Provost’s Executive Assistant Serves in Thailand
In August Jodi Luke, Executive Assistant to the Provost, and her 17 year old son, Spencer journeyed to Chiang Mai, Thailand to teach English. The first day of their adventure began with a beautiful and uplifting worship service, and fellowship that was loving and inclusive, a great beginning to their journey.
On Monday they began teaching English to the Thai and Chinese people. Even though they didn’t get to use the Bible material they had taken, they were still able to talk about God and share the reason for their joy. One of their "students" had been part of a street gang, yet all he wanted to do was talk about the Bible. Another had been a business owner and CEO in China, but seeking a better life for her son, had moved her family to Thailand. She was full of questions about God, baptism and being a Christian.
The favorite part of the trip for Jodi, though, was the weekly visits to Gethsemane Home. This children’s home, in the hills of Northern Thailand, cares for children of parents who either can no longer provide proper care, or just don't want to. Jodi and Spencer were greatly moved and inspired by the children's attitude and unmistakable joy, and were reminded of Jesus' words, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18.3-4, NIV).
Jodi and Spencer are so grateful to God for the many opportunities He provided to express His love to the people of Thailand. Though their mission was to teach, they feel they were the ones who were taught. "God is in everything and is everywhere all around us, but often we don’t see it because our focus isn’t on Him. His joy is something I will always remember from our trip."