Greetings from the Christian Mission. As usual, I am behind again and playing catch up. We have a five-member team from the Thai Lao Cambodia Brotherhood arriving tomorrow for 5 days, so I am trying to get loose ends caught up before they get here. There will be two newsletters again. This one will focus on our Saturday programs here at the Christian Mission and the second one on the English Program update.
Our day begins here at the Christian Mission on Saturday at 7:30 AM with prayer group meeting. Pryor to that, the students living here have been up, cleaned up and had breakfast. Prayer meeting is usually over shortly after 8:00 am and even though our program does not officially start until 9:00 am, some children have already begun to arrive. For this group, a series of videos is shown prior to 9:00 am.
At 9:00 am our group is split into two groups – high school and elementary school. High School students have their Bible study with me from 9:00 am to 10:00 am and the elementary students practice their special singing for Sunday. Since we have no adults, all our special music is provided by the students – high school and elementary students on alternating Sundays.
At 10:00 am we switch. Elementary students go to their Bible study classes. Because of the numbers, we now have three classes. The high school students – those who are left will practice on their special music for Sunday. Because some of them also teach Bible study, these girls also have to find additional time to do their special music practice.
At 11:00 am, all the students come together to practice singing for the regular worship service on Sunday. During this time our worship team also practices for Sunday morning.
When 12:00 noon arrives, everyone is ready for lunch. Depending on the numbers there may be from 25-45 people eating lunch. We never know until we see how many show up in the morning.
From 1:00 m to 3:00 pm students are split into three groups. One group is learning Thai classical band, another group Thai classical dancing and the third group English.
Last Saturday our two special teachers called in the morning and said they could not come. However, Bee has prepared for this kind of thing, so the kids had a full two hours of English.
We ask for your prayers for the children that are coming to learn and the team that provides the teaching five of the 8 girls are high school students doing adult work and doing a good job at it. Keep them in your prayers. Keep the Mission in your prayers that God will continue to bless and provide for all of our needs.
Thank you and God Bless, John and the rest.