Hua Hin originated as a beach destination for royalty to escape the brutal Thai heat, back in the early twentieth century. And with such close proximity to Bangkok, it remains popular today with locals and tourists alike. After (barely) surviving the overnight train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, and the connecting train to Hua Hin, I was ready for some beach time! We were greeted at the hotel with some chilled washcloths and a cool, sweet tea. Ahhh, things were looking better already!
We loved the pool area at the hotel. Definitely an ideal beach vacation. We were surrounded by families and older people, the perfect demographic! We always enjoy talking with older couples who are generally a wealth of travel information (and not of the overnight train variety!)
This little church was so filled with God’s love, I am still affected by my experience with them. So many members embraced me, (and I mean embraced me in a bear hug, even with my sweaty beach clothes), and joyfully said “Jesus loves you.” I felt like a long, lost sister, and I guess in Christ, I am.
The praise and worship songs were actually shouted by many. They seemed so deeply moved and grateful to be there. The experience made me contemplate my own worship and how often I “go through the motions”, while distracted with other thoughts.
I was really struck by the poverty in Thailand and the poor living conditions for so many. The church was in the process of building a children’s home in Hua Hin, which will house, feed and educate up to 45 children in the area. If any of you feel so led, please consider a donation to this wonderful project. Power of Love International Church Website: www.thaipolic.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Out of curiosity, I only meant to peek on the service for a few minutes, but ended up staying for the entire two hours. I feel so blessed to have been a part of their congregation, if only for a day.
Now back to Bangkok for our flight home. (PS- We hired a driver this time and it was a much nicer experience than the train, and only took three hours instead of four. Just for the record.)