I’m currently sitting in Bangkok and only a few hours away from starting my long flight back to the US. Another four months in Mae Sot has come and gone. It’s actually been a crazy last week with lots of people to see and hug and plenty of work to do with the bicycle shop.
We hired a mechanic and he started his job with us on Monday afternoon! Talk about a last minute answer to prayer. This young guy rode by the shop on a really cool, lime green bicycle. We stopped him to chat about his bike and found out he built it himself. His English was incredible, and before you know it we set up an interview. His name is John and he loves bikes! He has a lot of experience but is only 17-years-old. He was the best English student in school, but couldn’t continue on because he needed to get a job to help support his family. He is most excited to do work he loves and continue to learn and practice English. He would love to be a translator one day.
We got our t-shirts from the print shop this week, bought some tools for the mechanics, taught Chris how to disassemble a bike and rebuild it, worked on the bikes we plan on selling in the shop, set up the financial ledger, wrote out the employee handbook, and printed all the forms for renting, repairing, and ordering bikes.
Needless to say, it’s been busy, but we aren’t quite finished. We obviously haven’t been able to officially open our shop, but the Lord continues to work and the bike shop is happening. It’s just not happening before we leave. So what’s the plan for finishing up this project you ask?
Good question! One of our participants, Kayla Koontz, will be returning to live and minister in Mae Sot full-time. She has fallen in love with this place and sees God moving. She has always had a heart for street kids and her experience here has revealed a great need. Her ultimate goal is to begin ministering to the young kids on the street, develop and invite them into the discipleship/training program at the bike shop, and set-up an emergency boy’s shelter. If Mae Sot had a shelter for boys, we could easily fill it. Kids like Khin who don’t have any other options because of their past and circumstances could be accepted into a home, mentored, discipled, and given a new life. I don’t think anyone is better suited to build this environment than Kayla. She is coming back at the end of January to manage the bike shop and start the process of changing what we’ve found to be unacceptable here in Mae Sot.
But there’s still a lot of work to do on the bike shop… and it’s a big job… and I hate to leave things undone. So… big surprise (or maybe not), I’ll be returning to Mae Sot at the end of January to help finish what we’ve started and make sure Kayla is set-up for success! We’re going to manage things with the bicycle shop and continue the ministry and relationships every one of this year’s Journey participants has helped shape and start.
To be honest, this is a big risk. I’m headed home right at Christmas, and plan on returning in a little over a month. I need supporters who believe in me, this vision, and changing realities for kids in Mae Sot… I need people to give financially. I plan to stay for about 12 weeks and need to raise $3,500. You can support my ministry by donating online here, or by mailing a check. Please make checks payable to: “Kingdom, Inc.” with “Ashley Musick” in the memo line and mail them to: Kingdom, Inc. P.O. Box 98438 Atlanta, GA 30359.
I know without a shadow of a doubt that this project, this ministry, and these people are worth the hard work and the sacrifice. I would give them the world if I could. Please help me go and give them what I can… a job, a skill, an opportunity, and the Hope they’re looking for. Thank you so much!