Today is an amazing day!! I have been praising Jesus for an hour non stop.
Earlier in the week I was talking to Teresa saying that it would be
nice if i could have a new teacher & mentioned 2 other teachers. The
reason why I mentioned these teachers because they would be better for my learning style which is audible.
Class started the next day & my teacher (who is a Christian) said
that she was really sorry. She was sorry because there were new students
that were coming & they requested her to be their Thai language
teacher. I was going to have to change teachers to one of the ones I
told Teresa about. I told Teresa after class & she couldn't believe
how God answered my prayer, but I didn't ask God. I just said to Teresa
how I wanted a new teacher in passing.
"Enjoy serving the Lord, and he will give you what you want. Psalm 37:4"
Today was the 2nd day with my new teacher & I started class by
asking her how to get to a hotel in the city where a Thai church is. She
said "Matt, I am sorry. I not Christian, I Buddhist." This did not
phase me at all & quietly asked if she knew where the hotel was. She
quite happily found the hotel for me & we started my new lesson
which was on your job now & in the past.
I started the
lesson by practising my job as a Thai language student now & then my
teacher said that in the past I was a teacher. I shared with her that I
was a pastor, not a teacher. She was very confused because she was
basing her thoughts from her experience that a Buddhist lama/monk is
just a teacher of their writings. I explained to her that A pastor is
many occupations together. When I shared that pastors are
listeners/counsellors she changed her look all together.
asked if she could share something to me. She said that she has not
slept since her fathers death years ago. She can't stop thinking about
him & asked what she should do. Time stopped & God started
speaking to me about my Mongolian language teacher & that this is
the same. For me time started again & I told my teacher that I did
not know what to do, but would spend time praying for her & will
talk with her on Monday.
My mission; to study Thai & be Christ to everyone around me, including my teacher who does not know.
Many of you know that my Mongolian teacher told me last year when we
were in Canada that she is now a believer in Jesus. 2 years of Mongolian
language learning, her asking me hundreds of questions during class
time, getting together as families & building
relationship/friendship together. I still talk to her every once & a
while & pray for her, her husband & children often.
Here I ride my 2nd hand Asian fold up bicycle everywhere & place all
my things in my recycled bag tied to my bike. Every Thai person laughs
at me when they see me. I am the foolish foreigner on the bicycle
that says "phuam sa wa dii khrap" translated "friend how are you." They
are starting to know my name & the awesome thing is that it's the
same as it was in Mongolia at 1st just a different language.
Mongolian: Мэт Би мэдэхгүй (Mett, I don't know)
Thai: Met may saap (in English phonetics, Mett I don't know)
Then they laugh at me more & I laugh harder then them at myself
& mess up some more. Any wall they could have ever had falls down
because I am such a fool & a foolish foreigner laughing at myself in
a complete save face culture.
"But God chose the foolish
things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the
world to shame the strong. 1 Corinthians 1:27"
To God be all the glory! I would never trade this life for anything.