Embedded below and available on Issuu.com you’ll find our latest newsletter! Thanks for your continued prayers, support and encouragement about the upcoming changes in our lives. Blessings, Ric and Sharon
Ric and Sharon Bruce On a journey with you to Thailand
When you reach a certain point in life you think that you’re done getting new nicknames. Apparently not for us missionary types. Our Phu Thai friends decided this month that our names are too hard for them to pronounce so they gave us the names
Sharon: เมย์ (Maeh) – May, as in the month of the year or English equivalent nickname.
Ric: เอก (Aehk) Ehk, a Thai nickname for a firstborn son
It’s funny. Though the names were given to us by villagers living 12 hours from Chiang Mai the few friends that we’ve shared our new names with have taken to calling us by them immediately. Maybe it’s a good sign they’ll stick.
We had a great time of fellowship, worship, prayer and encouragement with our Thai church this weekend. It made our first Easter in Thailand and away from family much easier. The best part was this weekend showed us that all our hard work is paying off as people around us began to notice our language ability growing. We’re slowly getting out of that awkward first stage of language learning where you’re no fun to be around because you don’t speak the language but you need to speak the language so you can get better. Below are some pictures but be sure to check out the YouTube video too. Enjoy.
Lots of things make Chiang Mai famous: stunning temples, the zoo, jungle adventures, etc. Beyond that, however, the thing Chiang Mai may be best known for is its annual water fight during Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year. It’s insane. Today we walked for five hours around the city’s moat throwing an empty bucket into the moat, hauling it up by a rope and dumping the contents (trash, muck, scum and leaves among other things) on people as we walked. Check out our short video (more…)
We’ve created a new video showing you more of the activities that take place at the local temples. To get this footage we had to drive up Doi Suthep, a mountain near Chiang Mai and then climb hundreds of steps to the temple. The earlier you get up there there better so we left at 7:00 AM. See it at our website or on youtube.
The biggest update on my knee is that tomorrow evening I will see the doctor for the first time since surgery. It feels fine although the regular post-surgical nuisances apply: atrophy of the muscles in my leg, bruising, soreness, numbness, etc. I am anticipating the doctor will remove my stitches tomorrow and get me on a therapy regimen at the hospital where the operation took place. We will update again with more details tomorrow night. In the meantime if you enjoy pictures of gross, atrophied knees or are curious about how it looks check out the pictures here: http://picasaweb.google.com/ricandsharon/ChangingTheBandages#
We’re out of the hospital! It was an amazing experience really… but we’re glad it’s over. Here are some pictures of our experiences. Enjoy.
If you’re reading this soon after we posted it we’re probably somewhere over the Atlantic on our way to Thailand. Since it’s half-way around the world you can really go either way. We picked the cheapest at the time.
Basically, here’s the deal for at least a few days. Please pray for us. We have a lot of adjustments: friends to meet, new foods to try, and a foreign language to pick up. We appreciate your comments, concern and notes. Please forgive us if we’re a bit tardy in replying to them while we get on our feet. We love you all! -Ric and Sharon
What is this mess of wires? Well, that’s our new home phone from Vonage! Some of you may have heard of this service and some haven’t.
It’s great: Free calls. To Thailand. To us. From you. OR Free calls. From Thailand. From us. To you.
It will be a great way to keep in touch, share our lives and keep you involved. The best part: It will be Ric’s cell phone number. Just keep it in your cell phone or address book and call us when you get the urge to hear our voices. Keep in mind that Thailand is exactly 12 hours from Eastern Standard time most of the year and that we won’t be answering during the middle of the night. Leave us a voice mail anytime, however, and we’ll be happy to call you back.
If you need our number send us an email at email@example.com
Well, Ric’s joined the club… the four eyes club. He’s always been on the edge but finally took the plunge last week after an eye exam. The doctor took him outside in his prescription and Ric was sold. Since he’s been wearing them his headaches have disappeared and he doesn’t need to strain to see distant things. Thought you’d enjoy a picture of him with his new equipment. -Sharon
This weekend Sharon decided to take a trip to Ohio with a close friend and leave me in Michigan. Here is what I could have been doing while she was gone:
Deciding some urgent business in Florida couldn’t wait I opted instead to book a last-minute flight to stay with a friend and his family in central Florida. I have several objectives here in Florida. New Tribes Mission is headquartered in Sanford, Florida so I will be meeting with key leaders and friends there and networking with key individuals. I would like to get some good photos while I’m here and I’m meeting with members of our partnership team. Here is a sample of some of my photography so far:’
I don’t know how he did it, but the UPS guy managed to carry our toolkit under one arm from the end of our driveway to the front door. The thing must weigh 70 pounds! I can barely lift it with the two sturdy handles on the side. This is the absolute best time in history to be a missionary, hands down. We have the most powerful tools available, and yet many of the tools that arrived in our box have existed for millennia .
The Tool Kit frame is made of Northern Michigan White Cedar, one of the best outdoor woods available. The joints are dovetailed and glued with exterior glue, and the box is stained with Sikkens which is used on log homes.
Most of the tools in the box are the best that money can buy, and I would list them all for you, but that would take forever. What you see in the picture is just one layer! Basically, it’s everything we’ll ever need as far as non-powered woodworking tools are concerned from saws to hammers, rulers to tape measures.
Thank-you to those of you that helped us acquire this, and especially to Norm and Joanne, who built the box, bought the tools, and taught us a class on how to use them! The box will be a big blessing!
See more pictures here.