Wow, we made it! After 3 flights spanning what seemed like half the globe, we arrived at our hotel in Bangkok. We left the airport in Wichita and went to Houston (1-1/12 hour flight) than went from Houston to Toyko, Japan (14 hours non-stop flight!!!) and than went from Toyko to Bangkok (6 hour flight) and than drove about 1/12 in a taxi before reaching the hotel. Although I was very tired when we finally arrived at the hotel, it was an amazing experience, especially because I had never flew before. The sights, sounds, smells and people are very different, and was a bit of a culture shock at the different airports and in the city of Bangkok. Today, (May 17) we all met in the downstairs lobby of the hotel for a brief meeting with our guide (Seth), and than tried some “street food,” talked, and met our driver for the day, Sammy. Sammy is a Thai man, he is very funny and witty, and also an excellent driver in the crazy Bangkok traffic jams. Sammy took us and we went to what is called “The Floating Market.” This was where tourists and visitors are driven through canals in a very dense forest area in wooden speed boats, and stop every now and than to look at sourvenirs, or have a bite to eat. This was by far one of the most exciting and fascinating places I had ever been to in my entire life. Afterwards, we were able to ride Asian elephants through a cocoanut grove area. Unbelievable! And to top it all off, tomorrow is my birthday!
After this first day, there were a number of things which I was very thankful for that God has provided. Seth is a very skilled and knowledgeable man who has provided us with much needed guidance, and has helped to keep us safe. I am also thankful for everyone who has been supporting me in prayer, as I can feel its protection throughout this trip so far. God is good, and I am very excited to see how he uses myself and our group to glorify Him as our trip continues. I am so thankful to be here!
I will update the blog again tomorrow.
In His name,