March 2008

If God has arranged some “Honourable Mention” awards in heaven, I am sure He has one in store for my friend Lalita for her faithfulness in leading our Friday morninimg_68531.jpgg Coffee Bible Fellowship.  This is the most unruly group of  women, almost impossible to keep on task as everyone loves to talk and everyone loves to have fun.  It is a never ending challenge for Lalita to keep us focused on Genesis when everyone knows that there is a Victoria’s Secret sale going on in PJ.  One person just needs to mention a physical problem and they instantly recieve ten diagnoses and treatment strategies.

I have learned so much from each of these women img_68551.jpgabout the joys and struggles of being a women, wife and mother in their own culture and really look forward to my time together with them each week.  I am thankful to have had the support of this group for the last seven months. 



Oh, and another shared interest is food and there is always plenty of that.





 I didn’t get to see very much of Thailand but what I saw was beautiful and only makes me anxious to get back there again.  We stayed in a small town outside of Chiang Mai at a rather basic hotel.  It did get better by the third night once we all discovered that our mattress were actually upside down and we really didn’t need to be sleeping on boards.

The CHE workshop was excellent and I met a really neat group of people who are serving in various parts of Asia.  Our days were packed from 8:00 until 5:00 and we learned an exciting, integrated strategy for giving villagers the tools for spiritual and physical health.

At the end of each day we headed into our little town of Hang Dong for supper at a local market and a chance to get to know each other better.  I look forward to working with a number of these people in the future, particularily Sandy, a retired Nurse Practictioner/Midwife from Australia, who has set up a clinic in a slum in Phnom Penh.

On Friday we finished early so one of the other participants, Pastor Marting, a lovely Lahu man, took us on a quick ride through Chaing Mai, a tour of  an Umbrella Factory and a visit his church and training project.  I arrived home late Saturday afternoon feeling pretty exhausted.  Maybe I am getting old.

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