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

LHM Thailand appreciates all your prayers for  our Thai students

LHM Thailand appreciates all your prayers for our Thai students

Sawaddee Kha, Students and Teachers,

This is the last day of answering your questions.  I appreciate all of your great questions.  Please feel free to leave comments on this blog.  I’ll enjoy hearing from you.

If you still have other questions, you can email them to me at LHM@jilthailand.org.  Please continue to pray for us and for the Thai people, that they will come to know Jesus as their Savior.  Thank you very much. (Khob Khun Marg Kha – ขอบคุณมากค่ะ)

May God bless you, (Kaw Prajaow Ouay Praporn – ขอพระเจ้าอวยพระพร)

Boom – บุ๋ม

Katrina ‘Kois’ Thomas Why do people in Thailand believe in Buddah instead of Jesus? from 3rd grade at Immanuel in Broken Arrow, Ok

Most of the people in Thailand don’t know about Jesus.  Because they grew up in Buddhist families, they believe in Buddha.

tinley1 What are some of Thailand’s imports?

The main things that Thailand imports include machinery and parts, vehicles, electronic integrated circuits, chemicals, crude oil and fuels, iron and steel.

dodge4 What instruments do they have?

Guitars, keyboards and drums are very popular.  Many people play traditional Thai instruments, like phin, sueng, saw duang, khim, ranat ek, angklung and khlui.

dodge4 Do they have Buddah statues in the churches?

No, Thai Christians don’t believe in Buddha or pray to him. 

dodge4 Do you have cars?

We have many cars in Thailand, especially in Bangkok.  The traffic jams are some of the worst in the world. 

Are some people poor and rich?

Yes, we have some very rich people in Thailand, but more people are poor.

Tammy Panning How can we help share the Gospel with those living in Thailand?

Your offerings will also help LHM – Thailand with special projects like Bright Teeth, Happy Feet. The offerings will help make sure resources, such as the bibles and videos they use for the programs for the students. Your offerings will support LHM – Thailand and its Holiday Outreach to Schools.

bloomington How much rubber is produced?

Thailand is the #1 producer of rubber in the world, producing about 3 million metric tons of rubber each year.

Katrina ‘Kois’ Thomas What types of dance do students learn in Thailand? from 3rd grade at Immanuel in Broken Arrow, Ok

They learn some Western style dancing and Thai traditional dances.

bloomington Do you have Sunday School?

Most churches have Sunday School for children.

bloomington Do you have communion in worship services?

Yes, communion is very important to Thai Christians.

Katrina ‘Kois’ Thomas What are some traditional meals in Thailand? from 3rd grade at Immanuel in Broken Arrow, Ok

We usually eat rice for most meals with vegetables, soup and some meat or fish.  One popular food is Tom Yang Gung, a spicy soup.  We also enjoy eating curries with hot chili peppers.

bloomington Who discovered Thailand?

No one discovered Thailand.  People came here from China and other parts of Asia at least a thousand years ago.

bloomington How long did it take to recover from the Tsunami?

It took about 3-4 years to rebuild the bridges, hotels, homes and other buildings and for businesses to get back to normal.  But, for the families who lost loved ones in the tsunami, many of them .will never fully recover

Zach Anderson Do the people riding in the canals in their boats ever fall out?

The boat drivers and the people riding in the boats are very careful to make sure there are no accidents.

bloomington Where do the pastor’s go to seminary?

We have a number of seminaries from different denominations in Thailand.  Most of the seminaries are in Bangkok, but others are in other parts of Thailand.

huskers Is there a day where many buddhists go to a temple like we go to church on Sundays?

Buddhists don’t usually go to a temple to worship as a group each week like we do in church.  Besides Buddhist holidays, many Buddhists go to a temple 4 times each month on the day of the new moon, the first quarter, the full moon and the third quarter.

merrill2 Do they speak English?

Every school has English classes, so many Thai people can speak at least a little English.

Katrina ‘Kois’ Thomas Are there any international Lutheran School’s in Thailand? from 3rd grade at Immanuel in Broken Arrow, Ok

Unfortunately, no, but we would like to have at least one international Lutheran school in Thailand someday.

merrill2 Do they bow down to statues/idols?

Thai Buddhists do bow down to statues and idols, but Thai Christians do not.

merrill2 Do the people of Thailand know Jesus?

Most Thai people know little or nothing about Jesus.  Only 1.6% of Thai people are Christians.

merrill2 What kinds of animals are native to Thailand?

Thailand has elephants, water buffaloes, monkeys, tigers, Asiatic black bear, cows, horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, crocodiles, porcupine and flying squirrels.

Charlotte Fritsch I would love to hear the Thai children sing, “Jesus Loves Me.”

I’m sorry that I don’t have a recording of that for you.  Maybe sometime in the future I’ll be able to post that on this blog.

merrill2 Are there cars in Thailand?

We have many cars in Thailand, especially in Bangkok.  The traffic jams are some of the worst in the world. 

dodge4 How long ago did Buddah live?

Gautama Buddha lived from 563BC – 483 BC.

Katrina ‘Kois’ Thomas Are Christians persecuted in Thailand? from 3rd grade at Immanuel in Broken Arrow, Ok

Thailand has freedom of religion, so there is no real persecution of Christians.  But, some parents or other family members sometimes cause problems for a member of the family who becomes a Christian.

dodge4 How much does it rain?

The rainy season begins about June 1 and ends in mid-October.  During that time Thailand usually gets about 59 inches of rain each year.

dodge4 Where do they swim in Thailand?

Southern Thailand has many beautiful beaches along the ocean where people can swim.  In other parts of Thailand people swim in the many rivers and canals.  Some schools and shopping malls have swimming pools.

Charlotte Fritsch Do the Christians keep the spirit houses outside their homes?

