Doing all three for Jesus.
It was only 3 days long, but it feels like a lot changed in those few days. Before sharing the details of the club, I want to share some of those changes, and what I learned.
1. Relationships in the community are vital to growing God’s church.
2.The “Soi Mama” now tells people to come learn English with us! Hopefully, one day soon she will be telling them to come learn about Jesus.
3. While any ministry requires some money, it does not take as much as I have been led to believe. The truth is, if you use what God has given you, you will always have enough. ****Disclaimer: I’m not saying to cut back on your missions giving. We are not cutting back on ours! All I am saying is there is no need for everything to be top of the line, perfect, and expensive. The missionary is setting the standard for the locals who will one day run the church, and we must be very mindful of what standard we give them. It must be sustainable.
4. Love is the most important thing! Love God and love the people He has made!
5. Do not wait for people to come to you! You must make it a point to reach out to them.
6. I’m not sure when, but during the camp, God put a much deeper love in my heart for the people around the church building. For this, I am grateful.
Now, on to detail!
We had so much fun! And we were exhausted. Truly, by the end of the week, I had nothing left to give to anyone except praise to God.
The English theme was “Around the World” but the Bible lessons centered around Jesus. We were so blessed to have Dusty Salmon teaching the Bible lessons for us. Since he grew up here, his Thai is perfect and he really enjoys teaching kids. Also, Jong, my Thai tutor, came all three days to help with the club. He was a huge blessing!
Monday: The children learned about snowy owls, zebras, and red pandas (by the way-they are the cutest animals ever!) For craft, we used a fork to paint snowy owls. The kids loved this craft! In Bible time, they learned about Heaven and the Lamb’s Book of Life. The children also learned a verse of “No, Not One” in Thai and “God Made Me” in English. Then, we all worked to memorize Genesis 1:1 in Thai. The verse is not hard, but for some reason I have the hardest time pronouncing their word for Genesis! However, it kept the kids giggling so I won’t complain.
Tuesday: We had to make an unexpected trip to immigration this day, but sweet friends of ours willingly jumped right in for us! The Sutton and Weeks families saved the day! The children learned about different fruits, and then painted pineapples using their finger prints. They turned out spectacular! Bible time was about Adam and Eve, and the fulfillment of God’s promise in Christ.
Wednesday: Almost done! For the last day, we taught about New Year celebrations around the world. What a blast! I read that in Japan, people will send greeting cards to each other for New Years, so we made cards in craft time. Some of those kids are very talented! For Bible time, Dusty shared his salvation story.
On Thursday evening, we had a little ceremony where the kids sang the two songs they learned, said some basic English sentences, and recited Genesis 1:1. We gave each child a certificate (they loved this!) and together we enjoyed some yummy fruit and brownies. There was a mom and grandma who came to this ceremony, and they were so sweet! They are from Myanmar and they even brought their Bible to the ceremony. Let me pause here and say-their writing is so pretty, but it looks so hard! Both ladies are looking forward to services starting and told us they are grateful that we will be doing a separate English service because they are more comfortable in the English language than Thai. Praise the Lord for directing our steps!
Well, that is it in a very large nutshell! The club was such a blessing to our family, and definitely made us more excited about starting the church in June. If you read all the way to the end of this post-you are awesome!
Hi! My name is Rachael and I am a child of God. I was saved from sin and all its bondage at the age of 21.