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It’s the Little Things: A REACH Update

By Morgan, Team Thailand Leader

As I’ve been walking the nearby streets for the first time in a while, it has felt like a whole different experience than last year. I see the faces of familiar vendors for the first time in a long time and come to realize that only a short year ago I knew them only as strangers. It’s been fun to see a surprise flash across their faces when we make eye contact, and an encouragement to know that perhaps, by the grace of the Father, we may have made some sort of eternal impact. So without further ado, allow me to share with you some of these people and, along with that, ask for you to remember us as we continue to try to build relationships with them.

There is Kaao Dtuu, a young girl who lives in our apartment complex and often knocks on our door with hopes to come in and play. And Pii Newie, who lives right across the street and makes delicious food that we eat on a regular basis. Pii Foan is our amazing landlady and pretty much a mom away from home. And then there are my favorite vendors, the fruit man and smoothie lady who live across the bridge.

“Missions happens in the everyday moments when we choose to be intentional and love the very people the Father has placed right in front of us.”Something I have thought about since returning home last summer is how to give an accurate description of my time away. It would be pretty easy to make it sound like more of a thrilling adventure than it really was, but the truth is, missions isn’t the glamorous thing that we often make it out to be. Missions happens in the everyday moments when we choose to be intentional and love the very people the Father has placed right in front of us. Sometimes it feels like it’s not making a difference. Sometimes it feels like everyone is going about their business as usual and it’s easy to wonder if anyone even notices. But it is often these moments that can make the biggest impact. How easy it is to have your eyes focused on the “big” things of life, only to miss the little things that are quickly passing by.

I wish I could say that I lived out of this perspective throughout my whole time here last year, but I’m afraid that claim would be more than an overstatement. However, I am thankful that I have been given the opportunity to return to these streets once again, to smile and say hello in passing, stop for a bite to eat, and mutually partake in the struggle of sharing pieces of our lives amidst broken language. Being back has shown me that perhaps these people have made more of an impact on me than I may have realized. It is the people who have taken a moment’s notice of interest – sharing short moments of each day – that have made the biggest impact. They have communicated to me (often without words) that they care and notice. I pray that in the coming months, perhaps the Father will use me to do the same, and remind me of the importance of each given moment.

Pray with Morgan that God will continue to use these everyday moments and interactions to work in and through the REACH teams.