Thursday, July 11
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) plans to be a community by 2015. To compete on this new multination platform, Thailand needs training in English and in intercultural skills. Payap University invites the Christian Volunteers Thailand program to help. Ozzie Crocco, our first volunteer, sums up his time at Payap in the blog entry below.
“As I reflect on my time at Payap University, I can’t help but think about the people I’ve met and the stories I’ve been honored to hear. There’s the Burmese student who worked 16-hour days at a gas station for $22 a month, the American whose parents were missionaries who doesn’t really know where to call home, the Australian-Cambodian who goes running every morning, and the privileged Thai student whose parents want him to study English to make a name for himself—and for them.
“There’s the sanguine and sheltered Baptist, the driven and professional Brazilian, the Canadian with dreads, the Filipino confused as being Thai, and the “The more I think about it, maybe we are all misfits. We’re all searching for belonging and peace, all broken, all confused—all loved by God.”
—Rev. Dr. Esther Wakeman, PC(USA) mission co-worker, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Church of Christ in Thailand:
Rev. Dr. Sharon Bryant, coordinator of Christian volunteers
Carol Fujii, team ministry
Rev. Leith Fujii, instructor in theology and evangelism, Bangkok Institute of Theology
Annette George, music teacher, Payap University
Rev. Dr. Esther Wakeman, university administrator, Payap University
Amy Davisson Galetzka, ministry to Burmese refugees in Thailand, Kawthoolei Karen Baptist Churches
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Terry Leiner, PMA
Jennifer Lenard-Benson, PMA
Ruth Leonard, PMA
Let us pray
Father, thanks for the joy of being shared by you, in all our diversity and brokenness, with those you love. Grant us grace to embrace your blessings as we journey with others in this amazing adventure of life. Amen.