It is the last working week of 2011 and things could not be any busier!
Christmas Outreach: We are planning the details of our Christmas day outreach. We are expecting about 50 adults and 5 kids to show up to worship, hear a Christmas message and eat a BBQ (Thai and Western food).
Website Programming: I am also learning how to update the SHE website before Mark & Sharon’s son returns to England. He originally made the website and I am trying to learn and relearn all I can before he leaves. There are 3 different programs and systems to learn, but it seems to b going well.
Baking: I have not baked so much in a week before! We are baking for hotels to sell our cookies (50-75 a week), the teams that are here (and they are cookie monsters), 100 for our Cookie Evangelism Project (we pass out cookies to the community as a way to wish them a Merry Christmas and to tell them why we celebrate), Cookies to send to the government offices to thank them for their help with getting our foundation established, and more…
Teaching: I am still going to Patong to teach English.
Preparing for the MTS: We have a Mission Training School starting up this January and we are busy trying to get all that we can done for that.
Construction: With the MTS, we need to create a classroom, Mark has been busy, trying to set up all of the dry walls for the classrooms and housing.
Teams: We have 2 teams here at the moment and we will have a total of 105+ people coming in January. We are cleaning all of the rooms and putting the beddings on the bed (before the army comes).
Finances: We are trying to wrap up all of our books of the expenses and donations made in 2011.
Passing the torch: I am trying to get my English Class Curriculum together and as complete as possible, to hand it off to the new teacher that is coming.
Needles s to say, it is a very busy week. Let alone anything personal that should be done (presents to friends, Christmas Cards, newsletters, etc…) It will be a very good week off. Rest, is something that I will really enjoy. It will be the calm before the ‘storm’ of volunteers, new roles, new programs, etc…
I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and that the business of life will not take away of the realness of the beauty of the perfect gift that was given to us, Christ.