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.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hanging with Friends

It just occurred to me the other day that I haven't actually posted anything on this blog since the beginning of the month. As I stopped to think about why that is, I realised how non-stop this past month has been with various visitors and relationship building with Thai friends.

Dinner with the SMBC team at Goong-Ga-Ta

It was really exciting to be able to spend some time with the SMBC team while they were here on mission. I got to catch up with the team and share a bit about life here over a dinner and a lunch. On the teams last night I also ended up assisting some of the boys in living out their childhood fascination of lighting fireworks. It was exciting to be able to have the girls from the team come and spend a few days with me after their mission finished. Despite one of them somehow managing to get the childhood disease of hand, foot and mouth disease while she was here (so needing to rest up big time), i had heaps of fun hanging out with them, being able to give them a glimpse into my life here, introducing them to a few of my Thai friends, taking them along to my bible study group and even being able to join them in a Thai cooking class at my friend's cooking school, as well as a bit of time to chill out. Having the girls here brought back great memories of being back at college, great fellowship, silliness, food, encouragement, but sadly, no practical jokes :)

Thai cooking with the girls

the girls showing off their thai cooking skills

Suitably amused that the display at Chiang Mai airport was promoting koalas in Chiang Mai

Lots of my other time has also been spent building relationships and hanging out with lots of Thai friends. It's been great hanging out with lots of old friends, but i've also really been loving getting to know and some of the neighbours heaps more as well as well as spending time with some new Thai friends like P'Fon and her family. It's been a real blessing being able to spend time with them, be really encouraged by their wisdom and desire to serve God. It's also been heaps of fun just being able to hang out with them.

Hanging with P'Fon

For those who pray:
- Praise God for the opportunity to spend time with the SMBC this month
- Praise God for all new and old relationships with Thai friends
- Pray for wisdom in continued relationship building, that it will be godly and help others to know God more