Local residents (center)
with ZOE Staff Nan, Jip, some of the ZOE youth and Denise Tang.
Here at the ZOE Children’s Homes, we are big advocates of encouraging our children and teenagers to develop servant hearts. We love opportunities for our kids to get out in the community and learn to give and help others generously.
Recently, as a result of the Chiang Mai floods, an opportunity arose for some of our youth to jump in and lend a helping hand in a mammoth clean-up effort for some local residents whose homes had been left uninhabitable after the floodwaters finally subsided.
Throughout the hardest hit streets remained a dirty, muddy residue that settled on EVERYTHING. Many people were caught unprepared, shocked and not knowing where to even begin in their efforts to return their lives and homes back to some sense of normality.
Resident points out the height of the water in her house.
What comes after a flood? MUD!
Realizing all that they had to be grateful for (thankfully our wonderful ZOE home was unaffected), our enthusiastic youth got busy cleaning up and sorting out the home of one needy couple.
As we know, helping others teaches compassion and responsibility, and it often reminds us of all the things that we should be thankful for; things that many people simply take for granted.
I’m so glad for our ZOE youth. I’m so proud of their willing hearts and their generous spirits. How can we ever say that we have nothing to give when we always have a smile, a kind word, and helping hands?
ZOE Missionary: Denise Tang.
The clean up continues…