Monday, June 30, 2008

THAILAND MISSION TRIP {PART 8}

We have moved out into the jungle to the Imperial Mae Ping.  We will spend the rest our time out here with the students.  Camp is going great and we are having a wonderful time with the students.



Entrance to the Imperial Mae Ping


the pool and our rooms


serious game of dodge ball


the students @ the evening service...we loved watching them worship


Keith preaching

Friday, June 27, 2008

THAILAND MISSION TRIP {PART 7}

We had the opportunity to go with a few of the students today to play with baby tigers.  The tigers were about 4 weeks old.  



THAILAND MISSION TRIP {PART 6}

So, we have traveled about 36 hours from Florida to Thailand and who do we see, none other than the University of Florida's quarterback, Tim Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner.

He and his brothers came down for a couple of days to see their sister, who is a missionary in the South Asia region.  The Tebow family spoke to the students the last two mornings.  What an amazing family!  The students really related to them since they were also missionary kids.  Their parents were missionaries in the Philippians until Tim was about 5 years old.  Tim shared his story with the students of how God opened the doors over the years for him to play football.  He told the students that he feels called to missions and at this season in his life that is being lived out through the avenue of football.  The students had the opportunity to lay hands on Tim and pray for him.  Then, they all had the chance to go outside and catch a pass.





Thursday, June 26, 2008

THAILAND MISSION TRIP {PART 5}

Over the next week and a half, we will be working with missionaries and their families who are spread out over the South Asia region.  Some of our team will be working with the adults, some will be working with the children, but we will be working specifically with the teenagers (8th -12th grades plus a few college age).  The next few days we will spend from about 8am-5pm with them in meetings with guest speakers.  Then, we will all head about 30 minutes out of town to a new hotel and spend the rest of the week there basically doing 'youth camp'.  They are amazing kids and we can't wait to hear their stories and just hang out with them.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

THAILAND MISSION TRIP {PART 4}

Here are a few more pictures of our first few days in Chiang Mai.  It is so beautiful.  The whole city is surrounded by mountains.  I was so surprised the first morning when I looked out the window of our hotel.
  



...view of Chiang Mai from our hotel room


...streets at night in Chiang Mai


Tuk Tuk
These 'taxis' are what we rode to get around town


No, really, we are not on vacation...we are doing mission work!
...but when a 1 hour foot massage is only 150 baht, who can resist?

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

THAILAND MISSION TRIP {PART 3}

We have been in Chiang Mai for a couple of days now.  We spent the first day (Monday) shopping and getting ready for the rest of our group to arrive.  Today, we went on a jungle tour which included rafting, elephant rides and a ride in an ox cart back down the mountain.

It was one of the coolest things we have ever done!  


...the area we are staying in Chiang Mai


...Night Market
These booths fill the streets about seven every evening and the locals sell their products.


...bamboo rafting down the river


...elephant ride in the jungle

Saturday, June 21, 2008

THAILAND MISSION TRIP {PART 2}

We made it to Bangkok.  FINALLY!  We are so glad to be off the airplane!

We are staying the night here in Bangkok and then going on a tour of the city tomorrow before we have to catch our flight to Chiang Mai.  We are going to a jade museum and then to the Grand Palace.


...we made it!


This is our hotel...the Queens Garden.
It doesn't look like much, but after 36 hours of traveling, it was nice to have a place to sleep!


...down the street from our hotel and where we ate breakfast


...the Grand Palace

Friday, June 20, 2008

THAILAND MISSION TRIP

Keith and I are leaving for Thailand today.  I can't believe it is already here.  We have been planning this trip for over 8 months.  We are going for two weeks to do mission work in Chiang Mai.  We fly out of Orlando today and will arrive in Tokyo tomorrow evening.  From Tokyo, we will catch a flight to Bangkok and stay the night there.  Please pray for us and our group.  We will update as soon as we find internet service...

Sunday, June 1, 2008

LIFE AS WE KNOW IT

Since we have moved half way across the country, we decided to start a family blog so our sweet families can keep up with us.  We love and miss you all!