Post trip prayer requests…

July 31, 2009 at 4:47 am (Lynnette)

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Please continue to pray for our team members as we are still readjusting to our regular routines.  It’s not uncommon for mission trip participants to face mild depression upon re-entry…see page on Reverse Cultural Shock & Re-entry Stress

Aside from trying to go back to our regular lives…we struggle to find the quality down time to continually reflect, process &  ponder all that’s taken hold of our hearts whilst having to brain storm & plan the next steps for us in this area of ministry.

Some of our TO DO list items … (some of which have been completed)

  • sort thru’ photos
  • make videos/slideshows etc…
  • Journal & archive trip details
  • Get thank you letters / newsletters out to supporters
  • follow up on new contacts made

~ Lynnie

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Prayer requests…

July 5, 2009 at 1:50 am (New Prayer Requests...)

Please pray…

that the places we’ve ministered at & people we’ve had contact with so far has been “affected”

for spirit of boldness & courage as we minister or when we get called upon to do something unexpectedly (we’ve had to do most of our stuff impromptu)

for those of of that seem to be  a little under the weather (Caryn, Hitomi)

for language barriers to be bridged as much as possible (Matthew is doing a wonderful job as our translator but we know things often get lost in translation)

for our final church service in Mae Sot this morning & for safety during our 8 hour journey back to Bangkok down a winding mountain

for rest as we prepare to go camping for the next three days with 80 college bound freshman or teenagers

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Mae Sot

July 3, 2009 at 1:21 am (Terry)

At the Burmese/Thai Border

At the Burmese/Thai Border

Hey Everyone!!

We made it to Mae Sot, North Thailand. It took 8+ hours to get there by truck. The team took two vehicles, a van and a pick up truck. I was in the truck. It was an adventure!!

The truck I was in was pulled over about three times. We had to show our passport. The police at the checkpoints once mistook me and a couple of my teammates as Cambodian. That was funny…but not at the time. There are Cambodians who try to smuggle drugs. 😛

The first three days was pretty much traveling, but today, Friday, July 3, Thailand time, we are doing our first missions outing. I’ll try to check back in from time to time. PLEASE KEEP US IN PRAYER!!

Sawatee Krup!!

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Our Home Chapel…

July 2, 2009 at 4:39 pm (Mission Trip Journal - June)

Our Home Chapel

Our Home Chapel

Morning Briefing

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The Cafe on the Ground floor

Bright and early after breakfast, we embarked on a 15 min brisk walk to Our Home Chapel, home base to the Foursquare Church in Thailand.   We were warmly greeted & introduced to the various staff that run the show, as well as got a taste of what was served in their brand new cafe.  From English teachers to ministry & admin personnel, everyone had a story on how his/her life came to be in Christ. The rest of the was the morning had us in a detailed briefing for the Freshy English Camp we’ll be attending & helping at next week.  Bangkok is home to the largest university in the world, with a student population of over 400,000 students: a great well &  harvest ground for outreach.  We are to  be the bridges in these relationships that we are yet to form at camp, to help connect the campers to the Thai staff & to share Jesus in a relevant way that will be meaningful to them.

We're going to the Mall!

We're going to the Mall!

We can't keep up with the young ones!

We can't keep up with the young ones!

We finally decided to hit the Mall by 3pm.  There were those who braved the walk under the hot sun & there were those to chose to go by car…however, I think we got there around the same time thanks to city traffic!

Flea Market under tents.

Flea Market under tents. Great deals both inside the Mall & outside under the tents at the flea market. There was something for everyone...I think.

Aaron ran into his boss!

Aaron ran into his boss!

We had a request for "Hawaiian Dance"

We had a request for "Hawaiian Dance"

After shopping (we caught a cab back by the way), we toured the rest of the Home Chapel Study Center where English classes for various age groups were going on.  We visited with the children & practiced speaking English with them.  A group sang the Thai national anthem while we sang ours.  We played games, asked & answered questions…& of course, laughed a lot!

Shaka!!

Shaka!!

The Okimuras & The Hilderbrands

The Okimuras & The Hilderbrands

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

We enjoyed a lovely home cooked meal prepared by the staff. There was Tom Yum soup, deep fried fish with green mango relish, stirfried veggies & Thai style omelette.

Dinner Fellowship

Dinner Fellowship

Sala, Rambutan & Longkong

Sala, Rambutan & Longkong

The Hilderbrands & the Okimuras

The Hilderbrands & the Okimuras

How's the Sala?
How’s the Sala?

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