No, Christians don’t  have spirit houses outside their homes or businesses.

Charlotte Fritsch It is a very beautiful area! Do you think it is better than before the disaster?

No, it was also very beautiful before the disaster.

napoleon Do birds ever try to go in the small ‘spirit houses’ they have outside their homes?

Sometimes birds go into the spirit houses.  If someone puts an offering of rice by the spirit house, the birds sometimes eat some of it. 

merrill2 Do the people of Thailand have big houses?

Some Thai people are very rich and have very large houses.  Because grandparents, parents, children and other relatives often live in the same house, the houses need to be big enough for the number of people living there. 

Katrina ‘Kois’ Thomas Have you ever had deadly tsunamis before? from 3rd grade at Immanuel in Broken Arrow, Ok

No, the tsunami in December 2004 was the first one.

Zach Anderson What Buddist holidays do you have?

We have Buddhist holidays for the birth and death of Buddha, for the day he did his first teaching, for when he became enlightened and reached Nirvana and some others.

Katrina ‘Kois’ Thomas What are some of your favorite activities or hobbies? from 3rd grade at Immanuel in Broken Arrow, Ok

I enjoy working in the garden, arranging flowers, shopping, reading, watching television and movies.

huskers If buddhists believe in reincarnation, where to they believe Siddharta Guatama (buddha) is today?

Buddhists believe that reincarnation is a way of giving people another chance to lead a good life and move closer to enlightenment and Nirvana.  When Siddharta Buatama became enlightened, he didn’t need to be reincarnated again.  He has reached the perfect state of being that others cannot understand, because they have not reached it.  So, no one can know where Buddha is.  Buddhists say that it’s best not to ask where Buddha is, because we can’t understand where he is.  Buddhists say that we shouldn’t wonder about where Buddha is, but we should just follow his teachings.  Then someday we will be there with him.

dodge4 Do you have many poisonous animals?

Thailand has poisonous snakes, scorpions, centipedes, spiders and fish.

independence 5/6 Do the schools celebratslidays?

The schools celebrate all of the official holidays in Thailand.

St. Peter, Arlington Heights Do they have dogs and pets?

Dogs are the most common pet in Thailand.  Cats and rabbits are also popular pets.

independence 5/6 Was yesterday Mother’s Day?

In Thailand Mother’s Day is celebrated on August 12, which is the Queen’s birthday.

dodge4 Do you find many fossils?

We have some fossils in northeastern Thailand.  We have some parks and museums dedicated to fossils.

St. Peter, Arlington Heights Do they celebrate Easter and Christmas?

Thai Christians do celebrate Easter and Christmas.  Some non-Christian Thai people also celebrate Christmas, but not as a religious holiday.

independence 5/6 When was Thailand’s name picked?

The former name of Thailand was Siam.  When the country changed from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy and became a democratic country in 1932, the country’s name was changed to Muang Thai (Thailand), which means’ Free Land.

Jonathan Schultz What is your most common monkey?

Macaques are probably the most common monkey in Thailand.

St. Peter, Arlington Heights Do they have lions?

Thailand doesn’t have lions, but we do have some tigers.

St. Peter, Arlington Heights Do they have snow?

The weather in Thailand is always hot, usually between 78F and 98F, except in the mountains of northern Thailand.  There the temperature can drop as low as the mid 30sF at night in January.  But, we don’t have any snow.

huskers Do you have to be a buddhist t be involved in their government?

No, many Christians and Muslims have government positions.

troy What is the median income in Thailand?

I’m not sure about the median income, but the average income is about $800 per month or $9,600 per year.

Portbc Kindergarten wants to know if you have swimming pools?

Very few families have swimming pools, but some schools, shopping malls and communities have swimming pools.

napa Is it normal for most people to have short haircuts?

Many Thai people choose to have short haircuts.  Short hair looks neater, is easier to take care of and is more comfortable in the hot, humid Thai weather.

napa Do you celebrate birthdays, and if so, how do you celebrate?

We celebrate birthdays by having a party, eating cake, playing games and giving presents with family and friends.

Do you like ice cream?

Yes, ice cream is refreshing in the hot Thai weather.

napa Do you have amusement parks?

Bangkok and other big cities have some amusement parks.  Sometimes they’re located on the top of large shopping malls.

What are some of the clothing and shoe brand stores you have?

We have Gucci, Prada, Fendi and others of this quality, but they’re much too expensive for most Thai people.  We have Birkenstock, Bata, Taywin,  Naturalizer, Jimmy Choo, Prada and many brands of athletic shoes.

napa What types of cars are popular, and what do police cars and police stations look like?

The most popular car brands in Thailand are Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Kia.  We can also see quite a few Mercedes, BMWs, Volvo and Audi.

Many police cars are Toyotas with a bar of red lights on top, quite similar to police cars in North America.  Probably the most common type of police car is a pickup truck.

napa What are some popular toys? Do they have Sock Monkeys?

We don’t have Sock Monkeys.  Girls enjoy dolls (including Barbie) and boys like cars and trucks.  More children are playing computer games.

napa Are there baseball fields in Thailand?

Thai children don’t play baseball.  We usually only see baseball fields on the campuses of international schools.

napa Why did the Buddha think there are no gods?

Buddha knew that there are different kinds of gods, but he said that they can’t help anyone.  Everyone must earn merit by themselves. 

Why did he think you can become enlightened?

Buddha taught that people can become enlightened, because he said that he had become enlightened.

napa What is our offering money spent on, and how much does it cost to convert one person to Christianity?

Your offerings will also help LHM – Thailand with special projects like Bright Teeth, Happy Feet. The offerings will help make sure resources, such as the bibles and videos they use for the programs for the students. Your offerings will support LHM – Thailand and its Holiday Outreach to Schools.

napa Were there any Lutherans in Thailand before LHM came?

