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Bible with fairy tales

Do you believe the Bible is a fairy tale? I noticed the shelf location of this Bible recently in a Bangkok bookstore. More and more bookstores in Thailand are stocking Bibles as Thais become more and more interested in it (though it’s normally located in the religion section). Why? Because, like us at OMF Thailand, many Thais are starting to realize that it is God’s Word for people for today as it has throughout the ages – that it records God’s interaction with humankind, most importantly of which being Jesus’ life, teaching, death and resurrection on earth.

I’ve never been so happy and thankful to see clouds in my entire life. This summer’s temperatures in Nakhon Si Thammarat city have averaged around 36-37 degrees Celsius without the humidity. There has also hardly been any clouds in sight or rain for over two months, until yesterday when we felt a few short ‘sprinkles’ (not enough to be called a drizzle) of rain.


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However we are thankful even for the huge clouds which form a shielding barrier between the harsh sunlight that soaks into the concrete jungle of the city. It reduces the temperatures by one or two degrees and makes it much more bearable. Reminds me of the words found in Isaiah 4:5-6

New Living Translation (NLT)

5 Then the Lord will provide shade for Mount Zion
and all who assemble there.
He will provide a canopy of cloud during the day
and smoke and flaming fire at night,
covering the glorious land.
6 It will be a shelter from daytime heat
and a hiding place from storms and rain.

A wonderful reminder of some of His gentle mercies that we often take for granted each day.


1. Exercise

We all know that exercising on a regular basis will help you to stay healthy, right? Well, let\\\'s suppose you live in Thailand. And have two little children... The only time available to exercise is in the evenings, when they are sleeping. By then it\\\'s also cooler outside. But also dark. Plus if you went running in the dark about ten not so friendly street dogs would be chasing you home. Well, at least that would be a good motivation to exercise intensely, right?

If you have someone to watch the children during the day, you could go to a sports ground, or another public place like the middle of a round about: just follow the rythmic music and you will find a group of women doing aerobics. That can be fun and is also a good way to connect with people.

Swimming is also a good type of exercise in the hot season in Thailand. But if you are used to swim lanes without someone cro

ssing your way constantly: be careful. Especially when one half of the swimming pool is in shade and the other half in the sun. The Thais will just use the shady part, even if it means, that they cross your lane all the time... 

“Did you know? Mr.Suchat is dying… It doesn’t look good.”suchart3

I am standing in our kitchen one morning with our housekeeper/neighbor Mrs. Yaa when I hear her say this. I am frozen as I hear these words but not sure whether I understood correctly. Translating in my head slowly, I realized I heard it right. Our neighbor is dying?

“He fainted at home two days ago and has been in the hospital since,” Mrs. Yaa continued. “We don’t know how long he was there before a friend came over concerned about not seeing him.”

I keep thinking this couldn’t be true! I had just spoken to him earlier in the week.