To our dear partners in Christ,
We thank our God every time we remember you. In all our prayers for all of you, we always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:3-6 NIV)
Last Saturday, February 27, our mission’s team to Thailand met at Baan Thai Restaurant in Los Baños for encouragement, fellowship and prayer. Please see attached photo below. We also ate Thai food to familiarize our taste palate for the mission. We met Kwan Chai, the owner of the restaurant, who is a Thai married to a Filipino and they have been living here in Los Baños for more than 20 years already. She said she still goes back to Thailand often to see her family though.
Kwan Chai was so hospitable to us. She accommodated us when we asked her to share with us some cultural and traditional background about Thailand. She taught us that it is very rude for them when someone uses his feet to point at something. That it is prohibited to step on money, for printed in it is the image of their king and queen. When you are seen stepping on anything that has the image of their royalties, you can be put to jail. The basic reason is that our feet has the lowest position in the body thus putting anyone under it disrespects the person. In contrast, we should not touch anyone’s head also, especially the monks; most especially women. She also said that younger people always greet older people and bow to them as a sign of respect. When eating, you have to eat silently and not to burp aloud which is a sign of disrespect.
It was both fun and challenging learning about Thai language too. She taught us some basic local words, how to pronounce them accompanied with certain gestures as you say the word. Examples are: sawasdee kah – to greet or say “hello” to women; sawasdee krub – to greet or say hello to men; and “my pet” – which means “not spicy.”
We really had an enjoyable time at Baan Thai but most specially we were able to make friends with Kwan Chai. We said we will be visiting her again in her restaurant. I pray that the next time we visit we would be able to share Jesus to her.
Again, it is our joy to share these reports to you. We pray that God fill you all with joy, peace and blessings in every way. May God answer every specific prayer you ask of Him. We pray that you may know God in a deeper way through Jesus. Amen.
Edmund, Ivy, and Hady 🙂