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Made it here and getting going!

We arrived safely in Mae Sai the day before yesterday. Everyone is well, and boy are we glad to have those 2o hours of flying behind us for a while!

All of us have experienced a bit of jet-lag, but it is a small price to pay for the adventure that lies ahead of us!

Yesterday we took the kids to Wat Doi Wao, a local Buddhist temple. It is big and ornate and chock full of regional statues of Buddha (he looks different in different parts of the world,) as well as a smattering of Hindu idols. A visit to this particular temple is an excellent way to get a good dose of the creeps, as it has a floor dedicated to several famous monks. As we climbed the stairs, we discovered a circle of monks sitting cross-legged on platforms. They looked far too life-like! The details were amazing, even down to body freckles and neck rolls! I’m pretty sure they were made of wax and all eight of them were just as I left them when I passed back through 15 minutes later. I suppose the jury is still out on this one. What do you think?

Some may find it strange that we chose to take our children to a Buddhist temple to see what it was all about. We have taught them that Jesus is the only way to salvation, but it is important to us that they see for themselves what beliefs and values color the worldviews of people around the world.  Acknowledging these things does not, of course, change God’s ultimate authority over the earth. It does, however, give us a keener insight into how we can pray for those who do not yet know Him.

All three of the kids have been fascinated with monks. They are so mysterious and to themselves. This morning a dozen or so walked past the house and the kids ran to the window to watch their bright orange robes swish by. Our morning devotion was focused on how God created everything and reveals himself through all of it. What a perfect opportunity to talk about God creating all those monks too! I asked the kids if God loves the monks. “Nope!” was Justus’ resounding response. But Eden– in all of her big-sisterly wisdom–lovingly corrected him. “Justus, God loves them, He just doesn’t like what they do.” My heart is blessed as I watch them develop their understanding of God and His ways. God has said that His word will not return void, and I know that as we continue to reiterate it to their little hearts and minds, they will comprehend more and more who they are in Christ.

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  1. Dad
    June 18th, 2012 at 13:21 | #1

    This will be an adventure that the children will never forget! I think that it is wonderful that they are getting to experience so very much at such young ages. They are truly blessed to have such magnificent and loving parents! This is unbelievably great! Enjoy the rest of the trip, and hurry home. I miss and love you all.
    Love to all,

  2. Susan
    June 18th, 2012 at 19:42 | #2

    Keisha, I like your writing! It reminded me of the talks you gave at Abundant Life Church after other missions trips…You are a gifted communicator!

    I am praying for you. Looking forward to your next Blog…

    Love you!

  3. July 4th, 2012 at 18:39 | #3

    LOVE what you names your blog and I love “hearing” your voice come through your writing. Look forward to hearing a lot more stories when you return! Love you all!!!

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