Ben and Brad ran our devotions this morning on the theme of encouraging us to “do something” when we saw something or someone in need. This was repeated in different situations and contexts throughout the day, so it was a highly appropriate message to start our day.
Our morning was spent at Art In Paradise, a 3D museum of paintings adorning a former shopping centre. For the first time ever our hotel manager came with us to this venue and we managed to get plenty of photos with her in them. We will be able to leave her with some prints of her experience to remember us by.
In the afternoon we visited Zoe’s Home and learned about the work of human trafficking. David and Ben shared about prevention and intervention, restoration, and the issues facing young people in Thailand. We were not aware about the difficulty some people here have in getting ID and residency, or having limits about the sort of job you can apply for, or the blessing it is for us to get something as simple as education. There was much food for thought. One of David’s thought provoking statements was that he found it disturbing when a conversation with someone back home produced the comment that they were ‘over’ the issue of human trafficking. David encouraged us to keep others around us aware of the issue and not to assume that it had been resolved. David said that for every one of the children still being exploited here in Thailand, they were certainly not over it. Human trafficking is not confined to just girls, and it can involve children as young as 1-2 year olds. Comments tonight as we wrapped up the day centred around the confronting nature of what we heard, and again what can we do about it?
We finished the afternoon at Agape for our second last visit, before dinner at the Monday/Tuesday market, and finally a look through the night market area. We have just finished our small group studies and team members are gearing up for a busy day tomorrow.
We will visit Free Burma Rangers to help with the stuff and stamp, then visit Thai Village Handcrafts to see what they do, then go to Agape for the final visit. Dinner will be with Joan Eubank, and then we hear from Laura about her work here. Lots to learn and comprehend tomorrow.