July 28, 2008

Bangkok Bookstores

Last week, Rusty and I made a trip to Bangkok in order to go to different Christian bookstores there. We were looking for books that we could use as textbooks for our seminary classes here in Chiang Mai. We'd been to the bookstores here in Chiang Mai but they didn't have much selection, so we figured we'd be able to find more in Bangkok, especially since there is a Baptist Seminary there and several other bookstores.

Neither of us have any experience travelling around Bangkok, a city of over 10 million people, so it was a bit of a daunting task having to try to find our way to these bookstores. We were blessed by the help of a Independent missionary who showed us the ropes and showed us around his printing ministry in Bangkok. After hitting a couple bookstores, we soon discovered, that 80-90% books they had, we had here in Chiang Mai. When we began our second day of travelling, I was excited because we were going to hit the Baptist Seminary, surely they'd have some good textbooks there. But to our dismay, they had the same books as everywhere else, including the book "The Hidden Power of Speaking in Tongues" (which made me wonder if it was really a Baptist Seminary).

We came back to Chiang Mai, disappointed in one aspect and seeing the need for some solid literature in Thai. We were thankful that we got to meet the Baptist missionary in Bangkok who is just beginning to translate some good material into Thai. This gives us a glimmer of hope for the future.

I'm Still Here

I know its been awhile since I last posted. It's been busy around but part of the reason for not posting has been laziness.

Tawm and I are doing good. Owen is now 8 months old (I will post some pics soon). He is crawling, standing, going up stairs and has two teeth now. He is still a very good boy and the center of attention whereever he goes [reminds me a little of me :)]

The work is going good. We have had really good attendance the last month or so and have been really pushing for a stronger commitment from our members. We are busy praying that God would lead us to a new building. The rent of the one we are in will be going up next year and so we looking into different options. Bible School is going good too.

Well, I will post some more later, just wanting to let you know that we're still here.
Thanks to all those who check our blog.