Online Mission Trip to Thailand – Questions and Answers (G)

The children enjoyed participating in the activities with LHM Thailand.

The children enjoyed participating in the activities with LHM Thailand.

Hello Everyone – Sawaddee Kha,

Are you ready for more answers to your questions?  Thank you for asking great questions.  I’m enjoying answering them. 

Please continue to pray for our ministry and for the Thai people.  My staff and I appreciate  your prayers very much.

Thank you – Khob Khun Kha,


dodge4 What do they play at recess? Do they play some of the same sports we do?

They enjoy playing soccer, volleyball, takraw, badminton, jump rope, hide and seek,  and other games.

Dylan Teut Why can’t they wear tattoos? – Immanuel Belvidere Kindergarten

Parents don’t like them to have tattoos.  Parents and teachers want the children to dress well and look nice.  They think the tattoos are not attractive.

Katrina ‘Kois’ Thomas Do you have a lot of Lutheran churches in Thailand? from 3rd grade Immanuel in Broken Arrow, Ok

We have only a few Lutheran churches in Thailand.  We pray that God will bless the work of our Lutheran pastors and church members, so that more Thai people will come to know Jesus as their Savior.

nola What kinds of games do kids play?

Please see my answer above.

napa How many kids are there in a normal Christian school there?

The Christian schools are very different sizes.  Some are very small and some have several hundred students.

napa Question from Gunnar: How many people have been converted to Christianity since you’ve been there?

We don’t know the exact number of converts, but we know that LHM Thailand has connected thousands of people with local churches since 1991. 

cubs1 What kind of pets do they have and what kind of tv shows do you have?

Usually Thai people have dogs or cats as pets.  Some children like having a rabbit or goldfish as pets.  We have dramas, soap operas, game shows, talk shows, c children’s shows and sports on television.  Some families have cable TV, which has a lot of programs in English from the United States.

tinley1 Do they try to “go green” there? Do they recycle?

Recycling and “going green” are starting to become important to some people in Thailand.

belvidere117 Do women wear high heels?

Thai women enjoy dressing well and looking nice, so high heels are quite common here.

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior, Has Thailand ever one a gold medal in the olympics?

Thailand has won several gold medals in boxing and women’s weight lifting.

tinley1 Why do they have a different year than we do ( 2013)?

Thailand follows 2 calendars, the Western calendar and the Buddhist calendar.  According to the Buddhist calendar, we are now in the year 2556.

overland What board games do you play?

We don’t have many board games, but we play cards, dominoes and do jigsaw puzzles.

dodge4 Do they jewelry? What kinds?

Northern Thailand is famous for making silver jewelry of all kinds, rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and pins.  Many Thai people like to wear gold jewelry, others like wearing costume jewelry.

overland Why is Buddha so important?

Gautama Buddha was the first person to succeed in reaching Nirvana and becoming enlightened.  This is the goal for all Buddhist people.  They follow the teachings of Buddha every day to help them move closer to reaching Nirvana.

Zion-Concord L.S. What is the legal driving age?

15 years old to drive a motor bike and 18 to drive a car.

racine7 What holidays do they celebrate?

Christians celebrate Christmas and Easter, but they’re not official Thai holidays.  The Western New Year’s Day (January 1), Thai New Year’s Day (April 13), the king’s birthday (which is also Father’s Day), the queen’s birthday (which is also Mother’s Day), Children’s Day and a number of Buddhist holidays (celebrating Buddha’s birth and death, first sermon, reaching enlightment).

tinley1 Why do the students have chores to do at school?

It’s important for the students to learn responsibility, to learn how to work together with others and to do something helpful.

tinley1 What kind of sports do they play? Can they play these through school?

Thai children enjoy playing soccer, volleyball, badminton and takraw.  The schools don’t have organized teams or leagues that compete often.  The schools just have competitions or tournaments against other schools one or two times each year. Trinity, Florida: Has a Christian ever been put in jail for telling others about Jesus?

People in Thailand have freedom of religion.  Thai people believe that all religions teach people how to be good, so religions are good for society.  People in Thailand respect Christians for providing good schools and hospitals that benefit Thailand a lot. 

belvidere117 How big is Bangkok?

Approximately 12 million people live in Bangkok and the surrounding area.

racine7 How do they decide on school names?

Some are named after former kings or other famous people and some use the name of their community.

Zion-Concord L.S. What fast food restaurants are there?

We have McDonalds, KFC, Burger King, Subway, Chester’s Grill, Pizza Hut and Pizza Company.

rapids5 What are some religious ceremonies that the Thai’s do?

They burn incense sticks, chant, put gold leaf on Buddha statues, give food and drink offerings and have some monks chant for them.

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior, Do you Baptize children in Thailand?

