Last week we went house hunting in our soon-to-be new home out in Northeast Thailand. Great news! Lord willing, we’ll be moving into a brand new house that should be ready just as we finish up our language study in Chiang Mai. God definitely went before us on this trip, allowing us to get a lot accomplished in our short four days. We hammered out more details of our team strategy with co-workers Mike and Sandy, we participated in a village activity and looked at housing options. More details about the house will follow in our February Newsletter. Please take a second to view our pictures at Picasa Web Albums!
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This is a video we made for kids from our home church. It’s meant to present our work in a simple, easy to understand way.
We’re in Bangkok and waiting for our flight to Chiang Mai! We were able to sleep a lot on our seven hour flight into the country, which is what we were praying for! Continue praying the rest of our flight goes well and that we’ll get all our luggage to the next leg okay. A few of our plastic totes were pretty beat up but the luggage straps and the locks kept our stuff from exploding all over the place. Here are some photos of our trip over:
Our number arrived! Tomorrow morning at five AM we’ll crawl out to the car dragging an overnight bag. Four hours later we’ll slap a two inch thick pile of paperwork on the desk at the Thai embassy and the waiting game will begin again. At least this step has a pretty predictable outcome: we’ll definitely get the visas. Just pray it will be a short, painless process and that we’ll come back to Lansing safely. If you’ve forgotten what our faces look like already here’s a picture to enjoy:
UPDATE – September 21 4:00 PM
Everything went according to plan this morning. We arrived at the consulate just as the guard opened the doors chased a homeless guy off the steps. We walked out fifteen minutes later with a receipt to pick up our visas in two days. So immediately after arriving we turned around and drove right back out of the city. Pretty boring trip. We’ll have to repeat the entire ordeal later this week. We’ll post about it here.
UPDATE – September 25 2:00 PM
Went to Chicago yesterday and picked up our visas with Sharon’s parents and sister. It was a great trip! Check out our photos in our latest post: Our Visas are Here!
You’re invited! We’d love to see you at:
on September 25th and 26th
at 6:00 PM Sat and 9:15 and 11:00 AM Sun
More info and directions here
New Hope Church
on October 3rd
at 9:15 and 11:00 AM Sun
More info and directions here
The services will involve a brief explanation of our ministry, prayer for our first term on the field and a brief time of fellowship with us afterward. Enjoy this video from friends in Thailand welcoming us to the field even if you can’t make the services:
Here is a video done by Grace International School designed to show foreigners on their way to Thailand what it will be like to live in the city. It’s a great resource and it has helped us understand some things despite the fact we just visited. We will be living in Chiang Mai for two years to learn Thailand’s language and culture before moving to a more remote area without access to these luxuries. We’ll have to enjoy Chiang Mai while we can!