Last week our students traveled once again to the mountains of Doi Mae Salong to produce their first documentary film. we split the students into 4 teams where they are assigned different positions- director, audio, editor, and camera. Together they cultivate a 3-4 minute long documentary about the beautiful people, culture, and tradition of Doi Mae Salong. After a few days of pre-production the teams have only two days to shoot and two days to edit, and at the end of production, we spend the last days in the mountains with a film showing in the village. This is one of my favorite moments here at MediaLight as we screen the documentary films and gospel videos produced by our students. It fills my heart with joy to see the kids and the villagers giggle, laugh out loud and scream as they see themselves and their friends on the screen.

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In traditional Ethiopian culture, children are not put to sleep hearing bedtime stories. Instead, they are told scary stories to frighten and quickly get them to sleep. Horrifying phrases like, ‘a hyena is coming to eat you,’ ‘the monster will cut off your ears if he finds you awake,’ ‘there is a knock on the door, the night monster is here,’ are some of the common phrases.
 
Growing up, I remember how I always used to go to bed in fear of the ‘Jorokorachuseweye,’ the man that cuts of children’s ear that didn't go to sleep. I visualized him in my little mind and had often been terrified that he would get into my bedroom through the window and cut off my ears.

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In the past month, God led me to meet certain people. 

I will spare you the details, and share the things I learned through meeting these people. The one thing God challenged me most about  is who I spend most of my time with. Let me ask you the same thing, who are you spending most of your time with? Think for a moment, with whom and where do you often hang out often?

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In the past two months, I learned two lessons. And I and my team were able to reach about 1000 people with the gospel.

Here are the lessons I learned and how we were able to reach 1000.

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Last December I was blessed to travel to some countries in S.E Asia. I want to share with you one of the emotional highlights of my travel experience. Though I am not an emotional person, this experience got me into all sorts of mixed feelings.

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Here is a brief update! But first I want to thank you for your partnership in my mission work in the past year and 3 months. The experience has changed me for good and I don't think I could ever be the same person I used to be.

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I don’t know where to start, so much has been happening. So after 5 months of so much of alone time here, our MediaLight staff and students are here and I am flooded with people. After months of hard work, preparation and prayer our students arrived Chiang Rai on Sep 27 & 28. We have 12 students from 7 nations (Myanmar, Cambodia, Honduras, Jamaica, USA, Thailand and China) here to be trained as media missionaries.

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Hope all is well with you,

In my last emails, I mentioned that part of my mission work here is teaching English to kids in Akha village. Today I just want to share with you a 1-minute mobile video to show you what the village is like. Here are also portraits of the kids from our class. I hope you enjoy seeing these:)

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May is a month when most countries celebrate Mother’s Day, but not in Thailand. Mother’s Day in Thailand is celebrated on the Queen’s birthday, August 12th. The Thai cherish the royal couple as the father and mother of all Thai people that they celebrate Mother’s and Father’s Days on their birthdays.

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Last weekend we (me & my two colleagues) started teaching English to Akha children. The Akha are tribal people living in northern mountains of Thailand. We had about 40 students, which we divided into two groups. 

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