by Anne J
Words cannot describe the supernatural experience I had on my Short Term Mission (STM) to Thailand with ZOE International. From the first meeting I attended at the ZOE Santa Clarita office in preparation for the STM to the last day in Thailand were all so special and exceptional! Everything that Betsy and Vickie advised us during the monthly meetings happened exactly like the way they described so there were no surprises, except for the incredible hotel accommodations we had, particularly the Horizon resort hotel -- OMG the amazing botanical gardens with so many animal shaped topiaries and a zoo that would take three hours on a bike to explore! That was truly over the top.
The warm reception at the Chiang Mai airport by the Long Term Missionaries (LTMs) and the Leadership Training (LT) students were priceless. Carol and Mike Hart are God sent. The whole ZOE Family were all so very humble and kind. I went to Thailand thinking I would be working hard and roughing it for two weeks, instead, the LTMs, LT students, and the ZOE kids were the ones blessing me and serving me. The interactive dinners we had with the ZOE children reminded me of Psalms 23 -- "2 He makes me lie down in green pastures... 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies... 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever." I was humbled by the ZOE families' meekness and how passionate they were about serving and worship. The children's testimonies and the LT students' drama performances were profound. Our STM team that I met for the first time, in person, were also so very special. Holy Spirit was definitely on our side.
To sum up my experience, our theme song "Our God" says it all. I prayed and asked my church to pray that I, too (like Betsy), would be able to see the people/children of Thailand through God's heart and God afforded me a glimpse of His heart.
Water you turn into wine
Open the eyes of the blind, there's no one like You, none like You
Into the darkness you shine
Out of the ashes we rise, there's no one like You, none like You
Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God you are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, awesome in power, our God, our God