By Timothy Weisemann
Tim has been traveling on a year-long trek around the world, and his latest stop was in Thailand:
The last four or five days our team has been living in a village called Ban Din and we spent two days clearing land for a future church. But what I really enjoyed was just walking around the little farming village and hanging out with the people. I mostly played with kids, took photos, had them draw in my book and sang songs occasionally.
We also had church on Sunday with the people, and it was really amazing; the church had a breakthrough.
Relationships were restored, and Christians from another village asked forgiveness for how they treated the pastor and his wife. About a year ago, they were told to leave the village in which they had long been living and ministering. But yesterday, God healed the relationship between the two families.
On August 19, Thailand held its first ever National referendum to chose a new Constitution. It was amazing to see how excited most of the people in the village were, including the kids and teenagers; they all sat and watched as they read off every single vote that had been cast in the village. The choice was limited to “yes” or “no.” The people of Thailand narrowly chose “yes” over “no.”
As I hung out around the voting area, I also noticed quickly that most of the men were pretty much drunk. It was really sad, but I think it was just a normal Sunday afternoon. But I really felt love for the men and had fun with them. The morning church service only had four to six men, and the rest were woman – a proportion that sadly seems to be true everywhere I have been this year.
I really loved our time in Ban Din; the Christians in the village just radiate with light, but there is still so much darkness in the community. I am glad that the pastor and his wife will again be coming to the village almost every weekend, leading bible studies and church for Ban Din and the nearby village.
After spending a short time in Burma, Tim and his team have headed to Cambodia for the next month…
Tim Weisemann is a photographer with a passion for capturing culture and life on film. Tim has studied at Maine Photographic Workshops.