Summer ’11

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The People’s Buddhism

OMF, a large mission organization in Asia, has produced a few videos pertaining to Thailand.  I think they do a good job of helping to understand what Thailand is like and how it is different from home.

This video introduces Folk Buddhism and features some Thai and Thai missionaries…

http://player.vimeo.com/video/13676845

The People’s Buddhism from OMF Media on Vimeo.

Trip to Thamasaat

On our last day off we took the girls over to Thamasaat University.  It is only about 15 minutes away from our house and it provides for some good walking without too many stares. 

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That day we were not missionaries.  We were tourists.  There is an obvious difference.

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Hannah is staring at the sweeper lady who I didn’t know was standing right over my shoulder.  Those ladies are EVERYWHERE.

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My pretty girls

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Hannah loves her beach hat.

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It’s been so long since we had a family picture.  This was the first time I’ve used the timer on the camera.

Prayer for Thailand

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
(1Ti 2:1-2)

Right now in Bangkok there is a protest being conducted by the “Red Shirts”.  That group consists of people that are demanding fresh elections in Thailand and will not stop protesting until the Prime Minister surrenders.  The protesting in Bangkok by the Redshirts is daily changing and growing more tense.  There has been some more violence in the area and more threats are being issued by both the redshirts and government officials that are seeking to scatter the protestors. 

I won’t update every detail of the situation on the blog because you’ll get bored and it would take too much time.  Right now we are far from the protesting and not in any imminent danger.  Please remember to pray for the peace of Thailand so that we may live a “peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in everyway”.  Pray for the King of Thailand and for all those in positions of authority to have wisdom in dealing with this country. 

Here is a recent article from the Bangkok Post, which is a good place to keep up with the current news if you are interested:

http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/36472/volatility-couldspark-civil-war

Thai New Year

For the Thai New Year Festival, the country has one giant water fight.  It is quite a scene.  For three days, major roads will be deadlocked with traffic due to the out of control water fights in the street.  Thailand boasts the second largest pickup truck market in the world, and for this festival they get put to good use.  Hop in the back of your friend’s truck and bring a lot of water with you.  As you pass other motorcycles and people in other vehicles, you do your best to splash them with water.  Some people choose to set up their base on the side of the road, where they will spray water on everyone who passes by.  Those driving their mopeds get it the worst.  Even the McDonalds and Pizza Company delivery men are not immune to getting wet.

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Celebrating another milestone

It doesn’t seem that long ago that I wrote on this blog about how I was out and needed in pencil in a hurry.  Without having to think too hard I asked the person next time me on the bus….”do you have a pencil?”.  They understood me, and I was very excited with the progress that I had made in just a few short weeks.

The first Sunday of this year, I showed up at the evening service about 15 minutes early.  The evening service at our church has several international people come that cannot yet speak Thai.  And so the Pastor came to me and said “Chris, I need you to translate tonight”. 

“Uhhhh….I’m not sure I can do that”  I replied

But he assured me that he was confident I could.  And so heck, why not give it a shot.  So last week I was excited to have translated my first Thai sermon.  Now before you are too impressed, I need to tell you that he would pause after each sentence for me to translate, and the sermon was very short. But we are thankful to the Lord that He is making room in our minds to remember and understand more Thai each day.

Rejoice with us as we celebrate a small but encouraging milestone. 

Next step…..Teach a group bible study in Thai.

Hannah sings the Abc’s and doxology

Hannah gets better at these songs every day but here is a video we caught of her about a week or so ago.  I think you’ll recognize the second song even though it is in Thai.  Please excuse my terrible song leading skills.