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By Ashley Sutherland
HeadSpace
Issue 1 - 2012

Have you ever had one of those days where all of a sudden you know what you are supposed to do? The journey that I am on, going back to Noh Bo, began with one of those days when I actually slowed enough to listen to what God was saying to me. Last year, I had the privilege of being an intern for Headspace and for part of that year we spent two weeks in Noh Bo, a tiny village on the Thai-Burma border. The students of Noh Bo are predominantly from Burma and these are the beautiful people I will be sharing this year with, teaching English and doing life together.

About that day...When we got back to NZ I realised I was in a position where I didn't know what I would be doing in 2012. I began looking through my diary to see what I had been thinking about and praying about. However small or otherwise there were a number of things that pointed towards going back to Noh Bo; from praying that the trip would impact me, to relinquishing to God my security in things other than in Him and then it occurred to me...what if it was God's will that I go back to Noh Bo?! This thought was followed by a quick succession of 'uh ohs' before I decided that just in case it so happened to be God's will, I did not want to miss out on it. With a bit of hesitancy, I sent an email to Christ Church Bangkok, the Church who oversees the running of the school, and within an hour, I had FIVE emails back.

Since then, I have been in regular contact with a number of partners in Thailand. At the end of April, I will be leaving NZ until March 2013. It is the beginning of a new leg in more than my journey to Noh Bo but also my journey with God, exciting and scary all rolled into one!

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