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I’m The Man?

As most of you know, my family and I help ot with an independent ministry here in Thailand.  Visitors come and go continuously, but for the most part we work and live with another family.  Nathan and his family have put a lot of time, money, and sweat equity into this project. God has blessed their eforts and the project has come a long way in a short amount of time.  As things turned out they went back to the states to visit last month.  That left my family here with about 2-7 other people.  Right now there are 7 other people.  Having been here the longest of them all, everyone kind of looksto me for answers.  I didnt imagine it was going to be this way at all. The way that I thought it would work is that everyone would do the things that they normally did and kind of govern themselves.  Yet so many issues have arisen in the month and a half that they have been gone and inevitably I seem to be the one either habdling te issue or helping to handle the issue. I dont mention this to brag or boast by any means, in fact its the exact opposite.  Being “in charge” has opened my eyes to a few things.

1. It is easy to be stressed when you are in charge.  Each day presents new challenges and at each turn people are looking at you to provide the answer.

2. When you are in charge, the decisions that you make can and often do affect more people than you think.

3. Being in charge isnt so much about handling situations but rather how you deal with people in those situations.

4. Working with good people always makes your job easier.

5. As in other areas of life, good communication can help to avoid many issues.

Many of you read my earlier blog about wanting to branch out on my own and start my own ministry project.  I have a feeling that this moment is helping to prepare me for something else.  This experience has proved to be very valuable in teaching me the above things and a few others as well.  Years down the road my time here and this particular adventure will probably prove much more valuable than I can currently quantify.  I can only hope that the lessons learned here won’t be quickly forgotten.

On a side note, if you haven’t checked out our pics recently here is the link.

http://www.picasaweb.google.com/adrielj2 

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2013 in AJ's Adventures

 
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Elephant Show!

Unfortunately, Gangam Style has made its way over here as well. smh

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2013 in AJ's Adventures

 

My Re-education

So you need to understand that I have never built anything in my entire life!  Not even the kids furniture when they were babies. My life for so long was books and computers.  Not to much working with my hands.  Since I’ve been here I’ve been learning a lot.  This is my re-education.

A big shout out to Brent for giving me vote of confidence to attempt this.  

I know, it ain’t pretty, but it works!!! The boy that stays here with us says it looks like a big termite or ant hill! lol  So here it is, the Ant/Termite 3000!

https://picasaweb.google.com/adrielj2/IBuiltAnOven

What do you think?

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2013 in AJ's Adventures

 

Happy New Year!

The heat here has been pretty intense. Almost debilitating. One of the ladies we met here says that if you aren’t careful the sun can make you go crazy. She must be correct. Why? Because how else do you explain Songkran, which is the Thai New Year celebration. Songkran is a time where people just lose their minds for a few days. Its supposed to be a time to spend time with family and eat and exchange gifts, kind of like Thanksgiving and Christmas all in one. That doesnt sound to crazy right? Well its not, but the huge water fight and street party that erupts sometime in between is very much crazy. You can look up all the crazy videos on YouTube for yourself, but below is a link to a short video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CHCdMrvtMY&feature=youtube_gdata_player

See what I mean? The heat can make you crazy.

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Posted by on April 13, 2013 in AJ's Adventures

 
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How Do I Get to Your House?

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2013 in AJ's Adventures

 
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What we do with the tapioca

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2013 in AJ's Adventures

 
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Harvesting Tapioca

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2013 in AJ's Adventures