What it takes (Part 4)

This is not specific to being a missionary to Thailand but…..

We do well here to be reminded of what our real comfort is in life.  When stresses pile up, language is difficult, things don’t seem to be going the way we thought….where should we look for our comfort?  The Heidelberg Catechism is so eloquent in the first 2 questions and provides a great summarized answer:

Q. What is your only comfort in life and death?

A. That I am not my own,[1] but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death,[2] to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.[3] He has fully paid for all my sins with His precious blood,[4] and has set me free from all the power of the devil.[5] He also preserves me in such a way[6] that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head;[7] indeed, all things must work together for my salvation.[8] Therefore, by His Holy Spirit He also assures me of eternal life[9] and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live for Him.[10]

[1] 1Co_6:19-20

[2] Rom_14:7-9.

[3] 1Co_3:23; Tit_2:14.

[4] 1Pe_1:18-19; 1Jo_1:7; 1Jo_2:2.

[5] Joh_8:34-36; Heb_2:14-15; 1Jo_3:8.

[6] Joh_6:39-40; Joh_10:27-30; 2Th_3:3; 1Pe_1:5.

[7] Mat_10:29-31; Luk_21:16-18.

[8] Rom_8:28.

[9] Rom_8:15-16; 2Co_1:21-22; 2Co_5:5; Eph_1:13-14.

[10] Rom_8:14.

 

Q. What do you need to know in order to live and die in the joy of this comfort?

A. First, how great my sins and misery are;[1] second, how I am delivered from all my sins and misery;[2] third, how I am to be thankful to God for such deliverance.[3]

[1] Rom_3:9-10; 1Jo_1:10.

[2] Joh_17:3; Act_4:12; Act_10:43.

[3] Mat_5:16; Rom_6:13; Eph_5:8-10; 1Pe_2:9-10.

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What it takes (Part 3)

Lets say you are waiting for the bus or motorcycle taxi and you need to have a rest.  You’ll need to get out of the sun in order to do that.  First you find the nearest tree and get under it.  But it’s not that restful to stand.  You want to sit down.  But you also don’t want to get your pants all dirty.  The solution???

The Asian Squat 

Now this is a true test of your ability to be a missionary in Thailand.  Sit like this…and you are one step closer to becoming Thai.  Here are some examples.  Please notice the distinct characteristics of the Asian squat.

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Carefully observe the heal flat on the ground.  If you are up on your toes, it is NOT a proper squat position.

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Perhaps the best way to tell if your squat is proper is to see how long you can be in this position.  There should be no extra pressure on your knee joint. Your knee should located over top of or slightly in front of your toes. 

Go ahead, give it a try!

What it takes (Part 2)

What else does it take to be a missionary in Thailand??

A stomach of steel.

Here is Brent (another missionary in Thailand) and me eating some yummy snacks. 

 

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What is takes to be a missionary in Thailand.

We are not veterans here but there are some things we’ve learned about being missionaries already.  Here’s one…..

 

Believe this:

If you need it and you don’t got it, you don’t need it.

That one phrase will change your life.

Confessions

We have a confession to make.

We are not real missionaries. Real missionaries live in Africa and they hike miles to fetch water to drink.  They don’t have electricity and they have to go outside to go to the bathroom.  Real missionaries sleep on a dirt floor and eat the same gross food everyday. 

Thailand has great food.  Delicious food.  Our house is nice.  We live among some of the nicest people in the world.  They tell us that we speak excellent Thai after saying only a couple sentences.  And….when you go to get gas for the car, you don’t even have to get out.  Someone pumps it for you, and then smiles as you drive away.

Yes, it’s true.