To say that i was scared sharing my testimony in Thai for the first time ever today is probably a massive understatement! It was the first time that i've had an opportunity to speak for 15 minutes about how i became a christian and what it means to me to be a christian to all the teachers at school today. I did have the opportunity to say it in english and have someone translate it for me (which would've been the easier road to travel), but i thought i'd take the plunge and try to share it all in Thai. For me, that was a massive step to take in language learning and speaking and i know for a fact, that it's only because of God and his help that i could actually do it all in Thai today.
Wanting to try and speak in Thai meant that i really had to cut back on many things that i really would've loved to share (due to my lack of vocab), plus risk the fact that my whole audience wouldn't understand a single thing that i said (cos it's highly likely that i could pronounced everything wrong). But God does do amazing things and he not only enabled me to say the things i wanted to say (in simple thai of course), but he also allowed the teachers to understand me too!! :) There were obviously a few things i pronounced wrong, but i was told that they could still understand me, so praise God! I was talking to one of the teachers before the meeting and before i had even shared my testimony, she was already really encouraged by the fact that i wanted to give it a go in Thai and was encouraging me to be reminded that God can work in us and enable us to speak. I just pray that many of the teachers were challenged and reminded about what it really means to be a christian and what it means to trust in jesus' death and resurrection as the only way that we can be friends with God.
The bad news is, no matter if i speak english or thai, i still seem to say 'um' and 'yeah' A LOT. But thankfully, i seem to have dropped the 'ya know'. :)