Written by Brent Pennington, CRICS Superintendent
Welcome to a new phase in our journey of building a school, loving a community, and waiting for God’s kingdom come in Thailand as it is in heaven.
Last week, the Highway Department informed our school (Chiang Rai International Christian School) of the need to build a significant road through our campus. While we became aware of the road earlier, the surveyor of this road assured us that the government deferred to schools and that the road would, at most, cut off only meters of our property. Fast forward to this week and the city’s change of plans. The proposed road now cuts through a major portion of our property and will require tearing down three of our four buildings (new elementary building, cafeteria/classroom building, and library). The fourth building will be meters from a large road. Uhh…this is bad news.
The good news is you are a part of the encouraging body of Christ, and you pray! Recognizing the many down sides of this news, here are the positive realities that you can pray in…
1. Pray that this highlighting of our small school will allow God to be glorified in how we choose to honor authority and live with our eyes fixed on Jesus.
2. Pray that our conversations as teachers, administrators and students would focus on remembering all that God has done for us in the past while believing that he will continue to lead us and make a way where there seems to be no way.
3. Please ask God to give us favor as we interact with the Thai government officials and work to find a solution that both protects our school and allows for a new highway to be built.
4. We are reminded that CRICS is only as strong as our teachers. Thank God for our teachers and ask God to give us the teachers we need next year, especially as we walk through these challenges.
As we continue to focus as a school community this year on the truth that Jesus is the Light of the World, please pray that we would be radiant as he puts us on a pedestal to shine in this community.
Peace of Chist,
Brent Pennington, Superintendent