On Saturday’s we usually get to the Youth Center about an hour and a half or an hour early, but last Saturday we were bringing a lot of things with us so we got there about 45 minutes early. We were supposed to have Youth Group for Thai children for two hours, followed by a two ‘break’ that allows us to cleanup and setup for the Youth Group for English speaking youth that we have in the afternoon for two hours.
When we got to the Youth Center there were already 10 kids waiting outside the gate. One young girl saw us on the main road before we turned into the Soi (small road) where the Youth Center is, she started running toward the car waving her arms and yelling Hello in Thai. She ran down the Soi as we drove toward the Youth Center. The other kids jumped up and were waving their arms and cheering. When Bill unlocked the gate the kids ran in before I could even drive into the driveway. More kids continued to come to the Youth Center, so instead of starting games at 11:00 we started around 10:30. We had somewhere between 35 and 40 kids for the Thai Youth Group. (Bill counted 35 kids at one point, but then more kids came.) Youth Group was supposed to end at 1:00 but the last of the Thai Youth Group did not leave until 2:20 pm. In between Youth Group’s we cleaned and set things up for the English Youth Group. The English Youth Group kids were late, but then they stayed over an hour late, until after 6:00 pm. We were grateful to get home and sit down a little before 8:00 p.m. Ahhh!
There was one young girl that was at the Youth Center for Thai Youth Group at 10:15 a.m. that left for a short time before the English Youth Group and then came back and stayed for the entire English Youth Group. She was the last of the youth to leave the Youth Center that night, and the only reason she left (after 7:00 p.m.) is because were leaving to go home and we needed to lock up the Youth Center.
It is so amazing to see the Lord bring so many children each and every week to the Youth Center. It is all word of mouth from one child to the next about coming to Youth Group. Right now most of the Thai children are from what the Thai's call the 'slums'.
Then he (Jesus) said to them, "Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me also welcomes my Father who sent me. Whoever is the least among you is the greatest." Luke 9:48