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One Year: Q & A

Inquiring minds may or may not want to know...

Since I didn't take a survey, I'm guessing what some of your questions might be at this point- which is (unbelievably!) approaching ONE YEAR on the ground in Thailand.

How have you been changed so far?

I hope I am asking better questions than I did a year ago.

Some old favorites include:

  • What can I do to fix this?
  • How can I get my way?
  • What will people think of me?

The past year has taught me to increasingly ask:

  • How can I let go of my agenda and be used for His?
  • How do I find strength in quietness and trust? (Isaiah 30:15)
  • Can I tolerate disapproval from others (real or perceived)?

I have learned, as Rick Warren would say, that "it's not about me." God's purposes do not depend on my skill set or popularity. Instead, it's like "Take Your Daughter to Work Day" every day. I get to watch Him do His thing: transforming hearts and lives, bringing forgiveness, hope, beauty from ashes, comfort in the midst of sorrow and suffering. Playing any role is enough. It's more than enough. It's miraculous.

How long are you staying?

I don't know. My initial commitment (to the HUG Project) was for one year, but I feel like I am just getting started. At this point I am planning to stay for at least another year. It might make sense to reassess around this time next year, but I'm hoping to stay at least through 2018. Possibly longer... I am completely dependent on God's guidance and on your financial support and prayers. Thank you for making life and ministry here possible!