I never told about the last half of the survey trip. The first 8 days were extremely busy, but so were the last 5.
Lotus – The Walmart Supercenter of Thailand. Amen. Fridges are tiny, Washing machines are cheap. Dryers are hard to find. Transformers are called “Deformed trucks”. They have Oreos, but we are going to have to relearn every other brand for food, electronics, and everything else.
Open Market for them, Bed for me – I felt like I was going to die, so I went back to bed and Lori and the others went to see what was available at a HUGE open market. They saw a bunch of stuff, I am sure.
Wat Pho – We were ready for a little bit of an easier day by now, and our translator fell through for looking at houses, so even though I was sick I tried going out with everyone to Wat Pho – a HUGE temple complex next door to the Grande Palace that houses a 300′ reclining Buddha along with about 1000 others. I had no energy and couldn’t walk, so I sat outside while everyone went in for the tour.
Outback – We were very carnal and wanted some MEAT. Google Maps revealed an Outback Steakhouse, and I had been saving my money from not eating the last 3 days, so we went to go see if it was possible to eat a good steak – and it was! (Maybe the only place.) Amen and Amen.
DAY 11 – Sunday
Bangjak Baptist Church – We went to go see Rickey Salmon, but he was in the states for that week for his son’s wedding. The church was started about 25 years ago and has been used greatly to train nationals and see people saved.
Tommy Tucker – For lunch we went out with Tommy Tucker who has been there in the country for over 20 years and just turned over a church to a national pastor in the north and is now praying about a different and more needy area to start his next work.
House Hunting – Sunday afternoon we had a few hours and Bro. Tucker took us around and looked at different neighborhoods getting prices, areas, and information. There are not really any real estate agents to speak of, so you have to do all of the legwork yourself – which is a little difficult if you are a newbie in the country.
Randy Ashcraft – Randy let us come over to his house and ask him all kinds of personal questions about how much he pays for everything that he has ever done including setting up, buying and stocking a house, travel, and language school. He gave us more details about the process of getting a Visa than anyone else.
Apartment looking – We had an idea of what houses looked like, but spent some time to look into what an apartment would look like. I think I like a house. Apartments are tiny and expensive.
Pastor Kiatisock – Thai Pastor that has been very helpful to many missionaries coming into Thailand. We met with him for lunch.
Grace Baptist Church – After lunch he took us over to his church and we spent the afternoon at his church asking him questions galore.
Tour the Canals – One of the more unique aspects of the city. There are canals for miles that wind through part of the city, so we rented a little boat and saw a lot of the city from this perspective (with no traffic) and ended up at the palace.
Grande Palace – This one of the most amazing parts of the whole trip. Almost took a whole day to see it, but a very interesting look at the history of the country. This is where the Emerald Buddha (the most revered image in the country) is housed. Murals on the walls tell the history of the country in terms of the spirits, demons, and battles. Very interesting.
Ordered in Pizza – One last Thai meal before we left:) Only took an hour and a half to order. But it was good once we got it.
Soon I will post some summary thoughts and we can process some of this activity and try to draw some conclusions.