The Boatman

“Bad experience ako kanina kuya. Dalawang bangka ang tumaob muntik na mamatay ang customer. Buti na lang nasave ko.” (I had a bad experience today. Two boats sank and one customer alomost died. It’s good that I save her).

This was the Facebook message I got last night.

My younger brother is a tour guide in Krabi, a southern province in Thailand. It is a famous place for tourist destination because of its beautiful beaches and other recreational outdoor activities like zip-line.

I tried to send him a message in Facebook but I got no reply. He might be sleeping already. Yeah, I’m sure. He must  very tired.

The following morning I called him again on the phone.

He narrated me the whole story.

There were nineteen passengers in one boat and only two passengers at another boat where my brother is riding. The boatman was trying to avoid a mangrove area where it was flip over probably due to its speed.

When the boat sank, one Chinese customer, about twenty years old, sank in the water and about to drown.

Apparently, she doesn’t know how to swim.

My brother saw her. He immediately jumps off from his boat and try to save her. Thank God he didn’t panic. The lady was unconscious. My brother applied CPR because she swallowed too much water.

My brother saved the Chinese lady. Out of her gratitude, she gave him 100 baht.

I said, “What?! One hundred baht for saving her life?”

Needless to say, I am very proud of my brother!

2 Timothy 1:9 tells us: He has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.

May God bless you!

Richly blessed,


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