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By Hannah Woodford

Headspace
Issue 1 - 2012

The last three months have been an incredible journey for me and I feel so blessed. I have spent the summer out at Noh Bo Academy in Thailand. After finishing interning with Headspace in 2010, I was still really struck by the Thailand trip and couldn't shake the feeling I wanted to go back. God opened the way for me amazingly last year. The time I spent there, allowed me to get to grips with the situation of the Karen people, their complete hopelessness, trapped between these two countries, displaced and wandering. Yet Noh Bo Academy is noticeably different.

While I was there, I went into the refugee camp, Mae La, visited a number of different villages, and even in our own village, a sense of hopelessness prevailed. Everywhere I looked I saw people broken by hardship, from fleeing, a people who have been hunted for years. But at our school, the haunted look that appeared to be a trademark of the Karen people was missing. The students have joy, a light in their eyes and hope. The education provided is not especially unique, but the knowledge that they are beloved of God, that He has not forgotten them and has heard their cries is. You see the hope shining from them, that the message of Jesus is sweet grace for them. They all have something to fight for and therefore something to live for.

Being amidst them, teaching them, doing Bible studies and just doing life with them their way was such a stretching experience for me but so rewarding. Even with handwashing, bamboo mat beds, leaf roofs, freezing bucket showers, and an overload of chili and rice in my diet! Noh Bo is altering their futures, giving confidence, equipping the people with knowledge and with God! It was so humbling to be part of something so powerful even if it was for such a short time.

The last three months have been an incredible journey for me and I feel so blessed.
I have spent the summer out at Noh Bo Academy in Thailand. After finishing interning with
Headspace in 2010, I was still really struck by the Thailand trip and couldn’t shake the feeling I
wanted to go back. God opened the way for me amazingly last year. The time I spent there, allowed me to
get to grips with the situation of the Karen people, their complete hopelessness, trapped between these two
countries, displaced and wandering. Yet Noh Bo Academy is noticeably different.
While I was there, I went into the refugee camp, Mae La, visited a number of different villages, and even in our
own village, a sense of hopelessness prevailed. Everywhere I looked I saw people broken by hardship, from
fleeing, a people who have been hunted for years. But at our school, the haunted look
that appeared to be a trademark of the Karen people was missing. The students have
joy, a light in their eyes and hope. The education provided is not especially unique, but
the knowledge that they are beloved of God, that He has not forgotten them and has
heard their cries is. You see the hope shining from them, that the message of Jesus is sweet
grace for them. They all have something to fight for and therefore something to live for.
Being amidst them, teaching them, doing Bible studies and just doing life with them
their way was such a stretching experience for me but so rewarding. Even with handwashing,
bamboo mat beds, leaf roofs, freezing bucket showers, and an overload
of chili and rice in my diet! Noh Bo is altering their futures, giving confidence,
equipping the people with knowledge and with God! It was so humbling to be
part of something so powerful even if it was for such a short time.
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