“As the preacher said, I could write shorter sermons but once I started I get too lazy to stop.” A-Lincoln
I’m back from BURMA safe and sound! I’ve been back a number of weeks actually. Just a few short days after my return I set off for the US to spend Christmas with my family. (I gorged myself on cheese, bread, and fine deli meat!- maybe some good wine too ;) WHAT A BLESSING AND TRUE GIFT FAMILY IS! I LLOVE YOU MOM AND DAD AND ALREADY MISS YOU!
It wasn’t long after an amazing Christmas, that I jetted off to China for New Years to surprise and be with my lovely girlfriend and her amazing family. We then made our way to Cambodia and back to Thailand. (I’ll save all the details for another day. It was an epic trip.)
Back to “BURMA.” I Love Burma… I love to people! AHHh It’s crazy! Even the word BURMA means a lot to me!
It’s hard to summarize or explain all that I experienced and feel now that I’m back. Even if I tried It’s such a small shadow of what so many others live every day of their lives. I feel like I’ve given nothing, sacrificed nothing, only have gained!
The ethnic people have once again taught me so much about love and humility!! It makes me emotional just to think about it!! I feel like I’m growing and learning so much!! I’ve always loved the wilderness.. but the jungle oddly has become another “home” for me and I’m already looking forward to when I can go back. It was a gift to detach once again from “stuff.” The dangers that once shook me to my core last year in the jungle didn’t this go around. Comfort zones truly do change- no matter the extreme… I watched a movie preview recently where it was said “fear IS NOT REAL…it is a product of thoughts you create. Don’t misunderstand me! Danger however, is VERY REAL.” Dave Eubanks (founder of FBR) said to me once, “I’m not afraid because of Love.” I’m beginning to understand that now! I truly love these people. The dangers around me, especially in the jungle are real, but so is the Love in my heart and my perspective continues to change!
I don’t know what to say!!. Except that God is good! Seriously!! Any other day that may sound almost cheesy or over stated. But, the depth of that revelation, “GOD IS GOOD,” astounds me today!!! I’m so thankful for the opportunity to have relationships with these amazing people and to do my best to serve them!
Here are just a few of my photographs from my trip. Enjoy and much love to you all! Thanks for the prayers and love!