Had an amazing night at the drop in centre. 2 years ago had a Thai family that lives next to the drop in centre not let their daughter/grand daughter come join our activities because we (the leaders) were Christians. The daughter/grand daughter would stand on the street looking in to the all the kids having fun each night for 2 years. Tonight the mum came in with her daughter. We talked in broken Thai & English, but she said that she wants to come every night we are opened with a big smile on her face. I was in shock.
One of the older boys asked if we could have the baking lesson I had prepared (Teresa's grandfathers homemade pancake recipe). The mum ran faster than the kids & stood in front of 1 of the 2 baking tables I had set up. The excitement was unbelievable. Then when the 1st 2 batches of pancakes were done & we started eating 1 of the kids ran down the street. 15 community kids came running in all of a sudden. We had 22 kids & 1 mum on our 2nd evening being opened this year.
The mum asked if I could teach baking & English to the adults in the community. Tonight was so exciting.
On another note earlier in the evening I was walking down the street from the centre where some of the kids live. An older man that has taken a liking to me took my arm & led me to down the alley to see if some of the kids were home. There were younger men sitting in front of the alley 3 of the 5 were high. My heart sank as I looked inside there home. It looked like a family of 5 in this house, a room 2x4 metres (6x12 feet). It was dark & very dirty.