Wednesday, July 9, 2008


I was unable to get pictures posted while I was in Thailand but we're finally home and I'm trying to get some more pictures posted and tell you a little more about what we did. I'm sure the pictures that are up so far tell a story of us vacationing along the river and leisurely rafting through the jungles of Chiang Mai. Which we did, but that was about 2 days of the 14 so I will try and create a better picture of our trip.
Once the AGM started, we were working with missionaries from the SouthAsia region. The whole family comes to this annual event so some of us were working with preschool, some with children, some with the youth, and some on the worship team. I was on the worship team and John was with the 6th and 7th graders all day so our days were very different. Don't worry though, we met up every night for Starbucks, our $3 massage, and a stroll through the night market.

The kids absolutely LOVED John (which is no surprise to those who know him well) and he adored them. I think we would have brought them all home with us if we could. We were able to get to know some of the parents and spend time with them and just soak up a little of their lives. It was incredible!

I spent my days with the worship team. We led the adult group (about 300 or so) each morning from about 8 to noon. It was the most amazing worship experience I have ever had. They were so hungry and ready to sing praises at the top of their lungs because they only get to do that once a year. Imaging going a whole year without the corporate worship that you have grown accustomed too. Then we were able to spend time with some of the couples and get to know them and their stories. I could not even begin to share their stories with you, there are too many and I would cry my eyes out.

Then I would go out to the youth camp in the afternoons or evenings with the band and we would sing for the kids. 8th - 12th grade. Talk about some great teenagers who were just as excited about singing and praising God as their parents.