You are blessed.
Not blessed as the world sees
but blessed in the riches of the kingdom.
May you see the blessings of God
in your life
His hand guiding you
His spirit leading you
May you allow God to move you into a place of blessedness –
youre heart drawn as one
into the heart of Christ.
i’ve been back a couple of days, getting adjusted and processing. i hope to organize all the pictures better and hopefully have a slideshow or something up soon. in addition, i’ve created a video portfolio of various pictures i’ve taken over the years, and i just need to get it uploaded… unfortunately my upload failed yesterday with about 30 seconds left to go, so i may just get frustrated and take it up to school on a cd or something… who knows.
anyway… i hope to see or talk to each of you soon.
this will probably be my final update from thailand. my time here has been wonderful, and i’m sad to leave. the wonderful people in all the places i’ve visited have been an inspiration to me, and have reminded me that my true passion is ministering in the lives of others.
one final set of pictures are going up right now here.
i didn’t get to go to the coffee shop in chiang mai (or do much else that we had planned on tuesday) but it did give me several ideas for some future pics, as well as a couple in the here and now with becca’s camera.
anyway, hope to update more in the next few days.
pictures from english camp are up online. since i had 60 something pictures i decided to use postcardviewer instead of simpleviewer. i may stick them up in simpleviewer at some point, but for now i’m going to leave them there. anyway, mostly people pictures.
check out the pics here
hopefully tomorrow we’ll be going to a coffee shop that has some cool photo ops… we’ll see how that pans out. will be a busy day before we head back to bangkok.
just as a quick note, i’m heading to english camp tomorrow at cha-am and won’t be in internet contact until saturday night (here) at the earliest. i hope to have some good shots to post, but i don’t know what my internet situation in chaing-mai will be, so we’ll see how it goes.
new pictures are up at http://images.wisch.org/thailand.
for those of you who don’t know yet, i dropped my d70 down a flight of stairs this weekend… the camera is ok, but the lens that was on it was pretty banged up. it still takes pictures, but who knows for how long.
anyway, hope you are all being blessed.
A place of beauty – adorned by plain dirt floors, citronella candles, a small bouquet of roses, simple, hurting, grieving people, sitting in the warm night weeping, remembering their friends taken tragically. People questioning, not understanding.
The church, too small to hold all the people and the service held with the porch as a makeshift stage, the podium placed beside the intricately carved double wooden doors. Some were seated on under hastily raised tents, but most sat on plastic chairs under the tars, stretching into the street, effectively blocking traffic. It was no occasion for traffic, a scene so captivating that a passer-by might linger for just a moment to breathe the intoxicating citronella incense and listen, if only for a moment to the stories of life lived fully and without regret – to hear pain and confusion, but also beauty and hope, to watch the expression of beautiful, simple people, many of whom had nothing to offer but their tears and time, hoping to find peace and hope in the company of others. Young and old, rich and poor, it was the essence of community, drawn together because of a common faith and hope – a faith in a Savior who promises a hope for nights and places such as this – a hope that overcomes despair – a hope of life abundant that leads to life eternal.