A Short and Sweet Mission

Matthew 5:14-16 

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

First Day: Met up with the mission team at church consisting of (Maggie, Weng Khiong, Pastor Nic, Joel & myself). We made our way to the airport, got on our flight, landed safely in BKK, collected our luggage and made a 2 hour drive down to BC.

First things first, as always, it was to prepare materials, prizes and other stuff for teaching at Wat Khiri. We bought our stuff at Tesco, had a sumptuous dinner and made our way back for a good night’s rest in preparation for the work that was to come.

Second/Third Day: Off to Wat Khiri for a short 2 day English program! 🙂

And we taught them the universe…solar system

Let the Memory Games Begin:

  1. 2 sets of the same placards are used and lined up randomly face up in rows across the floor.
  2. Students are given 1 minute to memorize where the cards are placed before they’re flipped face down
  3. Split the students into 2 or more groups and the let the games begin!

memory game

Students are given a chance to show off their creativity skills!
Time: 1 Hour
Objective: Draw an alien to the best of your imagination

Guess who’s the alien?
alien boys


On the Fourth and Fifth Day: Building up the guest room in Bethlehem House!

The Bethlehem Kids played their part.
smooth wood
Just finishing up the remaining pieces…
building shelf
The final product! (Trust me.. you can’t get this at IKEA)
display shelf more display shelf
Welcome home stranger!brilliant room
Never forgetting our mission…
Proverbs 22:6
Direct your children onto the right path and when they are older they will not leave it


Wat Kiirii English Program 15-18 July 2015

A short and intensive 2 day English programme (organised by participants from St James Church) at Banchang Wat Kiirii primary school catered for 34 eager beavers who lived up to the name of the theme (Wild animals & their Habitats ).

The interactive curriculum of games, songs and teaching kits kept us on our toes and them at the edge of their seats! It didn’t take long for our young friends to turn the classroom into a learning zoo!

Our gracious and all-knowing host plied us with regular consumption of aromatic coffee. We thank them for their loving care and support in many ways for allowing us to carry out the English programme.

All glory to our God!

Do not get tired of doing what is good.
At just the right time you will reap
Galatians 6:9

Fuelling up with our mandatory cuppa caffeine.
The A-Z of wild animals & their habitats. From antelopes to “Ilan”(shoutout to Ilango) to zebras. (Fyi: a vulture in Thai is called “Ilan”, and Ilango is one of this programme’s coordinator from St Matthew’s Church)
Vulture is called Ilan
Boys will be boys. Scouting for safari animals with 3D glasses.desk boys

boys at desk 2
Our (selfie with the) zoo at Wat Kiirii packed with fun and facts!
selfie at wat kiirii
Sawatdee Wat Kiirii ! All glory to God!
sawat dii wat kiirii
Posted by St. James Church (Singapore)

What Happens When A Creative Team Goes On Mission

It was a cloudy, drizzly morning when we made our way to the airport, armed with 5 boxes of 2nd hand English textbooks for Lat Krabang Anglican Church (LKAC), and a whole lot of cheerful enthusiasm. After all, we were embarking on a creative arts mission to make-over the guest room at Bethlehem House in Banchang (which will house future small-sized mission teams), as well as teach handicraft to the kids staying at Bethlehem House – a start to our #retirelazarus project (click to read more on #retirelazarus project here).

Along with the books, we also lugged with us 15kg of old t-shirts; required for one part of our craft workshop, and a whole stash of Thai baht in anticipation of our first stop in Bangkok – to shop at Sahm-peng (Chinatown) for locally available materials that we could use to make sustainable, authentic crafts.

In 6 short days,

We flew across the oceans…

We shopped (never knew you could have so much fun in a hardware shop)…

We drew…


We deconstructed…

We lacquered and painted…


We taught (craft, drums & dance)…


We ate (lots and lots)…

We ‘wefied’…

We visited with the Yaps at LKAC…

And we found new flight companions for our next trip. 😍

From Bangkok to Banchang to Lat Krabang and back to Bangkok, before finally returning to Singapore, it was truly the most efficient, exciting, fun, inspiring and fulfilling short-term mission trip ever.

Posted by St. James’ Church (Singapore). All photos by Kristen Kiong & Jonathan Au.