Saturday, the girls' first day of summer vacation, was off to a big splash as we went on a trip to a house boat on a national park dam in Mae Thang, Chiang Mai. From our house to the dam, about an hour drive on some very pretty lanes of flowering trees. The trip was sponsored by a very kind French man who wanted to bless our orphan girls with a very special trip. What a blessing it was for the girls and for Khun Na and I as house parents. I have never been to a house boat before. Gorgeous mountains and trees, clear water and lovely house boats created a beautiful relaxing get away place. I was very thankful that Thailand has such a great accommodation for visitors and tourist. The girls enjoyed a lovely place to have a delicious lunch on the boat, to splash and swim and enjoy a spectacular lake-side, mountain view. Our sponsor, Mr. Blu brought along his team of Thai-French translators. The ladies were very good and protective of the girls. All of us, atleast 6 adults looking after the girls and watch them have a time of their lives. We thank God for Mr. Blu and his team for his generosity to give the girls a special day to remember.
Up the mountain we went on a foggy, rainy morning! The narrow rocky road can make anyone get car sick. But with this team of Koreans from California, nothing could deter them from their purpose-ministering to the needy in Thailand.
We loaded up 2 vans and a SUV to visit the Thai school of Hmong community on top of the mountain. The mission team consisted of fourteen retired doctors, school teachers and professionals who volunteer their time and resources to come to Thailand and ministered to people in need. Part of the team are the missionaries, local pastors, chruch workers and translators.
We revisited the school on top of the mountain to present the Gospel Story to the children( using the Cube from Child Evangelism Fellowship) . These two ladies are part of Sunday school teachers team from my Thai church. We have complete freedom with the school head master to tell the kids about Jesus!
Getting the children ready for picture taking. These children, up in the remote mountain top of Chiang Mai never had a picture day. Today, 165 students will each receive their very own pictures to take home.
These students raise a small chicken farm at the school. We all were able to take home some organic fresh eggs from the mountain!
Several villagers came to see the visiting doctors. We also had gift bags of clothes, detergents from America to give to each family. The students also enjoyed American candy!
Here is the team of retired professionals from California Korean church. The average of all 14 of them is 57 years old. The doctors visited and prayed for each patient. They also gave out reading glasses for those who needed them. Along with photos, clothings and gifts, they really showed God's grace and mercy that day!
While many Thais celebrated their holidays like the Westerners; spending time with their loved ones, many Buddhists in Thailand were parading down the neighborhood streets to raise funds for the temples. Loud music were coming out from speakers of trucks as well as several houses. The parade blocked all traffic in the neighborhood to the main road. Thai people loved festivals and Thai music. The louder the better, it seemed.
The music and the festival celebration by the temple went on for days. School was closed for 3 days. The girls got to go to the neighborhood carnival and enjoyed themselves at the games and food stands.
We had enough free time to tackled a big project of making hand puppets!
We had a lot of fun with them!! Thanks to the Puppet Master and Pastor from Korea that left us with the tools and the material to make beautiful puppets. Hope to put on a show using these puppets, perhaps at the next school term.
Wilai Wilkerson, Missionary