Yes, missionaries from some Scandanavian Lutheran churches had already started some Lutheran churches in Thailand.

Heidi Schleifer How many Lutheran churches are there in all of Thailand?

Thailand is only 1.6% Christian, so there aren’t many churches of any denomination.  The number of Lutherans in Thailand is small, so there are only a few dozen Lutheran churches.

glen What kind of electronics do people have in Thailand? (Glen Burnie, MD)

We have all the same electronics that you have in the United States, like televisions, computers, I-Pads, smart phones, GPS systems, satellite television stations and radio programs, etc.

Katrina ‘Kois’ Thomas What do they serve in their happy meals? From Immanuel in Broken Arrow, Ok

One example of a happy meal in Thailand is the Happy Time set, which includes 4 fried chicken legs, 10 McNuggets, 3 cheese sticks, 1 corn pie, 1 pineapple pie and french fries.  With the meal children can buy Pokemon characters from the collection.

belvidere115 How many canals does Thailand have?

I don’t know the exact number, but in the past Bangkok had so many that people called it the Venice of the East.

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior What kind of toys do you play with?

Girls enjoy dolls (including Barbie) and boys like cars and trucks.  More children are playing computer games.

Jonathan Schultz What is your most popular music artist?

Probably “Bird” Thongchai McIntyre .

Shellie Kosmerchock Zion PIerce, NE What type of technology do you have in Thailand?

We have all the same electronics that you have in the United States, like televisions, computers, I-Pads, smart phones, GPS systems, satellite television stations and radio programs, etc.

winona Is abortion legal in Thailand?

No, abortion isn’t legal in Thailand, except in certain situations, like when the mother’s life is at stake.

alma Do the students ever have days that they do not have to wear their uniforms?

They don’t wear their regular uniforms on days when they have physical education class and when they go on field trips.

glen What’s the biggest celebration in Thailand? (Glen Burnie, MD)

Thai New Year’s Day on April 13 is probably the biggest. 

belvidere002 Does Thailand have any proverbs (sayingss) that are popular?

Here are some that are popular in Thailand with English proverbs that are similar:

Escape from the tiger and into the crocodile.  (Out of the frying pan and into the fire.)

One rotten fish makes the whole catch smell.  (One rotten apple spoils the whole barrel.)

Fire one shot and get two birds.  (Kill two birds with one stone.)

If you love a cow, tie it up; if you love your child, beat him.  (Spare the rod and spoil the child.)

tinley1 How many people died in the tsunami?

More than 5,000 people were killed in Thailand and another 2,000 are missing.

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior How many Lutheran churches are there?

Thailand is only 1.6% Christian, so there aren’t many churches of any denomination.  The number of Lutherans in Thailand is small, so there are only a few dozen Lutheran churches.

tinley1 When they are worshiping Buddha, why do they have flowers on a stick?

Because of their beauty and sweet smell, flowers are sometimes given as offerings.

tinley1 Why are the Buddhas gold?

Because gold is so precious and beautiful, using gold on a Buddha image shows honor and respect.  Not all Buddha images are gold.  Many other Buddhas are carved from wood, stone or made of cement.

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.

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

Children listening carefully to LHM Thailand staff during school outreach activity

Children listening carefully to LHM Thailand staff during school outreach activity

Sawaddee Kha Students and Teachers,

I’m happy to know that many of you are doing projects in your communities that are connected with the Online Mission Trip to Thailand.  I’m sure you will learn a lot and I hope that you are enjoying the experience.

I have answered more of your questions.  You can read them below. 

God loves you,

Prajaow Rak Khun – พระเจ้ารักคุณ

Boom – บุ๋ม

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior What kind of spiders do you have?

Some of the spiders we have are the Purple Orb-weaver Spider, Black Orb-weaver Spider, Golden Orb-weaver Spider, Black widow spider and Spotted Golden Web Spider.

Cheryl Talsma Are there professional sports?

Thailand has some professional sports, like boxers, Muay Thai kickboxers, golfers, tennis players, volleyball, badminton and basketball players.

dodge4 How many bookstores do you have?

LHM Thailand has just one bookstore.

winona Do the Thai people baptize?

Yes, Christians in Thailand baptize.

Monroe1 Do you have deer in Thailand?

We have some medium sized deer like the brow-antlered deer, wild sambar and barking deer.

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior What version of the Bible do you use?

We use a Bible that has been translated into the Thai language.

rose Do you have mosquitoes and where do they live? King of Kings

We have lots of mosquitoes in Thailand.  They live wherever there is some standing water in cities , in rural areas and in the forests.

dodge4 Do they have fried chicken?

We have lots of kinds of chicken, including fried chicken.  We can but fried chicked from KFC, from 5-Star Chicken and from food stalls in markets and along the streets.

Cheryl Talsma Are there traditional dances you are familiar with?

The most common Thai traditional dances are Khon, Lakhon, Fawn Thai and Manohra Dance.

rose Where was the worst flood in Thailand? King of Kings

The flood was very bad in a large part of Thailand, but probably the worst was in Bangkok. 

glen Are buses or cars used more for transportation? (Glen Burnie, MD)

Buses and cars are the two most common forms of transportation.  There are many more cars than buses, but the buses each carry a lot of people.

rapids5 If they can’t ever reach Nirvana, why do Thai people believe in it or ever try to get there?

Thai Buddhists are taught that they can reach Nirvana, but it might take them hundreds of lifetimes.  They keep trying to get there, because it sounds so much better than continuing to live, die and then live again.

Katrina ‘Kois’ Thomas Do they have squirrels in Thailand? from 3rd grade at Immanuel in Broken Arrow, Ok

Yes, we have several kinds of squirrels in Thailand.

