I thought I’d share with you all a little more about my partner organization in Bangkok, Samaritan Creations, and what a typical day looks like at the ministry.
Around 7:30 or 8:00 in the morning, the women begin their workday. Many of the women bring their kids who aren’t in school with them to work. The women and their kids are such a joy to be around, and there’s a great sense of community.
At 8:30, we all have a devotion together. Women and volunteers take turns leading devotion. We sing together, share our stories and pray together. Sometimes we have guest speakers. Afterward, the women sometimes do an additional Bible study, and have the option to participate in group or individual counseling.
Around 9:30, the women start their projects for the day. Each woman gets to choose skills that interest her. They can learn to sew clothes, make jewelry, paint, cook, or work in the coffee shop. The women talk together as they work on their various art projects.
Meanwhile, other women work in the coffee shop on the ground floor. They work as baristas and prepare baked goods. The coffee shop is open to the general public, and customers can stop by the gift shop and take a look at the art, clothes and jewelry for sale while they sip their coffee.
A typical day for me includes assisting with marketing and fundraising, training women to paint, and watching the sweet kids while their mothers work. We play tag outside, color, brush our teeth, sing the ABC’s and paint our nails. Oh, how I love these kids. My other teammates teach English, work in the coffee shop, or help teach women other skills. We also get to help with various other projects, like painting this cool tree on the wall in the coffee shop.
The work day wraps up around 5:00, and the women who don’t live at the ministry head home. My team and I usually end our workday at 5:00, too. Some Friday nights, we do bar outreach, which you can read more about here.
The women at our ministry are such incredible people. They are talented, smart, funny and loving. Each lady has a unique story. Some have just recently left the sex industry and some have been working at the ministry for years. Each is amazing, and it’s an honor to walk alongside them and be part of their journey.
Thanks for stopping by. A little about me — I have a latte each morning and drink about 7 cups of tea a day (not exaggerating.) I live in Atlanta where I'm going to law school. I like long distance running and I love my city and I love exploring our beautiful earth. I believe in following our passions & being free.
I started this blog to document and share my favorite moments while traveling. This is a place where I process my ideas, share the aches and joys of my heart, speak truth, and shine light on the beauty I see in the world.
I've realized that what I probably love most about traveling is the same thing I love about writing — the way it connects me to myself and other people. I hope as you read my words, you feel connected to our shared humanity.
Thank you for reading. :)
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