Doing all three for Jesus.
This post was part of the 1 year in Thailand posts—but I had such a hard time getting pictures to download! Oh well! Better late than never!
Who does not like to eat? Well, actually, I have met people that do not care about eating, but those are some strange cookies!
Thailand has lots of yummy food! I cannot eat a lot of it, because it has soy sauce in it, but sometimes, I do not care and just eat it anyway!
One of the neat things about Bangkok, is all the food it has here from different countries. AJ has learned he really likes Indian food, and I actually like kimchi. The girls have been less open to eating new foods, but slowly and surely, the smells and tastes are growing on them. Ahmet can eat just about anything, whether he likes it or not, but thankfully, he usually likes whatever he tries.
I thought today I would share some pictures with you of yummy dishes. If I were you, I would make sure I just ate, because these pictures will make you hungry!
This is delicious Pad Thai from the Issan area of Thailand. This one has chicken, rice noodles, tamarind paste, limes, bean sprouts,and tofu cooked in an egg
Ahmet ate this Fish Ball Soup at a little outdoor restaurant. Anyone know what fish balls taste like? Ahmet says they taste like a hotdog made from fish!
This right here was a surprise! It is pork stir fried with veggies in some kind of chili sauce…and I loved it! Just the right amount of heat when eaten with rice-and a coke!
I do not know what this is called, or even all the ingredients. All I know is my taste buds jumped for joy when I was devouring eating this bowl of awesomeness. There was a lot of cilantro, lime, chicken, some fish sauce, and some type of potato type thing.
The beginning of my family’s favorite curry dish, but don’t ask me the name, because seriously, when food is this good-who cares what it is called!
This is Rambuten, and it is an ultra sweet, juicy fruit. It can be a pain to get to though, because you have to peel it and then avoid the big seed, but it is so worth the hassle!
Good thing I just ate dinner, or I would be drooling! Eating the food of the culture around you is a great way to get to know someone and connect with them.
The other night, I ate a biscuit. A hot, doughy, melt-in-your-mouth biscuit. It was the first time in the 2 years I have been gluten free, that I caved and HAD to eat some delicious gluteny food. Granted, I have never been truly gluten free, because it just isn’t possible when your daughter loves baking and her eyes shine when you agree to take a little bite of her newest recipe. (Let me tell you, the girl can bake!)
Anyway, back to the biscuits. They smelled just like the ones my granddad would make-that he taught me how to make, and I have taught my kids how to make. It is amazing how much smell can trigger emotions. And saliva. Or the gag reflex. In this case, though, it triggered desire, and I was simply overcome. Memories merged with the doughy aroma, and before I knew it, the roof of my mouth was burned and I was thinking that Country Crock could have prevented that. Sigh.
It was a conscious decision-and one I immediately felt guilty for choosing. Yet, I found myself contemplating eating another one. After all, I had eaten the first one too fast, and it hadn’t been quite as delicious as I remembered them being. A second one might be better. Plus, the damage was already done-I was going to be sick, so what would one more biscuit hurt. And then, just like that, I thought, “That is what sin is like.”
We know it is wrong, we should not do it, say it, think it. Yet, somehow we allow ourselves to be overcome by a temptation, even though God has promised He is here to help us overcome the temptation. Then, once overcome, we reason it away, and find it not so hard to acquiesce to a second time.
It really does not matter what sin we are talking about either. When my pastor was visiting last year, he mentioned something about the sin of self-pity. I had never before given much thought to self-pity being a sin, much less it being one of mine, but God hit me right in my heart with my pastor’s statement. Truly, going to the mission field brings out all the ugly in your heart! Even ugly you had no clue was in there! Too me, “self-pity” and “victim mentality” were synonyms, until I started looking into self-pity, and realized I sure had been feeling sorry for myself lately. Not only had I been feeling sorry for myself, but I had been acting on those emotions as well! I deserved to watch a tv show, eat some ice cream, and spend time scrolling through Pinterest. After all, I missed my family and friends, Thai is hard, homeschooling is consuming, and the list could go on! Completely ridiculous on my part, but thankfully, God does not leave us where we are, and He used my pastor to get my attention.
