Tuesday, April 10, 2012
This is my first blog and I haven't spent much time reading others, but here it goes. I will do my best to share what's happening around me and keep it real, including sharing difficulties and struggles, but with the goal to inspire and encourage, and above all glorify and exalt our awesome God. I hope to make others laugh, smile, and maybe some tears of joy. If any tears of sorrow, remember that joy comes in the morning. God is near to those with a broken heart.
So after receiving a burdened heart for orphans in 2002, now I am finally on the field, in the jungle on the Thailand-Burma border, 10 years later. Been here in the small village of Bongti, Thailand for 2 weeks already and it has been more difficult than I thought it would be.
I write this to let others know about the work that is plentiful and the laborers are few. If you feel called to go, may you pray for confirmation and count the cost. It is more difficult for some than others to overlook the bugs in your rice. I nonchalantly pick them out or just don't look too closely. I am always thankful to those who prepared it and enjoy it with them saying thank you and "arroy" (delicious). And it is. Clean freaks will especially have a difficult time here. I can hear a few who know me well laughing now.
I have to sadly say that the hardest part for me so far is being willing to clean the diarrhea off of 8 year old John, who's blind and deaf. I've been dreading my turn, and yesterday and today was my initiation, though someone else did the wiping. There's also the clean up of what he painted with it, all over. So I still dread it and see that the love of Christ must be lacking in me, or something.
This blog is also for others to know and pray for the great needs and pray that God will send out laborers into the field. I thank everyone in advance for every single prayer. I will do my best to keep updated often and share pictures.
Thank you to the many people, family, friends, and brand new friends who God used in such a huge way to encourage and uplift me. I knew God was using you all in such a powerful way to ensure me when the times get tough, like now, to know I am where I should be. So I remember and am so thankful for every one of you in my life. I am very blessed.
Here's a few pictures just to get started. Many more to come!