Katrina ‘Kois’ Thomas Do they pray to Buddah? from 3rd grade at Immanuel in Broken Arrow, Ok

Many Buddhist people pray to Buddha in temples or at many of the Buddhists shrines. 

dodge4 What are spirit house made of?

Most spirit houses are made of wood or concrete.

belvidere115 How many elephants are in Thailand? Belvidere, IL

We have about 7,000-8,000 elephants in Thailand, about half live in the wild.

winona Do you have NLSW in Thailand?

We don’t have NLSW in Thailand.  In fact, we don’t have any Lutheran schools in Thailand yet.

merrill3 Do you have horses?

We do have some horses in Thailand.

winona What time is it there now?

Thailand is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the United States.

tinley1 Do they have baptisms in Thailand?

Yes, we have baptisms in Thailand.

Monroe1 What kind of dogs do they have?

We probably have every kind of dog that you can think of in Thailand.  Some examples are the Thai Ridgeback, Thai Bangkaew, Yorkshire terriers, German Shepherds, Dachshunds, Golden Retrievers, Poodles and Chihuahua

winona Do your churches use LSB?

No, our churches in Thailand use huymnbooks in the Thai language.

Katrina ‘Kois’ Thomas What kinds of pets do people own in Thailand? from 3rd grade at Immanuel in Broken Arrow, Ok

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

Katrina ‘Kois’ Thomas Do they grow potatoes? from 3rd grade at Immanuel in Broken Arrow, Ok

Some sweet potatoes are grown in Thailand.

winona Do you have american children in your schools?

We don’t have any Lutheran schools in Thailand, but there are American children in other Christian schools and international schools.

glen What kind of soda do you have in Thailand? (Glen Burnie, MD)

We have many kinds of soda, including Coke, Coke Light, Coke Zero, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sprite, Red Fanta, Green Fanta, Orange Fanta, Root Beer and others.

stpaul Has Thailand changed a lot or do people follow the same laws and customs?

In some ways Thailand has changed a lot.  We have more buildings, taller buildings, more and better airports, more and better roads, better internet, most people have cell phones, now people wear shorts in public,

winona Is there a limit on how many children you can have?

There is no law limiting the number of children Thai people can have.  The cost of raising Children limits the number of children that people have. 

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior How many different languages do you speak?

I can speak Thai and English.

Cheryl Talsma Are there many famous celebrities?

We have many Thai celebrities, such as actors, singers and athletes.

Cindy Engelhard My children want to know how you get up on the elephants to ride them?

Sometimes the elephants kneel down, so people can climb on them.  Other times people get on the elephant from a platform at the top of some stairs.

tinley1 What is the biggest difference between your churches and ours? Are they the same?

The biggest difference is that we use the Thai language in our churches and many Thai churches meet in buildings that are not church buildings.  Otherwise they are very much the same. 

merrill3 What kind of holidays do you have in Thailand?

We celebrate New Years Day on January 1, Thai New Years Day on April 13 and many Buddhist holidays.  Thai Christians celebrate Christmas and Easter, but they aren’t official holidays.

dodge4 Do you have pigs?

We have pigs that are raised for people to eat and we have wild pigs in the forests.

glen Do you have Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts in Thailand?  (Glen Burnie, MD)

Yes, Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts are very popular in Thailand.

winona Do you have Christian schools?

We don’t have any Lutheran schools, but we do have a lot of Christian schools.

stpaul What is the average family size?

It’s very common for Thai families to have 2 or 3 children.

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

LHM Thailand sometimes uses Christian videos to share the Gospel

LHM Thailand sometimes uses Christian videos to share the Gospel

Sawaddee Kha, Students and Teachers,

Here are some more answers to your questions.  I hope my answers are helpful to you in learning about Thailand and understanding how LHM Thailand does ministry here.

God loves you,

(Prajaow Rak Khun – พระเจ้ารักคุณ)

Boom

overland Why do the kids wear uniforms?

The Thai government requires students to wear uniforms.  Uniforms are a common part of Thai society.  The uniforms show which school the children attend. Many adults wear uniforms where they work.  Besides, the uniforms are usually given to them free!

racine7 Why do they have to wear uniforms in school?

Please see my answer above.

merrill7 Why do they wear uniforms?

Please see my answer above.

Monkey Training School in Surat Thani

Monkey Training School in Surat Thani

jgwareham@cfl.rr.com Can you show a picture/video of the monkeys that get the coconuts?

I don’t have a video, but here’s a photo from Mr. Somporn Saekhow from the Monkey Training School in Surat Thani Province.

lhm What is the most popular name in Thailand?

I don’t know exactly, but very popular names for girls are Isra, Kanya, Kulap, Lawan and Pakpao.  Very popular names for boys are Aran, Aroon, Chanarong, Daw and Kamol.

troy What age do the children go through Confirmation?

Usually about age 15. 

belvidere115 What is the biggest lake in Thailand?

Bungboraped is the largest freshwater lake in the country. It covers an area of more than 130,000 acres.  

Heidi Schleifer How old do you have to be to have a job?

Children can begin to work at age 13, but can do only light work.

belvidere115 What stories do they like to read? Belvidere, IL

Thai comic books, science fiction and Harry Potter.

rapids5 What will our offering help with?

Your offerings will also help LHM – Thailand with special projects like Bright Teeth, Happy Feet. The offerings will help make sure resources, such as the Bibles and videos we use for the programs for the students. Your offerings will support LHM – Thailand and our Christmas Outreach to Schools.

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior What is the longest storm that you have had?

We don’t usually have long storms in Thailand, but during the rainy season it sometimes rains more than half the days in a month.

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior What kind of rice do you eat?

