There is this horrible and wonderful thing that happens when you travel: you fall in love. Somehow you look past the heat, bugs, and strange food to see the incredible beauty of a place. I’ve been away from home and everything I know and love for six weeks now. Those weeks here in Thailand have held laughs, adventures, tears, friendship and so much change. I have experienced many new and amazing things, but have also experienced days of culture shock and confusion. But, this week I felt so connected to this culture and its people that I truly did fall in love with Thailand. It was strange because I did not take even one picture this entire week. I found myself thinking that something would make a great picture, but not wanting to miss the moment by going to get my camera. One of the little girls singing me a song on the guitar or a child hugging their house mom are moments I will cherish even without a picture.
It really was a beautiful week of new friendship and great joy at the homes. I continued teaching English during the day. Although I had my doubts about being able to adequately teach someone when I do not know their language, somehow I have figured it out. As teacher and student I worked together with them to teach English, and also grow in relationship. I love my different students and really enjoy getting to teach them my heart language and be able to communicate with them more effectively. At night I spend my time with the girls usually helping with homework, singing, laughing, and playing 100 rounds of ‘Go Fish’. I love being able to hang out with the girls and goof off with them. They are so beautiful and I love getting to know their hearts.
I have grown to love Thailand, but the time is going by so fast. I know I will be boarding a plane and back at Nyack College in the blink of an eye. But, I know that part of my heart will stay in Thailand as I remember the dear friends I’ve made and the experiences we’ve shared. It is bittersweet, but truly an honor to serve here with Remember Nhu in Thailand. It is hard knowing that I will be leaving in a couple weeks, but I’m excited for what these last weeks will hold. It motivates me to love stronger and serve harder in order to bless the children and workers alike.