Arrived Chiang Rai

Yesterday morning 4 of us gathered in the Lobby at Imms Hotel and our van and driver Khun Bum (เบิ้ม) were ready to take us to Chiang Rai.  After spending several days in the bustling city of Chiang Rai we were ready for the countryside of Thailand.  The countryside was breathtaking and personally for me I found many similarities to Norway (Sorry, can’t remove the Norwegian from this trip.)

We had a few stops on the way – a rest stop that served coffee, fresh grapefruit and many other foods along with many art items and clothes.

Back in the van we continued a little while and stopped at Suan Jarin (สวนจริน) for a nice lunch before heading on to meet the remainder of the team that arrived yesterday at Chiang Mai Airport.

It was wonderful to be gathered and with Faa from Grow Home taking the lead with our dinner plans we couldn’t have been in better hands.  After dinner we headed back to get some much- needed rest (especially for our newcomers).  We said good night and thanked God for safe travel and for the beauty He has created for us – if we choose to see it. 

Good Morning Chiang Rai

The abundance of mosquitoes last night is forgotten after a good night’s sleep at this lovely cottage owned by Pastor Arthur.  He had a vision and three years later this is the result.  I will find out more about this man and his passion for Christ - this beautiful place consists of little cottages that are absolutely stunningly made.  When did I ever wake up at 6 a.m. looking at my bedroom door with lights shining through a stained glass window?   Here is the Cottage Facebook page:

I couldn’t wait for anyone else to get up – I had to see the sunrise and I was not disappointed.  

Slowly but surely one after the other awoke to a lovely breakfast and Thai coffee – finally good Thai coffee – Yum!

Today we will leave and head for our retreat and meet the girls from “Feed Our Sheep,” the Safe House.  My heart is so full of excitement to see them again.

We are truly blessed with a glorious morning.   

Psalm 113:3-  From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.
Isaiah 41:25-  I have stirred up one from the north, and he comes— one from the rising sun who calls on my name.  He treads on rulers as if they were mortar, as if he were a potter treading the clay.
Isaiah 45:6- so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting people may know there is none besides me. I am the Lord, and there is no other.