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Update from Thailand :: June 15

Today was our day of worship with Tui and Pe Da's Lahu church. Tui has been our host for this trip and is the Center Director for UHDP. Before making the short trip to church, we had breakfast that included fried rice. Earlier in the week, Luke had requested fried rice. Seeing his request granted brought a smile to his face.

On our trip to church, Jason was able to put his Thai driving skills to the test while operating one of our vehicles. He did very well, although I believe the first turn threw him a little. Once we arrived at church, we made some introductions and then observed the children during their Sunday School. The kids sang and learned a memory verse. After rehearsing the verse a few times as a group, several were called forward to say the verse in front of the whole group. Some came forward individually and others in pairs. We could tell that the teacher corrected any who did not put their hands "down to their sides." After singing and learning scripture, we gave the children gifts of crayons, coloring books, and Playdo. We colored with them and helped them with building different models with the clay. Following Sunday School, we went to the worship service.

Their service was much like ours in terms of structure. When they sang from the hymnal, several of the ladies brought us hymnals turned to the right page. With the English pronunciation on a lower line of the music, we sang along. A few days ago, we had been asked to participate in the service by singing two songs and preaching the sermon. Our two songs included "Blest Be The Tie That Binds" that we sang as a group and "It Is No Secret What God Can Do" that Ed sang as a solo with the rest of us accompanying him on the chorus. Ed did a fantastic on the solo. It was beautiful. Eric's sermon was great, too. His message was "Be good, work hard, and have fun," and was based on three rules his mother gave him when he began school. Hearing the sermon in English, northern Thai, and Lahu illustrated how God speaks to all people groups around the world. After church, we were greeted with handshakes and kinds words in Lahu by numerous church members.

Following worship, we went to Tui and Pe Da's house for a traditional Lahu meal, consisting of meatballs cooked in banana leaves, a potato dish, and fresh pineapple and cucumber. Bryan presented Lek Lek with a waterproof journal for writing and drawing. Sabra and Cathy also presented Pe Da and their daughter Lek Lek with gifts that only women can appreciate.

After lunch and a tour of Tui and Pe Da's farm, we went to an open air market in Fang. Needless to say, some of the meat items for sale are not found at HyVee! We then enjoyed treats at Nine Cool Coffee, one of Jason and Christy's favorite hang-out spots during their stay in Thailand. With free Wi Fi available at the coffee shop, most of us spent time checking e-mail and connecting with friends around the world.

During our reflection time in the evening, we focused mostly on our wonderful worship experience at the Lahu church.


Posted by Kelsey Adams at 12:50 PM
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