All the time I’ve been here in Thailand, I’ve been struggling with what to write for my first blog post. It has to capture the essence of Thailand, show the ministry work we’ve done so far, and express my already profound love for this country and its people. Obviously. But all I can think about is how much coffee I’ve drunk.
(This isn’t even close to the amount of coffee I’ve consumed)
Back home, coffee was always something I enjoyed, but here it is my life force. Thai coffee is different from coffee in the States, it is sweeter and milky. Which is perfect for me, as I always had to add cream and sugar to my coffee; here I don’t have to. Honestly, I have drank so much coffee here that I’m pretty sure I’m now 80% caffeine. Aside from drinking coffee, I actually have been doing a lot of different activities.
My Grapevine family and I have been loving on the students here and just hanging out. We’ve explored both Thammasat campuses, had many SOUPer Tuesdays, sang karaoke until midnight, and just had fun. God is working here in Thailand; I can see it in the friendliness of the people and their desire to help others. God is so great and He is doing so many amazing things. I’m very lucky and proud to be a part of His work here.
Thailand itself is very beautiful; it’s a mixture of city buildings and every kind of tree imaginable. There are so many beautiful colors here, everywhere you look. The buildings are different colors and so are the flora. Even the language seems to have different colors.
Thai is full of lyrical noises, being a tonal language. Of course, that makes it hard to learn but also fun. Especially when you get something right and your own joy is reflected in the face of who you’re speaking with. Even when you get something wrong they’ll either correct you kindly or just nod and smile because they know what the silly American means.
Thailand is wonderful and beautiful and vast. I can’t wait to see more of it and meet more students!