Covid Coop-Up Talitha McMahon

I am nine, almost 10. People are scared of catching Covid-19, so we are social distancing ourselves by staying home and staying 6ft away from people outside our families.  This means that businesses are not open and are losing money, so people are also worried about losing thier jobs. My dad is a nurse, so…

Coming Home: I got my hot dogs and I’m eating them too.

Our family made the move back to the States a little over four months ago.  We’re now back in San Diego.  I’ve been working at my old hospital in the ER since late March. The kids enjoying a cool San Diego afternoon at Balboa Park. We’ve been living in our house for the same amount…

Still Living the Good Life

It’s been a few months since our last post.  I take that as a sign that we’re either overwhelmed with the stress of life or very busy doing the work we came here to do.  I’d usually be inclined to claim that the former is to be blamed, but, as it turns out, we’ve come…

Digging in Deep

Last week, I took my older son to the Charis Teaching Farm with me.  We had researched a natural farming practice called “Banana Circles” and we were anxious to implement it. Banana Circles are essentially a 1 meter wide pit dug 1 meter deep.  The excess dirt is piled on the rim of the pit….

Finding Meaning in the Work

It’s amazing how simple stories can bear the strongest meaning.  Jesus is known for the parables he shared.  To 21st century westerners, they appear quaint,  but full of wisdom. However, for 1st century agrarians, these stories connected them to the deep truths that they, in part, already knew. The one that I most connected with while…

Friday Evenings Under the Shady Tree | The Charis Project

Shannon wrote an article on The Charis Project blog about our Family Resource Center.  She has been blessed to drive some friends to the classes over this past year.  She shares some of her observations and some of the good news about how people in Maesot are getting a glimpse of the Good Life.  What is…

One Year in Thailand: A Year in Review

Last week marked one year since we first arrived in Thailand.  If you read our posts from the past year, you’d probably get the impression that we primarily visit waterfalls, struggle with fixing our truck, have had quite of a bit of unfortunate experiences while acclimating to the tropical climate and spend a lot of time…

How Farming in Thailand Connects with the Gospel

Full Disclosure: for those of you who haven’t figured it out yet, we are missionaries living in Thailand.  So what does farming have to do with the gospel?  Farming is food and the gospel has to do with going to heaven, right?  To be honest, I’m tempted to believe this. But you may be pleasantly…

Renewed Strength

I am writing from Chiang Mai at the moment.  As the saga of registering my truck will *finally* come to an end today (or so I’ve been assured), I am taking the time I have to focus on our future in Thailand.  Last week, our family took a much needed vacation to Hua Hin, a…

Perks of Life in Thailand: Bamboo Furniture

Life has been pretty busy for us since getting back from Chiang Mai two weeks ago.  I’ve been working hard at the farm while the entire family (myself included) has been fighting off colds.  A selfish joy in the midst of the hard work and sickness, though, has been the arrival of our new bamboo…

Chiang Mai Hostage Crisis: Day 21

It’s been three weeks since we’ve been home.  It started as a simple trip to Chiang Mai to see friends and do some business.  We never thought this would mean three weeks of captivity. Finally, though, it seems that the hostage release has been negotiated and we’ll be allowed to go home. I suppose you…

A Visit to Fair Earth Farm

For my agriculture-minded followers: I just started a blog for the Charis Teaching Farm.  This is the first post, which is about our visit to a natural farm north of Chiang Mai.  I hope it gives some of you ideas for your own gardens/farms. Source: A Visit to Fair Earth Farm