(A recent letter from my world traveler. It brings me great joy to hear from him!)
Last night I went with a friend and his Thai girlfriend to her families house an hour outside of Bangkok. We had to go down some side streets, then through the jungle on a small trail that led to a large river. My friend yelped and someone on the other responded and then came over to pick us up in their canoe. Their entire family lives on the bank of the river. It’s basically the jungle, with monkeys in the trees, weird fish with leg creatures, and caimans. I was totally immersed in a traditional rural Thai family environment.
It was an incredible experience, I hung out with like 8 cousins, none of which could speak any English, and yet somehow we got along. At the end of the night I was told the house I was sleeping in was haunted by their grandma and no one in the family will ever sleep there. It’s actually the nicest house among them yet no one ever goes in it. So I slept in it and of course nothing happened. The next day I hung out with the whole family while I waited for the river to get high enough to cross, which was interesting. Just thought I’d relay a little scene from one of my most recent expeditions.
Love ya mama,
(I love and miss you Joseph more then you’ll ever know!)
Now, talk about releasing your children to the Lord! Joseph has caused me to pray and trust God at a level I never imagined possible. Yet I’m so blessed because I know God’s protection is always there for him, no matter where his travels may lead. I prayed PS 91 daily for my oldest son, Jason, while he was deployed in Afghanistan. I must admit that over the years I have gained a lot of experience to “stand in faith” while raising five sons!
Lord, thank you for these precious gifts you’ve given Rick and I. Thank you for being a refuge and fortress for all of our sons. Encamp your angels around each one daily and deliver them from danger in every circumstance. I release each one to you as I trust you to take care of them. In Jesus name, Amen.
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