Team Thailand back from successful trip
By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
THE Gladstone Baptist Church has welcomed home its messengers of goodwill.
Team Thailand members went on a trip of a lifetime doing missionary work in Thailand.
Team Leader David Elvery was very pleased with how successful the trip was.
"It was good, very good, the group was challenged by what they saw and did,'' Mr Elvery said.
The team left on December 7 and arrived back home to Gladstone by December 23.
The trip had several purposes. "The main purpose was going to see the missionary work and aid happening in Thailand,'' Mr Elvery said.
The 12 who went taught English at three primary schools and to Buddhist monks.
They also helped set up catfish farms to help with income generation.
One of the most important roles carried out was helping orphans.
"The aid work helped to support AIDS orphans and try to keep them integrated with their own community,'' Mr Elvery said.
Child care worker Catherine Klinkenberg, who got to go on a trip of a lifetime, was ecstatic about the adventure. It wasn't all work and no play for the group as they got enjoy themselves while they were there.
"I got to go on an elephant ride and see a waterfall at Chaing Ria,'' Ms Klinkenberg said.
The church is looking into going onto another trip within the next 12 months.