Things you don’t see every day…

6th graders…on the loose

Last week, we had the awesome privilege of taking our lovely 6th graders on a mini-missions trip/field trip/cultural experience. The 6th grade SALT (Serving And Learning Together) trip stays right in Bangkok, but don’t you worry, we still found some new and memorable experiences along the way! This picture was taken at our first stop — The Ancient City, a park/museum with replicas of some very well-known landmarks in Thailand’s history.
On with the highlights…
Superheroes…roaming the halls

Our great theme for the SALT trip was Superheroes! All of our 6th graders were part of some intense Superhero-training. In fact, that’s one of the guest trainers, Miss Super Hollywood the Magnificent (don’t ask). Students learned that the first step to being a real superhero is knowing that you need one too. We all need to be rescued, and Jesus is the only Hero fit for the job. 🙂

Painting elephants

And dancing elephants, and sitting elephants, and hungry elephants…all at Bangkok’s famous Crocodile Farm. Maybe not the most impressive zoo I’ve been to, but it certainly was a cultural experience. Never been to a zoo where the kids can feed tigers and bears raw meat. Hmmm.

Crocodiles who could bite someone’s head off…but don’t
Of course, what’s a crocodile farm without crocodiles? Sorry, the performers did some cooler things — like sticking their heads in the crocodiles’ mouths, but I only got video of that (and the video’s sideways and I don’t know how to fix it). Oh well, use your imagination.
Homework + Field Trip = Really??
Okay, so it’s kind of our fault as teachers, because we gave the kids a packet to complete throughout the week. But who sits in the middle of the gift shop, during the field trip, to get it done? …Our students, that’s who. Oh, they amaze me.

Smiling servants
So I know I’ve been raving about these kids all year, and no, they’re not perfect (far from it, hehe). BUT, wow, we were richly blessed by their hearts and attitudes at our outreach. We took the superheroes-in-training to a local elderly home. They served lunch, performed a Talent Show, and best of all, befriended the residents at the home with sweet smiles and good conversations.

One last thing you don’t see every day — 6th graders singing a Thai song with hand motions to a room full of elderly people. Can’t beat that! (P.S. Sorry if this video hurts your head; I’m no cameraman.)

Last of all, some final glimpses of the trip. Thank you, Jesus, for keeping us safe, helping us bond, and showing us more of Yourself through our worship and serving and relationships!! Yeeaaah!

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