Some of our items we have purchased while in Singapore are now finding a new home as we continue preparing for our move to Chiang Mai, Thailand. Today we helped load up a small truck with our sofa, convection oven & stand, bookshelves, TV, and lots of other stuff from the kitchen and office room. We are thankful that we are able to share these items with others.
Here are a few pictures...I was busy helping and forgot to take some at the start in our apartment.
Larry was busy inside the truck trying to place everything so it would fit.
Our living room area sure looks empty...we are making progress:)
We are making some progress in packing....but it does seem to be going slowly. I am getting tired of the clutter and boxes so will be glad to seee some of our things go this week. We are giving our sofa, convection oven, bookshelves, desk, chair and kitchen items to a friend and co-worker. That just leaves our personal items which includes many books...plus gifts etc......
Not much room to sit anymore....
A few of the boxes that are filled.
This is the view from my office room...I will miss looking out here at the coconut trees.
With all the sorting and packing I need a break once in awhile so yesterday I enjoyed one of my blooming teas. This was the last one in the container and it was so pretty I wanted you to see it too. It also tasted very nice :)
As I was sorting through our belongings and deciding what to keep I came across the box containing these carved pieces of a nativity set I had bought in the Philippines. I decided to put them out so we could enjoy them this week of Christmas. We have our friends from Myanmar here with us and we are always encouraged and blessed to spend time with them but especially during this Christmas season.
We are thinking of you and miss you all so much. Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
Our dryer quit working so I was hanging clothes all over the apartment ... sure made for an interesting change in our apartment decor.
I mustered up enough energy to get going with some cleaning....that is until my vacuum cleaner decided it was retiring for good. Oh wonderful and of course I waited to do the small piece of carpet we have until last....so it will continue to wait now until I figure out if I want to purchase another vacuum cleaner.
The air con in our bedroom decided it wanted in on the action so it started to drip water...on my very conveniently placed suitcase placed directly under it. Oh bother! Now I have more clothes to wash and air dry around the dining room table.
It is now 7:30 pm and the repairman that was suppose to come between 3-6 pm finally showed up...I sure hope the dryer is going to be ok again. I will sure miss the convenience of using it...
I think that is enough for one day. I am glad tomorrow is a new day!
I'm back again...after spending over 3 months in the states. I was so thankful for the time I was able to spend with my mom in Montana as well as with our family and friends in Washington, Ohio and Nebraska. Yes, we were on the "fast track" meeting up with many in a short time.
As our move to Thailand draws near I have many questions and uncertainties about how things will change for us but most certainly I know God has a plan and purpose for each of us and we step out in faith trusting Him with each step we take.
Today as I was sorting through some items with our TWR-Asia ministry I came across this very encouraging listener letter. A good reminder of why we are committed to this ministry.
This dear sister wrote in response to the Thai Women of Hope program. Her home country of Laos is tucked in between Thailand and Vietnam.
I had a lot of problems in my family and I was feeling so discouraged and lonely. I never listened to the radio, but for some reason one night I reached over and turned on the one at my bedside. The first thing I heard was you on the Woman of Hope program telling me that God loves me. You spoke so directly to my heart that I prayed with you at the end of it to invite Jesus into my life. He has become my source of strength and joy. I went to church and witnessed to family and friends. One time, I was put in prison for my witnessing. But God was with me and, after I was released, I kept witnessing until my family came to the Lord. Many others in our village have as well. My younger brother is in Bible School in Thailand.
We have a fellowship of believers in several places. Recently, when you conducted a seminar near the Laotian border, I and seven of my converts came across to that seminar. It was particularly thrilling to meet the person who led me to Jesus. We are so isolated–often by fear. Sometimes Christians are too afraid to fellowship or even speak to me because they know that I am being watched all the time. Words cannot express how much Christian radio means to me and my Christian brothers and sisters in Laos. (signed) Your spiritual daughter