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

LHM Thailand staff having fun talking with children about Jesus

LHM Thailand staff having fun talking with children about Jesus

Sawaddee Kha, Students and Teachers,

Soon we’ll be coming to the end of your questions.  Tomorrow should be the last day.  I hope that you’re praying for the Thai people and for our LHM Thailand ministry.  We really need your prayers.  Please don’t forget.  Thank you.

Even after I finish answering the rest of your questions, please continue to visit this blog.  You can continue to learn more about the various ministry activities that we’re doing.  It will help you to know how to pray for us.

Jesus loves you, Pra Yesu Rak Khun – พระเยซูรักคุณ

Boom – บุ๋ม

Katrina ‘Kois’ Thomas Do you have any professional sports teams? from 3rd grade at Immanuel in Broken Arrow, Ok

We have soccer teams, badminton teams, boxing and Muay Thai kickboxing, tennis and volleyball.

glen What is the biggest storm you’ve had? (Glen Burnie, MD)

Southern Thailand occasionally gets typhoons.

merrill3 What kind of holidays do you have in Thailand?

Official holidays include New Year’s Day on January 1, Thai New Year’s Day on April 13, Mother’s Day on the Queen’s birthday on August 12, Father’s Day on the King’s birthday on December 5 and a number of Buddhist holidays.

tinley1 Do they have the same school supplies as us?

Yes, the schools are very similar to the schools in the United States and Canada.

Cheryl Talsma Is the Reebok brand sold there?

Reebok and all the other major brands are sold here.

stpaul What is the weather like today?

February is in the middle of the dry season, so the weather is dry and hot.  It’s about 92 degrees Fahrenheit today.

St. Peter, Arlington Heights Do you have different sports there?

We have sepak takraw and kraabi krabong, which are different from sports in North America.

Katrina ‘Kois’ Thomas What do you eat for breakfast?from 3rd grade at Immanuel in Broken Arrow, Ok

Sometimes we eat rice and vegetables, just like our other meals, but we also enjoy noodles, congee, bread, cereal, pancakes and fruit. 

tinley1 Why do they have such long names? 

Many names in Thailand are short, but we notice the very long names because they’re so unusual.  The longest name is the Thai name for Bangkok.  The reason it’s so long is that the name also describes the place.

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior Do you celebrate birthdays?

Thai people, especially children, enjoy celebrating birthdays with presents, cake and games with their friends.

belvidere115 Do the children have pets? 2nd graders at Immanuel Lutheran in Belvidere, IL

The most common pets in Thailand are dogs, cats and rabbits.

Jonathan Schultz Do you have rappers?

Some young people enjoy listening to rappers from the United States, but we also have Thai rappers who rap in the Thai language.

glen Do you eat bacon in Thailand? (Glen Burnie, MD)

We eat bacon and other types of pork.

tinley1 Do they have Ipads?

Ipads are becoming quite popular in Thailand. 

tinley2 Are there amusement parks in Thailand?

Several larger cities have amusement parks.  In Bangkok some of the larger shopping malls have amusement parks on the roof.

dodge4 What do you use for medicine?

We can buy the usual Western medicines that you have, but we can also buy Chinese medicines and some Thai traditional medicines.

winona Do you have chapel everyday or weekly at school?

Most of the Christian schools have chapel weekly.

tinley1 Have you ever been to America?

I have visited America many times, sometimes to visit family and friends and sometimes for Lutheran Hour Ministries conventions and workshops.

dodge4 Are white flowers common?

Yes, we have several different kinds of white flowers in Thailand.

merrill3 What kind of holidays do you have in Thailand?

Official holidays include New Year’s Day on January 1, Thai New Year’s Day on April 13, Mother’s Day on the Queen’s birthday on August 12, Father’s Day on the King’s birthday on December 5 and a number of Buddhist holidays.

Jonathan Schultz What kind of meat do you eat?

We often eat chicken or pork or beef.  We also eat a lot of fish and seafood.

Cheryl Talsma (ft lauderdale) What happens when children disobey their parents?

Their parents may not allow them to watch television or movies, may give them extra chores to do, may ground them or may give them less allowance money.

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior Do you learn karate?

I never learned karate, but many Thai children enjoy learning karate or Taekwondo

tinley1 you also say God loves you in Thai?

Thai Christians often say God loves you and God bless you.

tinley1 How often do they have bad storms, earthquakes, or tsunamis?

Thunderstorms are common during the rainy season.  Thailand has never had a serious earthquake, but does have small ones.  We’ve had only on tsunami.  It was in December 2004.

clearwater What minerals are there in Thailand?

Thailand has tin, tungsten, iron, lead, zinc, gold and some others.

glen Are there Chic-fil-a restaurants in Thailand? (Glen Burnie, MD)

I haven’t seen any Chic-fil-a restaurants, but we can get chicken at KFC.

tinley2 How many people live in a typical house in Thailand?

Many houses have just 4 or 5 people living in them, but it’s also common to have grown children, grandparents or other relatives living in the same house.

luxem From St. Paul in Luxemburg, WI: Are there other restaurants in Thailand besides McDonalds that are also from the U.S.?

