Today started out with a bang, quite literally! After having a team meeting at a coffee shop, where both Kathi and Katie were forcefully coerced into consuming their first cups of the delicious nectar of the gods known as coffee (that Katie carried around with her the rest of the day because she couldn't bring herself to finish hers)...
...one of the tires on our van blew while we drove down the freeway! We sat in our van while our driver took tools out, strategically laid them out on the barrier, and subsequently did nothing with them (because he did not have a spare)! But that van was eventually replaced by what could only be called a "Thai party bus...
Today we had the pleasure of visiting Praesert’s ministry, Home of Hope, and learned about the amazing things they are doing working with children in their communities. We also met Chuenjit and were given a run-down on her work with Thai youth in the juvenile detention system. We were treated to a snack of mangosteen, a plumb-type fruit, which Jordan devoured hungrily, and lychee, a small fruit similar to a kiwi, before another wonderful lunch of Thai food.
We then traveled to visit with Jon and Nok and their daughter Nana, and were blown away by the work God is doing through them. Nok detailed their approach to witnessing to a Thai people deeply entrenched in Buddhist thought, culture, and social systems. Their approach has its foundation firmly in building relationships with people, and once those relationships are established, they are able to begin the process of sharing the love of Jesus in a way that is understandable to this particular people group.
By: Tom and Katie