Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Pieces of the Puzzle

Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. - Philippians 4:6 MSG

I am always in awe of how God works out the details - at the last minute (or what WE think is the last minute).
Two weeks ago we got more pieces to the "project" puzzle. We now know what projects we will be working on, what area we will be working in and who we will be working with.

Mae Hong Son will be our home away from home. We will be staying in the town at a guest
house or apartment for the duration because the guest house at the school is not complete. We will commute (in crazy Thai traffic) each day in a rental car.

We will work with the children who randomly visit from the nearby refugee camp (a Vacation Bible School would be fun I think). We will be facilitating this with the help of the highschool/college students at the Bible school. Perfect learning opportunity for them - the chance to hone their skills before they become future pastors and missionaries. I will likely do a great deal of the teaching with the older students and hope to pass on everything I've learned about running a children's program.

There are a few other projects on the go as well (most using Joe's professional experience) that we hope to make time for.

Up until last week we were worried that we wouldn't find someone to watch our dog back here at home. We now have a sitter for our doggie back at home! Thanks Ashley! She will live at our place and spoil our Cajun rotten :)

The trip, as you could see from previous posts, was due to be long...very long. We have word that we can potentially skip the 12 hour train ride and 8 hour bus ride - sounds like their may be an affordable flight from Bangkok to Mae Hong Son (with a brief stop in Chiang Mai). After a 22 hour flight, this sounds like just what we needed.

Now, about the budget. It has changed, two weeks before we leave. Yikes! The rental car and housing (and some of the food because we aren't staying right at the school) is now something we had not anticipated. Final fundraising is happening! Thanks Jackie, for organizing a very last minute pasta dinner to help us with these last couple of thousand.

Anti-malarials - $800 - ouch! Well, they are not normally covered by insurance, but they might be. Sounds promising anyways. That $800 can go towards our housing.

We knew God had all the details worked out before we even knew about the past few weeks of "glitches." I love it when He reminds us :)

Just a couple more pieces to fit in the next 12 days and we are up, up and away!!

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