Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Today some of the kids and I went up to the lakeside property to wash some clothes and do some garden work. I don't really have much gardening experience, but do want to learn so I enjoyed it very much. There are quite a bit of rocks which reminded me of the "Parable of the Sower," where seed in rocky ground the roots don't go very deep. So we planted seeds in one row then I figured we better start picking rocks.
Afterwards the kids washed their clothes and played in the lake. Then back to the Bamboo School for lunch.
In the afternoon we heard a truck coming up the driveway fast. Cat says to the older boys, "Go find out what's going on! Get the kids out of the way! That sounds like trouble." It was. The police were chasing a vehicle up our driveway which is a dead end on the top of a hill. So the fleeing truck managed to do a U-turn and was chased back down the driveway. They were gone as fast as they came. That was pretty unusual for here.
Not like Sunny Slope, AZ, where gun shots and ghetto bird were the norm.
The highlight for me today though, is seeing a change in some kids' attitudes towards me. I've seen at least three times now that showing compassion for those who are really hurt makes an impact. Then they know you really care. I been having a real hard time getting them to do their chores and work. They really test you to see how you handle disobedience, and I'm not sure how I should handle it. So I been doing much of their work because I don't want to beg them or yell or whack them with a bamboo. I'm still figuring it out. So far it's been a painful learning curve for me, but I believe I am hear to learn, and love. And I see God working in moments of conflict, when we chose His ways and love and pray.
On the way back from the lake today I ran over a snake crossing the road. The first one I've seen since here, though there are many. Through body language one told me it was a cobra.
Check out the size of that mushroom. At least I think it's a mushroom. Not good to eat they say.
Parkay, Bathachore (brothers), and Begoo. The father of these brothers was murdered by the Burmese army and mother missing, assumed dead. Begoo was shaken as a baby and pretty much deaf as a result.
I hope it was a clean one.
Would like to post more pictures but have to go for now. Blessings!