We usually eat white, steamed rice (we like jasmine rice the best), but we also eat boiled rice and fried rice.

winona What will our offering go for

Your offerings will also help LHM – Thailand with special projects like Bright Teeth, Happy Feet. The offerings will help make sure resources, such as the Bibles and videos we use for the programs for the students. Your offerings will support LHM – Thailand and our Christmas Outreach to Schools.

boconnor@stjames-lutheran.org From St. James School – Do students have to pray to the Buddha at government schools?

The morning ceremonies at government schools include Buddhist prayers, but students who are not Buddhists are not required to participate in those prayers.

Do they celebrate the New Year at the same time as Americans (Jewish orthodox celebrate New Year at a different time)

We celebrate the Western New Year on January 1, but we also celebrate our Thai New Year on April 13.

dodge4 How old do you have to be to be a monk?

Most boys study at a temple between the ages of 12-20.

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior Who was the first king?

Phraphutthayotfa Chulalok, also called Rama I, was the first king in the Chakri Dynasty.  He became king in 1782. 

 belvidere115 Have the Thai children read Flat Stanley?

No, Thai children don’t know about Flat Stanley.

luxem From St. Paul in Luxemburg, WI: Boom, have you always been Lutheran?

I have always been Lutheran since I became a Christian.  But I grew up as a Buddhist.

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior How many stories is the tallest building in Bangkok?

The tallest building in Bangkok is Baiyoke Tower II.  It has 85 stories.

Katrina ‘Kois’ Thomas Are Christians required to have spirit houses in their front yards? or in front of their businesses? from 3rd grade at Immanuel in Broken Arrow, Ok

No one is required to have spirit houses.  The people who have spirit houses put them there because it’s part of their religion.

dodge4 What style of clothing do they normally wear?

People in Thailand normally wear Western style clothing like you do.

tinley1 Are Christians able to celebrate Christian holidays like Easter or Christmas?

We have freedom of religion in Thailand, so Christians can enjoy celebrating Easter and Christmas.

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior Do you have lots of traffic?

Traffic in Bangkok is a very big problem.

dodge4 Do you have malls?

We have many big shopping malls in the big cities in Thailand.

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

The most common is the crab-eating macaque, sometimes called long-tail macaque. 

Jonathan Schultz Can one be reincarnated into plants?

Buddhists believe that they will be reincarnated as people, animals, birds, fish or insects.

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

Students enjoying LHM Thailand ministry activity

Students enjoying LHM Thailand ministry activity

Sawaddee Kha, Students and Teachers,

Are you tired of reading all of these answers?  I hope not.  We still have more to do in the next few days.  I’m still enjoying your questions.  I appreciate your interest in learning about Thailand and the ministries that we’re doing here.

In Jesus’ name,

(Nai Pranarm Pra Yesu – ในพระนามพระเยซู)

Boom

dodge4 Are there many birds?

Yes, we have many birds in Thailand.  Some names that you might recognize include ducks, geese, swans, herons, egrets, parrots, pigeons, doves, eagles, falcons and woodpeckers.

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior How large is the the country of Thailand?

It’s twice the size of the state of Oregon.

dodge4 Are flowers common in girls hair?

Girls sometimes wear hair clips that look like flowers, but they usually only wear flowers when dressing in more traditional Thai clothing.

tinley1 What other holidays are national holidays?

National holidays include New Year’s Day (Jan 1), Thai New Year’s Day (Apr 13), Constitution Day (Dec 10), Mother’s Day/Queen’s birthday (Aug 12), Father’s Day/King’s birthday (Dec 5) and several Buddhist holidays (Buddha becoming enlightened, his first sermon, his birth and death).

alma What year did Thailand become a country?

Thailand has been a country for several hundred years, but until the 1930s it was called Siam.  That’s when they changed to a democratic government and changed the name to Thailand, which means Free Land.

Marissa Engelhard Do children ride school buses? 2nd Grade, Redeemer, Pittsburgh, PA

A few students ride school buses in Thailand, some students ride school vans.  Many students ride public buses, motor bikes or bicycles or are taken to school by their parents.

cubs1 Do the people of Thailand eat the same thing all the time?

We eat rice for almost every meal, but we eat many different kinds of other food.

Painesville What kinds of clothing do you wear there that is different from ours?

Usually we wear the same clothing that people in North America wear, but when relaxing at home we sometimes wear sarongs.

overland What kind of animals do you use for work?

In rural areas some people use cows or water buffalo to plow rice fields or pull 2-wheel carts.  Elephants are often used in the timber industry in the forests of northern Thailand.

alma What vegetables do you eat and grow in Thailand?

We have more than 200 different vegetables in Thailand.  Some of them include eggplant, asparagus, corn, bitter gourd, cabbage, chilli, cucumbers, onions, ginger, tomatoes, pumpkin and spinach.

dodge4 What chores do the children do?

Parents do most of the chores, but children help with sweeping the floor, setting the table, washing dishes and watering plants at home.  They also sometimes help with sweeping the floors and outside areas at school or helping to clean the classroom.

Robyn Kratz Do your Lutherans have confirmation classes?

In the churches where they have children who were baptized as babies, they have confirmation classes.

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

About $1,500-$2,000 for a new one.

tinley1 Do they have any special electronics or technologies?

The electronics and technologies used in Thailand are the same as in North America.

Lynette Cherington is the king himself a Buddhist?

Yes, he is.  One of his responsibilities is to be a defender of Buddhism.

Marissa Engelhard Do many people speak English in Thailand? 2nd Grade, Redeemer, Pittsburgh, PA

It’s quite easy to find people in Thailand who speak English, but not as many as in other countries around Thailand. 

dodge4 What color dress does the queen wear?

Light blue is the color for the queen’s flag, but the queen wears dresses of different colors.

affton what is the average life expectancy?

Life expectancy for Thai men is 71 years and 77 years for Thai women.

lhm Do they have dance schools?

