We're having fun adjusting to life in Bangkok! 
In a nutshell, the weather is hot, people are gracious, and we are really bad at speaking Thai. 

Ronald McDonald teaches us how to wai, the Thai gesture when saying hello, goodbye, and thank you. 
By the way, this McDonalds is 5 minutes walking from where we stay. CLUTCH. One night, we just HAD to have a cheeseburger and fries, even though American food is more expensive here. McDonalds has never tasted so good. And McDonalds has dipped ice cream cones for less than 50 cents. Yes please!

Words from group English class. Thai people have trouble distinguishing between "ch" and "sh" noises. And they have trouble forming the "l" sound, so everything sounds like an "r." Rachel, the English teacher, had them sing Row Row Row Your Boat. It was so funny!

One night our friend P'Yut took us across town to a DEEElicious feast, including two whole dead fish.  

You take a bite of fish meat and wrap it in lettuce with noodles and sauce. It reminded me of P.F. Chang's lettuce wraps. 

FEAST! Best meal we've had so far and maybe the best meal we will have!

Group meeting. Probably to figure out the budget. 

Some of our friends waiting downstairs before we left Saturday for the Grand Palace. 

Entrance to the Grand Palace! 
We were waiting for the boys to change. Because the Palace is a Buddhist temple of worship, they have strict rules about what clothing you are allowed to wear. Non-Thai girls must wear skirts or loose pants that cover their knees. Thai girls must cover their whole legs. Thai and non-Thai men must wear long pants. Our boys didn't know that, so they had to rent pants to wear for the tour. 

People were laughing and taking pictures of us when we were taking this picture. Crazy Americans. 

We laugh at the way some signs are translated. 
"Beware of your valuable possessions" sounds like our cameras and jewelry are going to come to life and turn against us haha. There's a sign in the mall that is supposed to mean "Watch your head" because it's low clearance, but instead it says "Please Mind Your Head."

LST promotion picture quality.

The Royal Buddha's temple. We were not allowed to take pictures inside. 

Alyssa and Cole taking off their shoes before entering the temple. 

These are like the guards in England. People take pictures with them and try to make them laugh, but they don't move. 

The famous Reclining Buddha. It is HUGEEE. 

Being Cole.

Making offerings to Buddha. 

This is another temple that we decided not to go to, but we could have taken a boat across the river! Apparently this is the spot where four rivers in Thailand merge together into one. 

P'Megk loves to take pictures! We're just waiting for them to appear on Facebook!

Some of our group! By this point in the day, we were scorched.

Street vendors are everywhere!

Sorry my thoughts are really random and disorganized so far. Our brains are all somewhat fried from trying to explain what words like "holy" mean or who Jesus is or the difference in Catholic and Protestant all in simple English. 
Jesus never said His work would be easy. He even knew that not everyone would hear and believe. But He said that the harvest is plentiful, that people are searching (Luke 10:2). And that when His Word is read, it will not return empty, but will accomplish what He desires and achieve the purpose for which He sent it (Isaiah 55:11). That's awesome. 



We made it to Bangkok! Here's a glimpse of the journey...

Cole, Hannah, and Michael leaving the Birmingham airport at 7 am central time on Monday. 
We would reach Bangkok at 11 am central time on Tuesday. 
Bangkok is 12 hours ahead, so when America gets ready for work in the morning, Thailand gets ready for bedtime.

In the Dallas airport. Our flight to Tokyo was delayed almost an hour and a half, so when we got to Tokyo we had to almost run to catch our connecting flight to Bangkok.

Everyone ready to get to Tokyo. We joke that Michael blends right in. 

Flying over Alaska!

Almost to Japan.

At the Tokyo Narita Airport. This was our flight to Thailand, and we all agreed the Japanese plane was WAY nicer than the American ones. 

Tokyo! An agent was there to point us in the right direction. It was kind of creepy; she had each of our names on a clipboard and had Jacob and Alyssa's boarding passes. We ran to security and caught our connecting flight!

Dinner as served by Japan Airlines. 

Unfortunately, we didn't catch pictures from our arrival at the Bangkok airport. We were greeted by about 20 adults and students from the RCC Christian Student Center, where we stay and work. Thai people are so gracious and friendly! They put homemade leis around our necks (made from orchids) and took our suitcases to the truck for us. 

Settling in at RCC...

Alyssa and Hannah's room

Cole, Michael, and Jacob's room, which they share with two guys who live at RCC.

We are fascinated by the bathrooms! 
There is no "shower" or shower curtain. You just use the whole room as a shower. And there is also no toilet paper. We squirt water to clean, because Thai people see it as more sanitary. 

Our reading room.

Advertisement outside RCC, letting people know that LST is offering free English lessons.

Dropping our shoes at the door outside RCC.

The Ramkhamhaeng Christian Center! (RCC)

Bottom floor: kitchen and meeting room
Second floor: office
Third floor: reading room
Fourth floor: Boys room
Fifth floor: girls room. 
We're getting our exercise up and down the stairs! 
But we love RCC and its people already. They are a family, OUR family, in Christ, and that's exactly how it feels. We hang out downstairs together, have morning devotionals together (the singing is amazing), and eat dinner together on the streets. 
We love it!
More to come...