For the second night in a row, CHIC participants here in Knoxville were able to communicate LIVE, via satellite, with the three students who are currently serving in Thailand. MJ Pacheco, Rachel Lindsay and Kerrick Stevens are the three students who were selected to participate in the trip, being led by Pastor Cue of Los Angeles, CA., which is allotting them a firsthand view of the types of hardships and lifestyles that the CHIC World Relief offering will help to alleviate and make better.
During the live satellite broadcast MJ, Kerrick and Rachel shared with us their experience working with the women of the Abundant Life Center(ALC) and working with local children in different outreaches for the neighborhood. The students shared with CHIC the things that stood out most to the them as they experienced God’s undone work in the world, stressing that what they were doing and who they were working with should not be confused with a charity case but simply a ‘different way of life’.
Kerrick shared how amazed he was to see how little the people of Thailand have, yet how willing they are to give their last. He commented on how hardworking and dedicated they are in maintaining their way of life. Rachel was also taken aback at the women of the ALC and their hard work and dedication when it came to their mass production of 500 messenger bags, sporting nothing else than the CHIC 2009 logo, that will be available for purchase later this week. MJ shared with CHIC her passion for the youth ministry of Thailand and how she can see the potential for growth and expansion with the the CHIC World Relief offering.
As we continue through the week, North Park Campus Pastor, Judy Peterson, wants us to keep in mind the World Relief offering that will be taking place at the end of the week. As Kerrick stated, the people of Thailand have so little but give so much. Likewise, we should find it in our hearts to give in order to improve the lives of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.