Guess Where I Am! [David’s 1st Blog from a Strange Country]

25Sep

Guess Where I Am! [David’s 1st Blog from a Strange Country]

I'm writing this blog from an unnamed country. A very unusual country. See if you can guess where I am. When I arrived at the international airport and stood before an immigration officer, I requested that she not stamp my passport.

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14May

Upwards to Thulo Sirubari [Jeff’s 3rd Blog from Nepal]

Up, up, up we drove from Kathmandu, winding along steep mountain roads around countless switchback curves—none of which had guard rails—to visit more villages impacted by the earthquake in Nepal. My ears popped many times as the air pressure changed, but I enjoyed the cool, fresh mountain air (except for the many times we got temporarily stuck behind slow-moving trucks or buses belching out black diesel fumes!). I also enjoyed the spectacular views across verdant valleys to the blue-hued mountains in the distance. Words—and even photos—are insufficient to describe the breathtaking beauty.

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06Mar

Bogged Down in Upper Saidu [David’s 6th Photo Blog from Myanmar]

A recently-cut dirt road made it possible for us to travel 3 hours to Upper Saidu, another remote village in Southern Chin State of about 35 families. But Stephen had not been feeling well since the night before, so he spent our first full day in Upper Saidu sleeping and recovering.

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02Mar

Today I Almost Kicked a Secret Policeman [David’s 4th Photo Blog from Myanmar]

Today didn't go exactly as planned. I don't think there are any level roads in Chin State—you are either going up or down a mountain. For some reason, none of the roads follow the gentle slopes of the rivers. And the four-wheel drive vehicle we've rented, an older Pajero, apparently hasn't been used for some time for what it was built for.

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25Feb

Tattooed Ladies [David’s 2nd Photo Blog from Myanmar]

Our first stop here in southern Chin State is the town of Kamplet, and waiting for us upon our arrival were two indigenous missionaries whom Heaven's Family has supported for a number of years. One of them is Stephen Paing Bu, who was born in a remote village in this region. He is working in a total of 30 villages, most of which are (or were) predominantly Buddhist or animist. Stephen is truly reaching the unreached.

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23Feb

I’m Back in Burma [David’s 1st Blog from Myanmar]

Although I was here just in December, demand for more help from Heaven's Family among the remote villages of Myanmar's Chin State has called me back again. This time we're targeting Christian villages in southern Chin State, which is even less developed than its northern counterpart, and we know that we're in for a challenging trip.

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27Jan

God Loves Kurds! [David’s 4th Blog from Lebanon/Iraq]

Becky and I are now in northern Iraq. We're not far from the city of Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, much of which is now controlled by ISIS militants. Erbil was attacked by ISIS forces last summer, but was repelled by U.S. airstrikes and Kurdish soldiers. We feel quite safe here—at least 50 miles from ISIS-controlled Mosul (where just a few days ago, ISIS militants publicly executed, by machine gun, 13 teenage boys for watching a soccer match on TV).

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26Jan

Inside Refugee Tents [David’s 3rd Blog from Lebanon/Iraq]

Lebanon's Syrian refugees are different, generally speaking, than refugees in places like Africa. Many Syrians fled from very adequate houses and farms. Some had cars, which they drove to the safer places where they now live. Some brought their savings (although many had savings stolen at gunpoint at ISIS checkpoints).

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27Dec

The Business of Doing Your Business… [David’s 7th and Final Photo Blog from Myanmar]

All told during my travels in remote Myanmar, I visited 15 villages where Heaven's Family is serving. In one of those villages, Maul Zawl, we began working about 4 years ago. Among other things, we offered $100 to $200 agricultural loans to every one of the village's 39 families.

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26Dec

Caucasian Jesus Doesn’t Care! [David’s 6th Photo Blog from Myanmar]

One year ago, Heaven's Family provided a grant for two of Khua Hrang's most promising young people, selected by the village elders, to attend 6 months of nurses' training and 4 months of a hospital internship. Pa Ling, age 26, and Zung Pan Men, age 19, can now diagnose and treat common ailments and tropical diseases. And they have just opened a for-profit medical clinic and pharmacy in Khua Hrang courtesy of another start-up grant from Heaven's Family. Today I visited them.

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