We woke up early after a restless night sleep.
They get up early at the home. The children have chores they do most mornings before breakfast. After they eat they prepare for their day at school.
Many of us walked the kids to school which is about a ten minute walk from the home.
Returning to the home, we ate breakfast and made preparations for the day. We broke up into two groups to go work at the school. The ladies had prepared lessons to teach the kids at the school. Meanwhile the men began work on painting the dining area at the school.
When we were done working at the school the team headed out to a local refuge.
At the refuge their were elephants that were protected from the usual labor in Thailand. We ate a delicious lunch and then had the opportunity for a mud bath.
Mud baths in Thailand at an elephant refuge are not your normal mud baths. We got in a “mud pit” with the elephants and bathed them in the muddy muck.
Afterwards we walked the elephants into a nearby river and rinsed them off and they helped clean us off as well.
Then we were served a delightful snack of fried bananas and french fries, after we gave the elephants their snack of pineapple of course.
When we got back to the home it was just in time for the kids to return to the home.
Naturally the kids were packed full of energy and excitement. We had crafts, face painting, and more planned for them.
That evening after dinner we had the opportunity to worship with the kids one more time. We also were able to share with them and thank them for allowing us to spend time with them.
As we prepare to head back to Chiang Mai this morning my heart is full as I pray theirs are too.