Yes, we have dance schools for Western styles of dancing and for learning Thai traditional dances. 

lhm How many schools do they have?

We have more than 36,000 schools in Thailand.

lhm Do they have any animal zoos?

Most of the larger cities have zoos.

lhm Do they have art in school?

Yes, we have art in school.  It was my favorite class.

lhm What kind of music do they listen to?

People in Thailand enjoy listening to Korean pop music, Western pop music, Thai pop music and Thai country music.

lhm Is there equality for men and women?

Not completely, but women have most of the same rights as men. 

lhm Are there any forests near by?

Much of northern Thailand is covered with forests and there also are some forests in southern Thailand.

lhm  What kind of movies do they watch?

Many Thai people like horror movies, action movies or love stories.

lhm Do they have any movie theaters?

Movie theaters are quite common in the larger cities, but not so common in small towns and rural areas.

lhm What is the population?

The population of Thailand is about 67 million people.

lhm Are there any girl/boy scouts?

Girl scouts and boy scouts are very popular in Thailand.

lhm Do they wear make up?

A lot of Thai women enjoy wearing make up.

lhm Is there alot of crime?

Crime in Thailand is much less than in the United States.

lhm Do they have hospitals?

Thailand now has some excellent hospitals, especially in Bangkok and some of the other larger cities.

Portbc Do they celebrate Father’sDay?

In Thailand Father’s Day is celebrate on December 5, which is the king’s birthday.

lhm Do they eat noodles?

Noodles are very popular here and we can get many different noodle dishes.

lhm What happens when you miss a day of school?

If a student is sick, then he/she must contact the teacher or get a note from a doctor and must make up whatever work was missed. 

lhm Is it required to go to church?

No, no one is required to go to church.

Portbc Do the children use computers at school?

It depends on the school.  Schools in small towns and rural areas don’t always have enough money to provide computers for students to use.  Bigger schools and schools in Bangkok and other large cities try to have some computers for students to use.

napa What type of smoothie flavors do you have in Thailand?

We have many different flavors of smoothies and fruit shakes in Thailand.  Common flavors include strawberry, apple, mango, orange, lime, banana, guava, pineapple, coconut, kiwi and a number of vegetables like tomato, carrot and others.

napa Why do they start military training in 9th grade?

The students can complete a lot of the learning while they’re in school, so that they can be fully trained more quickly later. 

napa Do the Buddhists practice some form of communion like Christians do?

No, communion is based on the fact that Jesus died for our sins and Buddhists don’t believe in Jesus. 

troy Are the services more traditional or contemporary? Acolytes and such?

The style of worship that churches in Thailand use depends on each church.  Some churches use a very traditional form of worship with acolytes and liturgy, others are very contemporary and some use a combination of both. 

napa Does it ever snow in Thailand?

The temperature in Thailand is always hot (78-98F), except in the mountains in northern Thailand where the temperature might drop to the mid-30sF some nights.

napa What kind of movies do they watch? Do they like Star Wars?

Many Thai people like horror movies, action movies or love stories.  Many Thai people like Star Wars.

napa Are there gold mines in Thailand? Is the Buddha statue made of real gold?

Not much gold is found in Thailand anymore.  Only a few Buddha statues are made of gold.  Most of them are made of wood or cement and covered with gold.

troy Are there Lutheran churches in Thailand that are not in an outdoor or tent style?

All of the Lutheran churches in Thailand are in some type of building.

troy Are there many American Lutheran missionaries in Thailand?

There is only one American Lutheran missionary in Thailand.

napa Do the monks have to travel a lot?

Most monks don’t travel much. 

Why do they wear orange?

Orange is the traditional color for monks, because they used to dye the cloth with natural dyes that were an orange color. 

troy How do you say “goodbye” in Thai?

Lagon – ลาก่อน

napa How long is the school day, and do the students eat outside or inside?

The school day in Thailand usually begins at 8:00am and ends at 3:30pm.

napa Are pancakes popular in Thailand?

It’s very difficult to find restaurants in Thailand that sell pancakes.

napa More questions…How many tsunamis have happened in Thailand?

Thailand has only experienced one tsunami.  It happened on December 26, 2004.

dodge4 Do they love the Lord in Thailand?

Only 1.6% of Thai people are Christians.

Cheryl Talsma Is sushi sold there?

We have Japanese restaurants and other places that sell sushi in Thailand.

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior How many cities do you have?

There are more than 300 cities in Thailand.

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior What kind of clothes do you wear?

Almost all Thai people wear Western  style clothing, usually light weight, because the weather is always hot here.

dodge4 What should we pray for Thailand?

Please pray that more Thai people will hear about Jesus, that the Holy Spirit will work faith in their hearts and bring them to faith and that more Christians will come to Thailand to spread the Good News that Jesus died for their sins.

Cheryl Talsma Are wild animals legal to keep in homes as pets?

No.  The Thai government is working harder to prevent people from catching, selling and keeping wild animals.

Jonathan Schultz Do they have fortune cookies?

No, we don’t have fortune cookies in Thailand, except maybe in a few Chinese restaurants.

dodge4 Do you have libraries?

Most schools have at least a simple library.  Many communities also have a library that is open to the public.

Cheryl Talsma Do homes have pets?

Many Thai families have dogs, cats or rabbits as pets.

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior How do you say Holy Spirit in Thai?

Pra Winyan Borisut  – พระวิญญาณบริสุทธิ์

rose Do people in Thailand wear hats? King of Kings

Many Thai people wear hats to protect their heads from the hot sun, but many women use an umbrella for that purpose.

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior Does Thailand have Star Wars?

Yes, we have Star Wars in Thailand.

Cheryl Talsma Are board games popular among the kids? Shepherd of the Coast, Ft Lauderdale

Not many kids play board games in Thailand. 

dodge4 Is their a celebration for Buddah’s birthday like we celebrate Jesus’ birthday on Christmas?

