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Update from Joyce’s blog

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Joyce has been keeping her own blog at http://goingdeepthailand2012.wordpress.com/ – visit her page to read the latest updates from the team. They’ve been busy, visiting orphans and ministry leaders and helping in ways that encourage the work God has been doing in these communities.

I’ll ask the team to post some more of their thoughts here, too.

Thanks for your support of this team!

Owen.

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Lighthouse Children’s Home

Greetings from Chiang Mai!!

Steadfast Love Church

Good morning! Yesterday, Sunday, our whole team went to church at Steadfast Love Church in Chiang Mai. The pastor, Kevin (we call him PK because ‘P’ means ‘brother’ or ‘sister’) started the church about a year ago and rents out a small space in the city. The congregation is very small and is pretty young–mostly under 30. We crammed into this space, sang together (the lyrics were in Thai and English), and shared testimonies from both our team and from the congregation. It was an incredible example of the WHOLE church! Despite the language difference–and all the wonderful, funny awkwardness that comes with that, we are all apart of ONE body, share the same ONE Spirit, and follow the same ONE Jesus. My favorite moment was singing the doxology at the end. We didn’t know it was coming, but we were able to all jump in. My ears kept switching between hearing Thai and hearing English. It was awesome.
Afterwards we shared a great lunch together. (Fresh lychee and rambutan are DELICIOUS). and headed to a public school for the poor. Kate, one the leaders at Steadfast Love, and some of the others lead an outreach ministry at the school. Every Sunday afternoon, they go and lead worship and games for about 50 kids. We got to join in with them yesterday. We had 4 stations with games and crafts. It was so much fun! The children had a lot of energy, ranging from 5-14. One of my favorite moments was playing with the boys; they are so mischievous and we had fun running around and goofing off. 🙂 This was another great moment of fellowshipping together. I love that language doesn’t have any limiting affect on the body of Christ!

We ended our long day with a trip to Sunday Walking Street: a once-a-week night market. It was great: a smorgasbord of sites, smells, sounds, people, colors… We went with our new friends from Steadfast Love (to help guide the ‘falongs’ [‘foreigner’ in Thai] through the organized chaos).

Keep Steadfast Love in your prayers; this church is doing a great work in this city!

Sawasdeeka

Hello from Chiangmai!  We’re currently sitting in our hotel rooms eating seaweed potato chips!  Day #1 we had a bit of a delay after boarding our first flight, but God is good and they held our next flight for us so we arrived in Bangkok around 11pm.  We made it to our beautiful hotel and went to sleep around 2 am (thai time).  The next morning we had a delicious Thai breakfast, group devotions with the NU team and then went back to the airport.  From there we had another delay but filled the time with lots of group bonding and eventually got to fly Thai Air, and made it into Chiangmai around 7pm Friday night.  We met up with Todd, Kelly, & Greg at the airport and they brought us to where we will be staying for the next 7 days, the Baan Kaew Guesthouse.  We then unpacked and went to Big C, a supermarket/mall in Chiangmai!

TODAY, we went Sing’s (pictured in the 2nd photo) church and ministered to her and the 21 children there.  Most of the children live in the surrounding village, but Sing runs a kind of day center for the children, as well as pastors the church, and has taken in couple children.  They sang and danced for us, and then we sang worship songs, told a Bible story, played games, and did crafts.  After this they served us a homemade lunch, pad thai (so good). After that a group went out and prayed for the town, passed out fliers, and talked to people.  A few of us (including myself) stayed back and played with the children for several hours.  After that we prayed for Sing, her ministry, and the church they are currently working on building.

 

So that’s what has been happening on the trip so far! Thailand is hot and smelly, but really beautiful! I’m so glad to be here and am excited for the next couple weeks and seeing what God does!

–Al

Update from Chiang Mai

We received another quick update from the team- after some confusion with their tickets, the team has safely reached Chiang Mai. Special thanks go out to Steve Danishek of TMA Travel, SPRINT’s travel agency, who guided the team through the process.

In the meantime, if you have questions about the trip, please feel free to email me at owen@SPU.edu.

Owen Sallee, SPRINT staff advisor, SPU John Perkins Center

Update from Bangkok

Here’s a report from Joyce, staff with SPU and Displaced Orphans International. The team is now on their way to Chiang Mai – they’ll arrive there in about three hours.

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Wow internet pooped out on me… here is what I wrote last night. Having breakfast now and everyone is doing very well.

Owen,
It is almost 2 AM and we made it! Some exercises in “flexibility” after being 2 hours delayed getting out and barely making our connecting flight but all is well and we were definitely covered in peace.

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I’ll keep you updated!
Owen.

Here’s the whole team

Here’s a photo with the entire group!

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