We ate breakfast with the kids; and after breakfast, we hung out with some girls waiting to go to school. P' CJ played some Thai checkers with them. Even though he lost, the girls had a great time playing. It was nice to see how a simple game of checkers could help build relationships with the kids.
Once the kids were gone, we had our time of worship and morning devotions (Psalm 91). Then, with ponchos, umbrellas, and jackets in hand, we went to teach our second day of English to a nearby school. This second day seemed to go a lot better for most of our groups. My group still had no blackboard, but Praise the Lord that he put two teachers in this group. We were able to adjust well, and things went fine.
In the afternoon, we went to Myanmar to look for some prizes for the carnival that we will be holding for the Khaodee children, their friends, and the children we taught English to.
We arrived back at Khaodee in time for dinner. I sat with a group of older girls this time, and it was a blessing to see their serving hearts. One girl offered to do my dishes for me. I tried to protest, but she was so adamant that I decided to let her help.
Then during homework time, I was able to see how God was working in helping me build relationships. My Thai is pretty bad (we really only learned like 70 words), so imagine my surprise when the language that God allowed me to use to build relationships was Mandarin. It turned out one of the girls spoke Mandarin pretty well, so we were able to converse a little bit more.
I never thought that God would use Mandarin in Thailand to serve His purpose, but that's one awesome thing about God. You never really know how He will work, just that when He does, it is in amazing ways. =)
After homework time, it was time for our first evening program. Led by Julie and Jason, it was a night centered on the verse Romans 12:5, "so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." Kids played a hula hoop relay, human knot, and a memory verse puzzle. They had to work together, and in the end, we were all reminded that "we are family!" In Christ, wether we were Thai or American, we are one family.
English camp is tomorrow at the school. We will be at the school from 8:30-3:30, singing songs, playing games, and of course, teaching English! It is the first time the school has done something like this. Praying that things will go smoothly and that God will use this opportunity for us to be a light to this community.