I Did It!

July 31, 2008

The Whole "Khrew"

The Whole "Khrew"

I did it.  I prepared my lessons and taught my 1st official adult class on “Qualities of an Effective Teacher” to this whole group of teachers which are called “crew” in Thai.  I’m not to sure how “effective” I was but I received a few compliments and I know at least one person thought about what was said for a couple of days . I also taught 2 small group sessions with the preschool “crews” on Classroom Management and Creative Teaching.  All in all, I saw the Lord’s hand in it and He really gets all the Glory because it was everything He allowed me to learn!  ICA(International  Christian Assembly) was a great church for me to start out in especially since over 30 nations are represented at the church.  Can you imagine having so many nations in one place at one time…My mind was blown several times…Ha, not only at this church but in this city as a whole.  I don’t think there is not one country NOT represented here.  The whole time I have been here, I have had a partial song in my head, “Every tribe, every tongue, every nation, Hallelujah!”.  What a BIG God we have to have created sooooo many different people who all come under one umbrella, you might say!  Thanks, ICA Children’s Ministry for letting me serve you!

An Amazing Opportunity!

July 31, 2008

Passing Out Books of Hope

Passing Out Books of Hope

For the last 3 1/2 years, I have gone to church in a building owned by Book of Hope and some of my very best friends work there.  As a teacher and lover of books, I have always secretly had a desire to help pass out these books.  Did I mention that I actually helped simplify a version of  this book into 3 and 4 letter words for early literacy readers?  Well, Jaimee and I got to travel with a Book of Hope team about 2 hours NE of Bangkok to the Kanchanaburi area and help present the book.  I got to share my testimony to high schoolers and pass it out.  Another special memory made.   This area also is well know for the elephants, temple of the tigers and the River Kwai.  It was amazing to touch each animal and take picture with them but it just didn’t supercede the opportunity to I got to see an actual WWII momument for American Soliders on foreign land.  I am truly thanking God for all He has given me!!

A Surprise!

July 28, 2008

Monk
Monk

I had a great surprise as I got to experience life in Thailand during a major Buddhist holiday similiar to our lent and Easter.  An intense spiritual time to say the least but it was just like life goes on and keep pressing in closer to Him!!  Also, every house and building basically has small spirit houses in a corner of each lot. That houses the evil spirits and the people actually greet them every morning on the way out.  Oh, lets pray that believers would be that loyal to greet Jesus every morning and evening as we wake up and law down.  What a deep, living relationship we would have before we get to heaven.  My heart is once again broken because Buddhist don’t believe in life after, especially heaven.  Thailand is 99% Buddhist.  Will update more soon!

First Offering to Buddha
First Offering to Buddha
Offering to the Spirit House

Offering to the Spirit House

July 14, 2008

What a pleasure to teach children’s church at International Christian Assembly, Bangkok, Thailand.  I thought Ft. Lauderdale was so special because of all the nationalities there but this is absolutely amazing to see so many countries represented in one place.  Overcoming jet lag has probably the most challenging aspect of my trip so far.  I think the thing that helped so much was a GREAT foot massage on my 2nd night here and then I was ready to teach!  After observing and communicating with the teachers, I am now planning and preparing to train the Children’s Ministry teachers on classroom management,  creative teaching and qualities of an effective teacher.  This all will take place over the next few weeks.  Please pray for God to release His words and will for me to speak here in Bangkok.  I am learning a few Thai words to begin getting around and I have found a Starbucks, Thank you Jesus!!  There is also an awesome network of Assembly of God missionaries here and they are able to get together hang out once a week which really helps when you are not native!  Coming up, shopping for children’s ministry, cooking and hosting game nights and cell groups and most important of all pleasing the good Lord!!