Journal writings

I wanted to give you an excerpt from my journal that I was writing in the picture from the last post. As I said before, I am not the best at journaling. I had to make a conscious effort to put down my thoughts and observations from this trip. I am so glad I did and this was one of my favorite passages. It is easy to let your mind be swept away in thought of whys, whens and whats. Why did the Tsunami happen? Why were some effected and others not? Why was there no warning? What would it have been like to see that 35 foot wave coming at you? What would you grab first? What would you be thinking? What were different people doing at 10am, at the beginning of the day, when it hit? When will one hit again? When will the lives be restored? etc. Even sitting at the shore, you think of what it would have felt like to see it coming at you or who in this town witnessed it. There is no way to know all the answers, disasters happen and we believe that God had his hand in the plan as to why. We have to rest in that.

It was amazing for me to realize that on both islands the people in these villages were all safe from the Tsunami and from any harm. This just baffles me. Now, they lost their homes and belongings, but their lives were spared. They have stories that have been told to them for generations about the sea. They don’t know much, but they do know their sea. The stories tell of warning signs, That if the water retreats back like it did before the tsunami, to run to high ground. The sea gypsies did just that. They ran from it and were all safe. These are people who the Thai look down upon. They are mostly illiterate and not progressive in their knowledge. They are basic people who are just trying to survive each day. These are the people that survived. The ones who were the business men, vacationers, tradesmen, people of wealth and stature; those are the ones that died. They did not know the sea or what to expect. That which is considered smart to one is not to another. This will always amaze me.

2/29/08 “As I lay here on the bow of this long tail boat, the wind whips my hair against my face. The fresh salt water evaporates making the air sweet to smell. The bright colors of Thailand engulf me with orange, turquoise, blues and green all around. The constant sound of the boat’s motor is interrupted only by the occasional purr of a boat passing by. With Burma to my left and Thailand to my right, I approach what is hoped to be a restful evening. I leave behind poverty, filth and need. There is only so much we can give and our mission here is accomplished. Others will continue to meet the needs of those here. We have to rest in knowing that we were able to capture their history and begin to restore their legacy. For this we are grateful and humbled.”


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Papa Torres - March 4, 2008 - 2:46 am

Hey guys,
You have taken some amazing pix. I particularly like the B/w shots of the whole
family and that of the Grandmother with the Child.. Loved the color shot of the
Bright Eyed little girl resting her head & hands on the colorful pillow.
Can’t wait to hear you stories of the entire trip.
Love you both very much. May God bless you with safe flights back.
Papa Torres

Betty Bergen - March 3, 2008 - 11:25 pm

I am so blessed.

Joy Nudd - March 3, 2008 - 8:35 pm

I am speechless….

brandy j - March 3, 2008 - 8:59 am

Hey Guys!

We as well try to journal during any sort of travel, I can already tell that you are loads better=) Can’t wait to read more.

We are thinking about you and your safe travel home! Love you guys!!!

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