We have KFC, Subway, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Hard Rock Cafe and Chester’s Grill.  We also have Baskin-Robbins, Dairy Queen, Bud’s and Swensen’s Ice Cream parlors.

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior What are the different foods that you eat?

We eat rice for almost every meal.  We also eat a lot of noodles, vegetables, chicken, beef, pork, many kinds of fish and seafood.  Thai people like spicy foods like soups and curries.

belvidere115 Do they grow pumpkins in Thailand?

Pumpkins are grown in Thailand, but they’re not as big as some of the pumpkins that you have in North America.

dodge4 Do monks always wear orange?

Yes, the monks always wear orange-colored robes .

lions Does the king have pet elephants?

A small, white elepphant was given to the king as a gift, but he doesn’t treat it as a pet.  The king has many pet dogs.

belvidere002 How often do Christians go to church?

Most Christians try to go to church at least once each week. 

rose What happens if a student breaks a rule at school?

If the situation is quite serious, then the parents have to go to the school to talk with the teachers and the student may be suspended from school or a few days.  For less serious situations the teachers will talk with the students, have them do chores around the school or have to stay inside during recess. 

Katrina ‘Kois’ Thomas What happens if the kids disobey? from 3rd grade at Immanuel in Broken Arrow, Ok

Please see my answer above.

Katrina ‘Kois’ Thomas What kinds of candy do they have in Thailand? from 3rd grade at Immanuel in Broken Arrow, Ok

We have many, many kinds of candy in Thailand.  Much of the candy is the same as you have in North America, like chocolate bars, M&Ms, gummy bears and hard candy.  Some candy is made in Thailand and might have fruit flavors and be quite chewy.

dodge4 Do they have computers?

Middle class families living in large cities will have more than one computer in their homes. 

glen Do you get snow in Thailand? (Glen Burnie, MD)

No, the temperature in Thailand is usually between 78-98 degrees Farhenheit, except in the mountains in northern Thailand where the temperature occasionally will drop to the low 30s Fahrenheit.

tinley1 Do they watch our movies or sports?

Many movies from the US are shown in cinemas in Thailand.  Most of them will have subtitles written in Thai or the movie will be dubbed into the Thai language.  Many Thai people enjoy watching professional basketball or football from the US, if they have cable TV.

tinley2 What is the driving age in Thailand?

For driving a small motorbike the age is 15.  For driving a car the age is 18.

alma What animals live in Thailand?

We have elephants, monkeys, water buffalo, crocodiles, tigers, cows, horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, squirrels and others.

luxem From St. Paul in Luxemburg, WI: Do they celebrate Halloween?

No, most Thai people haven’t heard about Halloween.

alma What instruments do people play?

Guitar, drums and keyboards are very popular, but people here often learn to play some Thai traditional instruments, like Phin, Khim, Pip, Ranat Ek, Angklung and Khlui .

luxem From St. Paul in Luxemburg, WI: How much does a scooter bike cost?

A new one costs about $1,500.

dodge4 Do you have lions in Thailand?

No lions, but we do still have a few tigers.

Shellie Kosmerchock Zion Pierce, NE Do children get sick of rice at every meal?

Some children enjoy eating something different from time to time, like noodles or bread.

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior Do you have hotels or earthquakes?

We have lots of hotels, especially in the tourist areas by the beaches in southern Thailand and in the tourist areas of northern Thailand.

alma Why do kids play with swords?

Thai children often see Thai movies about life in the old times when the army used swords. 

tinley1 What musical instruments do they play? Do they have band there?

Guitar, drums and keyboards are very popular, but people here often learn to play some Thai traditional instruments, like Phin, Khim, Pip, Ranat Ek, Angklung and Khlui .  Some schools teach band as one of the elective classes the students can take.

glen Is it hard to travel in the boats? (Glen Burnie, MD)

Traveling in the boats isn’t hard, but it can be unpleasant during a rainstorm.

dodge4 What type of shoes do they wear?

For school the boys wear brown canvas shoes and the girls wear black flat shoes with a strap across the top of their foot.  When they’re not in school the like to wear flip-flops, gym shoes or sandals.

Zach Anderson Do they hunt in Thailand?.

Some of the ethnic groups living in simple villages in remote areas hunt some of the food they eat

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior Do they have recess at school?

Yes, each school has recess for about 15 minutes.

dodge4 What types of birds are in Thailand?

Parrots, egrets, eagles, doves, falcons, herons, gulls, storks, pelicans, swallows and many others.

tinley1 What did LHM do to help the people that were hurt in the tsunami?

LHM Thailand provided rice, noodles, medicines, flashlights, pots and pans and dishes, cleaning supplies and some small fishing boats for fishermen who lost their boats in the tsunami.

Lynette Cherington What are common pets in Tailand?

The most common pets in Thailand are dogs and cats.  Many Thai people also love to have a rabbit as their pet.

cubs1 Do you have snow?

No, the temperature in Thailand is usually between 78-98 degrees Farhenheit, except in the mountains in northern Thailand where the temperature occasionally will drop to the low 30s Fahrenheit.

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