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 5, 2012

What next?

I'm not even going to begin trying to get through all the details of the past week - and who knows what's to come? This past week has felt like one big roller coaster adventure ride with extreme ups and downs that seem to be never ending. I kind of feel like i'm only just hanging on right now, but at every step along the way, I have been amazed to see God's hand at work, and despite the fact that crazy situations keep rearing their head, I'm looking forward to seeing how God will use the latest.

So...in brief summary....the highs and the lows

Motorbike accident update - things are probably the best that they could possibly be given the situation. The lady is making a good recovery at the moment after being moved to a different hospital. We've been able to form a good relationship with the lady and her family, and they're happy for us to visit, in fact have asked to visit and not be strangers to them. My sister even had an opportunity to pray with the lady last Saturday, so that was a huge praise point. The 'saga' is still far from over as we still need to follow routine of meeting with this lady and the police one last time once she is out of hospital so the police can 'close the case' and we can finalise insurance, but we're hoping this will be fairly straightforward, and it's nice to know that the policeman has been really sympathetic to our side and will make sure there's a fair settlement at the end.

Amazing opportunities - Today at my nephews birthday party, my sister and i were talking to my sister's landlord and neighbour who are both good friends. After years of relationship building and prayer for them to come to know Jesus, today we saw a massive step forward in both of them keen to send their kids to church. The parents themselves aren't yet ready to go, but it is a huge step forward to hear them being open to their children going. Huge praise and prayer point!

Tonight, our team got hit with another bombshell - Jasmine, the youngest daughter of our team mates who is only 20 months old, had a fall in the kitchen and managed to break her femur. Poor thing is now in a full hip spica for the next month. Who knows what God has planned for this latest accident but for me, i'm really appreciating the gift of singleness and freedom to be able to go and help people at a moments notice. Don't know what's going on right now, but i seem to have had quite a few emergency calls from friends in the past couple weeks to take kids to ballet, to babysit for the night, to baby sit while parents are at the ER etc etc etc. Think it's time to start a Dial-a-Dweb emergency service! But it is a real blessing to be able to serve others.

Also had a great opportunity to be sharing about Jesus with another neighbour today. Despite all the downs, i'm really excited about the opportunities that God might have in store over here. Keep praying that i'll take hold of these opportunities and that I'll keep trusting God, not matter what happens next.