Burmese Refugee Camp

It's been one full year since I visited Ratchaburi, Thailand. Just thinking of it reminds me of elephants, heat,

 

 

soda in a bag, and being sick :). Believe it or not, we stayed in a gated office and housing village out in

 

 

Ratchaburi. We slept on floors on the 3rd floor of a cement office building, but just a few blocks down were

 

 

gated mansions and a pool. Just a few more streets down was a Burmese Refugee Camp, which stuck out

 

 

like a sore thumb. A beautiful, sore thumb. The clothes hanging, the trash, stray dogs, scrap metal homes,

 

 

tarp and shoeless children were enough to make my heart melt.

 

 

 

I remember one of the mornings we didn't have ministry so we were able to go around the village and just

 

 

have  some time to ourselves. While some of my team members felt they were supposed to just rest with

 

 

God, I felt like I was supposed to go to the Burmese Camp. I shut my bible and walked the couple of blocks

 

 

where I found my team leader who felt he was supposed to play soccer with the kids and assist with moving

 

 

some of the parents' belongings. That hour or two I spent with the kids of the camp was quite possibly the

 

 

fondest memory I have of Thailand. There was a definitive language barrier but we played leap frog, simon

 

 

says, hand games and I taught them songs. They also tried to teach me a few things and laughed

 

 

hysterically as I tried to speak thai or lost to their clapping games.

 

 

 

These photos are from the first night we went into the refuge camp and conversed and prayed healing over

 

 

many of its residents.

 

 

 

I find such immense beauty in the streets and alleys of these slums. The people, the "architecture" the

 

 

smells (not anything to write home about). I don't know what it is, but I just love them. It's one of the

 

 

reasons why I'm so excited to go back to Battambang. Seeing those people that we interacted with,

 

 

hugged, high-fived and prayed over again. Only 4 more months :) .

 

 

 

 

 

Ratchaburi, Thailand