Well, we made it home safely! I just wanted to update everyone on our last week in Thailand.
In our last blog it was mentioned that we went on a retreat with some of the Thai students that we have had the opportunity to spend time with over the previous two weeks. The retreat was supposed to be for our Bible study group, Deeper Life, but only one or two were able to make it. However, we invited some of our friends from English Corner who are non-believers and we had about four or five who decided to come!
The weekend was made up of worship, thought-provoking devotions led by our very own Professor Gary Schmidt, and games and activities all mixed in together. After our devotionals, we broke up into several small groups to discuss our thoughts about what Prof. Schmidt had shared. Many groups remained together for a much longer time than was planned because the Thais were asking lots of deep questions in an effort to try and understand what our faith was all about. A few of them tried to compare it with their own beliefs and were curious about why we want to go out of our way to love others.
Two of our most curious friends there were a Thai Muslim and an Atheist. A few members of our team got the chance to talk with them and answer questions. One thing that I love about them is their openness to learning about Christianity. I believe that God is really working on all of the students’ hearts and we are slowly starting to see growth in them.
We had a few more opportunities to love on our students and our friends who work in the Red Light District by playing sports, board games, or going to the movies together there in Bangkok. We went to a couple of movies with our deaf friends, which is something they love to do.
One of the last nights we were there, we went to Soi Nana, one of the Red Light districts. We did a prayer walk in small groups through the plaza lined with open bars and, even more heart-breaking, we ran into our two deaf friends working out on the street. They were embarrassed and ashamed that we found them there and kept asking why we were there and why our host took us there. We talked them into taking a break and going to the movies with us, so we loved on them for a while, then they went back to work. Please keep these two girls in your prayers as our hosts and their team spends time with them and tries to communicate through charades.
While all of the girls from our team made it home, our team leader, Kevin, had decided to stay in Bangkok with Envision for another month so please be praying for God’s favor for him. Also, please be praying for all of us as we start to prepare for the upcoming school year.