I can’t believe that my time in Thailand is already over. Tomorrow morning I fly back to the states. It has been one truly amazing experience. Not only have I been able to take part in an internship and gain much experience with that, but I’ve been able to visit so many old friends, members of the church, and family here. It has been everything I thought it would be and more. I can’t decide what was the biggest highlight of my trip, but I can say that it was definitely worth every expense.
I was able to see new members of the church who are still active and have received so many blessings in their lives. It’s an amazing blessings to be able to see their lives change and continue to change. They are examples to me in so many ways. They live such simple lives with very little, but are still able to keep positive and stay strong. I recently visited an area of Thailand that had faced much hardship this year with the monsoon season. Many areas had been flooded and had drastically changed the lives of these people. I’m close friends with a few of them whose houses were inaccessible or whose entire belongings were destroyed and forced to live in rented housing for the time being. Despite so much hardship, they still look towards God and are thankful for what they do have.
Having traveled alone through the northeast of Thailand, I was able to see firsthand how the people lived their daily lives, something I never really had the opportunity to experience as a missionary. As a missionary, we were always well looked after by the church and our leaders. Our houses (for the most part), all had running water, air conditioning, were clean, bug free, and were, by local standards, pretty luxurious. I traveled alone hopping from one province to the next. At each place, I stayed with local families were, although were not always very well off, were also super friendly, kind, open, and welcoming. It took my a while to get used to the differences in living conditions, but I’ve grown to look towards these people’s view of optimism. Many places had no warm water, no real shower, no clean bathroom, no air conditioning, make shift kitchens, houses that were questionably sound, basic food, and had so little, but the people were also so happy and willing to give what they had to a traveler who only knew them for a few short months or less. I learned a lot these past weeks. Every where I went, it was like I was adopted into a new family. I’m terribly sad to leave.
Thanks everyone for the support and help in coming out here and having these experiences.
See you in America,