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Fundraising Thai style

It was a chilly morning for Thailand as we set off on a short motorbike ride to a local temple, by the time we got to the temple I was feeling quite cold. Friends had invited us to observe this [...]

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Chinese new year

The roads were quiet as I drove to my language helpers shop and home on the eve of Chinese New Year. As I drove I noticed many shops and homes had Chinese lanterns and outside many Thai homes I [...]

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Christ over corruption

Over this past year, I have been wanting to do adventure ministry in the area where I live in order to reach local youth and young adults. A few kilometres from my house there is a small mountain [...]

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Unfinished

The video ends with the word – Unfinished! This word challenged both Trish and I as we watched a video that was made by a short-term team from Sydney that partnered with us during our Christmas [...]

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What are the chances?

Nothing happens by accident because God orchestrates everything, whether large outreaches or divine appointments! December is always a busy time for us. Christmas has become more familiar to the [...]

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Lessons in falling

Recently on an Adventure camp I was lead climbing, preparing a climb for the campers. At first glance I thought this climb was great with lots of hand holds, many places to put your feet, most [...]

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God above all others

This morning I walked out of our house to take our youngest son to school when I saw this table full of offerings in front of our two neighbors’ houses. In case you can’t tell, the [...]

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A wake-up call

We began visiting people in the Phrom Khiri community on Wednesdays a couple months back. It’s something I used to like to do with my dad when I was a child, probably because I would often [...]

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It is the season

The sounds of Christmas have begun in Thailand with all the familiar classic songs that we are used to back home, being played at our local mall. The feelings of nostalgia and excitement from my [...]

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Rainy season……… mold and flooding

This week we are reminded of the all that we don’t like about rainy season in South Thailand, namely mould, endless days of rain and the potential of flooding. This is our second year in South [...]

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Breath of fresh air

Two weeks ago I started my early morning exercise routine, which is basically jogging a few laps around our neighbourhood block and getting a good start to the day. I had always wanted to do this [...]

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Spirit worship in Thailand

A few weeks ago I was visiting a Thai friend on a Tuesday morning. I don’t generally go visiting in the morning, but this visit gave me a new insight into spirit worship in Thailand. Phi [...]

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Going bananas

Thailand is a fruit paradise. The climate allows for wondeful ‘summer’ fruits all year round. Bananas, mangoes, pineapple, guava, and many other fruit, half of which I cannot spell since I’ve [...]

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Khun’s story

On our recent Adventure camp there was one teenager that was always sitting outside the group and it was a struggle to get him to participate in any of the activities. Sadly towards the end of [...]

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“Wai” or “Wai” not?

Our house in Phrom Khiri is near the district office, and recently they held an installation service for a new Buddha statue/idol placed in the front (it is the black statue in the photo). Caleb, [...]

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How much risk is too much? How much risk is too little?

One of the topics that comes up in conversation as we prepare for adventure ministry is “risk”. One of the goals of Adventure Camp is to get the kids to do activities that they perceive as risky. [...]

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At what cost?

During the last month I have had quite deep conversations with 2 different ladies who live in my area. Both of theses ladies are mums to young children and both have been considering working away [...]

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Waving hello

Thai culture is unique and wonderful, very different from my own warm South African upbringing. We first noticed this in 2014, when we first arrived in Thailand, and quickly learned about [...]

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Are we lone rangers?

For the past six or so years, adventure camps have been a core part of the OMF South Thailand ministry. My first one was as a short-termer 5 ½ years ago, with Jeff, and another short-termer and 4 [...]

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Neighboorhood connections

  In trying to get back into Thai language learning, I sought out the help of Ms. Noy, who is a neighbor of ours and also a former Thailand championship takraw player. Ms. Noy has made her [...]

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Why we teach English

Recently I started teaching English at our local Anubaan (kindergarten). I volunteer and teach there every Friday for a few hours. Partly, I am doing this because I miss teaching in a classroom [...]

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Where are you doing mission?

This photo reflects the reality of cross-cultural mission today. Included in this photo are local Christians, a Thai evangelist working with our missionary teams, members of a Korean-American [...]

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There’s always something good

The missionary life can be a bit of a rollercoaster at times, of hopeful opportunities followed by disappointments. But God always gives us some kind of encouragement when we need it! Our team [...]

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Ask, seek and knock

Recently, we were able to host a short-term team of 8 people from our home church back in the U.S. Part of the trip involved having the team help us with a 2-day English Camp at a local school in [...]

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Rotis with a side order of Bible

I was teaching a Bible class in the evenings in Phuket, South Thailand. I had extra time during the day and so would frequent a Roti shop run by a young Muslim man. This man impressed me because [...]

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Unexpected blessings

The past month has seen unusually heavy rains across South Thailand resulting in flooding across vast areas of the South of Thailand. One of the areas that flooded was the area we live in, [...]

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Introducing Phrom Khiri

Phrom Khiri (pronounced Prome Keeree). It’s a beautiful district in the southern Thai province of Nakhon Si Thammarat. It’s made up of five sub-districts and has a population of over 35,000 [...]

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Why do we eat out so often in Thailand

This is an often asked question of missionaries. One of the reasons we eat out so often is that eating out is often cheaper than eating at home. But the main reason our family eats out is to get [...]

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Thailand has lost its colour

I feel like Thailand has lost its colour.  I have lived in Thailand for over 16 years.  Normally, it is a place of colour, noise and smiles.  My Thai friends and neighbours love to wear bright [...]

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Why can’t they speak with subtitles?

A while ago we were watching a movie about Australia. After a while we decided to put on the subtitles as English is our second language and the strong accent was too hard for us to understand. [...]

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