I returned to Thailand last week. Although I was in the States for just over two months, it seemed like I had been gone a year. Sooo many people, places, and experiences were crammed into such a brief time.
It seemed as if time really did slow down. I have been praying (and working on) being more fully present to whomever is in front of me. Not that I’ve perfected the art of humility, but perhaps even a full-on INTJ’r can have her edges rounded out a bit more and tasks can be suppressed for a little while longer. Yes, this schedule was difficult, and it required disciplined pacing (not unlike trying to run for 24 hours!) as I had to manage ongoing projects in Asia while preparing for the next workshop, talk, or meeting. Unfortunately, I missed seeing so many people, but I’m glad that I focused on quality of time more than quantity of people. Please note I do NOT mean quality of people!
A few of the highlights include:
- Traveling to 10 States, covering 18 cities!
- Seeing long-time friends, meeting lost boys from Sudan, and learning the cross-cultural challenges of a town in rural Iowa.
- Speaking in seven different churches, and numerous small group gatherings – thanks for your hospitality!
- Learning to surf in Santa Monica – I stood up on my first try!
- Meeting in person most of the Relentless Elder Board members – we got a lot of work done!
- Having a car to use: someone left for East Asia two days before I arrived and he let me use his car while I was back. God has great timing!
- Participating in an excellent training seminar on Sexual Assault Forensic Examination.
- Making new friends everywhere, and re-connecting with friends – some of whom I hadn’t seen in 20 years!
- Participating in another successful GMHC!
- Getting in a run with my ultrarunning buddies in Ft. Wayne!
- Reading bedtime stories to my nieces and nephews.
- Finishing my first 100 mile race (23:41) at the Woodstock Running Festival. For more on that, please go to this post.
- Winning a 50km in Berkeley, CA (5:00) three weeks after the 100!
- Finishing 6th (8:04)at the USA Track & Field 50 mile Championships at the Tussey Mountainback in State College, PA!
November is Orphan Awareness Month. Please see my latest post at Relentless, a follow up on my first post on being aware of how we can best serve abandoned children around the world.
- I’ve been invited to speak at Urbana 12 next month so I’ll be making a quick trip back to the States in just a few weeks!
- In December I’ll be giving a series of workshops on child abuse and neglect at Chiang Mai Medical University.
- Several more clinics for exploited people are planned for the next few weeks.
Thank you for all your sustaining prayers! I can’t do this without YOU!
I hardly sat still long enough to have photos taken, but here is one I can share: