First Full Day in Thailand
And now, here I am, seeing the long and storied work of Joan and Allen Eubank. Yesterday, our first full day in Thailand, we hit the ground running. We visited McKean Hospital, a place started to meet the significant needs of the leper community in the early 20th century. We ate lunch with one of our fair trade partners at Thai Village (and did some pre-shopping for Festival of Hope 2015). We visited the Christian Communications Institute and learned about the drama presentations used to present Christ to Thailand since 1976. We went to the PanRak office which acts as mission control for the 22 different organizations the Eubank family is involved in. And we ended the day with a visit to the Free Burma Rangers office in Chiang Mai. Did I mention it was a full day?
The things that struck me most as I saw with my own eyes places I’d dreamed about seeing were the humility, love and joy with which these people answer the call to make disciples. When Joan and Allen Eubank came to Thailand in the 1960’s, it was simply answering God’s call on their life. When the Free Burma Rangers take great risk to serve in the jungles in Burma, it is because they are compelled by the love of Christ. When Heather and Trevor Smith serve lepers, people with disabilities, and the elderly, it’s with joy as they join the Lord in His work. It was a significant reminder that whether we are called to go and make disciples in Gig Harbor or Thailand, we all have a purposeful calling given to us from the Lord.
-Julie Hawkins for the team