Sunday, July 13, 2014

Week 19 - First full week in Bangkhen, Thailand (July 6, 2014)

This is Elder Matt Boonme's first week in Bangkhen, Thailand. As mentioned in last week's post, his new companion is Elder Hill. Both are new to the Bangkhen area. Bangkhen is a district, a suburb, located on the north side of Bangkok, near the old Don Mueng International Airport. To elder Matt Boonmee, this is a big change coming from Sakon Nakhon, a small, rural, area with city population under 100,000 and rice farming communities, to a city that is a part of Bangkok, with, at least 10 million population (official count. Non-official is probably closer to 15 million).

In Sakon Nakhon, the missionaries ride their bicycles everywhere. In Bangkhen, or anywhere in Bangkok, they walk, or use public transportation such as buses, trains, and subways.

Anyway, because both elders are new to the area, they are struggling to find investigators. They did run into a friend of ours from the old Thai branch we used to attend in north Salt Lake, Bro/Sis Sangsuwan.
They are serving in Thailand as well. Bro Sangsuwan is currently serving as the first counselor to the mission president, Elder Seniors. Below is elder Matt Boonmee's short report.

"This week was pretty hard. We did a lot of inviting. We white washed in and we weren't left with anything. It's almost like we opened a new area. We are still trying hard, and it's extremely hot. But it's not important we still go and do it. Yesterday we had four people off of the street come into the church from our contacting. That was pretty great! But not too much again this week. All is well.

Elder Boonmee"

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