The second day of long distance travel is usually the hardest in terms of jet lag/fatigue. Thankfully, this real first day of the vision trip was pretty low key. We began the day meeting for orientation at one of the leader’s apartments downtown. This was where we spent a little time getting to know each other and the work in the downtown area. The newbies were given some mini-Thai lessons, which is always fun. It was great to see people begin to use what they learned throughout the week.
After orientation, we gathered together for our first “team meal”. We walked to Silom Village and had a Thai style lunch. This means that several dishes are ordered to share. No one orders a meal and keeps it to himself. Personally, I love this way of eating because you get a bit of everything. Thai food is just too delicious to not try it all. Look at all those fruit shakes! Can you tell they were a favorite of everyone?
Later in the day we headed to the newer church plant downtown called Grace City Bangkok. This was a real treat for me. When I left Thailand there was one budding church, and now there are two growing churches!
Grace City Bangkok meets downtown at The Emporium Suites on Sukhumvit 24, floor EL at 4PM. This church is a mix of Thai and western people. Services are usually Thai, but with some English worship mixed in. It was great to worship with my Thai brothers and sisters in their language. I was surprised at how my Thai language came flooding back and I was able to participate with them. I always think that worshipping in another culture is a snapshot of what heaven will look like with peoples from every nation. It’s a blessing.
This is the view from worship services. Look at the vast city! It goes on and on. There is always new construction going on making Bangkok a city in perpetual growth.
Grace City Worship Team
These guys lead some great songs for us to sing both in Thai and English.
We ended the day by joining the church for a meal in the food court in the mall that is connected to this building. This day was a sweet time of getting to see the church and dear friends.