After faithfully serving the Lord in prison ministries, Lourdes Holmes has been given a great honor. The beloved Princess Sirinthorn of Thailand personally awarded Lourdes a highly esteemed pin on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
“We give God the glory, praise, and honor for what He has done,” say Charlie and Lourdes Holmes. The Holmeses are Filipino missionaries serving with the Philippines Association of Baptists for World Evangelism in Bangkok, Thailand.
While waiting for the arrival of the princess, Lourdes was able to witness to the other four honorees. On each chair was written the name of the honoree, his or her rank or position in the government, and his or her profession. On Lourdes’ chair was written these words in Thai: “อาจารย์สอนศาสนาคริสต์” (“Teacher of Christ religion”).
Out of 100 honorees, about 80 were high-ranking government officials like the minister of justice, director of the Department of Correction, and several directors of prisons in Thailand. Lourdes was the only foreigner in the group and the only Christian in this predominant Buddhist gathering.