End of Year Giving Opportunity

As many CRICS alumni return to join family in Thailand, traveling from afar like those wisemen, CRICS teachers have a glimpse of how important a quality holistic education is to our Chiang Rai community.  We have alumni as film producers and alumni as software engineers. CRICS students change the world as church leaders, journalists and interior decorators. Graduates love and serve people groups in Burma, Thailand and countries around the world.  Holistic education at CRICS means diligence in the classroom so that every part of society and every part of the world might eventually experience the love of Christ, a love we find in CRICS teachers.

In 2020, CRICS continues in our effort for this holistic education.  The final component of our campus plan will address physical health and education of CRICS kids.  We hope to break ground in January 2020 for a gymnasium that will teach kindergartners to skip rope and 12th graders to be skilled and generous competitors.  Thanks to the Lord’s kindness in finances, CRICS moves forward in this project with provision. CRICS development efforts raised 2 million baht (almost 70,000 U.S. dollars) towards this project already and we are engaged in efforts to find the additional 8 million baht (275,000 U.S. dollars) needed for completion.  As 2019 comes to an end, please think about helping CRICS push to the finish line of developing our campus! Consider CRICS in your end of year giving by sharing a gift that helps CRICS complete the gymnasium in 2020. Contact for giving options.

Peace of Christ,
Brent Pennington

View the PDF version of this letter here.

Afraid To Go To A New School?

Have you ever been concerned about having to go to a new school? Experience new things? Meeting new people? It may terrify you a little bit. Before I came to CRICS I felt this way too! But CRICS has changed how I think about having to go to a new school and getting to know new people. When I first came to CRICS, I was so worried and nervous to make friends with people I never knew before. This was a new place and so unfamiliar to me. But when the first day come, it was an awesome day actually. One new friend came directly to me to talk to me and make me feel really good. 

Soon after the first day the youth retreat took everyone to a resort to worship, pray, and have fun with friends. This was the best way to begin a school year. Going to the youth retreat helped me make more friends and get to know more people. I engaged with not only friends but also with teachers.

I always think quite negatively:  “oh, new school, new people, no friends, what am I supposed to do?”. But after meeting people at CRICS, they completely changed my mindset!” – Mink, 11th Grade

The Class I Look Forward to in The Week

“On Mondays and Tuesdays, what I look forward to most in the day is Chinese class. I don’t always love, or get overly excited about taking the “core” classes required in high school. But when seventh period finally comes, I get to take Chinese. I love learning all about this language, all the different beautiful and unique characters of this unique language. Yes, Chinese can be incredibly difficult sometimes, learning how to say words and phrases and remembering them. The process is exciting to me. Many different activities provide ways to study Chinese culture, besides the language itself.  Occasionally we cook Chinese food while learning vocabulary for the different ingredients. On Chinese holidays we celebrate; this also helps our learning. I love the beauty of this language and learning about the age of it and how it has slowly evolved over time to its shape today. I do hope more students decide to take this class. And I do hope they enjoy it as much as I do.” – Nathaniel, 11th Grade




Model United Nations

The Chiang Mai Model United Nations Conference was very interesting. It was in Chiang Mai, at the school PREM. There were eight students and three teachers from our school that went, and at the conference there were about ninety students in total. It was my first time attending the conference and it went differently than what i expected. I expected it to be very serious and boring, but instead, it was exciting and inspiring. Watching everyone speak about how they would change things really reminds you of how these things are an issue now and are dangerous if not resolved. Many students were passionate about their subjects and yet were still able to keep an open mind on other people’s thoughts. There were many committee groups. A couple were serious issues and one was fictional, the Marvel group. There were topics such as climate change, violence of all kinds, and other human rights issues. Each person or pair represented a country in where you must decide how your country would deal with the situation.

The group of students from CRICS that went to the conference showed great care for each of their subjects and great social skills. I really appreciated seeing the people in the Marvel committee. I was very pleased to see one of the CRICS students, who has always been terrified of talking in front of others, do such a wonderful job of talking to everyone in her committee about her topic and was a big help with creating a solution for it also. I also got to observe another CRICS student discuss their topic with passion and connect with students from other schools. Everyone did an amazing job at engaging with others and truly caring about their subjects. I’ve asked two of my friends to share their point of views from the conference:

“It was very fun. There were many new students who participated. Many of whom I’ve become close friends with. MUN is a great way to connect with global issues and share your ideas with others like you.” -anonymous

“This years MUN conference at PREM was very different from other years. I was in the Marvel committee. I think it’s nice to have a different topic where other geeks could join and be passionate. It was a lot more laid back and you could feel a lot more comfortable. There was also less stress because in other committees its very serious and everyone is also very serious. Although, I’m not saying the Marvel committee wasn’t professional, i just think its nice to bring a different approach to the conference.” -anonymous

The Model United Nations Conference truly is an amazing experience. It’s a great opportunity to come together to discuss serious matters. It’s a chance to have a voice and maybe even make a difference in the world.


