It has been nearly 4 years since I was in America to visit family and friends. In late April, 2014, I returned to America for 6 weeks. My home base was my mother's house in Fort Worth, TX. My first weekend was to visit my son at a Bible school in Oklahoma city. Stephen would have finished with a business degree already but he changed course to answer God's calling for ministry. He is majoring in missions and pastoral program. His desire was to start a church then enter into the mission field as The Lord leads. I was able to join him on that Sunday to do a bus ministry with inner city children. These children are unchurched as their parents would not or could not take them to church. It was heart warming to see young people serving God in the 25+ buses as drivers, song leaders, caregivers to sit with the children, building relationships with them, and making church bus experience fun for everyone.
Many of our hill tribe girls and staff have never walked along the ocean shore of Thailand. It was truly amazing when we were able to chartered a tour bus to Pattaya and stayed 3 nights at a Christian Conference Center, right by the beach! A big thank for our founders and a very generous sponsor to make this dream come true for the girls and staff. We were able to ride on a ferry boat to an island near by to do a ocean water baptism for 3 of our girls and one teenager of our mission volunteers. The trip was definitely one of the most special and memorable event for our girls, indeed!!
T'he Breanna's girls were so excited to have Uncle Bill and Auntie Mary Lee visiting our Breanna's House for a week. With a heart for the disadvantaged hill tribe girls, they started this safe haven for them about 10 years ago. Bill and Mary Lee named the children's home Breanna's House of Joy after their belated daughter, Breanna Joy. I had the privilege to translate for them as they shared and talked with the girls and staff.
Wilai Wilkerson, Missionary