Ten years ago, the presence of these missionaries would have been unthinkable. 4
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The students have their chores, which keeps the dorms clean and in good condition.
In addition to their studies, the younger children get to sing songs and listen to Bible stories.
The missionary teachers always start their classes with prayer.
The dorm students usually walk from the nearby school, but on certain days they are picked up by the “school bus.”
This dorm room is home to six boys.
A poster board features pictures from past dorm events, including a footwashing service.
administration was unhappy about this, so the women left their teaching posts and began offering classes in the evening. Before long, they had a small but successful Chinese-language school of their own. That small school grew to become a center of influence, where a new group of Adventist missionaries from China is carrying on the work. Thanks to Global Mission donors, support from the Thailand Adventist Mission, and some generous Thai donors, they’ve been able to open dormitories where the new Adventist students can stay. The addition of the dorms has been crucial to nurturing these young people. Not only do they learn Chinese faster, but they’re free to pray and get to know Jesus. Not long ago, two newly baptized girls, Montana and Kayuda, came to the Chinese missionaries with a 6 dilemma. The local school was going to administer its national exams on Sabbath. They were good students, but the school refused to accommodate their beliefs and told them that they would fail. It was a tough decision for the girls, and in tears they asked the missionaries for advice. The Chinese staff members weren’t familiar with Thai law, but they told the girls to pray and promised that they would pray too. “I will not take my exam on Sabbath,” said Montana. “I will be true to Jesus.” 17