I just thought I would write this blog summarising as best I can our experience in Thailand. Scott and I enjoyed teaching ESL classes and getting to meet new friends. We had days to relax and enjoy some of the sites and area attractions. We even took a trip by ourselves around Chiang Mai looking at different stores and visiting with different teachers and schools.
On Saturday mornings we traveled with Bro. Rusty and Sis. Susan, Carmen, and Pawn to the Karen village where some of Pawn’s family live. Scott and I taught the kindergarten class, Carmen and Pawn the Middle Grades, and Bro. Rusty and Susan taught the High School age. After teaching the English classes in the village, Pawn taught a Bible Lesson in the Karen language to the children.
We saw a beautiful Buddhist temple made of colorful mirrors. We took pictures of some of the statues. There were also spirit houses of different sizes that people set up for their ancestors. We saw a lot of these houses with food and drink set in them for the spirits.
Elephants hold a high place in Thailand. There are many statues of elephants and people put wreathes of flowers around their trunks and necks. The elephant pictured here has 4 arms and hands. I’m not sure how many legs since they are covered with all the flowers people bring to the temple.
This Buddha statue was also given food and drink. I’m not sure whether the statue beside the Buddha is his wife, but she also has food set in front of her statue. I also have this picture of a larger statue sitting on the same flower as the woman in the picture of the Buddha. I’m sure there are a lot of stories behind a lot of the pictures and statues we’ve seen over there.
This last picture was at Antioch Baptist Church in Chiang Mai. Scott was asked to give a devotional in one of the youth classes. He spoke from Galatians 5 focusing on the 9th verse. If we allow a little sin into our lives then it will affect everything in our life. However if we allow the good things of God in our lives then our lives will be filled with His goodness.
Scott also spoke about 1 Corinthians 15:33. We need to be careful of what influences us. We should only be influenced by the things of God and His word. We do not want to be influenced by the bad things of this world, such as bad friends, t.v. shows, etc. We should only be friends with people that we can have a positive influence on not with those that will influence us to do evil.
1 Corinthians 15:33 “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.”
I like ending a blog with a little food for thought. My next blog will be about our trip back to the States and our homecoming with our children.Like