Recently we got the chance to visit a few of the royal projects in Chiang Mai region (Chiang Mai is the major city just an hour's drive south of us). One of the projects was a farm up in the mountains near us, and the others were workshops in Chiang Mai city. One workshop was for traditional Thai wood carving and the other was for making Saa paper and traditional parasols. The royal family has sponsored the workshops to preserve the traditional crafts, and the farm to help the people learn to produce foods that are high in essential nutrients.
We went with a tour group, whose leader was friends of Daniel's family. The tour leader said he had worked as an ambassador, going with the King of Thailand as he worked on establishing some of the royal projects. He had a lot of stories to tell about the King and Queen. It was nice to hear about how they would visit the people, and when they saw someone unhappy in the crowd, they would try to find out what they could do to help that person. They worked hard on the projects, and the tour leader said they would work late and be quite tired but still working hard.
Those things made me think of the Bible text, “a nation is exalted by righteousness.” Proverbs 14:34. The God of heaven cares about all the people of the world. He has a standard of righteousness, and He oversees the whole world. I understand the above text to mean He does not discriminate, as humans often do, for color of skin and other such things, but rewards nations for doing right. Of course, His grace also allows “rain on the just and on the unjust” Matthew 5:45. That means that He cares so much for the populace, that He often sends blessings even when we make mistakes—which, in turn, draws us to Him.
I was so happy to hear such beautiful stories from someone who knew the King and Queen of Thailand personally. And I have been thankful to be here in Thailand, which is one of the most stable countries in this area of the world. I pray that He will continue to send blessings for Thailand and it's royal family.

Written on October 27th, 2012 , Mission Field

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