The Need for Speed…

Whew…time does go quickly…I find myself needing to update this blog more frequently…otherwise you just end up with a ton of random and unique images…making it hard to find a connection between them. 🙂 This post is easy…the connection? Speed…

A media team from Union came to Northern Thailand this past week. They had been in a few other places, finding stories from some mission work that’s doing amazing things, and creating stories with their eyes and equipment to share with folks when they get back home. They came to my area for about a week. Mr. Veneman was one of the leaders (my photo prof at Union). A true blessing to see him. Dr. Chute was also there leading. A few days were spent together with the team, we crossed the border into Burma, and had a small birthday party for one of the team-members. The next day the team went on to other villages, while Abby and I stayed behind. She’d gotten a little sick the day before, so we decided to stay behind to keep it safe for her. Her and I had met once before, but we really got to know each other over the next few days. Once she felt better, we went all over the place. Rented a car, drove up to Phu Chi Fa, a gorgeous place over looking Thailand and Laos, saw a completely white wat…it was actually really pretty and pristine. (I didn’t have my memory cards with me…no pictures… :(….oh the things you do and learn with photography). Then we drove a little further to a waterfall. We had to turn our rented car back in at noon that day, the waterfall was only 15km away, and we had an hour and a half. We decided to go for it…drove there…and had plenty of time. The sign said 1400 meter walk to the falls. Sure, we can do that, we thought. Well…not only was it much farther than I thought, it was really pretty strenuous. Once we’d gone 600 meters, we had only about an hour and 20 minutes left before the car had to be returned. We literally ran up the mountainside, in the middle of the jungle. What did we need? Speed! We made it…barely alive and saw a gorgeous waterfall, maybe 200 feet high, crystal clear water, gorgeous! Haha…we had time to stay for about 10 minutes, then back again…the 1400 meter run back to the car. Once we made it to the car…there was speeding (a lot) back to the city to return the car. We pulled in front of the place at 12:00 noon…whew. 

While up in the area, I was able to really use my Thai a lot. It was great practice. I made lots of dumb mistakes, but made some progress as well, learning some new vocab and such. 

The mission work going on in two of the cities we visited is quite amazing. I was invited back to help or even possibly do a story on some of the new work being done with a particular people group. I’m excited at what the Father might have in store there. The team in the larger city is getting 2 new Journey-girls…so they’ll have some more help. Maybe I’ll be able to get to know the new girls as well…it’s about a 3 hour bus trip from here. 

House church was last  night…and what do I learn about and sing about? Trust…that is something that has just been pounded into me lately. In my study I’m doing, in circumstances I go through each day. Trust…trust…trust. So, yet again….I’d love to have speed to be able to trust more, trust faster, and trust more steadfastly. 

Here’s some pics along the way with the Union team, as well as some other random shots. Enjoy!

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Overlooking a village in Laos…

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Possibly the most beautiful place I’ve ever been…

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Selling flowers and birds at a temple in Burma…

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The man kept taking Abby’s bird..she just wanted to free the little guy…

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Burma border…

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From the hip…I never really do this…I might start though…

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A little snip-pit from house church. There are usually 3 more families there with kiddos. This was right after a little activity, thus why the distracted balloon lovers. 🙂 Worship is always wonderful…grateful for that. 🙂 

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This thing was insane. So huge that it actually started to hurt holding it, even with 8 other people…

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Just riding an elephant with Mr. Veneman…common occurrence…ha! 

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The end…