Tuesday, November 11, 2008
6-Serve Asia workers met
2-of us traveling
1,000+-times I have thought I wished Aaron was here
600+-pictures taken so far
5-stamps on my passport so far
Ways I have traveled
- Tuk Tuk
- Sung Tao
- The Travellator (see picture below in travelator blog)
Things I have learned
- That financially it is smart for families to send their sons off to be monks: They are fed and educated and they don't need to pay for it
- That it makes me sick to my stomach to see young girls sitting outside a hotel waiting to be picked for the night's events
- That Karma is so misunderstood: One of our missionaries met a boy with a cleft lip and most people were horrible to this little boy (of about 6) saying that it was Karma because he must have done something bad in a past life. The cruelty he faced was horrible. (Side note now he is a Christian and there was someone who came out and was able to fix it!)
- Many people don't understand that our goal in our jobs really is to see people go over short term with a long term impact on their lives...a discipleship process. Many think short-term trips is a glorified vacation.
- That motorbikes are as scary as they look when you are in Asia...but G-d is greater than the scary driving
- That there are so many simple ways that peoples lives can be changed if there are just more people who are willing to work on the fields if G-d calls them.
- That every day two people die in Cambodia because of an undiscovered land mine.
- That so many people make offerings to things they don't even know...especially tourists who go to temples.
- That I really miss good chips and salsa.
- That so many of the long-termers are such amazing and beautiful people and how grateful I am for what they are doing.
Favorite things I have seen:
- Children playing and waving
- The wonderful colors at the Market
- Pictures of people healed from disease, women rescued from prostitution, simple procedures made accessible to those before unable to get them.
- The homes of many of the long-termer and their wonderful children
- Fruit-it is even refreshing to see when you are in this heat!
Songs that have come into my head:
- Wild Horses-Natasha Beddingfield
- My Redeemer Lives-Nicole C. Mullins
- J. loves the little children
- Say-John Mayer
- Do you feel the Mountains Tremble
Things you can pr-y for:
- That I will be able to embrace this last week and have G-d strenght daily
- That I can focus on being here and not going back home (I am missing it dearly)
- That I will be able to stomach all the food that I eat
- That I won't get more bug bites
- That Mandy and I will continue to have a great time together
- That the heat won't get to me especially while I wear pants and long sleeves
- That we will be safe when traveling
- That I will be positive for this last push of the trip
- That I can process all I have been through!
Thanks so much for all of you who are reading this and keeping updated on this trip and walking through it with me!
Monday, November 10, 2008
This is a picture of a temple seen from the river and truly shows the contrast of wealth and poverty that is here.
Below are pictures of Angkor Wat...a temple that has been both used for both Buddists and Hindu wors-p. This is one of the few things that survived the Khmer Rouge devistation. I pr-y for all of the people who wors-p here so blindly and the people who come here who so badly need true healing. So many deal with Post-tramatic Stress after the Khmer Rouge. May they know what can really bring healing!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Yesterday was quite an interesting day. I felt awful in the afternoon. It was 36 degrees C which is 97 degrees F. Yes I had to look that up! I was a bit dehydrated and I had an horrible headache. On top of that, it was a day when I was really struggling missing Aaron.
In the morning we had spent about four hours at a pr-yer meeting where we got to hear some amazing things that are happening on the field. It was so neat to hear about how many things are going on just in the central region of Thailand. However, afterwards the elements caught up with me and I had to rest. I just wanted to go home. So we went back to the home we were staying at and I spend the next hour pr-ying and resting. Then that evening, we went to the Lopburi Youth Center.
It was absolutely the exact thing I needed. It was an encouragement to see what is being done there. We got to see some other Serve Asia workers, we got to see a student leading the cell group, and got to meet a very faithful Thai couple that loves on these kids right where they are at. The moment the students walk in the door they know they are cared for. What the perfect thing for me to see that stirred my heart and made me excited. Even if that was the only thing I came on this trip for, it would be good! However, I know that there is more to come. But here are some pictures from last night!
Some of the other students
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Aaron you would have loved the real gardens