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Preachin’ in the Boondocks – Part 2

The reason for my trip to the Boondocks was simple – to preach the Gospel of Christ.  In Thailand especially however, there needs to be a proper foundation laid before one can arrive at the Good News of the Gospel.  Here, there is no foundational knowledge of who God is, His character, His nature, sin, justice, etc. – all needed before arriving at the cross.  So, I seek to lay the foundation of the Scriptures as I teach and wherever i go.

Here, we’re in Nong Khai for 3 days of Bible teaching, and meeting the local community for encouraging believers and sharing the Gospel with those outside the church (and inside).

Here I am on Sunday morning talking about BOTH the bad news of our sickness, and the good news of Dr. Jesus.


Here is my partner for the teaching – P Nong.  P Nong visits this church almost monthly and his teaching through the Foundations of the Gospel Bible study series I wrote, “The Road of Life.”  Notice the dog getting in on our studies too.  (Practically a requirement for any country church in Thailand).


And a great way to end the weekend with the after church meal with all sorts of unidentified things that made everyone’s day for me to eat until I was stuffed.  It’s incredibly easy to be a foreign missionary here, really.  If you (1) smile, (2) try to speak Thai, and (3) enjoy eating their food – you are loved forever.  Praise God – I pass on all three counts!


Preachin’ in the Boondocks

What a view for Sunday Morning Service…

The family dinner upon our arrival…


There’s nothing like a refreshing shower after a long day…


The view from my window…


The family kitchen…



So I caught a few fish…

Had a chance to take a couple of days before going to do some building on Chang Island for the Mokken people to go do a little fishing.  We caught a few.






Chumpon and Hat Yai

My first destination during the Thai university semester break in October.  Can’t think of a better way to spend the holiday than sitting on a gigantic toilet – can you?

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The Beaches of Krabi, Thailand

Yes, I did say that I am a missionary.  You read that correctly – even though the pictures may not exactly match up with missionary image you had in mind.  I promise, I do other stuff besides island-hopping.

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Back from Burma

And what a trip it was. This was the fulfillment of something I have been dying to do for several years. To get the chance to travel to a country and see with my own eyes and hear with my own ears what it is like to be a Christian in a country with severe persecution of believers. I’ve heard the stories, seen pictures and videos, read numerous books, articles, etc. – but finally I got a chance to see, hear, meet, touch – everything up close and personal. And a chance to really find out what I can do to help. God has put this on my heart for a number of years now, it must be for some reason right?

First, take a moment to learn a bit about Burma from Voice of the Martyrs:

“Burma (also known as Myanmar) is well acquainted with struggle. Officially, Buddhism is no longer the state religion, but it is actively promoted by the military regime. All those who advocate improved human rights are harassed or imprisoned. After a cyclone devastated much of the country on May 3, 2008, the military junta limited international humanitarian aid to storm victims.

Category: Restricted Nation

Religion: Buddhist 82.90%, Christian 8.70%

Ideology: Buddhism/Military dictatorship

Head of State: Sr. Gen. Than Shwe

The government of Burma continues to discourage, harass and use other, more severe, forms of persecution on any group it considers harmful to the state. Christianity is high on the list, though the government claims freedom of religion in Burma. A secret memo entitled “Program to destroy the Christian religion in Burma,” details point by point instructions on how to drive Christians out. It calls for anyone caught evangelizing to be imprisoned. VOM has received widespread reports of churches being burned, forcible conversion of Christians to Buddhism and Christian children barred from schools. Ethnic Christians, in particular, are singled out for repression because of the government’s goal to create a uniform society of one language, one ethnicity and one religion.”

Words alone just won’t do. So, short of having you get on a plane and come on over to go with me next time, these captioned videos are as up close and personal as I can get you. So, I invite you to “go along with me” on this journey of discovery –