Mission Spotlight: Thailand
By: Amanda Feller
I have been to Thailand every summer for 4 years in a row because of missions. In those 4 years, I’ve done everything from teaching English in schools, to manual labor in the fields, to working with kids, and much more.
If you don’t know much about Thailand, it’s considered the land of smiles and it it almost 100% Buddhist. Bangkok is the main city it is very busy and there is a lot of tourism there, which makes it a great place to people watch.
To get to Chiang Mai we took a night bus. The night buses are interesting of you have never ridden on one before. You sleep in a recliner chair, with a blanket and we had to stop at midnight to eat dinner (time change can be challenging at first), you are then woken up to Thai music and sweet Thai people who bring you breakfast.
Chiang Mai, another city, is smaller than Bangkok and has some rural parts. In a town near Chiang Mai is the Sila Home, which is an orphanage that we served at for a few days.
After Chiang Mai, we took a day bus to my favorite place on the planet- Kanchanaburi.
It is on top of a mountain, with lots of fields, and windy dirt roads. All the neighbors are close families, and are very isolated and simple. It is the most beautiful place in the world.
I think everyone should have the experience of going to a place like Kanchanaburi.
One of the best parts of Thailand is the food. It isn’t fancy, it is usually very simple, like chicken and rice and noodles. There is also lots of watermelon and salted pineapple, and almost no dairy. Some of the more unique things I have eaten include blood clot soup, cow intestines and crickets.
But my absolute favorite thing about Thailand is the people. My mission for going each year is to not only do work for people, but to simply share the love of Jesus that I have found myself.
Although Thai people are full of much happiness there is deep pain in this area of the world. I am fully convinced that in a land of so much simplicity and community, Jesus would and can do big things in their lives.
While being there I’ve seen healing by the power of God, I’ve seen salvations by the grace of God, and orphans who have no families receive a love that no one else can offer them.
To me, missions is a mix of sharing Jesus with people as well as going out of the comfort of your own home to give your time, energy, and finances to sharing love with people around the world who don’t know what love is. I love Thailand more than anything, and I cannot wait to go back and continue to love and serve the people there.
For updates on Amanda’s future Thailand adventures follow her on Instagram: @jajanja77