Christmas in the Mountains

Hilltribe villagers are often marginalized in Thai society, the Lahu hilltribe being no different. That’s why it means so much to them when a Thai makes the journey to their village to share the love of Jesus in practical ways. This past week, a number of Christians from Chiang Rai ventured up into the mountains to a hilltribe village to bring mosquito nets, Christmas presents, and a little holiday cheer. Because of our faithful financial partners, we were able to purchase a number of supplies for the outreach, including mosquito nets to protect the children and elderly in the village, who are most at risk from mosquito-born diseases. Thanks to your compassion and generosity, we were able to play a part in telling the Lahu people that Jesus has not forgotten about them. Here are a few photos from the outreach, taken by our friends (and excellent photographers) Ben and Jenna Winship.

Lahu Crowd

Kids gathering for some games

Mosquito Nets

Malaria is a major killer of children and the elderly here in Thailand. These mosquito nets may just mean another few happy Christmases for the families that now own them.

Kids lining up for presents and food

Kids lining up for presents and food

Lahu baby getting some formula

A Lahu baby receiving some formula

Elderly man receiving a mosquito net

Elderly man receiving a mosquito net

Lahu Families with Their New Mosquito Nets

Lahu Families with Their New Mosquito Nets

A few local girls in their tribal outfits

A few local girls in their tribal outfits

Lahu Children

Lahu Children

Lahu Child

Momma and child

Momma and child

Villagers gathered for the night's service

Villagers gathered for the night's service

Members of a few Chiang Rai churches performing for the hilltribe

Members of a few Chiang Rai churches performing for the hilltribe

Explaining Christmas to the kids

Explaining Christmas to the kids

Kids praying during worship

Kids praying during worship


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