Thailand is a beautiful country full of the sweetest people. I have been in Thailand for three weeks and it feels just like home. Well, it's a little different. There are a lot more people driving on motorcylces. They eat a lot more rice and spicy food. Somehow Thai people find a way to make a dish taste sweet, sour, salty and spicy all at the same time. It's amazing. I am thankful that it is not really hot hear. It is actually quite cold! “Now Mah Ka” is how you say “It's cold” in thai
Me and my team are currently working and staying at an orphanage three hours north of Chiang Mai. The orphanage is called Sila Home. It is run and staffed all by Thai people. We have a translator with us so we can know what they want us to do. There are fifty-two children here and there ages range from two to nineteen. Sila Home has a passion to end human trafficking. The kids they take in are at risk of being trafficked. Either one of the parents has died, they are poor, or they have been abused. These kids are so precious and sweet. My team and I have fallen in love with all of them. During the evenings we have activities with the kids. We teach them songs and preform Bible skits. Sometimes I so desperately wish that I knew Thai so I could know whether the children are laughing with me or at me. I am so glad that you do need to know the same language as someone to show them love. Every night we get to give the children good night hugs. Even though these children have been through a lot they have an amazing joy! You can feel the presence of God heavy upon Sila Home.
Most days we do work around Sila Home. We have removed a lot of grass, mixed concrete, leveled lots of dirt, and gardened all using a hoe. I have really loved doing all the physical labour. God has given me such a joy. Today I woke up and was not in the greatest mood but by the time we finished removing grass I was filled up and overflowing with joy. God is so faithful to give us what we need and much more. Working with us is a couple from America named Judah and Katie. They have been coming to Sila Home for years. It is really nice to have people who speak English and can help us. We have been help Judah with a couple of his projects. He is building a pond that will provide Sila Home with fish and vegetables. It's a sustainable way of farming that uses aquaponics. I am learning a lot about farming and gardening!
I have had an amazing Christmas time! We have been to four different Christmas celebrations put on by churches and have two more to go! They have all been exactly the same with a bunch a people preforming dances or singing songs. There is also a draw for prices and of course lots of food. On Christmas Day we had a fun time exchanging gifts that we had gotten each other at 7-Eleven. We also had couple prophetically worship over us and it was so refreshing! In the evening we went to the hospital and sung for the patients and gave them chips and treats. We then came back and gave out socks and gloves that we had bought for the kids with Judah and Katie. It has been very hard not being home for Christmas and I miss my family and friends a lot! Knowing that I am doing God's will makes it all worth it! Not only is He worth it but these children who do not have moms or dads or families are worth it!
Wisdom about where God is leading me after this season