Monday, May 31, 2010

We are back!


Greetings friends,

This will be extremely short as I am about to leave Chiang Mai for the night and head to a town about 3 hours away. We will be going to a hostel for Lahu children run by ITDP. This will be a great opportunity to see how to run a home for children and guide me personally as I am very interested in orphanage work.

As far as the trip to the village goes...it was wonderful! God answered so many prayer requests and we were able to get the water project completed, a fish pond built, work on the new eating area, provide VBS for the children, and clearly present the gospel on the opening day of school. Thank you all for your prayers and I will be posting more pictures and a full report sometime tomorrow night. God bless you all!

Dan
(new eating area and fish pond pictured above)






















Greetings friends,

This will be extremely short as I am about to leave Chiang Mai for the night and head to a town about 3 hours away. We will be going to a hostel for Lahu children run by ITDP. This will be a great opportunity to see how to run a home for children and guide me personally as I am very interested in orphanage work.

As far as the trip to the village goes...it was wonderful! God answered so many prayer requests and we were able to get the water project completed, a fish pond built, work on the new eating area, provide VBS for the children, and clearly present the gospel on the opening day of school. Thank you all for your prayers and I will be posting more pictures and a full report sometime tomorrow night. God bless you all!

Dan

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Off to the Village!



Greetings all,

This will be a quick post as we are preparing to head out to the village...

The team just arrived and is looking healthy and anxious to start working. In two hours we will head out and make it to a half way point where will stay the night. The following morning we will travel the final stretch to the village and arrive around noon, giving the team time to settle in and get organized.

The work for this trip will include digging a trench for the pipe/laying and gluing pipe from the water source to the water tank, working on the dining area for the school, VBS, light medical care, and hopefully some team outreaches.

The roads are looking good as there is no rain...the downside is the heat...the good side is everyone should get really tan...so that's two goods for one bad!

Thank you all for your prayers. I will update this blog in about two weeks...we will be in the jungle until the 29th or so. God bless!

In Christ,
Dan

Friday, May 7, 2010

I just returned from the village last night and can’t sleep right now, so I thought I would give you all an update:

We left Chiang Mai around 8 am and travelled allllll day until we arrived at the village around 8 pm. 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 5 kilometer hike through the jungle and over a couple of mountains in the ridiculous heat. There has not been a lot of rain which has kept it extremely hot.

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 4pm.

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,

Dan

Look below and you will see a video link!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

..............Thailand May 6th, 2010.............

It is 4:34 AM right now as I type, I am wide awake, it's humid outside, and I can hear lizards running around all over the place...I most certainly am in Thailand!

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.










(Some of the ITDP Trucks )
I am feeling healthy and in good spirits right now. I am beyond excited to get out of the city and spend some time driving with the missionaries, and ultimately see my friends in the village. It has been a year since I last saw them all, and I am so grateful that God is allowing me to serve in this place once again. Do pray that God will work in the hearts of the unbelievers through the indigenous missionaries, and that I can be a demonstration of Christ's love in all that I do and say. Thank you all for your prayers and support!

In Christ,
Dan Lamm

Prayer Requests:

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