Monday, February 20, 2012

Feburay...visitors , old memories, and current happenings

A new team picture!   Front row; Prawit, Surin, and Yai. 

Doug Umbanhowar visited with us for a few days this month. Doug worked with us when we first came to Thailand 35 years ago. He comes through for a visit now and then.  The first thing Doug wants to do is head for the Khaw Soi shop and have a bowl of noodles!

A group of students from the past who are now in ministry had a welcome party for Doug! We met at our Philokalia Center and had a grand time of telling stories and of course eating!!!

We met Dennis Moss who is helping  a former student with drip method water system for watering trees.  When Doug met him at our former students children's hostel in the mountains, he put us together to learn more about what they are doing there.  Dennis (red shirt)  came to our place to take a look at our trees and offer suggestions.

We then went to the land in the mountains where Dennis is helping to plant an orchard for the children's hostel.  We took a hike through their orchard ....

And also had a grand lunch !  Kanlaya pictured here is a former student, married to Atapha. Together they are doing a super job providing education for mountain children.

Our team is always looking for opportunities for improving our farm!  We bought some black boned chickens from the children's hostel during our visit! These chickens are believed to have medicinal value far above regular chickens, and sell for a higher price!  We bought a male and a female.

The Saa paper group made a visit to an ex-pat who has been making lots of jewelery. We spent a Saturday morning learning to make several kinds of jewelery.  We especially liked a design of beads made of paper.

Some of the group was so intent on their work, they couldn't stop for a picture!

A dear friend of ours from the States provided money for a community bench around our tree which will be the center of our circle of housing and work. This is the unpolished version, as it just now got finished. Their will be grass and flowers and as our tree grows, there will be shade. We have named this tree "Tree of Life"  Our hope is that under this tree, and on this bench, many people will find Life.

The plaque in Thai put in memory of our friend's son who passed away early in his life.