Christ, and Christ Alone

Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
Trip End Jan 25, 2013

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Yesterday the students and Greg went to the Elephant camp. That had such an amazing time. They enjoyed an hour long elephant show where they saw elephants play sports, paint, pose in various positions and perform tricks. Following the show the students had their pictures taken with the elephants. They enjoyed the ox cart ride although they reported it was very bumpy. Before lunch the students, along with their Thai buddy, rode an elephant through the jungle. They fed the elephants sugar canes and bananas for 20 baht. Lunch was served at the camp. It was buffet style meal and included chicken, soup, salad, noodles, rice, fruit, vegetables and ice cream. The afternoon included a ride down the river in a bamboo raft. Everyone enjoyed the day and I heard one student say, "I just can't believe this is real."

We are a small group this year. Everyone is laid back and very willing to try new things. This is not what I typically experience. They are trying to get everything out of their experience. So far, culture shock has not been overwhelming for this group. They have developed a great rapport with their Thai buddies and we have not had any set backs or problems.

On Saturday evening, Aj. Maew cooked fried rice and egg soup for dinner. After dinner the students went to the Walking Street market to buy souvenirs. Students enjoyed their buys. It was rather crowded and a lot to take in so the students were a little overwhelmed about this experience but had a lot of fun.I did not accompany the students to today’s events as I had to prepare for my 3 day Simulation Conference that I am presenting this Weds, Thurs, & Friday. Greg took charge today and did well. Today, Sunday, we started the day out with worship. Greg talked about the simple truth of Jesus Christ. Following his message we shared our testimonies, sang some choruses and closed in prayer. It was a very special time. We had three Thai students join us for worship. They are Christians and shared their testimony with us. They also came prepared with worship songs, in English.

Following our worship time we met as a class to go over Delegation & Management issues as well as to address our cultural experiences. For lunch we went to a little street restaurant for a common Thai dish that consists of white rice, boiled or fried chicken, clear chicken broth soup, pork on a stick and cucumber salad. Everyone enjoyed their meal. So far, the food has not been too spicy. The Thai buddies bought my students coconut Thai ice cream that everyone loved.

After lunch we walked to the nearby Cultural Center where we received a guided tour on the history of Chiang Mai. It was very interesting and we learned a lot. Following our tour we went shopping for Thai attire. The students wanted to buy a Thai outfit for our Kohn Toke Dinner on Tuesday night. Everyone seemed pretty pleased with their purchases including the bartered prices.

The students had pizza tonight for dinner and then their Thai buddies escorted them to the Street Market for some more souvenir shopping. Pi Jip and her family took my family to dinner. Brianne had the evening free so we went to her hotel and picked her up earlier in the afternoon so she could join us for dinner tonight. We ate at a Chinese restaurant close to one of the hospitals. JigSaw was on call tonight so we had to eat close by. The food was wonderful. We had new food tonight including shark fin. Jeremy has tried more new food in the past 3 days than he has during his entire life. He is a very picky eater back in the States but here he wants to try everything and he is finding that he likes a lot of the food. I was worried he was going to lose weight while he is here but that fear no longer exists. Linda, he might even be gaining weight at this point. But, don't worry. If he grows out of his American clothe, he has Thai clothe that will fit him.

Following dinner we returned back to our apartment. Tomorrow is our first day in the hospital so we have some preparation to do. Morning ceremony is early in the morning so we are getting ready to retire early tonight. Sweet dreams and I will try and post tomorrow evening. Good night.
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Marti Derr on

Tell Jeremy not to eat too much or he won't even be able to get up on a tube, let alone skiis!! Thanks for the update. Greetings to everyone, Thai friends and students. Marti

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