The Hammock Spirit

“There seem to be more of them than last time,” I was thinking out loud.  We were passing a plot of land with many hammocks strung between the trees.  It’s located next to a parking lot for school buses and opposite of two schools. “Very...

All power is given to Him!

Recently, I once again talked to Mrs. D. For about 3 years, she has been living in Sahatsakhan and making her living by selling grilled pork in the market. Therefore she has contact with many people and is well known in the area. She came...

Graceful boredom

Sometimes life in a remote village in Isaan can be boring. For Isaan people too. What a grace for missionaries! I’m thinking about the hours in the afternoon at the market when there are no customers, or about the old people who are hanging around...

Big encouragement from small talk

Two years ago we started a cell group at Baan Kohklam village. Phii Nii was one of the leading members of that group so we wanted to train her up to be the leader of that group. But after some months, she made excuses and...

Three ladies on a bench

To take on a new role in church planting may sound like we have achieved something.  “From now on we do not need to do ‘the work’, but we will coach our brothers and sisters from behind the scenes!” But I have to admit, sentences...

Confusion at T-junction

’It’s for the spirits, so that they don’t get confused. Because spirits travel in straight lines and this is a T-junction, that will confuse them’’ one of my neighbours replied when I asked her about the small construction in the middle of the road. A...

Where is Jesus now?

As I walked into one of our regular printing shop, I was greeted by the smiling shop keeper.  He is an industrious man that will often engage in religious small talk.  After a brief greeting, I placed my order for copies to be made.  As...

Launch

Yesterday, David and Grea van der Lee said their farewell to the church in Nong Rua. About 9 years ago they arrived in Thailand. In these years they modeled, assist, watched and now it is time to launch this new church. They have been a...

Difference

It is the end of the afternoon.  The sun goes slowly down and with that the temperature drops down as well.  Time for the children to come out of their houses to play outside.  Our children are now playing on the streets too.  We see...

Still Bowing to Spirit Houses

One day, I was giving some of the new Christians a ride into town in our car.  As I drove, I noticed that one of the elderly Christian ladies raised her hands and bowed as we passed a prominent spirit house that was located on...