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Update from Thailand :: June 13

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By bedtime last night most in our group were very tired. We had worked all day in hot and humid conditions, and, as Jason pointed out, we were still contending with the long flight and the drastic change in time zones. During the evening, a couple of funny things happened. In our tired states, our brains were not functioning very well, and we were saying some really crazy things. As we began our evening routine, a cat got into our eating/meeting room. Ed calmly picked up the cat and put her outside. To prevent the cat from re-entering we needed to put a chair in front of the door to keep it closed. Someone said, "Put a cat in front of the door to keep it closed."

As we were finishing our evening meal, we lost electricity. We used flashlights and candles for our devotional and readings of the daily office. The funny part was taking showers by flashlight before retiring to bed.

Today, we continued our work in the Palaung village of Huay Wai. We mixed cement with hand tools and helped lay a low cement block wall around the water treatment system. As Bryan pointed out, mixing cement on the ground as opposed to in a wheelbarrow was really taxing on the back. Before leaving, we presented several gifts to leaders of the community. Ben presented a multi-tool to one of the leaders who was also one of the workers on the project. Bryan presented a soccer ball with a Hawgs emblem, and Blane presented several t-shirts with William Jewell College logos. The leaders were very appreciative, and we could see the happiness on their faces. 

We also toured the village to see how the villagers were applying techniques they had learned at UHDP. Mr. Lam's backyard farm was particularly impressive. In the small space of about a quarter acre, he was raising a hog, catfish, and chickens and producing corn, beans, aloe vera, and lynchee and jack fruits. He was also making various kinds of soaps, using all natural ingredients. Amazing!

-Blane

Posted by Kelsey Adams at Saturday, June 14, 2014
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Update from Thailand :: June 12

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Over the past day or so, we have been observing the sites and culture of Thailand. As Ed noted, the Thai people are wonderfully hospitable and helpful. Their generosity and graciousness have made us feel welcome. In our group discussion last night, we realized how we need to be more mindful of hospitality in our own lives.

An interesting part of life here is the prevalence of motorcycles for transportation. On city streets, motorcyclists dart from one lane to another without warning. Luke in our group compared them to daredevils. Drivers in general follow other vehicles very closely and pass on divided roads with oncoming traffic quickly approaching. As Jason remarked, we are not in control of these situations. We need to trust God even in the midst of riding in vehicles separated by mere inches, seeing motorcycles dart in front of us, and experiencing "close calls" during passing maneuvers.

Today we worked alongside a Palaung hill group in a nearby village. The Palaung are gracious, humble, and extremely industrious. We enjoyed being with them in spite of the language barrier. Our 2BC team helped with construction of a roof for a water treatment system in their village.

Before dinner tonight, we got a tour of UHDP. This facility serves as an agricultural training ground for local farmers and many others. Training topics include generation of compost from hog and plant wastes, production of biogas from manure, and new ways to raise frogs for food. UHDP itself was started on land that was once barren. Today, through implementation of sustainable agriculture, the site is lush and thriving. Eighty percent of the plants within the "agroforest" here are edible. UHDP is a wonderful example of how the Earth can be restored to productivity.

As we continue our journey, please pray that we will rest well and have endurance.

-Blane

Posted by Kelsey Adams at Saturday, June 14, 2014
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Update from Thailand :: June 11

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June 11 We enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at the hotel in Bangkok. The menu included Western, European, and Thai foods. Several of us tried the Thai cabbage and local honey (nam peung). We had a quick flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. We ate lunch at Keaw Pla Sod Reataurant in Chiang Mai. We shared large dishes of pad pak ruam, pad kapao, pad med mamuang, kang keaw wan. Everyone agreed that the food was outstanding. After lunch, we traveled to Chiang Dao for a coffee stop before heading to UHDP, our home base for the trip. We arrived at UHDP  just before dinner. Our projects over the next two days include painting at UHDP and construction of a roof for a water treatment system, located nearby. As an evening devotional, Jason led us in readings of the daily office. Before bed, we prayed the prayer of examine individually.

Here are some impressions on the morning of June 11, following our very long travel day (June 9-10) to Bangkok.

Bryan: Thank God for hot showers! 

Benjamin: Six hours of sleep is amazing!

Ed: It's a long way from Minneapolis to Tokyo!

Luke: Jet lag releases your inner self!

Cathy: Birds singing in the morning reminded me of God's presence around the world!

Tracy: We are literally halfway around the world!

Jason: Excited to introduce my 2BC friends to my Thai friends!

-Blane

Posted by Kelsey Adams at Saturday, June 14, 2014
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