Hi friends – one of our lovely team members has been writing updates describing our time in Bangkok and Vietnam. We wanted to share these emails with you in case you were curious about what we have been doing these past two months, enjoy!
Dear friends,Hope you all had a great Christmas celebrating Jesus’ birth!_ Our Thailand Christmas was definitely one to remember._ Our team went out to a nice dinner on Christmas Eve, and in the morning had a gift exchange and games with the Baan Jai Diaow students._ We watched a Christmas movie and then invited people from the neighborhood to come to our Christmas party last night._ We ate a dinner of guava, pineapple, spaghetti and spicy cabbage salad with various types of hot dogs!!_ Afterwards we performed our dramas and choir presentations, and it went very well._ One exciting thing was that a woman named Somjai who always serves us dinner at the market, came with her son!_ Praise God. In the five days prior to Christmas, we were_away on a mini-outeach with the BJD students_in Pak Chong, a city in the mountains east of Bangkok._ There we worked with a missionary couple, Steve & Andrea McGowan, who have served in Thailand for 15 years._ Our focus was to reach the city through ministering to the children and youth of Pak Chong; we went to different schools each day and performed our dramas, songs and dances for about 5,000 students._ We also taught some low-key English classes to them, which was fun!_ We ended the week with a huge Christmas party at the McGowan’s church with about several hundred people from the town, where we told the Christmas stories through more dramas and dances._ The week as a whole was such a blessing and very fruitful._ Friends were made and lives were given to the Lord!_ At one of the schools, an entire English class wanted to learn more about Jesus and how to become_Christians._ They promised to come to the party and indeed the entire class showed up! On our way back to Bangkok on Saturday, we went to Khao Yai National Park which was beautiful!_ There were monkeys and signs of elephants along with lots of beautiful birds._ It was nice to be out in the fresh air and experience_the “jungle” side of Thailand._ Our remaining two weeks in Bangkok will consist of our English classes, slum ministry, and working with children._ Just a reminder, we leave for Vietnam on January 11._ Please continue praying for our team!_ Thank you 🙂 Love, YWAM San Francisco