We ate lunch with a man and woman who were on our bus. He was a man from Sweden and the woman was Thai, obviously, hired by him for companionship. It was really sad when you realize the relationship. We spoke to her and she had such a gentle nature, and was so sweet. He was an older gentleman who we spoke to breifly, but he couldn’t look at us in the eye. I wonder why? They both appeared to be trying to have a good time, but there was something about them. It was if they were walking in shame and trying to hide it. So sad, that it is part of her culture and she had little other options. So sad that he is so lonely that he has to go to a foreign country to find a woman to pay to spend time with him. Yes I prayed for them, and will continue to do so. Also met another couple from China, but they didn’t really talk to anyone.
I exchanged email address’s with the couples from Israel. We have agreed if we visit each others counties to contact each other, though they have no idea where South Dakota is
The best part of the day was being able to listen to Hebrew all day. Even though I didn’t know what they said (I did hear the name Obama once, and would have liked to known what that was about). The very best part was being able to tell them that my friends, and myself, pray for their country daily. It seemed to really touch their hearts and they thanked us..
Oh… and I spooned a package of dirt and a rock in Laos, to go with my dirt from the orphanage in India and dirt from Thailand. I think this is a great way to have a prayer reminder, a small jar fill of a part of that country. God is so good!