Yes, also for when he preached his first sermon, when he became enlightened and when he died.

luxem From St. Paul in Luxemburg, WI: How do you say Bible in Thai?

Pra Kham Pee – พระคัมภีร์

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

Students brushing their teeth after eating lunch at school.

Students brushing their teeth after eating lunch at school.

Sawaddee kha, Students and Teachers,

I hope that you’re having a good time learning more about Thailand.  I’m enjoying sharing more information with you, as I answer your great questions.  If I didn’t answer a question that you asked, please continue to check this blog each day.  I plan to answer every question.

God’s blessings to you,

(Prajaow Ouay Praporn – พระเจ้าอวยพระพร)

Boom

tinley1 Are there any popular landmarks?

The most popular are the bridge over the River Kwai from WWII and the movie, James Bond Island, Phuket Island, Wat Phra Kaew temple in the Grand Palace.

dodge4 Do they celebrate Easter?

Most Thai Christians celebrate Easter.

alma What do you drink?

It’s always hot in Thailand, so we drink a lot of water.  We also drink tea, coffee, many fruit juices, Coke, Pepsi, Root Beer, Fanta and Sprite.  Children drink milk or chocolate milk or strawberry milk.

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

Yes, but they’re not a normal part of our diet.  We can get cheeseburgers at McDonalds, Burger King or some other restaurants that serve Western food.

Marissa Engelhard What are popular toys that children received for Christmas? 2nd Grade, Redeemer, Pittsburgh, PA

Most Thai families don’t celebrate Christmas, because they’re not Christians.  Those children often get presents for New Year’s.  Christian children do get Christmas presents.  Popular toys that Thai children get are dolls, cars and trucks and stuffed animals.

overland Do you celebrate Advent and Lent?

Only a few churches celebrate Advent or Lent, but usually just on Sunday mornings.

tinley1 Do people have VBS there?

Sometimes volunteers come from the United States to lead VBS for churches in Thailand.  Otherwise we don’t have VBS.

Painesville How many different religions are there in Thailand?

About 92% of the people in Thailand are Buddhists, about 5% are Muslims, 1.6% are Christians, others follow Chinese religions or Hinduism, in the hill areas many people are animists.

Zion-Concord L.S. What kind of flowers do you have in Thailand?

Orchids, lotus, carnations, roses, ratchaphruek, frangipani, chrysanthemum and others.

tinley1 Do they fight with wooden sticks often?

Not now.  That was a way of fighting many years ago.

bloomington Can the kids bring birthday treats to their school?

Yes, they enjoy sharing treats with their friends and classmates.

Zion-Concord L.S. Are there swimming pools?

Most hotels and large shopping malls have swimming pools, also some schools and communities have pools.

cubs1 Does Thailand have zoo’s?

Most larger cities have zoos.

Are the vans the same size there?

The vans in Thailand are different, but about the same size.

glen How many children are in each class? (Glen Burnie, MD)

It’s common to have 30-40 students in a class, sometimes more than 50.

Dylan Teut Do all of the students have to behave? What happens if they misbehave? Immanuel Belvidere Kindergarten

All parents everywhere want their children to behave and be good people.  If Thai children misbehave, their parents might spank them if they’re younger, ground them if they’re older, not let them watch television or videos or take away some of their allowance.

Painesville What languages are spoken in Thailand?

The national language is Thai language.  Many Thai people also speak a dialect or ethnic language.  Many people also speak some English.

Katrina ‘Kois’ Thomas Why do they train children to fight? From Immanuel in Broken Arrow

The training helps develop their body strength, balance and reflexes, it makes them more fit and it teaches them self-discipline and self-control.

jgwareham@cfl.rr.com 5th Grade, Trinity Florida..It looks like the families in the country are poorer than in the city. Is that true?

I think that’s probably true, although there are many poor people in the cities also.

Zion-Concord L.S. Is there indoor plumbing?

Except for people living in the more remote hill areas, everyone has indoor plumbing.

racine7 How long is school?

Thai children go to school from 8:00am-3:30pm Monday-Friday.

tinley1 Do Buddhists go to church?

Buddhists go to temples to worship and pray.

bloomington What percent of Bangkok is Christian.

I don’t know about the percent of Bangkok that’s Christian, but Thailand is about 1.6% Christian.

Do the schools frown upon not doing the prayers as a Christian?

We have freedom of religion in Thailand.  The teachers understand and don’t mind when Christians don’t participate in Buddhist prayers and other ceremonies.

belvidere117 What do crickets taste like?

They don’t have much taste at all.  Usually the taste comes from the different sauces that are used when cooking them.

overland What kinds of fruit do you have?

Thailand is famous for its fruit.  We have mango, guava, star fruit, watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, many kinds of bananas, oranges, durian, jackfruit, mangosteen, rose apple, custard apple, grapes, rambutan, longan, lychee, pears, apples, coconuts, dragon fruit and others.

tinley1 Do they have many churches?

Because only 1.6% of Thai people are Christians, we don’t have very many churches.  The total number might be about 2,000 in the whole country.

dodge4 What days do you go to school?

Monday through Friday.

glen What are some traditional foods in Thailand? (Glen Burnie, MD)

Tom Yang Gung soup, spicy papaya salad, Pad Thai noodles, spicy curries, lots of fish and seafood.

Zion-Concord L.S. What kind of military groups do you have?

Thailand has an army, navy and air force.

belvidere117 Do mothers have an unlimited amount of children?

Usually Thai women have 2-3 children, because it’s very expensive to raise many children.

tinley1 We have religion classes at our Lutheran schools. Do they learn about Buddhism in school?

Thai schools have a religion class that teaches them about Buddhism, but it also teaches them a little about Christianity and other religions.

cubs1 What is the favorite restaurant?

