
Here’s a photo of us post-basketball game with some of the Jian Hwa students. There was quite an amount of excitement and competition leading up to this game since apparently, we’ve never won before. In fact, we were smashed on years prior. It was like the game of the year for some of these kids, and teammates. Ahaha. I mean, we had an unofficial official and this huge scoreboard. It was all pretty great and entertaining, but regardless of the result of the game (feel free to ask!), it was such a great experience to carry home. A little switcheroo from the usual standpoint of being servants, it was humbling to be served by the students and staff of Jian Hwa. Prior to the game, they brought us a bench to the other end of the court. Since the weather is hot and humid (normal for them, but not for us), they brought us a huge umbrella to withstand a bit of the heat. And lastly, they brought us cold drinks in a bucket filled with ice. Wow. The generosity and love the staff and students extended for us were pretty astounding. Their hearts are so pure, and their kindness is so genuine. Although they don’t know it, they exemplify a lot of things that we, as Christians, sometimes lack. The Thai people are always serving – constantly putting others before themselves – so humbling, so loving, and so patient. In addition to that, the players were all so kind! That’s always pretty awesome. Good sports, good sports. It was a blessing to share a court with these fellow ballers.
Secondly, here are two photos that wrap up the rest of the day! First photo is a snapshot of our Tesco run with the kids from the orphanage. Oh, these kids. The Lord is breaking my heart for what breaks His. They are such sweet, beautiful children. Anywho, we were allowed to bring the kids to Tesco just to roam around for a good 45 minutes – in which we were all pretty confused as to what we could do in a supermarket with the kids for 45 minutes – which God provided for! I’m surprised we didn’t get kicked out since we let them ride the bikes, bump some volleyballs, and run around in circles in between aisles. Ahaha. To end the day, we took the kids out to a buffet! So much happy faces, so many lit-up smiles. Man, it was such a joy and honor to serve, love, and hang out with these kids. They don’t receive these opportunities often, but when they do, they truly enjoy every minute of it. I can’t even share with them in words how much God loves each and every one of them, but I fully believe that God’s at work with these kids. They’re going to be world-changers some day.
This post doesn’t even share the fifth of it, but it’s ohkay. All Glory to our Heavenly Father.
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
- We, as a team, would be of the same mind, of the same hearts, with the same love. Pray that we would be unfailing support systems for one another in times of inadequacies, loneliness, and encouragement.
- It’s already week 2, and we’re gone by Saturday. Pray for us to be bold in the opportunities that we share with the students at Jian Hwa. Pray over the language barrier that some of us have, to trust that even God can use our weaknesses for His glory.
- Pray for health! There’s been an influx of sickness within the team, from one person after another. One gets better, but then another person gets sick. Just pray for God’s protection over the team as whole, so that we’d be able to teach and hang out with the kids!
- These are just a few, but I got to go now. I still need to shower and it’s 12:20 am here in Thailand. We have to be up by 7:30 tomorrow. Whomp, whomp, whomp. If you have any encouraging words or prayers, please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org! :) Sawadee!