Anger as a Starting Point

I concluded my last post, a book review of Undaunted, the story of a Karen family escaping the violence of the Burmese army, with a quote that included the sentence,   “I don’t want you to feel sorry for me, I want you to feel angry, and I want you to do something about it….

Book Review: Undaunted

As today dawns in the U.S., our friends in America look forward to a day celebrating the freedom of our nation. I thought this would be an appropriate day to celebrate a book that I recently read about another small nation’s fight for freedom from the absolute despotism of a tyrannical government. As the title…

The Road to Hua Hin: How I Became an Abolitionist

Before we moved to Thailand last June, I had been here once before.  After my Freshman year of college, I went on a Discovery trip to India with Wycliffe Bible Translators.  The eight member team met (as in, literally, met for the very first time) at the LAX airport and then got on a plan…

Grateful Anyway

Two years ago, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy at home.  Two days after his birth, we ended up in the hospital for him to undergo surgery to repair a congenital malformation.  You can read the full story of that adventure here.  Today marks the second anniversary of his life-saving surgery.  Yesterday evening…

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…

Carried Away (the culture shock post)

Friends and family ask us how it is living in Thailand.  I usually say that we’re doing well.  I talk about what we’ve accomplished since being here, the things we’ve learned, maybe a funny situation or two or perhaps some sort of oddity that is normal here but you’d never see in the States.  But this doesn’t…

The Good, the Bad and The I Am

*Disclaimer: this is a PG-13 post, so please be aware.  Also, this is the beginning of a conversation for me and not my life-long dissertation on the nature of good and evil, so please be respectful and kind if you have any comments to share.  I realize I may be opening a can of worms…

The Rains of March

See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. -James, brother of Jesus The Good Life is not always easy. It comes with seasons as well.  Sometimes life is abundant with rain.  Other times, we experience drought and famine.  We get sick. Resources are…