Twenty-seven youth volunteers from The Zone, our church’s Youth Ministry, visited Cho-Lae School, Chiang Mai, Thailand, from 19 to 24 May 2013. The youths are part of GenRev, a youth group at The Zone which caters to single working adults, aged between 17 and 29. During their six-day stay, our volunteers shared the gospel through songs, Bible stories and skits with 173 children from Kindergarten One to Secondary Three.
An English lesson which reminded the children of their God-given destiny.
Can you guess who the person in the puzzle is? Jesus — The Good Shepherd.
Rainbow, by Hillsong Kids, was one of the many songs that our volunteers taught the children at Cho-Lae School. This particular piece that spoke of God’s unfailing promises was a top hit among the Upper Primary kids!
“When we sang with the kids in Thai, they kept requesting for an encore. Each time we sang, it got louder and louder like the walls were tumbling down. They just love to sing and declare that God’s promises are true! Knowing that they have been touched by God’s love for them made those moments precious to me,” shared Jonah Zhang, the worship leader of the team.
Jonah and other GenRev volunteers leading the class in the song, Rainbow
On the third day, the team went out to call on 12 needy students and their families to bless them with daily necessities. Touched by the generosity and love of God demonstrated by the volunteers, two households received Christ! Later, one of the students went up to the volunteers excitedly to share how God had answered her prayer for her family’s salvation within the same day!
Our volunteers on their “blessing” spree!
Nearing the end of the trip, Tay Chao Zhong, the videographer on staff, felt prompted to put down his camera and join the volunteers to bless the children at Cho-Lae School. As he hit the stage, the unassuming videographer was immediately transformed into a funky dance master leading the whole school in an impromptu hip hop dance exercise!
“My primary objective was to film and document the whole trip, and I didn’t expect that God would use my dance skills to minister to the kids!” shared an elated Chao Zhong.
Chao Zhong, the newly appointed hip hop dance master, demonstrates how every gift and talent can be used for the glory of Jesus!
Let there be dancing in the house of the Lord!
In the last session, the team sang the song, Pra Pi Da (Thai for Daddy God), together with the children. As the volunteers went around laying hands and praying for the kids, the anointing of the Lord fell like morning dew. Overwhelmed by the sweet presence of God, the children who were ministered to broke down in tears.
Wiping away tears of joy!
The touching scene melted the hearts of our volunteers. As Jonah aptly put it, “No language barrier or walls built up on the inside can stop His great love from reaching the hearts of the children. Many cried and I believe that they had experienced Daddy God’s love first hand!”
When the team bade their final farewell to the children, two of the teachers received Jesus which was in addition to the 113 children saved during the fruitful six-day stay at Cho-Lae School! During the closing assembly, one of the newly born-again teachers told the school that Jesus had entered their hearts and encouraged them to fix their eyes on Him!
Though reluctant to leave their newfound friends, our missions team left Cho-Lae School with joy and full assurance that God would continue His good work and many more hearts would be turned to the Lord in the days to come!