A life rooted in love and service is the most meaningful. Christ exemplified this kind of living during His ministry and this is what every Christian must strive to emulate. For the same reason Ekamai International School continues to find doors where service and love can best be shared. Annually, every December the senior class of EIS goes on a mission trip but because of the current pandemic this was halted. However, the second wave of Covid outbreak did not stop the brave few who drove all the way to Chiangmai to deliver the donations, teach the students of Ban Maemam School, and reach out to the upcountry villages to extend basic help.
The five-day mission trip that was held from December 13 to 17, 2020 was in partnership with Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Thailand. ADRA is the global humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, part of the 20-million strong Adventist community, with hundreds of thousands of churches globally and the world’s largest integrated healthcare and education network. They deliver relief and development assistance to individuals in more than 118 countries, regardless of their ethnicity, political affiliation, gender, or religious association.
“This year’s mission trip to Chiangmai is quite scary as we will be going to a red Covid zone but I know that God will protect us because we are doing this for Him and the people in that community that really needs help,” this was what Ms. Sarita Arora, the lead coordinator of the mission trip said during the pre-departure briefing.
The purest joy and gratitude of the beneficiaries of your help has become the source of strength and shield of the faculty and staff who came to volunteer. The students sincerest smile while accepting a simple toy, clothing, stationary, and food has brought meaning and joy to service.
“I am honored and grateful to be part of this yearly mission trip for seven consecutive years and each year is always a faith-building and life-transforming moment. Thank you to Ekamai International School, especially to Ms. Dollie for ensuring that every year even during a pandemic, this program continues,” Ms. Lin conveyed.
May this words of Paul, and avid follower Christ increase our helping, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
By: Evangeline Tan-Alvez