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…

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…

January Farm Update

The Charis Teaching Farm has been in transition with staff changing over, new projects and the dry season in full swing.  It has been a time of exciting change and new developments. Staff Empowerment In December, our Farm Manager moved back to Chiang Mai.  I have been filling in as the Farm Manager since then….

Road Trip!

Self-sustainability is one of the primary organizational goals of The Charis Project as we seek to serve the people of Maesot and surrounding areas of Thailand.  Our children’s home, Baan Saeng Sawaan, is the furthest along in this with their farming program, egg production and four new piglets.  After this past weekend they can now…

Greenhouses, Seeds and Maggots, Fun!

I’ve been in Maesot researching at the Charis Teaching Farm for the past three months now.  This post gives a small update on projects we have in the works. Black Soldier Fly Farm Black Soldier Fly larvae are an amazing nutrition source for livestock.  They are about 45% protein! and a sizeable amount of fat…

My Son the Farmer

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to bring my son to the Charis Teaching Farm.  We had a great time together, exerted ourselves physically and learned about vermaculture. We started by harvesting morning glory, called Pak Boong in Thai (Pak means vegetable in Thai, so most vegetables are called Pak _______; FYI).  In the States, this is…

A Place to Hang Our Hat

We had been living out of suitcases for the last 2 1/2 months when we arrived to Mae Sot.  So the desire to find a place to hang our hat was very strong within us.  After a couple days of searching, we became settled on two different houses.  The first, a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, we dubbed…

To Ask or Not to Ask

From the beginning of this journey to Thailand, one big question for us was, “Are we going to ask for money?”  For those not familiar with the popular missionary approach to funding overseas trips, most missionaries are funded by donors who give in either lump sums or regular monthly amounts.  The thought of asking our friends…

My Job Description

I recently noticed that I’ve neglected to communicate clearly what I will be doing in Thailand. This post is intended to set the record straight! While in Thailand, we will be volunteering with The Charis Project, a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that focuses it’s efforts in Mae Sot, Thailand. Mae Sot is a border city along…

DIY: the Adventure Begins

In his book, A Failure of Nerve, Edwin Freidman describes American society as a “seatbelt society more oriented toward safety than adventure.” He goes on to discuss the emotional gridlock that existed in pre-renaissance Europe just before the major scientific and geographic discoveries that would go on to change Europe for the next couple hundred…