Welcome to PlaaPlaaPlaa!

So you may be wondering why PlaaPlaaPlaa? What are those strange fish symbols above? What is ปลา and what does it mean? In short, this is a blog site, so surely there's going to be plenty of rambling. Unfortunately BlahBlahBlah was already taken, so I had to settle for the 'Plaa'. But there's actually more to it then just ramblings. The first fish symbol is actually a Christian symbol meaning ICTHUS - a greek acronymn which means "Jesus Christ is God's Son, the Saviour". The other strange letters you see in the last fish is actually the thai word for fish which funnily enough is pronounced "Plaa". So when you put it all together, this site is going to be my ramblings in telling people about how Jesus Christ is God's Son, the Saviour in Thailand (with plenty of good stories about food in between). Happy reading.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Couple of things to pray for

The past few weeks/months in themselves seem essentially quite 'uneventful' - it's not like i've got to pat more panda's or met more royalty etc. I guess in some ways it's probably more a 'normal' life where your typical everyday things happen. But even though it doesn't feel that eventful at the time, it all eventually comes together at some stage where heaps of 'small' things, suddenly become 'bigger'. So there are a few things that would be fantastic to get your prayer on if you can:

1. School - Over the past few months, there have been a few problematic issues at the school. I don't want to go into much detail, but the essence of it is poor management skills which have led to many of the experienced teachers leaving and taking students with them, with not many new students coming. The short end of the story is that the future of the school is somewhat uncertain at the moment which for people like myself who have a student visa through the school, could potentially cause a few visa issues in the future should something happen to the school. Please pray for wisdom for me to know what is the best thing to do, to check out other school options (if i can change schools), or check out alternate visa options, or just pray and hope that nothing happens to the school. I'm not really sure what is best at the moment, but i'd really appreciate your prayers in this.

I've also had the opportunity to change school campus' in the past week. It wasn't my ideal at the time, but i was keen to keep on learning with my teacher rather then get a new one. It's only been a week so far, but so far it seems moving out to the new campus has given me some huge opportunities to get to know my teacher and a couple of the secretaries of the school heaps better as i eat lunch with them and pretty much hang out for a couple hours after the lesson. My teacher, Khruu Jai, is really cool too and we get on really well both in and out of the classroom. I'm hoping that there may be opportunities to study the bible with these guys during the week since the new campus doesn't really have an a formal weekly 'bible' time together. Please pray for opportunities to get to know Khruu Jai, Oar and Wao much better and for a chance to be a good witness to them too.

2. Cell Group - It's exciting to see and hear how the cell group that i've been going to has grown over the past 4 years. From a group of about 4-5 people 4 years ago, to a group of about 16-20 who meet each week now. It's an awesome group of people who get on really well together and are like family, but the size of the group has now become slightly problematic in places to meet as well as being able to invite new comers along and helping them fit in etc. So the plan is in place to split the group in the next few weeks. As much as everyone loves the group and doesn't want to split, it is encouraging to see that most of the group agree that it is a good thing to do and is best for the future. However, whilst everyone agrees it's a good way forward, no one is sure how to split the group or what. To be perfectly honest, It's frustrating at times to sit back and watch as they make try to make decisions and get everyone involved, but i'm also sure it's the way that things are done over here. i'm still really wary to put my hand up and offer advice, cos i just don't know if it's helpful or appropriate. Please pray for those making the decisions for the group, that they'll have wisdom to know what is best and be 'leaders' who lead. Please pray for Mac, Daa, Tor, Gunn & May as they make the decisions for the group and for the group too, that no one will feel bad with the way the groups splits etc, but that it will all be for the good of the group in helping them to grow as Christians and for everyone to be able to encourage each other more

Thanks for all those who pray and for your partnership through prayer. It's much appreciated and is also so powerful. will keep you posted on how all this stuff pans out