Day 11 – Saturday July 1

Today’s quote: “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.”
Shannyn and Bree chose today’s quote after reflecting on their time at Agape today. We spent the morning there running games activities and chilling together. Shannyn’s buddy kept asking to be carried and Shannyn was starting to tire, but she challenged herself with the thought that she was not going to have that many opportunities to impact this little one’s life and that she could push through and keep going. Tonight we discussed our journey on this trip as similar to the 400 metre race where we have crossed the halfway point and need to finish strong. Too often runners burn themselves out early in a race but the best runners pace themselves and finish really well. Our students have been encouraged to keep looking after themselves, to get enough sleep, to eat well, and to keep making the most of their opportunities. So Shannyn and Bree’s choice of quote was very apt for us today.
The Agape activities were very successful, and we enjoyed the experience of having lunch with them. Some of their boys had a soccer coaching clinic this morning and then we were asked to provide the opposition for their practise match. Mr Kannemeyer did score a nice goal, but the Thai boys were too good in the end.
This afternoon we visited the New Life Centre for girls from hill tribe backgrounds who have been rescued from human trafficking situations. We started with a worship service and Alicia B, Aimee R and Dante were able to share personal thoughts during the service. One of their girls shared her own testimony, one which was incredibly different in background to any of our own. We sang together and performed some items, played some games and prayed together. After the service, we headed outside for some get to know you games like tug-of-war, sack races, and beat the tin container with a broom whilst blind folded. This was followed by a 15 on 15 game of volleyball and a quick chance to support their organisation by buying from their shop. Then it was on to dinner.
Dinner was in a building which can seat over 1000 people easily. Each table seats 8-10 people and they bring out a portable barbeque which sits on the table. We collected our raw ingredients, and cooked our own meals on the barbeques. The Thai girls and our team were asked to mix together as they sat, and the Thai girls delighted in showing our students how to cook, what to cook, and how much they could consume together. There were heaps of photo opportunities, and friendships were formed very quickly. The translator told me that their girls love going to this venue for this moogata dinner but they only ever go twice a year, when our teams come in to spend time with them.
Tomorrow we have a chance to recharge batteries with a day of sports and swimming at a resort before we run the Sunday school programme #2 at the international church. This will be followed by the Sunday walking market and a tuktuk ride home.
The eagle eyes out there would have noticed Miss Newlin in a couple of photos recently. She has been working in Thailand teaching at Thoomwehkhee School, a migrant learning centre on the border. She came up to Chiang Mai to join us for the weekend. She will share with our students tomorrow night about the work she has been doing since arriving a month ago. It has been great to catch up with her and share stories.
God Bless and have a great Sunday,
Thai team and staff.

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