Songran now a days is a time of water splashing and water gun fights...But in the olden days, It was a time of the end of annual rice harvesting season and a beginning of a new calendar year for the northern Thai people. Traditionally, this is a time of great celebration where families and friends would gather to feast and to greet one another with pouring of fragrant water to say " Happy new year, may you be blessed..."
We took this occasion to pray over the girls... and to teach our girls to say words of thanks, to bless and show respect to the special older people in their lives.
We had a storm before our swimming day...the pool was closed. So we would up at a lake. On a hot day, the girls had fun in the water.... no matter where it is.
Starts from early March to early May. Our girls have a lot of special activities with visiting teams as well as a summer school learning of God's word. Going deep into The Jesus Storybook Bible, written by Shelly Loyd Jones. From Genesis to Revelation, the retelling of the precious stories shout out about the Jesus love! (Thank you, Boston team for making it possible for each little girl to have her very own first picture Bible! and learning every day how much Daddy God loves us!!)
]Summer time at the children's home means lots of fun cooking like making jams and fruit dips. It's time for going on walks and pick sour gooseberries to dip in our sweet sauce. Learning outside the classroom and having fun playing games. A good time to reflex and be thankful...
We got to welcome a group of high school students from America. Our Thai girls were shy but so excited to have so many young people visiting us. We got to meet and greet the team with games and songs. The students along with their faculty members would be partnering with us to build a swing set in a village of our little girls. This is our evangelistic effort to share the Gospel and to alert the villagers about the danger of human trafficking.
Our older freshmen finished the 9th grade in March when Thai schools end their final term. Being a hill tribe girl, she didn't start school until much older. But with the generosity and insight of founders, Nati will continue at a school that is a good fit for her. The staff and other girls, along with Nati's mother came out for the special occasion.
We welcomed a team from Boston came to our children's home. Three families and a doctor friend came to spend a wonderful week packed with great testimonies and creative Bible stories, new learning experiences and joyful time for all of us.
From one Sunday to the next Sunday... we learned and played and served God together. By the time that we must say goodbye, the team as BHJ have made lasting friendships and ties that bind across the world. The girls still talk about you all every day. Thank you for sharing your valuable time with us. Hope to see you all here again someday!
Then our girls enjoy an ice cream birthday party each month...Then they finish school and off to live at the college girls' home. They learn new rules and how to live together as young adults, getting ready to be college students. Most of our college students have started school in June. The end of July, Chiang Mai Universtiy and Thammasat in Lumpang will be starting for the rest of our students.
Wilai Wilkerson, Missionary
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