Saturday, November 30, 2013

House Boats

During our October break we went to the "house boats" all photo credits go to my friend- cause I dropped my camera :( Mae Ngad Dam is the closest thing you can get to a Minnesota lake experience. 
Swimming, kayaking, and laying on the dock Thai style!

We spent the night in one of these rooms...

Our room...complete with a mosquito net

Our very own can see the water right under you.
Don't worry I was told the pipes don't go directly into
the water! 

the view from our kayak 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Hume Lake- Thailand

This is how I spent part of my October break! 
Thanks Hume Lake Christian Camps for coming to Thailand.

Every other year Hume Lake Christian Camps in CA comes to Chiang Mai for a week of camps. They had camp for the high schoolers from a Saturday to Tuesday and then the Middle School got to experience camp life from the Wednesday to Saturday. I helped with the MS camp two years ago and decided to help again this year.
I knew many of these kids as they were 5th and 6th graders when I got here. Our role during the camp is to be the camp “counselors.” This means that Hume brings people to speak, lead worship, and plan games, but we provide the small group leaders. I had 12 girls that I was in charge of and had the privilege to lead in small group discussion groups, etc. Seven of these girls were 7th graders from Grace and the other five were from other international schools in the Chiang Mai area. It was a fun group, but a little hard to get a few of the girls to open up and share. I know that for a couple of the students this was just a “seed planting” time and for others they have grown up as missionary kids and know it all J Trying to meet them all where they were at was difficult but we had some great discussions.
I also had a group of about 14 students (boys and girls) for all our game times.  We had a great time as it had been rainy earlier in the week so the fields were completely muddy. It added so much more excitement to each and every game!
The theme of the week was “Wandering Lites” as in the Israelites. We also had times when the camp counselors from Hume shared their stories. It was neat as a few of them had also been missionary kids, so they could really relate to our students.
            Please be praying for the seeds that have been planted to take root in those that were hearing much of this for the first time. Also pray for those who “know it all” that they will make it their own and not just their parents’ faith. 

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Hardships....what do I know about hardships....

I was thinking of different things to write to try to describe the struggles of grieving when you are overseas. I was trying to figure out the different things that were easier and the things that made it harder and put it into words. I was going to write a wonderful blog post to make people see different things missionaries/ military personal go through as they serve overseas and it was going to be a great post.

Then I read Adoniram Judson: Bound for Burma by Janet and Geoff Benge and I realized I know nothing about suffering and giving things up to live far away from home.

*Side note: I HIGHLY recommend the Christian Heroes: Then & Now series and the Heroes of History series all written by Janet and Geoff Benge. They are great biographies that they recommend for ages 10 and up, but I would say you could read them to younger students as well. I enjoy them as an adult and know that many at my school use them for their classes and the students love them!*

We are so blessed to have technology, medical help, and quick transportation if needed. Yes, I am still processing grief and loss far away from my family, but I can communicate quickly if needed. I am also surrounded by so many who have gone through or are going through similar things. They understand, they get it and they are ready to sympathies with me.

I got a great hug from a lady who's father-in-law passed away about 3 months before my grandma. I got words of wisdom from others who had faced deaths in their families in the past. I had people crying even before I could start to cry. Living in a community of believers who have left family and friends behind in another country is an amazing experience.

So instead of writing a blog post about my "hardships" I am learning to count my blessings!

Philippians 1:3-11