We are currently four hours outside of Bangkok. Sarah is today's writer. She gives you an overview of our experience on Monday, beginning in Bangkok.
We had an early start to the morning as we went out with missionaries to the local market to find breakfast. We all purchased a couple of items and headed back to her house to share our findings. We enjoyed a variety of doughnuts, fruits, meat and a rice dish. Over breakfast we enjoyed the company of Nate and Sarah’s family and were able to learn more about their life in Thailand.
Later in the day we drove to a different province to meet with another missionary family from the Philippines. On the way we observed many different things. From the cars, plants, buildings, statues and businesses we got a glimpse into Thai culture. That night we went to dinner in the market to enjoy another new and exciting dish with this family. Over dinner we listened as they told us about their journey to the Korat area and the challenges of spreading Christianity. They recently moved here a couple months ago to start a new ministry. Their last mission with university students was going well, and they were able to hand it off to someone else as they moved to Korat. They are beginning with a cultural study of the people in order to find the best way to reach them. Please pray for this family and the Christians already living in Korat to be bold in sharing their faith and also find ways to connect with people.
The Bangkok market experience that Sarah begins with was an exercise in cross-cultural immersion. We wanted students to experience having to function in a setting that is completely foreign to them. One of our guides led the student expedition and it was successful. Not having language, money-literacy, or any idea of what many of the things sold in the market were, students had to find a way through the experience. So many people who come to Canada from other cultures experience those sort of things regularly, and as the dominant culture we tend to lack empathy for those people.
The missionary family in Korat is just beginning the church planting process in Thailand's third largest city. Our time with them helps us understand more of day to day for people who serve in missions. We have also been learning of some of the challenges and advantages non-Western missionaries have as they connect and build relationships.
Thanks for following along, and for praying.