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…

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…

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…

My Garden

Many of my friends at work and church know that I have a garden and have been producing vegetables for the past couple years. I get questions about what I’m growing and how the season is going from time to time, so I figured: what better place to discuss this passion of mine?  Afterall, this…