Day 7 – Tuesday January 1

Maureen had the honour of leading our devotions this morning, and shared this quote with us. Maureen is a chaplain working at a number of schools within Victoria and has fitted in seamlessly to our team.

After a New Year’s Eve to remember, we had a later start to our work day, but still smashed out both jobs. At Jane’s place we repainted the outdoor play equipment, and touched up the back wall with garden pictures. Jane said later that many of the children she fosters always leave her home knowing their alphabet because it is clearly painted on her back wall. At Laura’s place, the eventual cream colour lasted all the way around the lounge room – for a double coat. Having thought that we would run out of paint way too early, it reminded us of the parable of the loaves and fishes, and yes we had a little bit of paint left over at the end. Both jobs done and done well = tick!!

The usual playtime at Agape was next, and basketball was the preferred sport today.

After a short stint in the night market, we spent some time unpacking all the supplies we bought last Sunday to put in the Good Life Club bags. We will soon be able to put the bags together.

We also planned and prepared our lessons for the Chiang Rai teaching day on Thursday. The day will be a combination of formal lessons, trivia competitions, games and an amazing race.

Tomorrow the team heads out to what we call a handcraft tour, checking out the silk factory, umbrella village, wood carving, gems etc, seeing how amazingly talented Thai artisans are and how they make a living using the gifts they have been given. In the afternoon we will drive to Chiang Rai and catch up with Sarah and Art. Not sure if we will have good internet connection tomorrow so there may not be a report and photos, but we will try.

God Bless,

Thai team.

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