Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Feed My People

Tonight we had all the kids scream when they saw us. We had 21 kids (age 2-13) at the drop in centre. 3 kids I have never seen before & 1 of the 3 is from a Myanmar people group that speaks another language. 

I started colouring with the younger kids then I was with the older kids. The older kids & I made a Thai meal for all the kids to eat. We fried 20 eggs, steamed then fried over 10 cups of rice, one package of balona & I brought a big chocolate banana cake. The kids ate everything. The other leader & I were in shock. Then I clued in that the kids are on 2 weeks school break. This means that they are not eating lunch & possibly breakfast too that the school usually provides for them. They were starving.

But the best was we served them all & expected them to just start eating. But, they just sat at the table waiting for us to come into the room. They said that we needed to pray for the food before they wanted to eat. 

Sunday, 7 October 2018

A small difference

Saturday I went to the drop in centre to bring supplies & clean up for the kids the next day. But as I was walking noticed music, Thai traditional dancers, people I have never seen before & plastic chairs everywhere in a car covered parking area. I was the only non Thai there walking around curious about what was going on. I talked to some of the people in Thai which always brings a smile. 

Then out of nowhere I hear "Mett!" Turn my head & there is one of the village kids. Then I hear "Mett" yelled about 6 more times & all of the village kids flocked next to me. Even the 2 year old grabbled hold of my leg & held on as he walked. Wherever I walked the kids followed. Then all of the Thai's really stared at me wondering what or who this foreigner was & why the children were with me. 

The kids & I walked around together for a while then I told them I was going to prepare the centre for tomorrow & left.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Surprises

Last night was an evening of pleasant surprises.

I lead a short English lesson including 10 vocabulary words with 2 sisters. After going through the full list 3 times the 6 year old was able to correctly pronounce all the words without any help. I was completely amazed! Then 2 preteen boys asked if they could cook for us. They took all the spices, Thai sauces, cooked ham, steamed rice, fresh greens, fried eggs & then fried everything together. The food they made was so good!

The surprise for me was one of the boys who is always a challenge when he comes to the drop in. I have had to send him home many times over the past 4 years for many different things. I have to keep my eyes & ears opened when he comes. His home life has no boundaries, has no father & experiences little genuine love. But, he keeps coming back to our drop in centre when we are open. He has told me his dream is to become a chef & last night while at the centre was watching cooking youtube videos on his mobile phone.

I would like to open our drop in centre kitchen for him to create, practice & try new recipes whenever we are open.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Building Community

Today was really fun. I went into the drop in centre alone to do some cleaning, but as I walked by 2 of the kids were not in school because they were ill. I continued to the drop in centre to clean some of the outside. Then I sharpened some coloured pencils, grabbed some colouring sheets, UNO card game, a foldable small table & walked to the centre of the village.

The sick kids & I each coloured a picture. Then I asked if they wanted to play UNO. As we were playing UNO I asked one of the kids parents to join us. She was shy, but agreed. As I was teaching her she started having fun. The kids, mother & I were laughing as we played. Many adults came around us curious about what we were doing & ended up wanting to play. In the end 8 of us were playing at a time, the adults started playing with excitement & were laughing out loud.

What a great day building community!

I am a slow learner. When it rains in the evening the village is empty. No one can be found. So being flexible I am trying to come in the village when people are around.

Friday, 31 August 2018

Happy

Yesterday hours before we were to open the drop in centre I walked into the village. When a 2-3 year old boy saw me, yelled something in Thai and started running as fast as he could for me. When I picked him up mid stride he grabbed hold and hugged me with all his might for what seemed like many minutes. Then when he let go with a big smile started a conversation to which I understood some, but not all. He was so happy to see me and I was so happy to see him.

I usually like to come hours before to clean the centre & spend some time talking with the people who are around.

but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people who are like these children.”
Matthew 19:14

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

New Things

Today we are excited to have Thai high school students from a near by community centre run a program for our drop in centre children & when all the children have left I will have my 1st English as a Foreign Language class to the village adults. I studied TESL/TEFL 19 years ago at a Canadian university & have never used it. 

Both are new things that are happening. Please pray that both go well.