|Some of our Team, Crossing River|
A team of 12 people from Covenant Heights and our "Front Range & Beyond" churches traveled to northwestern Thailand to partner with our Thai sisters & brothers at our sister camp, the Amnuay Sook Training Center.
With a group ranging from our pre-teen-aged campers to our "not quite 70" team members, we represented a wide spectrum of age, experience, and skills, which allowed us to minister to the Thai people and to each other in such an amazing variety of ways. We had a wonderful trip full of good work, plenty of laughs, fantastic fellowship & team bonding, powerful interactions with other Christians, and lots of learning for all of us!
|Camper Team Member Learning to Weld|
with our Facilities Director
|Amnuay Sook Training Center Structure (Thai Camp)|
|Being a Blessing to Kids|
|Many Coats of Mud & Sanding|
We were able to work alongside the Thai people, overcoming language barriers to connect with one another (everyone enjoys a laugh, a kid's smile, and good food!) We also had many chances to encourage the Thai missionaries in their ministry, by showing up & showing them we care about their projects, helping move the camp forward, loving on their children, and being helping hands however we could.
Our team also had time to explore the Thai countryside, enjoying local food, visiting with different villages & missionaries, hiking, playing in the river, riding elephants, and so much more. These opportunities were invaluable, as they helped us gain a better picture of who the people of Thailand are while also letting our team bond & refresh between hard days of work.
|Hanging Cement Ceiling Tiles|
We spent many of our days in construction work at the camp, hanging cement ceiling tiles, mudding & priming & painting walls and ceilings, spray painting & welding support beams, adding flashing to the upper rooms, refinishing a door & windows for the main floor, digging post holes, and many other projects. We also assisted with lunch preparations alongside the camp cook and loved on the employees' kids.
|Refinishing Antique Teak Door|
for building entrance
|Duck Duck Goose at Kids' Program|
|Craft Project at Kids' Program|
On Saturdays, the camp runs the Bright Future Kids' Program, during which kids from the surrounding villages come to camp for english lessons, soccer practice, crafts, Bible stories, and a good meal. We got to help with all sorts of aspects of the program, running games & crafts, acting out the Bible story of the paralyzed man being lowered to & healed by Jesus, and getting our butts only slightly kicked in a soccer game.
|Playing the drums during|
Fish Farm Devotional Time
We visited the Chiang Mai Fish Farm that was started by covenant missionary Randy Bevis (our contact & co-minister for our trip) and which is now run by Thai Christians. The Fish Farm is a "Business as Ministry Model" ministry, where the company runs an ethical, Biblical business which employs community members, generates income for the area, and provides opportunities for the community to help themselves out of poverty, while also generating funds & support for ministries & programs (such as the Amnuay Sook Training Center camp and others) and witnessing to their workers & business partners. We were able to join the staff for their Monday devotional & worship time, and a few of us even joined in on the instruments.
|Fish Farm Devotional Time|
Thank you for your prayers & support of our team and the ministry in Thailand. We are excited to see what God does through the camp & staff there as they move forward, and to see how God works in each of our team member's lives post-trip. As we have returned to our "normal everyday" lives in Colorado, I pray that our team members are living out each day on mission- living each moment with Christ and sharing His love in practical, tangible ways with others. I pray the same for each of you!
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