Jan. 9-12, 2015. The flights to Bangkok this time were perhaps the best I have ever experienced. Though I did not have an empty seat next to me on the legs from Dallas to Tokyo and from Tokyo to Bangkok, the Lord gave me several hours of sleep which I believe was a great help in acclimating to the new time zone. I arrived late Saturday night and Tim came Sunday morning. It is always a climactic moment when we are together in other countries doing the Lord’s work.
Tim arranged that we have lunch at 2:30 p.m. with “A” who along with her mother, kindly agreed to store 11 cases of manuals that were shipped from the printer in New Delhi, India. She also shipped four cases to Chiang Mai for us so they would available for the conference there, where Tim had been asked to give a presentation of GPHC during two of the workshops on Wednesday and Thursday. We wanted to thank them for serving us with such willing hearts. It was wonderful to meet them for the first time. Tim told me the story of how “A” came to Christ when she was in NC years ago and how this has affected her family. What a bright, fervent spirit!
We took the train from Siloam station to Siam and found the restaurant she said we should meet at. It was a delightful time together and it strengthened our relationship with them. Just to confirm their servant’s heart, they would not allow us to pay for the lunch. Such is the spirit of so many people God has put in our lives. We do not ask for this, but God in His overflowing grace has freely given to us through those whose hearts have been regenerated by Christ.
Monday was a day spent in getting our brochures and cards printed and planning how we would put packets together for the conference, where they expected 200 to attend. On my previous trip, I came across a printer very near the Bangkok Christian Guest House, who would print for us at a reasonable price. Because the ‘letter’ paper size in S. E. Asia is 9 x 11.5, it is challenging to take an 8.5 x 11 brochure and make it fit into a tri-fold paper that is a little larger. They had the graphic skills to create a near perfect fit so the folds would be in the right place. As you will see throughout this journal, there are many small situations where God has provided what we need at the right time and in the right way. We do not consider these for our comfort, but that He is glorified through all we do and that we strive to make Him known to the world through every detail in life.
After talking through the needs of the conference and our promise to provide manuals to the Chinese students at the training center in Chiang Mai, we decided to take another box of manuals with us on our flight the next morning. The question was---would this extra weight tip the scale over our combined allowed limit of 60 kilograms?
Stay tuned for the next journal entry tomorrow.
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