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Anna Rorabeck

Student Missionary for 2016-2017, serving the Central Thai people of Thailand.

The Essence of Beauty

Anna Rorabeck February 09 2017, 5:51 am | 1 Comment

Beauty is something that everyone loves to see, but often we don’t know what beauty really looks like. People strive every day to meet impossible standards of beauty, but what if there was a better way to attain it that didn’t involve changing our appearance? My kindergarten students have challenged me to think more deeply about this subject, and this is the sum of my thoughts on the matter…

Just Him, Me, and the Fish

Anna Rorabeck January 15 2017, 4:47 pm | 0 Comments

Dive with me into a recap of this past month’s struggles and triumphs, and a detailed look at the vacation that changed my life. Particularly the fish. You should be excited about the fish. I was…

A Reason to Celebrate

Anna Rorabeck December 18 2016, 3:46 pm | 0 Comments

It’s a struggle at times, but I’m learning how to celebrate Christmas in my new environment. Though there seems to be a sever lack of holiday cheer in Thailand, there’s something about being in this country that makes the Christmas story come alive.

Focusing on the Positive

Anna Rorabeck November 11 2016, 2:49 am | 0 Comments

I’ve purposely left out from this post all the feelings of despair and discouragement I’ve experienced in the past few weeks. I’ve come to realize that complaining about a situation doesn’t make it any better. I’ve done my fair share of weeping over Khon Kaen, just like Jesus wept over Jerusalem, but crying about how lost these people are isn’t going to help them find their way home.

The End… Already?

Anna Rorabeck October 14 2016, 8:11 am | 2 Comments

The end of the week has come again, and I feel like time is racing away from me. However, the clock is ticking not just for my time in Thailand, but also for the rest of this world’s existence. We only have a short amount of time left on this earth – what are we doing to take advantage of that?

9 Months and 24 Days

Anna Rorabeck October 05 2016, 5:34 am | 0 Comments

Between language learning, friendship-making, music teaching, and culture-immersing, my life is packed full of all things Thai. But will the time I have left be enough to do everything I feel I was called to do?

From Martha to Mary

Anna Rorabeck September 28 2016, 2:28 pm | 1 Comment

I had a lot of expectations about how life was going to work over here, and they’re not really matching up with reality. I thought I was going to be doing some huge work for the Lord by coming here, spending the majority of my time making friends and teaching them about God, but so far, it’s been me, myself, and I for most of every day. I’m either doing a million things at once or doing nothing at all. Neither one is very fulfilling. So how should I be using my bucket-loads of free time? Am I really being a missionary if I seem to spend most of my time at home?

Letting Go of My Priorities

Anna Rorabeck September 20 2016, 1:32 pm | 2 Comments

Was this really why I came to Thailand – to babysit children at a music lesson? When my year as a student missionary is over, will I feel like I made any sort of impact on anyone’s life? As a result of my teaching, will even one student feel like they learned anything new about music? What’s a higher priority – teaching music, or sharing God’s love?