Despite the fact that we live in the middle of downtown Bangkok, we have been blessed with a small area around our house where we have attempted to grow a number of things. Most have been failures. But we were finally able to get some banana trees to grow and recently harvest our first (very large) bunch of bananas. They were way too many bananas to eat ourselves so we shared them with several neighbors. Here's some pics.
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Living in a foreign culture, it is easy to be critical of the things that are not as "good" as they are “back home”. But missionaries are incarnational witness of the Gospel and need to focus on the good and noble and praiseworthy aspects of their host culture, not only for the sake of keeping their sanity but also for the sake of honoring God and the people they have come to serve. The Bible says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1Thessalonians 5:18 ESV). So in the spirit of giving thanks, I’d like to give (in no particular order) ten reasons why living in Thailand is great.
One of the wonderful things about living in Thailand is the fruit. Thai fruit is everywhere and is usually very delicious. This is especially true in our current house where we have three mango trees, two jackfruit trees, and several banana and papaya trees. This past week we invited over our new short term worker, Brent, and showed him how to pick mangos from the trees in our backyard. He had a great time doing it and even lashed together a new mango picking pole from two bamboo pole brooms that are usually used for cleaning cobwebs off of the ceiling. Our previous mango pole broke after termites ate the center out of it.