The recent visit to ZOE from The Underground Church in North Hollywood, California was full of incredibly talented people. In addition to their outreaches to many different venues across Chiang Mai, they also got the opportunity to spend time with the children at ZOE.
Most notably, the kids were able to participate in elective classes put on by team members. Being a team predominately made up of dancers, the hip-hop dance class was particularly successful. The ZOE kids had seen the moves, but it was finally their chance to learn and practice them on their own. A few even refined their break-dancing skills.
There was also a drums and rhythm class which was taught by a professional singer and a professional DJ. Using simple instruments, this class taught each group how to work together to achieve a unified and consistent rhythm. This helped the groups, especially the younger kids, learn to work together to create beats in time with everyone else in the group.
A martial arts expert taught classes as well. He focused exclusively on self-defense with escape, not aggression, being the number one priority for anyone caught in a bad situation. The kids and adults alike enjoyed learning how to block high, low, and mid-range attacks while countering with punches and low kicks. Even the younger kids were beginning to master blocks with subsequent one-two punch combinations.
Short-term team elective classes are always a blast, and everyone has fun learning a new skill or taking advantage of the expertise team members bring to ZOE Children's Homes in Thailand. We thank God for The Underground Church and Pastors Tymme and Aury Reitz for allowing us to share in the wonderful people they have in their congregation.