We started out the day by eating a nice rice breakfast, then some of us headed down the road to get coffee...
After our wonderful breakfast, we hopped in the trucks and headed up to the villages. The roads were the muddiest, bumpiest, steepest roads ever. But it had the best views and the experience was totally worth it.
After three and a half hours we reached the village where we were staying, Ma Oh Jo. We looked around for a bit and hopped back in the truck for forty five minutes to get to Kree Maw Kee to see a school for kids ages 4-12. During this drive, however, the rain started pouring, beginning to fill up the bed of the truck!
Because of the time and the state of the roads we decided to go back to Ma Oh Jo. On the way our truck got stuck in the mud and we passed an elephant!
When we got back we ate dinner and sat around the circle talking until well after dark.
We slept in the villagers' houses on the wooden floors, without a pillow, under a mosquito net.
The next morning we went to Ma Oh Jo school and were able to see what ITDP (Inter Tribal Development Programme) is doing there. We listened to the kids' worship and it gave everyone goosebumps. Then we got up and sang "Everlasting God" which definitely wasn't as good as the kids. Later we toured the facilities, including greenhouses, multiple school buildings, a medical clinic, and a hostel.
This was our new friend we made, his name was WonJohn
Then we piled into the two trucks again. Ang, Jordan, Tom and Katie were crammed into the back of a truck with three seats for the seven hour drive back to Chiang Mai along the bumpy, muddy, steep roads. It was a challenging and at times uncomfortable experience, but definitely challenging and inspiring. It was incredible to see God at work in the northern hills of Thailand.
By Katie and Jordan