Yesterday was the first day of Buddhist lent. Everyone must go to the temple to give alms, or risk bad luck in the coming year. All my students are Buddhist, so I was expecting this conversation, but not how it turned out...
Nok: Teacher, did you go to the temple this morning?
Me: No, I didn't. I stayed home.
Nok: Why didn't you go?
Phet: Because she's a Christian. Christians don't go to temples.
Me: Phet's right. I didn't go because I'm a Christian.
Nok: But aren't you afraid of the spirits that will come if you don't go to the temple?
Me: No. My God is stronger than the spirits.
Nok: So your god is Buddha.
Me: No, my god is God.
Nok: But Buddha is stronger than the spirits.
Me: But God is stronger than Buddha.
Nok: How? Buddha is the strongest.
Me: Yes, but Buddha was a man. God created the first man. So God made Buddha, and He is stronger than Buddha and the spirits.
Nok: I want to learn more about God. I want to worship the strongest God.
Please join me in praying for Nok. I hope that all my students will learn to love Jesus.