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, June 26, 2012

My first visitors

Last week I was pretty excited to have my first visitors come to stay with me. My Thai friends Tong and Air came to visit from Khorat en-route to visit some of the uni student who have moved up to study in Chiang Rai.

with Tong & Air

Not only did my guest room finally get initiated, I got to take them around Chiang Mai, help them do a bit of networking with some other christian workers up here before we all went up to Chiang Rai for the weekend to hang out and encourage the uni students. It was a great weekend of catching up, laughs, food, lots of markets and encouragement with lots of great conversations especially in the car on the way up and back from Chiang Rai.

With Air, Tong & Som

At the Chiang Rai Walking Street Markets with Som, James & Shem

Monkeying around

Apart from catching up and having fun, it was a great encouragement and reminder of the different ways that God is working in other areas in Thailand. I was also really challenged to be in thinking about how to be encouraging fellow Thai workers who live in a different city and start considering logistics and possibilities of training Thai Christians in other areas of Thailand. Still a long way to go with those thoughts, but good to be keeping it in mind.

This past weekend, i had my second visitor come stay with me. Was great to spend a couple days with Emily who is the daughter of a college friend. It was fun to give her a small taste of life in Thailand and share about some of the needs here.

I've now got a weekend of rest from visitors before the SMBC team come!

For those who pray:
- praise God for the opportunity to spend time with friends and be an encouragement to each other
- praise God for safe travels
- praise God for a place where i can have friends come and stay
- pray for wisdom in thinking about future ministry opportunities