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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

What about our kids?

Before coming to Thailand, several people asked us, what about our kids?  How would they deal with such a drastic change?  We, of course, had similar thoughts, but it seemed rather a moot point since we believed that God had called us to come here, so we trusted that He had all of our greatest good at…

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…

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…

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…

Spirited Away (in Thailand)

Some of my favorite movies are those by Hayao Miyazaki.  It was in Spirited Away that I was first introduced to the ideas of “spirits”: little beings with one foot in our physical domain, another foot in the spirit domain.  It seemed very silly to me at first.  How could anyone believe it such things? The irony…