Welcome from Huay Jor near Chiang Khong in the north of Thailand, 3 hours east of the city of Chiang Rai.  We arrived here on Thursday morning after a 12 hour overnight coach journey from Bangkok. 

Huay Jor is a very small farming community approx 5 miles from the Mekong river and the Laos border. Around 60 years ago 5 families from the Khmu tribe in Laos came to live here as refugees, and they now number 500 people. As the Thai government hasn’t granted them official refugee status, the majority of residents do not have an ID card, and so most people make their living by farming, labouring or selling goods.

Since our arrival, we have been working with the church doing home visits, praying for the sick, prayer walks, housegroups and kids work. We are staying at the church in somewhat basic accommodation – with mats on the floors and no showers. And as the temperature drops from around 35 degrees to 15 degrees at night, the strip washes can be very cold!

As a team we are getting on very well and enjoying the company of our translator Dao (pronounced Dow) who grew up in the village. We are getting to know this close knit community where everyone is related to one another! It is no longer a surprise when Dao says ‘oh that’s my cousin, aunty, etc…!

We are being fed like queens but it’s becoming quite clear that the local community don’t eat the same diet as us! At one house we questioned what the burning smell was, coming from the kitchen, to be told that it’s the hair being burnt off the rats before they get eaten. Hmm nice ????

I will be with the team until Saturday 15th March before we part ways and I go off to Chiang Rai for 4 days.

“... in July 18 I left my full-time job and moved to the BTBAB base to train for 6-12 months before being sent out to the first nation that I feel called to. ”

Esther PriceMCI Field Worker
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