Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Day 3 - Back to School!

For YoWAs, today was the first time we entered a school in a long, long time. The moment we entered Wat Pra Prang School, Uncle Jeremy was already engaging the onlooking students with great enthusiasm. He even went the extra mile by dressing up with a colourful bow tie, smiley face badge and clown mask. Don’t we just admire his affinity with children?
We thank God that the lesson plans were well executed and the students had very positive attitudes towards us. We felt really appreciated and welcomed J Pi Shaun, Pi Air, Pi Boom and Pi Sayyan saved the day by helping with the translation, making communication with the students much easier. Yes, in school we’re addressed as Pi-(our name). For example, Jerone called himself Pi Sit. “Due to my unique name, the name ‘Sit’ replaced my former name. Therefore, I’m now known as Sit Ho. Aunty Jenny, don’t angry ah,” Sit explained.
The afternoon’s Christmas program was well received by both the students and teachers. Credits to the logistics team! It wasn’t easy to find the strategic spot for video projection, because it was an open area. By God’s grace and guidance, we were able to go through the activities with ease and without much anxiety. During the skit, I was touched by the unity of the team. Those who were at the backstage were continually praying for the seeds that were sown in the hearts of the children to germinate through our Christmas program. It’s like a continuation from the vision I saw yesterday. As Deborah had shared during tonight’s debrief, ‘everyone worked with each other with so much ease. The unity could only be supernaturally given.’ Wise words indeed, wise words indeed. After the skit, she gave a powerful testimony which not only impacted the kids, but also encouraged many of the team members. Indeed, God has opened a door for us to reach out to the students. We’ve come this far from chasing after school buses just to distribute children’s club invitations to eventually landing ourselves in the school to teach and interact with the students.

Even though we had to wake up earlier than usual in order to get to the school on time and were almost completely drained of energy by the end of the day, we know that our labour is not in vain in the Lord. Our labour is a labour of love:
“We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. “ - 1 Thessalonians 1:3

Prayer Requests:
1. Pray that students invited will come to the Christmas service this coming Sunday and be touched.
2. Pray for good health amongst the team members
3. Pray for continual protection
4. Pray for God to use us mightily during the 2 visitations at Inburi and Thong En District
5. Pray for outpouring of the Holy Spirit on us when we do our evangelistic concert at Sawaeng-Ha Church and that hearts will be opened to the gospel. Pray also for Esther who would be sharing her testimony.

6. Pray for more youths to come for this concert.

Take care and God bless,
Sit-(Pei)Lin (No pun intended)


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