It's Saturday morning right now, which means it's been a full week of teaching here in Thailand! I just came back from teaching a Saturday class, and that's all of them for this week! It's been a huge blessing seeing our interactions with the students become more comfortable and confident, and our relationships are growing as well.
Something that I think the team has been very cognizant of from the start is that God has definitely blessed us with a diverse wealth of talents, abilities and personalities, and we've seen it all at work as we get to know the students better both inside and outside of the classroom. Even though the language barrier limits the kinds of verbal exchange that we can have, God has provided. For example: Cindy speaks some Thai (which has been a HUGE blessing), several of us play basketball (there's going to be a game against some Thai kids later today), and the Frisbee that I decided to bring on a whim has proven to be a really great (and sweaty) way of bonding with the kids. We were playing Frisbee a couple of days ago after school as the sun was setting behind the mountains, and I'm pretty sure I've never seen a more majestic backdrop for throwing a plastic disc around.
Some quick prayer requests:
- Proverbs 16:9 says, "The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps." Pray that we would be sensitive to what the Holy Spirit is calling us to do as we interact with the students, even if we planned otherwise. Our time here is limited, and the relationships formed here are for naught if we are too timid to share the Gospel when called to.
- Week 2 of teaching is fast approaching, and then we fly out on Saturday! Where did the time go?! Pray that the familiarity we have with students as we return to their classes will be used wisely and fruitfully, before we have to leave.
- We will likely be doing a short body worship and Gospel presentation at the orphanage this weekend, so pray that God would work through us and surpass any language barriers that may oppose us.