It seems as if the whole world was transfixed earlier this year by the plight of 12 youth members of the Wild Boars soccer team who, along with their coach, were trapped for more than 2 weeks in series of flooded caves in northeastern Thailand. In his latest blog post, Dr. Larry Dinkins tells us about one of the youths, Adun Samon, who is a Christian. The blog post starts off, ‘One aspect of the miraculous cave rescue in Thailand that the press failed to emphasize sufficiently was when the British diver popped up and asked how many were on that ledge. This was the first time we heard from a resilient 14 year old that knew enough English to say, “Thirteen”.’ Follow this link to read the whole story.
Hand signs are a way to visually capture the meaning of the spoken word. Dr. Larry Dinkins has made a small collection of short YouTube videos in both English and Thai to illustrate facts about the Bible, sing Bible songs and tell stories told in the Bible. Here are links to those videos for your enjoyment and edification.
OTLive and NTLive : list of 40 key words giving a one minute synopsis of the Old Testament and the New Testament.
OTLive 40 Hand Signs : English – Thai
NTLive 40 Hand Signs : English – Thai
One Book Two Parts : English – Thai
Object Lesson : Paralytic in Mark 2:1-12 English – Thai
Song : Amazing Grace : Thai
Story : Jesus Calms Storm : Mark 4:35-41 : Thai
Bible stories can be shared in many different contexts. In this blog post titled Building Bridges Through Bible Narratives, Dr. Larry Dinkins gives an example about how he was able to share a Bible story with someone he met at a local swimming pool. Follow the link above and be encouraged.
Dr. Larry Dinkins has written two new blog posts that draw spiritual lessons from the news story that has recently captivated the world concerning the young Thai soccer team and their coach who were lost in a flooded cave in northern Thailand and then found and rescued. Larry’s blog posts can be found here : “Thai Soccer Team Lost, Found! … and Rescued?” and here : “Lessons from the rescue of the Thai soccer team“. These blog posts remind us the work that still needs to be done to reach the many “Unreached People Groups” located in Thailand and around the world.
We’ve just added several new items to the Dinkins Collection, a collection of blog posts, videos and other material by Dr. Larry Dinkins who is working with OMF and the Chiang Mai Theological Seminary in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The first item is a new blog posts titled “More Women in Thai Church”. Larry comments in the blog post on the high ratio of women to men in Thai churches and offers several observations on why. The blog posts starts out : “I just spoke at a church camp for 70 Thai people. I counted only 11 males which works out to a 1 to 7 ratio. On a regular Sunday, this church has a higher ratio of males to females, but overall the predominance of women in Thai churches is a well known fact.” Follow this link to read the rest of Larry’s blog post found on the OMF Thailand web site.
The second is a .pdf file titled “180508.Easter Story and Hot Cross Muffin Story.pdf”. This file contains two stories in Thai. Follow this link to read the stories.
The third entry is a 7 minute video where Larry humorously describes the first time he tried to tell a Bible story in front of an audience using the Simply the Story method. Suffice it say that the outcome was not one that Larry expected. Follow this link to watch Larry’s video.
Follow the link to this recent OMF blog post entitled Billy Graham and Urbana where Dr. Larry Dinkins shares the impact that Billy Graham’s evangelical ministry together with the Urbana Mission Conference has had on Larry’s life and the life of his family. Included at the end of Larry’s blog is link to a recording of the speech Billy Graham gave to the 1976 Urbana Mission Conference.
Here is a YouTube link to a 12 minute video dramatization of the very powerful Bible story dealing with the Rich Man and Lazarus found in Luke 16:19-31.
Dr. Larry Dinkins has added a new blog post to the OMF website with the title “The challenge of language learning”. The post starts off “On a recent trip to South India, I watched my host communicate effortlessly using numerous Indian languages. When I asked him how many languages he knew … ” Follow this link to read the entire post.
Dr. Larry Dinkins has published a new blog entry with the title Thailand – ” # 1 in the world”. This blog entry is a commentary from the Christian perspective on a recent Bangkok Post article which lists Thailand’s rating as #1 in various good and not so good categories. You can read the full blog entry here.
Check out Dr. Larry Dinkins latest blog post on the OMF website. In this blog post Larry tells about the impact one can have by learning only 600 words in a foreign language. The blog post starts out : “Back in 1980 the OMF Orientation Course in Singapore lasted a couple of months. Part of our training was in the LAMP method (Language Acquisition Made Practical), which included learning basic phrases and then practicing them out in the community. …”
Links to additional blog posts by Larry can be found on our Dinkins Master Blog List web page.