Sunday morning was a joyful time at Pradumri UMC. Wednesday is Mother's Day in Thailand, because it is the Queen Sirikit's birthday. (Queen Sirikit's picture in on the left)
The Christians of Pradumri UMC have a tradition of placing flowers at the altar table. People will take flowers and give them to their mothers and "spiritual mothers". Pastor Sarah had a large bouquet of flowers as other women showed their deep gratitude for her pastoral leadership and spiritual nurture.
There was also much special music by the children, as well as a four-part harmony a cappella choir singing hymns. Harmony and multi-part singing is not usual in Thai music, including worship music. So this was a venture into new territory. There was also a humorous skit about being thankful and respectful to mothers. The Thai Christians are very creative and love to celebrate and have fun.
We thoroughly enjoyed worship at Pradumri UMC. We experienced passionate, joyful, Spirit-filled worship of our Lord Jesus Christ that fills the soul. We enjoyed worship even though we were both completely exhausted and very sleepy. Thailand is on the opposite side of the world, so we are completely turned around on time. I (Mike) didn't sleep at all on Saturday night.
Today (Monday, August 10) we go to get our visas. This is a multi-step process. We must stop for copies of our passports (every page) and a photos. We must also go to the language school to pick up our paperwork and fill it out. Then we go to Immigration Police in Bangkok. First we have to fill out our 90 day reports and get them registered. The ninety day reports lets the police know our where we are staying in Thailand. Then when that is complete, we put in our visa applications and paperwork and wait. These are always days filled with prayer, that all will go well and that God will give us favor in their eyes. The top priority we have is staying in the country because we cannot do our work otherwise.
I am going to close this blog out now and will get back with you later this week. We have much to say but do not have the time today. We have to head off to Bangkok now.