Wednesday

Well, morning 3 of work on the house dawns and there are more bags under the eyes today than yesterday. But they could be smiling lines more than fatigue! Yesterday brought new experiences as the team delved deeper in the work on the building, with the painters going to town with pinks and greens in the bedrooms..and on themselves…I’m certain I saw Michael take a brush to Monica’s bottom somewhere there! Some of the men were buried in the technicalities of plumbing (we’re VERY experienced here:-p) and Rod Davidson found his expertise in all things handyman in very high demand.

Most exciting for me was the increased interraction with the local guys working with us over the course of the day. Thai people are incredibly courteous and eager to make a connection. I THINK we understood each other, but the greatest barrier to overcome is definitely that of language, and the team rise to the occasion, growing more confident in speaking some Thai. It was very encouraging to have the boys ask me to play some ball with them. I intend to take up the offer at next opportunity. I learned from Supote and Mam that the boys come from many different mountain tribes, and that Thai is not their first language. As they come to the school they are learning to speak Thai, beginning with a bible reading each morning. What amazing ministry! To watch them together is very special. Thai boys and girls alike show such open affection for each other. They are real family.

And how refreshing to see Sue Waller get right in there with the young girls at Supote and Mam’s church, in finding our Pastor Mike a hilarious ball gamer, and observing Buster Fourie’s attempts to keep the local’s electrical work, err, well, safe! The pace, the atmosphere, the progress is very different here, but the Lord is working in each heart as we commit each moment to His care.  And wonderfully, we have the very best of Thai cuisine to end the day with. Have a look at the photos to see the new delicacy Sue Davidson sampled with the team last night.  “My challenge of the day was eating something I would usually kill with mortein.” Nice work Sue! I thought they were good! Unless we want to stack on the kilos we better start practicing ‘Mai ow’ some more! (No I don’t want more!)

Sawa di cup

Kieran

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12 Responses to “Wednesday”

  1. The Minkeyteers Says:

    Oh! I wish I was there with you all. Oh, oh, oh. Oh-oh-oh-oh!

    God bless you all.

    By the way. I am absolutely blown away by how well these young adults can write when I thought all they did wz snd txt msgs n stuff. c u l8ta 🙂

  2. Steph Mitchell Says:

    I spoke to Dawn at the church this morning and she told me about the crickets for your meal! Sue D, I’m so impressed by you trying them instead of reaching for the mortein!!

    Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your adventures!!

    God bless you all,
    Steph M

  3. The Footes (Feete) (Donna & Andrew) Says:

    Thank you for trying the Grasshoppers … one more to cross off our “I wonder what they taste like?” list.

    Gotta love the Occ Health and Safety – driving motor bikes with 2 passengers, no helmet and no leathers; sleeping on the job; no dust masks; sleeping on the job; electrical wiring 101 from the man who doesn’t trust electricity (Buster); sleeping on the job; questionable protective goggles (Buster); sleeping on …

    Thinking of and praying for you all.

  4. Derek and Antoinette Says:

    Hi All

    We are just catching up with what is happening in the world again, and it is good to see that you are all doing so well. Looks like hard work, but great fun at the same time. Well done to all of you!! Keep up the good work – and the fun. We have you in our prayers, and God Bless.

  5. Andrea Says:

    great to hear of your work over there. The photos are great. Im glad Im not eating with you tonight. Im thinking of you and praying that all goes well.

  6. Ruth Warwick Says:

    Thanks for all the news and pics.

    Looks like you’re really getting into it now…crickets included! Love how everyone is smiling and looking like they’re having fun.

    The comment that made me smile tonight in reading your news would have to be the one about Sue Waller getting to know the local girls. I can just picture you doing this Sue. A trip like this has been on your heart for such a long time and now you’re living the dream!!!! You go girl! You are so ment to be there…all of you are!

    Karen is preaching a series on Extravegant Love and as i was washing my cup in the kitchen sink i noticed she had her text on her office door.

    ‘We have three things to do….Trust steadily in God, Hope unswervingly, Love extravagantly. And the best of the three is Love.’

    Guess that’s exactly what you’re doing. Well done team!

    Ruth x

  7. Kiara Says:

    Hi Mum,
    Just wanted to say hi – we are all REALLY missing you and the house is not quite the same without you around (not to mention a fair bit messier!)

    Am preparing for a maths test tomorrow…oh the joy of life – but I suppose other than that school has been OK.

    We just wanted to say that we got your email and that we look forward to your return, but also wish you the best for now and that you have good health and guidance during your stay 🙂

    Love you,
    Kiara
    (and the rest of them)
    xo xo xo xo

    • lbc09 Says:

      Hi Kiara,
      Missing you too and I’m sure the housework will be sorted out by the time I get home :-). I had a lovley invite to sit and watch “Mickey” and Garfield cartoons (funny in Thai) by a beautiful little girl tonight and it was so good to have ‘little’ company, hug a ‘little’ person and feel like a Mum. Fantastic working as a team wih so many of the young people here, painting, tiling, learning names and so much more. I even got a dinky on a motorbike with one of the girls – fantastic but not as good as a night ride with Dad – love you hon. Hope the test goes really well Kiara. Give my love to Dad and the boys too. Love you all and see you in 5 days.
      (p.s thanks heaps for encouragement Ruth – every year of waiting has been well and truly worth it. Mum/Sue xoxoxoxoxoxo

  8. Fivewallys Says:

    Hi All

    Great to hear about all the new experiences/challenges you are enjoying. Will have to go down to the backyard & start rounding up those crickets ready fo your return!!.

    Sue W – all is well & we are surviving without having to resort to take-away!!. Mum & Dad a huge help now. Boys missing you but loving the “kisses” they receive each night.

    Derek

  9. Clare Says:

    Hiiiii mum and dad! had our first marriage counseling session today. I raced Zac in the quiz and won – woot! worked all day and finished up with a flat battery and the same RAC man as last year when my head gasket went.. not so woot. but back on the road, with Jason’s presents wrapped and missing you heaps!!

    Mum, have some more crickets for me. Dad, make sure you finish writing the word on mum’s jeans 😛

    see you soon!

  10. sharon Armstrong Says:

    Hi Sue W

    Its nice and warm today ,35 degrees
    here in Perth…Ihave got some Photos to show from my Queensland Holiday ……lots to catch up on …..much Love Sharon….

  11. rebeccalamont Says:

    Hi Kieran,

    You are looking great! I enjoyed your entry.
    Glad you are having a wonderful time.
    Love Beck, Steve and the girls

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