|Young people mission trip in Laos|
|DATE||Jan. 29, 2017|
Young people mission trip in Laos
Jan. 8-14, 2017
P area, Laos
31 people including 20 middle & high school students and teachers had been in Laos.
They went through a severe interview at an immigration bureau
on the border and headed to Laos, communist country
With a local missionary, they had an orientation and prayed for the country.
The very first target of the ministry of the students were children in Nanong village.
There's Vision Hill School, which the missionary has been working for over a decade
On the face and arms of about 200 local children who came to school they drew
a flower or a pretty pattern.
The students planned to decorate inside and outside of the school.
They handed out balloons to the children and showed a special performance.
In the afternoon, they divided into a few teams and made a design. And then they colored it.
Outside school, they drew color pencils and Dok Champa,the National Flower of Laos.
On the walls of the classroom, a beautiful garden was revealed.
After 4 hours work, the mural was finished and it was so cool. They were so good at it.
Finishing the first day ministry, they said that they realized it was God who worked
through the performance,
through the eye-contacts and also they convinced that they were helpful for the missionary.
Of course they had been practicing hard and they did their best. It made adults feel proud of them.
On the next day, they performed in the 1st campus of Champasak National Institute of Technology
and before them, the institute students showed a traditional dance first.
Both Laos and Vietnam put root in Khmer traditional dance and the local students whose school
is located near the coffee farm showed a dance describing to pick coffee beans.
Introduced as "Team Somang Youth performance", our teens participated in the
missionary's ministry for the first time.
The rate of evangelism in campus is 0%. The key is to make them like Koreans and
welcome our culture. For that, Somang students prepared many things.
From November last year, they received 6 weeks of education and gave a presentation of
Laos that they researched as teams.
That's why they could easily mingle in the local culture.
They were so popular! The local female students almost fell in love with them.
And they performed in the middle & high school;
at 2 places in the morning and 1 in the afternoon.
Schools are the toughest places to enter. So they prepared themselves everything including a tent.
The traditional dance of the local middle & high school students also looked alike with Apsara dance, traditional royal dance of Cambodia..
Decorated hair with the national flowers, they wore 'Sinhs', Laos traditional dress,
performed elegantly a version of the lam vong dance, the national dance of Laos.
Students from 6-8 grade of middle school to 9-10 grade of high school gathered
to meet the Korean students.
In front of about 400 students, team Somang began the performance with Talchum, mask dance.
Newspaper that doesn't wet, endless thread from a mouth,
4 magicians attracted Laos young people in turns.
No one can sing praise in the communist country.
In all of the performances that the team showed, they couldn't recite the Scripture or pray.
They just presented a rap song of describing a dream of a young man.
Team Somang was good at singing and dancing.
They danced to the tune of the Korean popular group Twice's song ‘TT’ wonderfully.
Leader shouted as a signal to start and the Nanta performance began and made the audience excited.
To the tune of 'Bang bang bang', the world famous K-pop song,
they boasted a dance in perfect unison.
When they ate a meal with the school officials, they served and gave them a good impression.
At the College of Education in the afternoon, the heated popularity showed no signs of cooling down.
At a mart, they couldn’t hide their talent.
On the next day, the dean of Champasak National Institute of Technology introduced
them the 2nd campus of the school.
The students of the Institute hurried to bring up their phones and recorded what they see.
Outside of the assembly hall, people gathered to watch their performance.
Wherever they went, a commemorable tablet was given.
The dean looked so happy when our teens were happy to receive it.
After they visited a local market place, they cleaned and decorated Patompon,
the branch school of Vision Hill.
In a church in Nam Sairum and in Patompon, a sport activity for the kids took place on the red soil of Laos.
After they gave the kids face-painting, they moved to the branch school.
In the school of Patompon, there had been no pretty mural.
And team Somang changed it.
Tara~! How about that?
Playing with the kids, drawing murals, singing songs and pulling weeds made them sweaty
but couldn’t make them grumble and they all finished the ministries with a happy smile.
For a week, those young people sprung up.
May these children of God be prepared to spread the Gospel wherever they are,
like the theme of the mission education ‘Mission Platform’!