It is getting darker and darker. Not only because the sun is setting, but also because traffic lights seem to vanish the farther we leave Khon Kaen behind. Khon Kaen seems to be the center of the Isaan Joint Venture, the team we will be joining next year. Today we had our first team meeting, this evening we are on our way to the district we hope to start our church planting work. And now it is dark outside and we know the only thing we pass on these roads are just paddy fields. And we realize, by leaving Khon Kaen, we are also leaving a lot of convenience behind.
But the morning brings new light to our thoughts, as we wake by the sounds of cows and roosters and see bright green paddy fields.
What a difference to the city of Lopburi where we are currently learning the Thai language! It feels like we can breathe deeper here. There are more ups and downs on this vision trip.
We receive a warm welcome from the members of the small church in Yang Sisurat, these people really have an open heart. But then we also see the enormous Buddhist temple grounds and a huge Buddha statue. There is a huge Buddhist presence here, and only a very tiny Christian church. ‘Our’ district is only 20 minutes away from our team leader, but a proposed Christian does not seem to want to renew contact with missionaries.
On this vision trip away from language school we realize that working here will be difficult. However, we have also experienced that we are not alone in this. We have seen God’s presence in the people we have met, and we know He will be Light in the darkness.