January has been the month for picnics. All the grades have gone on day picnics as well as other groups (like the dorm staff or afternoon work groups). There is always a lot of excitement and anticipation in the air as the time gets closer to leave on a picnic. For the grade 9 & 10 picnic we left early in the morning and arrived at the riverside before breakfast. After breakfast and worship, we spent the rest of the day playing games and just having fun with each other. We ended the day with a nice campfire worship that everyone participated in.
I will always treasure those moments... the moments of laughing together, chasing each other on the sand, enjoying special food together, laughing some more, taking a refreshing dip in the river, reading the Bible, singing together, and much more.
These are two of my 10 graders - they love to have their picture taken.
Saw Eh Shee has quite the look, don't you think? :)
Myint Htay is making a funny face in the background,
which is not out of character for him at all.
The beach was such a nice sandy place for our games.
This game especially had us laughing. Mrs. Steck was right in the middle of the fun.
I love their facial expressions in this one.
Thara Di Yay enjoyed the games too!
He helped a lot to translate my explanations of the games.
A Karen Bible
I'm thankful the Karen characters don't just look like random lines and circles to me now.
I can read most of the letters now (although I still don't know what it all means).
I think we were playing "Monkey in the Middle" here.
Striped jackets seem to be popular here. :)
I like it when they actually smile for pictures.
Paw Wah Wah & Ma Shwe Win - two of my sweet 9th graders.
I told you they like to take pictures.
Than Than Aye & I
Please pray for her - She has a pretty bad family situation.
The scenery was splendid!
This was taken at the dorm monitor picnic.
All the dorm staff - a lot of them are my students.
Don't they look nice in purple?
By the end of the day, we were all sweaty, sandy, & worn-out... but nonetheless happy.
Please pray for the precious students here at Sunshine Orchards. Many of them have had really hard backgrounds. I want them to experience Jesus as a true Friend. They need to find comfort, security & peace in a saving relationship with Jesus. Even though friends may leave them and family may reject them, Jesus will always be by their side. Please pray that they will surrender their lives fully to Him - no matter what rejection they may face from their families.
And for those of us, who come from supportive Christian homes (even though they are not perfect)
--we have so, so much to be thankful for! Don't take your family for granted.