Devotions today was led by Georghia and Kim, who challenged us about the issue of time, stating that there are 86400 seconds in each day and we are accountable for how we use them. It was a fitting reminder for our last day here in Chiang Mai.
Team members had the option today of a Thai cooking course or a half day of work at McKean. The cooks enjoyed making 4-5 Thai dishes, honing their skills and gaining a recipe book to take home at the end. The workers finished the cottage that was started yesterday, and ticked off another completed work task.
This afternoon we were welcomed at the home of Joan and Allan Eubank. They have worked in Thailand for over 55 years in a number of areas, and have impacted thousands through music, dance and ministry. Joan was a former Broadway and Hollywood star, who gave up a promising career for the mission field. Allan worked as an engineer, but felt God calling him to be a missionary. Joan talked about how she made her decision to leave her singing and acting career, and looked at the lights of Broadway, realising that fame was fleeting, but that it was not eternity, and there was much more to life than having her name in lights. (Galatians 6:8) They shared their testimonies, fed us brownies, and encouraged us to find God’s purpose for our lives. It was a very fitting conclusion to our time in Chiang Mai.
From the Eubanks house we went to an organic salad farm restaurant where we shared our last meal with the Thai drivers and friends. Each team member had the opportunity to share their highlights of the trip, their favourite organisation or speaker, and something that challenged the over the last two weeks. Such a range of responses were produced.
We finished the night with a Thai foot massage, and all team members are currently packing and preparing to leave Chiang Mai tomorrow. We will head to Bangkok via plane and then to Hua Hin on a bus to enjoy a couple of days of down time and reflection.
Thanks for your support over the two weeks. We have appreciated your comments, prayers and communications. Our team members have been exceptional, and I thank them for their positive efforts and attitudes in all activities. Our staff team has been a tightly knit unit and a pleasure to work with also. They too will appreciate a few days of rest before returning to the cold of Melbourne.
We will update tomorrow from Hua Hin.
God Bless and thanks again,