Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Greetings to all!
We arrived safely in Chiang Mai on the 7th and we are getting ready to head out to the village today. God has been extremely gracious already and we look forward to His continued provision. A quick re-cap of our time thus far:
The plane ride went smoothly and we landed in Chiang Mai around 9am on the 7th. Customs was different this year and they scanned every bag we had and therefore selected several for further search... not ideal! After a chaotic 10 minutes we were through and they didn't take anything from us.
I ended up sitting next to a Christian man that was flying from Sweden to meet with the Karen Baptists leaders... needless to say, we hit it off and had a great talk. He knows Mike Mann and his ministry and we bonded very quickly. He ended up helping watch out things while customs was looking through our bags (which was incredibly helpful) and we were able to return the favor by giving him a lift to the Karen Baptist headquarters when his ride didn't show... God's sovereignty is fun to watch.
After that, we went to the ITDP offices and met with Mike and some of the staff. All is well and will be going according to the original plan:
We will leave today and get to the village tonight. It is an 8 hour drive if we don't stop, so it will certainly be an all-day event. The rainy season seems to have come early and the river we have to drive through is a bit high as a result, but they think it will subside by the time we get there. One of the missionaries called the office and requested boots for the villagers as there have been a lot of green snakes that prove a nuisance when they cut down the brush for various projects... joy!
The pastor from Ma Oh Jo is supposed to join us on this trip as well as a couple other staff members from ITDP. We will meet with the leaders tonight to go over our plans for teaching, what works best for their schedules, etc. We are planning on coming out of the village on the 21st and I fly home the next day.
Please be praying for Jessica and Mya. Mya is feeling well and adjusting to the heat, but she gets dizzy on long car rides. Pray that she is healthy and ready to translate.
Jessica has been dealing with various health issues since we arrived and needs your prayers. Her feet were severely swollen from the plane ride and heat and it kept getting worse so that walking was a bit difficult. We took her to the hospital to make sure there were no blood clots, but an ultrasound showed that there were not, so she is fine to go to the village. This morning, her fibromyalgia started bothering her some more, but she was able to take some pain medication to help her through the day.
I am feeling great and would just like your prayers as I teach and try to lead the team. Pray that I am understanding to everyone that is here and that I have wisdom as difficult situations arise.
I will be posting an update when we return from the village in about 12 days. Thanks to all for your support and prayers. We are expecting God to do great things on this trip and desire to see Him glorified and the villagers grow in their knowledge of and love for Christ.'
Dan, Jessica, and Mya
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
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Friday, May 7, 2010
We left Chiang Mai around and travelled allllll day until we arrived at the village around It was so wonderful to see everyone again and they all seemed to be in good health and spirits. I had the opportunity to see the medical clinic which is finished and just waiting for furniture to be put in. It looks wonderful and is much nicer than any building I’ve ever seen in the jungle!
I was so tired from the day of travel, as well as the time change, that I fell asleep without dinner. I woke up early the next morning feeling refreshed and ready for a day of work…and it was a good thing because it was one of the most laborious work days I have ever experienced.
We had to carry all of the pipe to the water source and lay it out along the trail…only problem was that it’s a
The rest of the day was spent gluing and pounding the pipe together. We were to far from the village to walk back for lunch, so we brought some bags of rice and pork, and canned fish. We all sat on the ground and ate together which was a lot of fun. Me being a rather large American, I drank all of my water by lunch time, so the missionaries found a fresh water source in the jungle that they said was clean…so far so good!
We finished our work mid-afternoon and started the trek home. That evening I had the opportunity to fellowship with some of the villagers, and an 18 year old villager named Wan Jon translated for me. It was such a blessing.
The next morning we started our trek back to the city. The roads were still in good shape and we made it back by .
This week I will be working around the ITDP Office helping however I can, as well as trying to learn more about the water systems. I am thinking about going to stay and hotel/hostel where I know a lot of English speaking foreigners go through…I figure it might bring some evangelism opportunities, please pray for that.
God has already taught me so much since I have been here: I was talking to one of the ITDP missionaries named Koh Win. He is an engineer, and has been on staff for almost a year. He was explaining to me how he gets lonely out in the village sometimes…even though he loves it. He told me that a lot of people discourage him from working with the hill tribes because he has a degree, and could be making a lot more money. But in the end, he knows that this is God’s work and that is what matters most. He is even considering going to seminary so that he can better teach the villagers about the gospel. I am thankful for unknown servants like Koh Win…please keep them in prayer.
Because of what Christ has done, is doing, and will do,
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I arrived in Chiang Mai around 2pm on the 4th (Thai time) and was taken straight to the ITDP (Integrated Tribal Development Program) office. I decided to just sleep here tonight because I am leaving in the morning to head to Ma Oh Jo Village. This was a surprise (a good one!) and meant I would need to finish some homework (Seminary finals are this week for me) before I left in the morning...so I have been up most of the night working on that.
Here is what my schedule is looking like:
In a few hours I will head out with the indigenous missionaries to drive to the village. No rain is expected today so the dirt roads should be passable. While in the village, we will be working on the new water source which will feed into the already existing storage tank, and fixing the waterfall generator which powers the Medical Clinic and School. Hopefully, I will be able to see the new underground water source they found, and learn as much as I can about the surveying process. Beyond that, the villagers will have started trenching the 4 kilometer distance from the source to the filtration tank, so I may help with that. We will come back on Friday, pick up some supplies, and then go back for a few more days. After that, the team from San Diego comes and I will be with them in Ma Oh Jo for 14 more days.
1) For the souls of the villagers
2) For the remaining $3,000 to come in, in order to fund the new water system
3) For traveling mercies
4) That we would be living examples of a people saved by the grace of God in Christ