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.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

'Education Sunday'

Yesterday at church, John introduced an 'education sunday'. Basically what we wanted to try and do was share with the rest of church what the kids do in Sunday School each week. On a typical Sunday, the kids will stay in church during the singing time, and when that's over and the communion and sermon start in 'big church', the kids go out to sunday school. More often then not, most people have no idea what happens in sunday school, and often think of it as a baby sitting session. But it's really more then that. For us, it's a time when we get to help train and equip 2 girls in church (in the past year at least) - Kim and Gun, to be able to read and teach the bible themselves, with the hope that in the future, they will be able to train up others to do likewise. At the same time, we also get to give the kids some really good bible teaching and hopefully help lay a firm foundation for them for the future. It worked out really well in the end with Kim and Gun getting some time to share some of the things they learnt and what they've got out of teaching the kids in the past year. Then the kids also got to sing a song that we taught them called 'the Body Song'. For those of you who grew up in the whole sunday school thing, you might remember the Kid's Praise songs with Psalty (yes, this is showing my age BIG TIME!!) Anyway, there was a cool song that for some reason has stuck in my head all these years which is about the Body of Christ, and how the body of Christ is made up of many parts - all of which are important - whether you can see them or not. Since it was an english song, we thought we'd never get to sing it, but when we put our minds to it, we actually managed to translate the song into Thai, and it actually worked really well :) hehe So here's the video of the kids singing 'the Body Song'.

The original english words go like this (the thai is not an exact translation, but it captures the same idea)

I, I am the eye, i go blink blink
yes, i am the eye and i can wink
i am the eye, but i can't think
that belongs to my friend the brain

i fritter fratter frit, fritter fratter frit
i'm the brain with an electric current patter pit
i'm the brain and i fritter learning bit by bit
yes i fritter fratter fritter all the time

i go lub dub, lub dub i go
i am the heart, i pump like so
i'm bringing life to all the parts
i am consistent, i'm the heart

i'm swinging, i'm swinging
swinging on life's merry way
i'm the arm, i'm the arm
im bringing life to all

hearing, hearing
small ears, hearing
we don't miss much
hearing all the time

We are the body of Christ,
we are the body of Christ
together bringing His love to the world
We work together, we work together
we do it with cooperation
Amen Amen Amen Amen Amen Amen Amen Amen Amen

For those who are praying:
please keep all the sunday school kids in your prayers. that the things they learn as kids will become a firm foundation for them for life as they learn truths about God
please pray for those of us teaching the kids to, to be faithful in our teaching of the Bible to the kids, and for us to always continue growing in our love and knowledge of God