Kids Quest International has a training program that is designed to train and teach Thai nationals how to use a range of communication techniques to teach children.
Five of the ZOE Children’s Ministry team attended a seminar that taught techniques on clowning, magic, drama, make-up, object lessons, emcee style, costume design, and stage set up.
But this was more than just training … the program culminated with all the participants required to put on a children’s event and use the new skills they had learned.
The only catch was that Kids Quest International needed a venue that had lots of children … hmm… so where do you think ZOE’s Jessica Dodd suggested?
I remember Ed from last time he visited ZOE.
The tall strong fireman, who has a heart of gold. He loves to have a laugh and once again it was fun to be hanging out with him at ZOE . He really left an impact on Andrea (one of the ZOE missionaries) by some of the things he said over a year ago at their team’s final debriefing.
As the Grace Baptist team has now headed home, I thought it was fitting to reflect back to the post ‘You’ve spoiled me for the ordinary”
Well, Grace Baptist, you certainly were fun to hang out with!
As a long-term missionary at ZOE, I just love having people come and help us as we care for orphans and rescue children from human trafficking.
When teams come, it injects life into all of us. I liken it to being able to plug into your batteries for ten days or so, and we get re-energized and motivated to push on!
I love to see how we share a passion to make a difference in our world!
All of us at ZOE want to see the ZOE staff, students and children discover their individual talents and by coming over here you make that possible.
Phew … It sure was an action-packed 10 days!
You cooked our traditional celebratory BBQ, (something that everyone at ZOE LOVES!) taught classes, put on a couple of carnivals, worked tirelessly … the list goes on and on.
But from touchdown to takeoff you were good fun to hang out with!
Here is a link to some photos of the fun at the ZOE Children’s Homes.
Well you know those months when there are a thousand things that have happened and you sit back and think….my goodness there has been a lot going on! That sums up many of the months at the ZOE Children’s Homes!
New rescued children, new ZOE parents been hired, the reservoir has been lined, we began stage 2 of our pig farm (and have eaten a few of them –yum!), plus hosting visitors at the home, conducting training for the staff…the list goes on!
We have recently began a child sponsorship program to allow people to partner with ZOE and assist us as we care for the orphans and those rescued from or at risk of human trafficking. I have the privilege of getting together with each of the kids and asking them how they are feeling, what special moments they have enjoyed over the past month or so, and find out any special highlights or achievement that they have achieved.
For me this process has become such a wonderful time of encouragement. The overwhelming thing that stood out to me, as I sat and listened to the children talk and reflect on how they felt about the last few months, was how happy they are! For many of the kids the thing they said they were proud of was being able to hand wash their own clothes, or being good at helping clean their room or family area. They take such pride in their home, they take such joy in completing tasks that benefit those around them and they celebrate each other’s achievements along the way.
It’s a funny thing coming from Australia after being bombarded over the years with advertising to make us all think we need to spend money on a gismo to make us feel better, to the stark contrast of being in Northern Thailand and not seeing any television or reading any advertisements!
What has happened for me is that I have begun to take more pleasure in the “simple” things in life. Not as much worried about getting the next thing, but learning (very slowly) to be content with what I have and looking for someone else to help, who really could just use a bit of a hand.
As I look over my notes from the interviews, most of the kids are not happy because of what they have, but they are excited about what they can do.
We are blessed to be able to be over here volunteering at the home.
I just want to say a BIG thank you to those that have become sponsors of the ZOE Children through the new Guardian Alliance Child Sponsorship Program.
The ZOE kids are now getting to experience the joy of living in a home that is safe.
So I hope you are also having fun and can find the time to take pleasure in some of the “simple” joys of life.
team·work [teem-wurk] noun
1. cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interests of a common cause.
The interests of a common cause brought together Anaheim Free Methodist Church and Crossroads Baptist as they came to minister at ZOE last week.
It was amazing to see these two churches working so seamlessly together. From the elective classes they taught to the outreaches at schools and a remote village, the way they supported each other was very inspiring.
ZOE’s heart is to see individuals and groups work together to make a difference in our world.
Sometimes we can all get so caught up doing our own “thing” that we fail to look around and partner with others.
If we are together nothing is impossible.
If we are divided all will fail
To see photos of the Anaheim Free Methodist Church and Crossroads Baptist team in action, click here.