Oct 30, 2007
Dec 05, 2007
. They took us to a local market, KadLuang, and we ate and bought treats. They knew the little alleyways that had the best food stalls, unbelievable! Twists and turns through the streets of Chiang Mai and we are buried in the heart of local culture, celebrating Christ with friends from Thailand! Last night we went a group of our guy friends whom we can refer to as the "birthday suits". - Allow us to explain. When my friend Jason was here for the previous 8 or 9 months he was teaching a group of guys who live here American phrases and they loved the phrase "birthday suits". Now that is the easiest way to refer to all of them at once.- We also went with two girls from China and a girl from Vermont to the movies. As Sandy and I were riding on the back of our friends motorbikes, we had one of those moments of "We're in Thailand!" and we laughed at how unbelievable our lives are at this moment.
As we were entering the Grand Canyon on September 19th, at 7:30 at night, we said, "It would be great if we could go live in a community in another culutre." Less than seven weeks later, and only six days into our stay in Thailand, God has already provided more than we could have hoped for. The last three nights we have went out on the town with friends from PCZ. The first night we went with two old interns and another friend (after they lost their soccer game), to walking street. A market that comes only on Sunday nights to two cross streets. To walk at medium speed through the crowds and vendors, it would probably take you an hour to walk the entire market. The next night is when God's faithfulness was really driven home. Our friend Oi, needed to go downtown to a bookstore so she got three boys to drive us on their scooters. We were buzzing down the streets of Chiang Mai, far off the beaten tourist path and that is when it hit me, within four days we have been accepted into a foreign friend group and are getting to have relationships and experiences that might take months to have in other situations