On our way home from Bangkok, leaving Paul all alone to travel to America at the airport, we drove slowly along the curvy country road leading home, it was getting late in the day and we looked forward to be back home. We had some apprehension of what the next month has in store for us as Paul is a huge contributor to making the home manageable and making the children mind and be sweet...
The phone rang and a certain person was asking if I please can come to were the Bible seminary will be, for filming an interview with him. I consented, but wondered how to record without a camera...I asked some of the other missionaries and was told that there was a wedding in the morning at SO...they forgot to tell us...no camera's available and no persons to help.
Praying I went ahead, asking God to make a way. meandering down to the fine white sandy river bank, this was my first time crossing without the assistance of our boys or Paul...The boat was on the other side of the river and the only mode of transportation for me was to jump on the bamboo raft tied to a rope which is tied across the river, I had watched the Karen men and a couple women stand up and guiding the rafts across with the help of the rope, I had admired their balance...now it was my turn. Pretty pleased with myself and our great God and enjoying the voyage greatly, I crossed without any mishap or getting wet.
Walking up the sandy hillside onto the open space in front of the mountains with goat herds running to and fro here and there, I again felt the tranquility and simplicity that I so much treasure there. It was barely 9am but the heat was intense and drops of perspiration was making me feel like I indeed had been in the river...wiping of my brow, I meandered over the fields down a hill and over a wooden rickety bridge and up a very steep sandy hill to the headquarters. This is indeed a beautiful place, I walked down the small footpath and soon watched as those I had come to meet were having breakfast. I treasure how you can sit down outside in a rustic gazebo like structure with a rustic long wooden table and wooden benches all year long, to fellowship and sup with each other. No walls, no insulation, no protection needed, the only protection in this case were the soldiers in full uniform and armed, lingering about the place, in wait for their beloved great leader.
I sit down and meet a most delightful young woman, a foreigner. She is involved with a project aiding the Karen and was spending some time in this place, why I don't know. But we hit it of and enjoyed each others company. Soon we are motioned to join the person I have come to interview and record/film. God had indeed prepared a way and this young woman was our needed camera man...She faithfully proceeded to record several interviews in regards to the Bible Seminary, later we went on a tour and she kept recording. We were brought to the Bible Seminary property and although I already knew where it is going to be...I was not prepared for how beautiful and large it is. It is a very huge property. Much, much larger than Sunshine Orchard with much fertile land to grow gardens and have rice paddies. It has the water system from the mountain spring for cooking, bathing and drinking-no need to boil it, it's been tested and is safe to drink. The seminary property has river frontage.
On the way back, I again walked down to the river bank, wondering how I was going to cross this time. The metal large boat was there tied to the rope, but not close to the shore, well, I will get on the bamboo raft and get to the boat that way...now managing this large heavier boat was not as easy, but I was pretty pleased and wished that there would have been some silent observer snapping a picture of this aging woman having some fun...I was thanking God that being raised on ships and sailing vessels in my childhood would one day come in handy...
Back home at Sunshine Orchard I was greeted by the children wanting to go swimming in the river...being the only adult surrounded by lots of children in the water, all wanting your attention at the same time does not make for the most peaceful afternoon swim...but it was fun.
We have the greatest jumping rock across the river with a deep area to jump into, it's a natural God made place to play in the shade on a intensively hot afternoon!