Thailand has many kinds of restaurants.  For most Thai people their favorite restaurant is a small food shop in their local community.

clearwater What musical instruments are played in Thailand? Are there any similar to the US?

We have guitars, drums, keyboards, horns, saxophones and flutes like in the US.  Some Thai traditional instruments include ranat, ranar ek, phin, khim, saw duang, angklung, rammana, glong yao, khlui and ching.

Robyn Kratz Do you have any celebrities in Thailand that we may be familiar with?

I can’t think of any.

Marissa Engelhard What type of shoes do kids wear? 2nd Grade, Redeemer, Pittsburgh, PA

As part of their school uniforms the boys wear brown canvas shoes and the girls wear simple black shoes with a strap over the top of their foot.    When they’re not in school, many Thai children wear flip-flops, sandals or other open-toe shoes.

Zion-Concord L.S. What colleges are there?

Thailand has many national and private universities, technical colleges, business colleges, medical colleges, architecture colleges, engineering colleges, teacher colleges and others.

Shellie Kosmerchock Zion Pierce, NE Do the children get sick of eating rice?

Sometimes they would rather eat noodles.

racine7 What kind of jobs do they have?

Because about 65% of the people in Thailand live in rural areas, many of them have jobs that are connected with agriculture.  Many other people are government workers, teachers, factory workers, store clerks, work in construction, have jobs in the tourism industry or are doctors or lawyers.

Cheryl Talsma Are there mansions there?

We have some huge mansions here.  Thailand has quite a few rich people.

overland What is your main source of protein?

We get protein from chicken, pork, beef, fish and seafood and from beans.

tinley1 How tall is the palace?

The palace is actually made up of a number of buildings that are different shapes and sizes.  Probably the tallest building is about 4 stories high.

glen What is the climate like in Thailand? (Glen Burnie, MD)

Except for in the mountains in northern Thailand, the weather is hot and humid every day (78-98F).  From June through October is the rainy season and from November through May is the dry season.

rapids2 Do some Thai people celebrate Christmas?

Christians celebrate Christmas, but it’s not an official Thai holiday. 

Painesville We saw McDonalds. What kinds of foods do you have that are different from us?

Squid, some kinds of lizards, glutinous rice, Thai desserts and locusts might be different from the food you eat.

racine7 Why do the monks have to shave their heads?

It’s a sign of humility and of giving up earthly things.

cubs1 Do they have Kings or Presidents?

Thailand has a king, but he’s not the leader of the country now.  Our country leader is the Prime Minister.

Cheryl Talsma Do people eat sushi in Thailand?

Many Thai people enjoy eating sushi and other Japanese foods.

Marissa Engelhard Do many people celebrate Christmas? 2nd Grade, Redeemer, Pittsburgh, PA

Thai Christians celebrate Christmas, but it’s not an official holiday here.

merrill7 Does it snow?

We don’t have snow in Thailand, but the temperature can get close to freezing in the highlands of Thailand in January.

albany Do you have American clothing stores?

Some.  Thai people usually wear Western-style clothing similar to what you wear.

Mankato What is the population of Thailand?

About 67 million.

LHM What kind of pets do they have?

The most common pets in Thailand are dogs and cats, but some people have rabbits as pets.

Robyn Kratz What brand of cars do most people drive?

The most popular brand is Toyota.  Honda is also very popular, but many people own Nissans, Mitsubishis, Mazdas or Kias.  Some of the richer people drive Volvos, Mercedes or BMWs.

glen Are there amusement parks in Thailand? (Glen Burnie, MD)

Yes, but they aren’t as big as in North America and they don’t have so many rides.  Some of them are on the roofs of large shopping malls.

rapids2 Do Thai students have to do homework?

Thai students often have homework.

cubs1 Why do they have 3 wheel cars?

The 3-wheel car is actually the front of a motorcycle attached to a seat and 2 back wheels.  We call them tuk-tuks and they’re used as taxis.

tinley1 Do they celebrate birthdays?

Yes, we enjoy celebrating with our friends, getting some presents and eating birthday cake.

merrill7 Does it snow in Thailand?

We don’t have snow in Thailand, but the temperature can get close to freezing in the highlands of Thailand in January.

racine7 What electronics do they have in Thailand? From 7th Graders in Racine, WI

We have all the same electronics that you have in the United States, like televisions, computers, I-Pads, smart phones, GPS systems, satellite television stations and radio programs, etc.

belvidere004 What sports do you play?

Soccer is the most popular sport in Thailand.  We also play volleyball, badminton, golf, takraw and some basketball.

rapids3 Do you go swimming?

Many people in southern Thailand live near the ocean, so they enjoy swimming.  People who have a community swimming pool in their neighborhood or live near a shopping mall that has a swimming pool like to go swimming.

tinley1 Do people feel pressure to be Buddhist?

Not usually.  Most people who are Buddhists grew up in a Buddhist family and in a Buddhist neighborhood.  Because their parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and neighbors are Buddhists, it’s natural for them to become Buddhists. 

overland What insects are in Thailand?

Mosquitoes, ants, flies, katydid, wasps, bees.

Zion-Concord L.S. What do the children do when showing respect to the flag?

They just stand still while the flag is being raised during the ceremony before school begins.

rapids5 Can you sing the Thailand alphabet?

We don’t sing the Thai alphabet like you do the English alphabet, but we chant it like a poem.

Katrina ‘Kois’ Thomas How do they train the elephants to play soccer? From Immanuel in Broken Arrow, Ok

There are special trainers who work with the elephants to teach them how to play soccer and do many other tricks. 

tinley1 Why were there ducks on their signs?

They put pictures of ducks on the signs where they sell duck meat.

 

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,

Boom

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.

jgwareham@cfl.rr.com 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.