“I don’t want diamond sunbursts, or marble halls…”

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve written, the reason? Travel! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yep…went to a province in the east of Thailand, about a 6 hour drive. My team-mate and I went, as sort of an experiment trip, if you will. I found out about the trip only 2 days before we were to leave. The story? Five teen girls of the Hmong people group (in east Thailand) were coming on a mission trip to their Hmong people here in Thailand. They are from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and some had never been here before, some have been only once, and the two leaders, haven’t been here since they were young children, when they and their families lived in refugee camps during the Vietnam War. The two women, the leaders, were born in Laos, but had to move to a refugee camp in Thailand because of the war, for their own safety.ย 

So, my team-mate and I went…I was excited to see what the Father had to show me there. I was learning video, and he was learning photo. It went well, there was a time when I got frustrated with the video capabilities on my camera. I couldn’t, for the life of me, seem to keep the thing still enough for video. And, I really do think a “video eye” is quite different from a “photo eye.” It was hard for me to get used to switching back and forth so frequently. On the third and final day of the trip (yep, it was just a short and quick one) I finally began to get (a little) the hold of it. Now, this is also my first piece to produce. My team-mate is gracious enough to spend his time to teach me Final Cut Pro and to help me through “story-telling” in video. I’m excited….can’t wait to see how the Father takes this and makes it what He wants it to be. I hope that it will only show and share the things He wants it to, and nothing of my own desire…my personal hope is that it can in some way encourage young teens to go and share their faith but also, encourage the church in how we can better prepare our missionaries, before sending them out…making sure they are well versed in Scripture, able to share their testimony, etc…as opposed to sending folks out on “mission-vacation” trips.ย 

I got back the day before yesterday. Went to work yesterday and transcribed all the videos (the interviews). My throat was feeling pretty sore and such, but I figured it was just allergies. This morning? Ick…not fun at all. I didn’t sleep well, and this morning was sure proof of that. I stayed home today, I think I might have a pretty bad cold, not sure how I got it, except that it was rather cool in the mountains where we were…and I can tell you, I’m certainly not used to that word in reference to outside temperature. ๐Ÿ™‚ At any rate, this is really the first “illness” I’ve had here…no fun…that’s all I have to say about that.

So, today I got to watch one of my all-time favorite movies…Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea. One of my friends here, before she left to go home to Canada for a 6 month furlough, gave me a copy of the two movies. Ohhhhh! I love them! I get swept away in the wonderful story and adventure of Anne, how lively and dramatic she is, and lovely. I get lost in the language and also the clothing. I would love to wear gorgeous dresses like they did then. ๐Ÿ™‚ Well anyways…I haven’t seen the movies in probably over a year…it was fun to watch. I guess that’s one “benefit” of being sick.

Much love to you all…blessings on you!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *