The internet service was down here for the whole day yesterday, so there was no way to update. While it’s been fun sharing the trip with you in pictures, there’s also been a lot of very serious, deep learning – which I just didn’t have the time or mental capacity to process here. I’ll definitely get to sharing some of those next week when I’m home and can gather my thoughts a little more. It was an incredible two weeks.
We had the most beautiful communion service on the last day – probably the most memorable one of my life. For bread, we used Thai sticky rice grilled into a flat loaf form. I watched each person receive the bread and juice – the body of Christ – and remembered who they were. Canadians working in Mongolia. Australians working in Malaysia. Brits and New Zealanders in China and Pakistan. A beautiful picture of the body of Christ.
I was surprised by the intensity of emotion, both at communion and at lunch on the last day – saying goodbye to new friends and dear people who are having a real impact around the world. A friend who survived the devastating earthquake in China last year, riding a bicycle through the wreckage to check for other team members, and a friend returning to schools in Pakistan closed by the recent bombings. I cried. A lot. I don’t know how missionaries do it… the repeated good-byes. I have had my head turned upside down and my perspective radically altered.
We’re leaving Saturday morning – Chiang Mai to Bangkok to Taipei to L.A.