The “Long” Awaited Promise…

Ok, so you haven’t been waiting that long…because I just wrote the other day…but here I am, fulfilling my promise. Woo hoo me! It’s pitiful really, I can’t even update this blog monthly, let alone in a more timely fashion. Forgive me. I’ll try to do so more often.

For now, I have to catch you up. There’s a lot.

I got back to America in August, as you know. And, it’s been an “adjustment.” I don’t really know if I can call it that, because it’s felt more like a brick wall than an adjustment…but nonetheless. It’s been great to see my mom and dad and grandma and her husband. Fabulous. Great to do American things like eat at Taco Bell and shop-til-you-drop at Walmart…but I have desperately missed “My Thailand” and the rest of the world that God allowed me to see the last two years of my life.

I’ve had the privilege and blessing of sharing at two churches about my time overseas. It’s been a great, and a growing, opportunity. I didn’t do so hot the first time, taking over an hour to share during the service, when I was only really given 30 minutes. Oops. Note to self: make sure you have a clock in front of you. So the next time, at a WMU regional meeting, I warned the crowd, “I don’t see a clock in here so please somebody in the crowd, let me know when I’m getting close to the end of my time.” I was given 30 minutes again…and I shared and showed pics for about an hour and a half. They never stopped me. 🙂 Needless to say, I have a lot to share. How am I possibly supposed to condense two years in amazing places, and amazing experiences, into 30 little minutes? It’s nearly impossible…but I’m trying. Two more scheduled “share times” so we’ll see how we do. God has used my mouth and given me the words to say, and the nerves to stand up in front of lots of sets of eyes. That is a blessing. Tomorrow I lead the Youth Sunday School at the church my parent’s have been visiting. I’m excited…and I’ve broken the lesson into two sessions, at hopes of keeping it “on time.” 🙂

The beginning of October brought a phone call from my former boss saying, “Hey, you wanna go to Vietnam?” Uh…yes. 🙂 So, I headed out for a two week coverage in the country of Pyramid shaped sun-hats and had an absolutely great time. Our team (video and writer) was great. We had a blast, and probably laughed way too much for our own good. We met amazing people, unbelievable stories to tell, and even got to visit one of my best friends from Thailand. What a blessing. The last day, I got sick, and was sick in the airport and on the way back to America, but besides that…I have no complaints.

Here are a few shots from the trip…

Pastor of the largest Baptist church in Ho Chi Minh City baptizing a new believer.

Village Pastor who was previously a Viet Cong…amazing story

Rice fields…

Reminder of the communist rule in Vietnam…

We went to the Cu Chi Tunnels…crawled through the bat-infested and dark holes in the ground…

Thank you for your continued prayers…

More to Come…

This is a “warning”…is that the right term? I have more to say, more to share, more to update…and I’ve hopelessly abandoned this sweet little blog…I am determined to take it back…and pour some time into this. I promise. More is coming…

For now, a quick update…God has blessed me immensely in allowing me to share at three churches so far, about my time in Thailand and around the world, and I have two more already on the schedule. Granted, I wasn’t a super-star “M” who “wowed” the crowds…but that’s not the point. God spoke through me, I hope, and the heart’s of people here in America were touched in some way. I’m blessed to know I was able to be a part of that.

Blessings to all…

John 15:5