Thailand Mission Trip

Freedom

»Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Thailand Mission Trip | Comments Off

What do you think of when you hear the word “freedom?” Does it inspire patriotic thoughts? Does it remind you of a war you fought in? Do you think of your family? Does it remind you of a song, movie or book? Or something completely different? When I hear “freedom” I can’t help but think of the colors red, white, and blue. That used to be all I thought of when I heard the word. However, now I think of more. I think of women, girls, lots and lots of them, in Thailand and elsewhere. I think of what Bangkok looks like after dark, I hear the sounds and see the flashing lights. I smell the variety of smells, and feel the bodies bumping against me as I make my way down the crowded street and try not to lose my group. I open my eyes and...

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Helpless

»Posted by on Aug 17, 2013 in Thailand Mission Trip | Comments Off

Helpless

While we were on the border with Lana, Before the┬árescue, we were able to observe the children playing in between the two countries. While they were playing a small boy, who was the first child to approach our group, got hurt. I watched as his playmates stood and walked somewhere else. However, he did not go with them. He sat in the grass crying. Eventually he slowly stood, composed himself and went along. The Little Boy Left Alone While I watched the little boy sitting in the grass and crying, my entire being wanted to run to him, scoop him up, and give him a hug. But I couldn’t, he was on the other side of the fence. If I had gone to him, I would have been in major trouble with border patrol. Taking care of children is what I do, I kiss the boo boos and I...

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Rescued

»Posted by on Aug 17, 2013 in Thailand Mission Trip | Comments Off

Rescued

My third weekend in Thailand we left the big city and headed to the Burma/Myanmar border. As we walked along the border line I was quite disturbed by what I saw. Below is an excerpt of the email I sent out at the end of the day. “Hi everybody, Our travels to Mae sot this weekend started with us visiting the actual border. A lady, Lana, who owns an orphanage, met us there to show us around and tell us about the children who are being trafficked. When we were walking along the border we were met by a small boy, possibly the age of five. He was filthy. When we handed him crackers four more children came over. The oldest in the group looked about ten or eleven. Lana explained to us that these children are a small handful of many children who are sold. After...

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Up on the Mountain

»Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Thailand Mission Trip | Comments Off

Up on the Mountain

One of the most touching experiences during this trip was when we went up on the mountain not far from the Burma/Myanmar Border. The drive up was twisty and turny to say the least. It probably didn’t help that we past our turn and drove an extra hour and a half before turning around and heading back to try again. Although, that extra three hours did provide such unimaginably beautiful scenery that I doubt the best camera could fully capture. When we finally did arrive, what followed was filling our arms with bags of food and toys for the children on the mountain and hiking down the slippery hill to get to the children’s camp. There we played games with them, handed out snacks and toys, and sang songs. After finishing the well known song “Father...

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Part of the Family

»Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in How it Started, Thailand Mission Trip | Comments Off

Part of the Family

Around Christmas time I was nannying for a friend. I hadn’t seen my family in two months, I had missed several birthdays, and I couldn’t afford gifts for anyone. I was going to get home four days before Christmas and I was going to arrive empty handed. This didn’t sit right with me. One thing I love to do is spoil the two nieces and two nephews I live with with gifts. However, because of the road I was on, I could barely afford to take my sister out for coffee when I got home. I continuously argued with myself. I had chosen to quit my reliable job the previous summer and move to a different city. I could have easily found a different job close to my new home, but I had chosen not to. Something about the thought made my stomach churn every time I...

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First Day in Bangkok

»Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Thailand Mission Trip | Comments Off

There is nothing, and I mean nothing, like traveling for twenty four hours (staying awake almost that whole time) and arriving at your destination at 10:00am… When the day is just getting started! And oh, what a tiring/eventful/thrilling day it was! We went from the airport to our room (in a taxi), where I was able to shower and prepare for my day. At lunch I met my group. Which for all intents and purposes was my family and closest friends for the next six weeks. As well as counselors, encourages, and every other title you might need when you are out of your country for the first time and in a place nothing like your own. A place where calling your sister isn’t quite that simple and very expensive. A place where your bed is harder than a piece of...

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