After a full 24 hours of no sleep, airplane food, multiple games of competitive solitaire, and a short burst of "Pilates with Tom" in Seoul...
We made it to Bangkok at midnight local time, exhausted and ready to crash! Fraser (of Bright Hope World) met us at the airport and guided us to our accommodations for the next few nights, Bangkok Christian Guest House. We arrived with enough time for a few hours of sleep before meeting the next morning for a team meeting with Fraser’s crew from New Zealand. We ate breakfast and then traveled to Rahab Ministries, where we got to see what they have been up to. This ministry is situated in the red light district and enables women to leave prostitution by providing them with sustainable jobs. It was encouraging to see a fully-funded partnership flourishing. We had an opportunity to buy handmade products in their store, and they treated us to a lunch of many authentic Thai dishes of varying spice!
Above are crocheted animals made by the women of the Rahab ministry. This is one of their business ventures that helps the women make a living and sustain the ministry. Here is their website and online store: www.rahabministriesthailand.com.
Yummy Thai lunch we had with the ladies of Rahab ministries.
After lunch we took a van to meet with the Good News Team. They own a small building where they create all of their pamphlets and magazines, respond to children that have replied to the correspondence course, and are beginning to establish their initial online presence. The team is led by Noinon and Jean, who are married. There are five others on the Good News Team, which goes into schools in seven provinces in Thailand to share Jesus with the kids through puppet shows and music. From there the children are able to begin their mail correspondence with the team. Through this relationship the Good News Team is able to help children accept Christ and connect them with local churches to further develop their faith. The team sang us one of their songs from their shows and we joined in, creating what could only be described as a joyful noise! It was great to meet the team and catch up on their work in the last year. The meeting solidified our commitment to them and the work they're doing.
Tomorrow we'll be meeting with Chuenjit and two potential future partners; we are excited to see how it unfolds!
By: Tom, Katie and Jordan