What if I had taken a different approach when I first started feeling sorry for myself? What if I had turned to Jesus, my truest friend? What if I had chosen for God to be my portion, and His joy my strength? I cringe to think of the time I wasted feeling sorry for myself, instead of growing closer to my Saviour.
Lesson learned a year ago (and when I ate the biscuit)–temptations will happen, but I do not have to be overcome. Abundant life is mine to have because of the death and burial of Christ.
James 1: 3-5 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
It was only 3 days long, but it feels like a lot changed in those few days. Before sharing the details of the club, I want to share some of those changes, and what I learned.
1. Relationships in the community are vital to growing God’s church.
2.The “Soi Mama” now tells people to come learn English with us! Hopefully, one day soon she will be telling them to come learn about Jesus.
3. While any ministry requires some money, it does not take as much as I have been led to believe. The truth is, if you use what God has given you, you will always have enough. ****Disclaimer: I’m not saying to cut back on your missions giving. We are not cutting back on ours! All I am saying is there is no need for everything to be top of the line, perfect, and expensive. The missionary is setting the standard for the locals who will one day run the church, and we must be very mindful of what standard we give them. It must be sustainable.
4. Love is the most important thing! Love God and love the people He has made!
5. Do not wait for people to come to you! You must make it a point to reach out to them.
6. I’m not sure when, but during the camp, God put a much deeper love in my heart for the people around the church building. For this, I am grateful.
Now, on to detail!
We had so much fun! And we were exhausted. Truly, by the end of the week, I had nothing left to give to anyone except praise to God.
The English theme was “Around the World” but the Bible lessons centered around Jesus. We were so blessed to have Dusty Salmon teaching the Bible lessons for us. Since he grew up here, his Thai is perfect and he really enjoys teaching kids. Also, Jong, my Thai tutor, came all three days to help with the club. He was a huge blessing!
Monday: The children learned about snowy owls, zebras, and red pandas (by the way-they are the cutest animals ever!) For craft, we used a fork to paint snowy owls. The kids loved this craft! In Bible time, they learned about Heaven and the Lamb’s Book of Life. The children also learned a verse of “No, Not One” in Thai and “God Made Me” in English. Then, we all worked to memorize Genesis 1:1 in Thai. The verse is not hard, but for some reason I have the hardest time pronouncing their word for Genesis! However, it kept the kids giggling so I won’t complain.
Tuesday: We had to make an unexpected trip to immigration this day, but sweet friends of ours willingly jumped right in for us! The Sutton and Weeks families saved the day! The children learned about different fruits, and then painted pineapples using their finger prints. They turned out spectacular! Bible time was about Adam and Eve, and the fulfillment of God’s promise in Christ.
Wednesday: Almost done! For the last day, we taught about New Year celebrations around the world. What a blast! I read that in Japan, people will send greeting cards to each other for New Years, so we made cards in craft time. Some of those kids are very talented! For Bible time, Dusty shared his salvation story.
On Thursday evening, we had a little ceremony where the kids sang the two songs they learned, said some basic English sentences, and recited Genesis 1:1. We gave each child a certificate (they loved this!) and together we enjoyed some yummy fruit and brownies. There was a mom and grandma who came to this ceremony, and they were so sweet! They are from Myanmar and they even brought their Bible to the ceremony. Let me pause here and say-their writing is so pretty, but it looks so hard! Both ladies are looking forward to services starting and told us they are grateful that we will be doing a separate English service because they are more comfortable in the English language than Thai. Praise the Lord for directing our steps!
Well, that is it in a very large nutshell! The club was such a blessing to our family, and definitely made us more excited about starting the church in June. If you read all the way to the end of this post-you are awesome!
Hi! My name is Rachael and I am a child of God. I was saved from sin and all its bondage at the age of 21.