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, June 11, 2012

The neighbours

One of the things I was really praying for was for some good neighbours who I could build relationships with and be a good witness to. Over the past week, I've been able to meet quite a few of the neighbours as I walked the 200m to the community washing machines. I'm really excited about the opportunities to be building relationships with them all. Already I've had a chance to share the gospel with a couple of them as we simply chatted about what I'm doing here, where I work and what I studied back in Australia. I am also really thankful for my P' Chern, my immediate neighbour who is really friendly, helpful and open to chatting about anything and everything. Not only has she given me a run down on all the various neighbours in the street, and introduced me to several of them. Over the past couple days, we've ended up chatting over the garage wall or in the street for a couple hours which has been really fun. Today as we were talking, she was asking me what I do in my language lessons. I told her that it depends on each week. Sometimes it's just reading grade 2 stories, but weeks that I have to teach the Bible to my cell group, I get my teacher to help me prepare the lessons in Thai. To that, she said if i ever need any help in reading the Bible in Thai, to go and ask her and she'd love to help. I was kinda shocked at the offer as she is a Buddhist and wasn't thinking she'd have any interest in helping me teach the Bible, but who knows what this could lead to. Please be praying for P' Chern and further opportunities to be sharing the good news about God with her.

I also met another neighbour yesterday too, P' Paa, who is a Christian. I'm not sure which church she goes to, but am excited about the opportunities we might have to encourage each other.

So, lots to give thanks for in terms of the neighbourhood so far! Still many neighbours I'm yet to meet, but so far, lots of opportunities.