Our challenge from the last meeting was the quote from Mother Teresa, who said “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples
It felt like the longest day ever!!! We were at school yesterday, then went to the airport last night, flew to Bangkok, negotiated the airport, flew to Chiang Mai, collected luggage, transferred to the Green Lodge hotel, successfully changed money into Thai baht, introduced travellers to the day market and sticky rice and pork, visited Agape, ate two meals, and then finally organised SIM cards and data packages for all the different types of phones.
Those who managed some sleep on the flight lasted best throughout the day. It is now 8:30pm and all travellers are in their rooms wanting to go to bed, feeling pretty wrecked but we have set a very solid platform for day 1 which we can build on in days to come.
- Travelling through Bangkok can sometimes be a massive headache. We were done and through the passport control really quick. No lost luggage or missing passports either.
- Sometimes getting everyone cashed up and connected on their phones is a time consuming hassle – no worries this time.
- At Agape, we were split into groups working with the infants, the toddlers and the older children. Every group had awesome interactions, productive English discussions, and meaningful relationships established in just over one hour. Josh Prior nominated the all in volleyball games as his personal highlight. Miss Rus loved catching up with Jeeradech at Agape who had a massive smile on his face when he recognised her after two years away. Miss Rus also had a “small” language blooper, when Jeeradcch told her “baobao” as she was jumping on the trampoline with him. Miss Rus told Ella that she thought baobao meant pushing harder as she continued to shove him higher on the swing. When she found out later that bao bao means softly, she and Ella could not stop laughing about the misunderstanding.
- Miss Newlin is with us for two days, having come down from Mae Sot where she is working. She has loaded up some bags using some of the donated goods we brought over and she will be able to bless her kids where she is teaching with new clothes, some computers, and sports gear. Tomorrow morning she will share with us about her journey over the last 18 months. We also want to tap into her expertise in teaching English, so she will give us some hints as we prepared for two teaching days this week.
We have a morning with Agape children tomorrow, the afternoon and evening with the New Life Centre girls, and another moment to create some ripples as we spend time with young people who have not had the same opportunities in life that we have enjoyed.
God Bless you all from the very tired team.