Lutherans and some other denominations baptize children, the same as is done in the United States and Canada.

Charlotte Fritsch Is there a national bird?

Yes, the Siamese fire back pheasant is the national bird.

Zion-Concord L.S. What kind of animals live in the wild in Thailand?

Elephants, tigers, leopards and panthers, wild water buffaloes and Thai peacocks.

Shellie Kosmerchock Zion Pierce What would happen if a child said a bad word?

The parents and teachers would be unhappy.  Buddhist people would say that it will give the child bad karma.

clearwater How old do you have to be to drive?

15 years old to drive a motorbike and 18 to drive a car.

racine7 What kinds of foods do they eat?

We eat rice for most meals, but we also like to eat noodles.  With the rice or noodles we eat a lot of vegetables and chicken, pork or beef.  We also eat a lot of seafood and fish.  Most Thai people like spicy foods. 

tinley1 Are there diseases that they have that we don’t?

Dengue Fever and Malaria.

dodge4 Do they play sports?

Please see my answer above.

Zion-Concord L.S. What kind of toys do the children play with?

Girls like dolls, boys like cars and trucks.  They also enjoy playing with wooden toys made in Thailand.  Many Thai children like playing computer games.

Cheryl Talsma Are the same holidays celebrated as in the US?

Only New Year’s Day is the same.   Thai Christians celebrate Christmas and Easter, but they’re not official holidays in Thailand.  Thai people celebrate Father’s Day on December 5 (the king’s birthday) and Mother’s Day on August 12 (the queen’s birthday). 

luxem From St. Paul Lutheran School in Luxemburg, WI: Do they have other restaurants in Thailand that are also in the United States, besides McDonalds?

Please see my answer above.

dodge4 Do they have some of the same animals we do? What kinds are the same?

Animals that are the same include dogs, cats, rabbits, squirrels, turtles and crocodiles.

belvidere117 Do you like to play kickball? From Immanuel Belvidere 3rd grade

I’m sorry.  I don’t know what kickball is. 

Shellie Kosmerchock Zion Pierce NE What would happen if a boy does not want to be a monk?

It depends on the family.  Some families will allow him to wait until he’s older, other families will agree that he doesn’t need to become a monk.

overland Do you have zoos?

Yes, many cities have a zoo.

belvidere117 Do they like to play video games? From Immanuel Belvidere 3rd grade

Many Thai children like to play video games.

bloomington Why do they give each other back massages?

That was an activity that was part of the Equipping the Saints training.  They use it to help them relax during the training.

tinley1 We saw that the one girl had a Christmas tree. Is that popular in Thailand?

Some stores and restaurants use them for decorations and many Christians have them in their homes. 

Zion-Concord L.S. What kind of cars do people drive?

Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Kia, Chevrolet, Ford, Mercedes, BMW and some others.

huskers From Lincoln Lutheran, NE Do Thai children have their own beds or do they have to share?

In some families the children have to share a big bed, but in many families all of the children have their own beds.

rapids4 What do kids in Thailand like to drink?

They enjoy Coke, Pepsi, Fanta, chocolate milk, strawberry milk, cold water and others.

alma What are the special holidays you have in Thailand?

Please see my answer above.

Katrina ‘Kois’ Thomas Were they using real swords during their training? From Immanuel in Broken Arrow, OK

The swords are real metal, but not so sharp.

tinley1 Does the government respect Christians and their celebration of Christian holidays?

Yes, the government and Thai people respect Christians, because Christians do many things to help people through Christian schools, hospitals, relief organizations and churches.

alma What sports and games do they play?

Please see my answer above.

glen What sports are played in Thailand? (Glen Burnie, MD)

Please see my answer above.

overland What outside games do kids play?

Soccer, badminton, volleyball, takraw, hide and seek.

Amy Maddox Do you have Christmas break and Spring Break? Redeemer Pensacola

No, Christmas isn’t an official holiday in Thailand.  The long school break is from mid-March until the end of May with another break from mid-October until mid-November.

alma How many kids are in a class at school?

It’s not the same in every school, but sometimes there are more 40 or even more than 50 students in a class.

Cheryl Talsma What types of sports do the children enjoy playing? (Shepherd of the Coast, Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Please see my answer above.

bloomington What type of plants grow in Thailand?

Bananas, bamboo, orchids, ferns, vines, etc. 

Zion-Concord L.S. Is there a secret service?

Yes, Thailand has something similar to the Secret Service.

Marissa Engelhard Do they celebrate Easter? 2nd Grade, Redeemer, Pittsburgh, PA

Most Christians celebrate Easter, but it’s not an official holiday in Thailand.

rose Is there any consequence if you aren’t Buddhist?

No, we have freedom of religion in Thailand, so everyone can choose whatever religion they want.

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