Last month we had the privilege of getting to help feed SKE! Starting last year, Thailand has 2 classes a year. They are held in the kingdom hall in Nong Khai, which is on the boarder of Thailand and Laos. This hall is large because it’s used for a lot of Lao meetings and assemblies since things are tricky in Laos right now. This is only about 2 hours away from us, so we got to go help for 2 days. Basically the whole country of Thailand is invited to help, so a lot of friends flew up to help for a few days or a few weeks at a time.
A sister owns a house nearby the kingdom hall, so this has become the “kitchen house” where all the preparations are done. It is done very “Thai style” will all the prep work being done on the floor and all the cooking being done on basically gas camping stoves. The first day we made a Thai meal, which was hilarious trying to figure out what to do and how to help without being able to communicate. The sister took pity on us and gave us a few bundles of vegetables to separate and chop thinking this was an easy job…except we couldn’t recognize any of the veggies and didn’t know which part was edible and which wasn’t! Everyone had a good laugh, and after she demonstrated on a few we were able to take care of the rest. The next day was “farang food” or foreigner food, so thank goodness we were able to be more helpful! They made spaghetti carbonara and an attempt at tacos. After all the preparations are done, we drive them over to the kingdom hall and set up the serving area outside.
The class seemed like the normal mix of couples and single friends, but it was amazing to see a few foreigners in the class. The one brother we spoke to has been learning Thai for 10 years and was happy to report he understood about 90% of the class in Thai. That was encouraging for us to hear! We got to have lunch together and was happy to speak with a few of the friends who spoke English who could tell us about what they were learning that day. All in all it was a really fun experience! We hope you enjoy looking at the pictures! It’s definitely NOT like serving SKE at home!!!!!!!