Missions Trip Day 7: What Bugs Me

I was excited to eat crickets and beetles this morning. Now I feel like I’m in Thailand. Actually, the bugs were not bad at all. Of course they are not as good as shrimp or chicken. But if this is all you have, you make do.

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Cappuccino and crickets. What a lovely pairing. Haha. Our team were good guests, and it was a lot of fun. Rahchon sat by me with the bowl, so I was able to put down about three crickets and 7 beetles. Noms.

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We drove down the valley, then back up to the next Hill Tribe.

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We set up shop in Nula School. My job was to again assist with the meds.

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What an amazing experience. Surreal….

After the long journey back to church, then to our hotel, we were finally able to shower. Unfortunately, we had to stay at the T. Corner Inn. Crazy thing. I brought 6 rolls of toilet paper on my trip. I used none in the hills, but two rolls in hotels. How’s that?

For dinner, we joined Pastor Neil & Diana at the SP Kitchen. I had the seafood with gravy over crispy noodle.

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We went shopping at Tesco and had ice cream there. Here I am with a pile of durian.

We had devotions tonight. Very sleepy after a sleepless night in the hills.

Missions Trip Day 8: On the Road Again

No, not on bike. We took the van 7 hours back to Bangkok. Here I am in the lobby of the T. Corner Inn at check out.

We picked up souvenirs and snacks along the way. The best part of the ride is that it gives the team time to bond. We’ve become close.

The best part of today was being reunited with Sam and Jeannie. The team is back together! Praise God. We had a nice devotional time.

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We had dinner back at the Bang Kapi food court. I think I’m becoming too experimental. I forgot to mention that you buy coupons at these food courts. You can always get your money back for unused coupons.

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I think this was some kind of ice cream. My favorite dessert in Thailand was mango w/ sticky rice & coconut milk.

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Back at the Kantary House Hotel. Pastor Goi left bags of rambutan and mangosteen for the team to enjoy.

Feeling sad that my missions portion of the trip is coming to an end.

Missions Trip Day 9: Free Day

Today was our free day to play tourist. We were blessed to have Yo and Pastor Goi as our guides. We knew that we would be going to good places. We took a 2-hour drive to the Floating Market.

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There were food boats, souvenir vendors, and lots of things to see. You could barter for better bargains.

The team had an absolute blast.

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Another amazing memory will be the elephant rides. We rode in pairs and tried taking pics of one another. I was with Brother Jeremy.

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Our elephant kept flapping its ears. I think it thinks it’s a bird of some kind….

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Then we went to the Maeklong Railroad Market. This is what I had hoped to see. There were amazing foods and smells. Then the train came right through the market at noon.

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There were fruits and animals that I had never seen before.

We had lunch at a restaurant called Samut Songkhram near the river.

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That evening, we went to a super mall to eat and shop.

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Getting back home was an adventure. We took the Sky Train, then a connecting train to bypass traffic. We then took two taxis back to the hotel. Unprecedented….

We packed supplies for Friday’s clinic. I packed for my trip home.

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It’s Official

It’s official! After much prayer, I will be going on a medical missions trip to Thailand next May. This will be through my church, Hope Chapel West O’ahu. We will be going to Mae Sot, Thailand, which is on the western boarder next to Burma (Myanmar.) I will be serving there for two week before returning home. The rest of the missions team will continue on to the Philippines for an additional week. We will be partnering with local churches to set up clinics in schools.

I am very blessed to be serving. I humbly ask for your prayers.

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19

P.S. Someone once told me that providing financial support may be the only way for some people to ever participate in a missions trip. If you are interested in supporting me, here is a pdf form with instructions on making a tax deductible donation.