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Update from Thailand :: June 12

*To keep up with images from the trip, follow Pastor Jason on instagram!  www.instagram.com/jasongedwards

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

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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

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Update from Thailand :: June 9–10

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During June 9-10 we traveled some 18 hours from KC to Bangkok. We saw amazing views of glaciers and mountains when flying over parts of Alaska. We also experienced one interesting security check in Narita (Japan). One of us had a pair of small, blunt-nosed sewing scissors, packed in carry-on luggage, for emergency clothing repairs. When these were discovered, the inspectors went to great lengths to determine if the scissors were legal. After several meticulous measurements, we were allowed to keep the scissors and continue on our journey! The inside humor here is that Tracy brought the scissors and sewing kit at Jason's request. We arrived in Bangkok around 11:30 PM local time. We were exhausted but very thankful for safe travel. We felt the many prayers for us along the way.

-Blane

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