Rain in Now

The rain slammed against the tin roof in sheets of cold water. The smell of dirt was all too familiar as the wind tugged at the windows. I rolled over and looked out at the haze of rain. It was a familiar site. The rain is thicker here and comes in waves. Tropical storms are…

Love For Elephants

I looked into the solemn eyes of the elephant and noticed a common reality of both being God’s creatures. Her skin was wrinkly and her legs were long and strong. Her ears were big and would flare out as she reached her trunk out. She was quite friendly, but I was a little worried she…

Living In Plenty or In Want

A deep rooted smile spread across my face as I watched the mountains reflect my favorite deep shade of blue. The sky was a light blue with clouds ever so delicately placed in the sky. The rice fields were a vibrant green and stretched across the earth to the edge of the mountains. The landscape…

Inner Workings

My eyes opened as the sun rose over the mountains and shined through the windows. I could hear the roosters crow, the soft sound of the fans, and the small creaks of the building. I could smell the sweet cinnamon smell of Thailand in juxtaposition with the muskiness of the concrete like mattress. I woke up…

Transforming Hearts

Transformation I am told is not just in receiving. It is about giving and letting yourself feel and be open to the things you are experiencing. As I boarded the GreenBus to head to Chiang Rai I realized how many ways I have gotten to be who I am. How many beaten up roads to…

Made In Thailand

I looked down at the ground for a moment to collect my tired thoughts. I noticed the woman who was standing next to me had similar feet to me. It may sound like a strange observation, but it stirred once again my emotions. She was infected with HIV/AIDS from her husband. All the women at…

Soap and Laughter

There is a rush that fills my soul when learning a new task. Tasks that piece together the inner workings of a bigger picture. The intricate way of weaving thread to the simple way of making soap. We finished the making of the soap by combining the steeped lemongrass and ginger in oil and lye….

Simplicities

The familiar smell of coffee entered my senses as we entered into a new place. There were cats that slept on the cushions and a lady who was ready to take our order. The background music played soft French music and the colors were vibrant on the walls. I ordered a Pat See Ew, which is…

In God’s Hands

In seconds someone could be lost. The shock of it is stunning and it numbs your heart. There is so much loss. It is a reality that sits at the back of my mind like a brick in water. Weighted at the bottom with no breath of life. Through tragedy new things are realized. The…

Red Light District

The atmosphere was a sick smell of gasoline and sweat as my eyes were stained with flashes of technicolor. Girls lined the edge of the market like bar section. We stepped in and clearly were out of place. The questioning stares, the invitation to sit down, and the dark eyes. The farang (foreigner) bars are…

Grandeur Display

I stepped inside and felt the coolness of the air conditioning as I looked up to see a grand display before me. As we walked forward, five floors opened up before our eyes. The Escalators were grand staircases guiding the way up to thousands of stores. We stopped and watched a Circus performance for a…

Limitations

The rain poured as we pedaled more intensely across the pavement that weaved through rice fields and cement homes. I smiled as I felt the warm rain pour down creating a feeling of being free and alive. The local people would chuckle as we passed by. Most people stop and wait out the rain, but we…