Laos is an Asia on the opposite side of the world and it took a long time to get there. 29.5 hours total. We flew to Toronto, then Seoul, then Vientiane. I've never been on one plane for 14 hours before, but it wasn't as bad as I had imagined (might have to do with the gravol and 7 hours of it I slept away). Korean Air is great - if you have to be on a plane for 14 hours, do it with them! The travel was fun because I was with 8 others from TJC, so we enjoyed one another's company, playing games, eating food, watching movies and having chats. Getting into Laos was much easier than we thought it might be. And pretty soon we were at our hotel for the night.
Naxay Church, one of 3 Christian churches in Laos (although there are 700 house churches and 13,000 or so Christians!!!). They had translation available so we could even understand the message! It was so incredible to join with other Christians, and sing songs we know (but hear it in Laos) and to see the incredible vibrancy of this congregation. There were as many people sitting on plastic stools outside in the overflow as could fit in the sanctuary. After church we had lunch with one of the Pastor's who shared about the dozens of conversions and baptisms they celebrate every month - from desperate people needing to be healed, to government officials checking in on them! It was SO AWESOME. It was also neat to have our first traditional Laos meal - tons of food all in the middle of the table, eaten with sticky rice and your hands! The rest of Sunday was spent reflecting, journaling, packing, and preparing for the next day which would take us from Vientiane down to Thakhek.