In the Field

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God knew what he was doing when he picked my first mission trip. He picked the people, the place, the year, and the length.

I’d like to say I had a part in choosing SOME part of it, but the more I look back, process, and contemplate, the more I see God’s signature at the end of every day.

The biggest part I played in planning this trip was requesting he give me more than I actually needed. Which he did! He prepared me down to the perfect pair of shoes, backpack, purse, and phone.

During this trip I gained a better understanding of how great God is and who he wants his children to be. Workers. Matthew 9:37 tells us that the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.

When I was in Thailand, I worked with refugees, women escaping sex trafficking, and orphans. In all three categories I saw a surplus of need and very few workers.

We serve an awesome God: he has taken those few workers and done wonderful things through them, but that does not mean that the need is filled. People are dying out there. God has called us to help these people.

If we can’t go, we can pray. If we desire to do more than pray we can send money to someone who can use it more than us. We are not useless! There is never a lack of ways we can help, and if we ever claim any different, we are underestimating a very powerful God.

God didn’t send me to Thailand to give me a vacation, win millions of souls for Christ, or brag about what I did. No, he sent me to go, serve, see, and return. Return with the message from Matthew 9:37.

God showed me I have a voice, which not everybody has, and it is time I started using it. This blog is where I chose to start. My desire is to share the wonderful stories of this trip as well as the wonderful stories of those who have no voice.

Freedom

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Thailand Mission Trip | Comments Off

What do you think of when you hear the word “freedom?” Does it inspire patriotic thoughts? Does it remind you of a war you fought in? Do you think of your family? Does it remind you of a song, movie or book? Or something completely different? When I hear “freedom” I can’t help but think of the colors red, white, and blue. That used to be all I thought of when I heard the word. However, now I think of more. I think of women, girls, lots and lots of them, in Thailand and elsewhere. I think of what Bangkok looks...

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Helpless

Posted by on Aug 17, 2013 in Thailand Mission Trip | Comments Off

Helpless

While we were on the border with Lana, Before the rescue, we were able to observe the children playing in between the two countries. While they were playing a small boy, who was the first child to approach our group, got hurt. I watched as his playmates stood and walked somewhere else. However, he did not go with them. He sat in the grass crying. Eventually he slowly stood, composed himself and went along. The Little Boy Left Alone While I watched the little boy sitting in the grass and crying, my entire being wanted to run to him, scoop him...

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Rescued

Posted by on Aug 17, 2013 in Thailand Mission Trip | Comments Off

Rescued

My third weekend in Thailand we left the big city and headed to the Burma/Myanmar border. As we walked along the border line I was quite disturbed by what I saw. Below is an excerpt of the email I sent out at the end of the day. “Hi everybody, Our travels to Mae sot this weekend started with us visiting the actual border. A lady, Lana, who owns an orphanage, met us there to show us around and tell us about the children who are being trafficked. When we were walking along the border we were met by a small boy, possibly the age of five....

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Up on the Mountain

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Thailand Mission Trip | Comments Off

Up on the Mountain

One of the most touching experiences during this trip was when we went up on the mountain not far from the Burma/Myanmar Border. The drive up was twisty and turny to say the least. It probably didn’t help that we past our turn and drove an extra hour and a half before turning around and heading back to try again. Although, that extra three hours did provide such unimaginably beautiful scenery that I doubt the best camera could fully capture. When we finally did arrive, what followed was filling our arms with bags of food and toys for...

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Part of the Family

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in How it Started, Thailand Mission Trip | Comments Off

Part of the Family

Around Christmas time I was nannying for a friend. I hadn’t seen my family in two months, I had missed several birthdays, and I couldn’t afford gifts for anyone. I was going to get home four days before Christmas and I was going to arrive empty handed. This didn’t sit right with me. One thing I love to do is spoil the two nieces and two nephews I live with with gifts. However, because of the road I was on, I could barely afford to take my sister out for coffee when I got home. I continuously argued with myself. I had chosen...

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First Day in Bangkok

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Thailand Mission Trip | Comments Off

There is nothing, and I mean nothing, like traveling for twenty four hours (staying awake almost that whole time) and arriving at your destination at 10:00am… When the day is just getting started! And oh, what a tiring/eventful/thrilling day it was! We went from the airport to our room (in a taxi), where I was able to shower and prepare for my day. At lunch I met my group. Which for all intents and purposes was my family and closest friends for the next six weeks. As well as counselors, encourages, and every other title you might need...

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An Open Door

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in About | Comments Off

An Open Door

If you were my guest, I would open the door to my home and invite you in. When you entered, more than likely, your eyes would peruse the interior. You would take notice of the layout of the house, pictures and decorations, and furniture. You would even notice my choice between carpet and hardwood floors. The smell, cleanliness, and the “comfyness” of the couch would also be quickly noted. Not to mention the size of the TV, the kind of music playing and any animals that greeted you. All of these observations would give you an idea...

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