When I got off the expressway heading back east everything was going per the back-up plan until I got to the area called government complex. It is an area north of the city where a large portion of the national government has offices. There are still protesters there blocking the street. All of the other so called Shut Down Bangkok protest sites have been abandoned. I did not know this site still had blocked streets. So the traffic was thick and I had to drive around the Government Complex. I am beginning to sweat that I will be late to pick up Sister Rakthisud. Finally got around that obstacle and then I come to the street that runs north/south under the elevated expressway that I missed back in town. I turn left onto the frontage road next to the divided highway. Feeling pretty good about now, but it is only a few minutes till her airplane will land. I get to the area to turn into the Airport terminal - but I miss the turn. Not well marked even in Thai. I think no problem just go the next U-turn spot and all will be well. Well the next U-turn spot must of been about 10 kilometers north. There is the expressway above ground the divided highway on the surface with the railway in between. No place to cross the road. Really for ~ 10 kilometers.
After I finally get turned around there is major fork in the road, unsure of which to take I take the one to the left. Wrong. I know this because an airplane flies over head to the right of where we went left. I stop a kilometer down the road and talk to a roadside vendor and ask how to get to the airport. He tells me to go a few hundred meters do a U-turn then a kilometer back to a left hand turn that becomes anther U-turn. A few minutes later we enter the airport and search for the pick up area. Not as obvious as it should be. We do finally get there about 40 minutes after the Saedan family had landed. We had called them so they knew we were running behind schedule.
When we go to the Office President Senior set Sister Rakthisud apart as a missionary. He will get that opportunity to do that for her brother Yodrak in just two weeks.
|President & Sister Senior, Rathsud, Sudthirak, & Somchai Sae-dan, Sister & Elder Meeker|
We believe the Sae-dan family is the first Thai Family to have 3 Missionary Children all serving at the same time. I believe it will be featured in the Thai Version of the Liahona in a few months.