Story by: Emily, 9th grade student

JV Team Rises Up

“Tied 18-18 in a varsity versus junior varsity basketball match to 21, the pressure was on. Most were surprised the varsity had not already blown the JV out of the water. The varsity checked the ball with the JV point guard.. Automatically, the JV team pressures the varsity, here was the chance to prove ourselves. A pass to the wing, my side of the court, I broke down into a defensive stance. As the guard attempted to dribble around I would not give up. Reaching to the left I forced him right. Then a fake and I speared the ball from his possession. Sprinting to save the ball from out of bounds, I reached for it just in time. While the tired varsity played lazy defense, I drove and then made a no-look pass out to my team-mate. He pulled up and shoots a three! The JV won! The proud moment of any basketball team’s “career” is beating the odds and proving doubters wrong. People watching doubted we could win, but the community and parents watching, cheered for us. Our community loves when the underdog wins. Shocked at what just happened, the fans stood clapping but dazed. The coaches, proud of our performance congratulated us. After this scrimmage, many from the CRICS community joined together to play more basketball, no grudges from the defeated varsity team. The strength of love throughout the whole CRICS community, this is something I have never seen anywhere else.” – Liam, 11th grader

Rise Up

I’m a junior. I’m a basketball player. I’m a volleyball player. But of all things, I am not a soccer player. However, this year I decided to join the soccer team – just for fun. Many of my friends were already on the team, and joining provided a reason to go to Chiang Mai and play a game with friends. Now our soccer team is, in fact, quite good. As a new member of the team, I doubted that I would experience much playing time in the games. But I accepted the challenge of becoming a member of the soccer team in hopes of finding enjoyment in the journey.

But there I stood on the field, eyeing the ball soon after the coach subbed me in during the second-half. And it was the last game of the season. The ball flew towards me, flying from my teammates hands from a throw-in, bouncing off my head at the peak of my jump, falling into the back of the net. I had scored! Running to my teammates for chest-bumps and slaps on the back, I felt like the hero of a world cup match. Really, I was simply enjoying the comradery of a high-school soccer team. This memory would last me a lifetime. From this experience of joining my high-school soccer team, I learned that there is no reason to not rise up, take the challenge, and try to make every moment a memorable one.” – Jadon, 11th grade

Proud to be Part of this Team

The day I joined CRICS, I joined CRICS girls’ soccer. Each year, the JV/Varsity soccer team competes in a tournament in Chiang Mai. Some year’s results were disappointing, some were fine, but most importantly, we had fun! The results each year were getting better and better. This year as tradition dictates, we traveled to Chiang Mai for the tournament. We all thought we would be in the top 3. But the outcome was unexpected, we lost everything. That time was an emotional time for all of us. Surprisingly, after the tournament in Chiang Mai, the school announced another tournament to be held at our school.This would be the first for our school. Hosting a soccer tournament brought excitement and hope for a better result. On the first day of the tournament, we won both games and qualified shockingly for the finals. But then on the second day many unbelievable things happened. I was in awe watching my teammate score 5 goals in one game. The final was stressful for me. One of our teammates was missing so I was subbing in her place. The result was a tie, so we proceeded with penalty kicks. Our team was able to shoot in every goal. That made us the winner. Unbelievable! CRICS girls received their first ever trophy. I’m honored and proud to be a part of this team. The girls soccer team and this special tournament are some of the best memories I have at CRICS.” – Ing-Ing, 11th grade student

Go For Your Goals

“Who can describe the joy of putting the soccer ball into the back of the net? Anyone who plays sports understands this feeling of scoring and winning.
CRICS held its first ever 7-a side soccer tournament on the last weekend of October, the 26th and 27th. The tournament was a success for the girl’s team, because they were able to bring home the first place trophy. However, that was not the case for the boys team.
Day one of the tournament, we tied 1-1 with Domrong in the first game, then lost 2-0 to Akha Light in the second game. Day two of the tournament was much better. Our only game was against CRIS.
In this game I scored two goals. The first one, I maneuvered myself in between and around the defenders, then with my left foot, I smacked the ball straight in to the back of the net. The second goal I scored was due to a misunderstanding between the CRIS players. They did not communicate well and did not pass the ball accurately. As a result, I stole the ball, dribbled it passed the goal keeper and scored. The final score was 9-1.
I will never forget the joy and happiness I experienced with my team. Although scoring and winning is exhilarating and intense, set a goal, aim high, and go after it.” – Foon, 11th Grade

Dress-Up Days at CRICS

“Favorite CRICS memories always take place on dress-up days. Individual personality never fails to shine through during these rare occasions to wear costumes to school. Thinking back to Dr. Seuss day and Valentine’s day, fills my soul with warmth and joy. A couple of my friends and I purchased Thing One, Thing Two, and Thing Three shirts printed. We wore our matching flame socks and showed up to school on Valentine’s day looking fresh. By the time Dr. Seuss day rolled around, there was no question as to what we must do. We threw on our Thing One, Thing Two, and Thing Three shirts  and added a few more friends to the mix. Once again, we stole the show. Dress-up days at CRICS remain my favorite days of the year as the opportunity to get together, plan an outfit, and have fun embracing each others personalities brings a smile to everyone’s face. Dr. Seuss day and Valentine’s day bring friend groups closer and allows the entire community a chance to come together stronger than ever before.” – Jane, 12th Grade Student

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