Joshua's First Vacation

Here on our vacation at OMF's holiday home on the beach in Southern Thailand, Joshua has had a number of first time experiences. We'll try to post more vacation pics later but here is photographic evidence of some of Joshua's firsts.

Joshua's First Time Driving a Car - "Do we turn this way, Dad?"


Joshua's First Time Horseback Riding


Joshua's First Time Swimming

Karl's First Thai Sermon

This past Sunday I preached for the first time in the Thai language and I praise God that my Thai brothers and sisters in the congregation at LopburiChurch understood the message and were blessed by it.I made sure I read over the sermon text (sections of Psalm 119) a number of times and had a Thai teacher at our language school help me read over the text to get the correct pronunciation and rhythm of the text.At the very least, I wanted to read the Scripture well and clearly because even if the rest of the sermon were to be a disaster, God’s people would at least hear the inspired Word of God read clearly.

I recorded the sermon with Sun’s phone and when I started to listen to it later that night I immediately knew that I had started off speaking too fast.I was nervous.I had the whole manuscript typed out in Thai although I have trouble reading off a manuscript even in English.However, I wanted to type out the whole thing to help me think through how exactly I would say things in Thai when the time came.Also, I wrote out a manuscript so I could show it to one of the church elders to check the overall flow of the sermon to see if it would make sense to a Thai congregation.English thought patterns and Thai thought patterns are often structured differently and I wanted to make sure I was phrasing things in a more or less Thai way to facilitate understanding.In the end, I didn’t use the manuscript that much when I was preaching because I just am not accustomed to reading off a page verbatim when preaching.The up side of that is that I had good eye contact.The downside is that I wandered around looking for the right word more often than I would have liked.

Bath Time

Joshua continues to grow in leaps and bounds - literally. He crawls faster than the Road Runner and is even able to take a faltering step or two before falling on his bottom or doing a faceplant. We finally found some colorful foam squares with ABC cut-outs to put down on the floor to make a play area for his in our compact home. Joshua has a great time crawling and stumbling around although his sinful human nature shows through as half the time his goes for the edge of the play area where the dirty floor begins, desiring what he can not have. He has the whole garden of fun and soft alphabet squares to play on but still makes a B-line for the dusty dirty wooden floor wilderness east of Eden.

Joshua has been a bit whiny recently as what looks like his seventh tooth attempts to break though, right after number five and six started to poke out last week.

With Joshua's greater mobility and great enthusiasm, he is so much fun to be with although he is also a greater challenge to care for. The worst place for him to practice standing is in the slippery baby tub. He refuses to take his bath sitting down. We put some suction cup fish on the bottom of the tub but they can't prevent every possible slip when he stands up.

Nevertheless, as you can see in the following pictures, he has a lot of fun in the tub with Mr. Ducky, the water scooper, and the facecloth that is supposed to be for washing him down.

For the Love of Money...

Recently, I have encountered a couple of stories that have highlighted the fact that many Thai people are as devoted to money as they are to Buddhism - perhaps even more attached to money.

We visited a small church in a nearby province last week and one of the leaders told us of a new believer who would only come to church when her son, who isn't a believer, could come watch her home for her. Now, her son hasn't been coming, so she stays home on Sundays because she is afraid that theives will break into her house and steal her many possesions when she is out. Break-ins are not uncommon in Thailand this is just such a sad story because

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