Christa Lund Herum has decorated the first office of the Danish Church in Thailand in Scandinavian style. The location at the entrance to CCT between BTS Siam and Ratchathewi is extremely convenient for the Danes in Thailand.
I performed my first beach blessing recently and I have also been visiting a Dane in a prison here. I can visit someone when they are scared or sad or I can be part of some of the greatest moments in their lives.
The ups and downs of a pastor’s life
Being a pastor is not just about holding Christ services. An important part of the job is to be by people’s side during the hard times in their life. “When someone is very ill or has passed away, the embassy will ask if the family would like a pastor to pay them a visit. Many say “Yes, please!” Christa Lund Herum says. When asked whether the job is hard, she says it is balanced out with the joy of being a par t of the most important moments of a person’s life: “I performed my first beach blessing recently and I have also been visiting a Dane in a prison here. I can visit someone when they are scared or sad or I can be part of some of the greatest moments in their lives.” “There are many things I wish I could do for those in need, but I’m not the embassy and I can’t help with legal matters. But I can be by their side and listen to them for a moment, and that brings great comfort to some. I’ve recently met with a very ill man. He told me that he hadn’t spoken a word Danish for several months. That little thing alone meant a whole lot to him,” she says.
From Egypt to Thailand
Christa graduated in 2003, but didn’t become a Pastor until she moved to Bangladesh in 2015. Prior to that she had worked for Dan Mission in Egypt, but it was not until she moved to Bangladesh with her husband and their two children that she began working as a volunteer pastor. Meanwhile the Danish Church Council was looking for the first Danish pastor in Bangkok. When that opportunity came up, Christa took it. Her family still lives in Cambodia, the country they moved to prior to Christa moving to Bangkok. She is officially employed by DSUK – Danske Sømandsog Udlandskirker – a fusion between Danish Seamen’s Churches and Danish Churches Abroad. The Danish Church in Thailand is hosted by the international organization Church of Christ in Thailand, an umbrella organization for protestant churches from all around the globe. This is where she is currently setting up a small office by the entrance, the office you may from now on meet the first Danish pastor in Thailand when she is not out and about meeting people in special need. Pastor Christa Lund Herum was officially installed on Sunday the 18th of March. April 2018 • ScandAsia 23
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