Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Next part of the morning was at the temple on top of the mountain. A few of our Thai friends who went with us, explained what they were doing as they lit candles, brought flowers, walked around the pagoda, etc. Every time I visit this place, I am reminded of Truth. I am reminded that He is not housed in a temple built by human hands. I am reminded that He does not sleep, but is alive and working in the hearts of those around us.
Posted by Bev Brandon @ The Fray at 10:45 PM
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Britt had the awesome opportunity to attend Grace International School today and even go to their workouts. So neat to hear him on my cell last night---half a world away, yet it sounds like he's around the corner. I hope that what he sees will stir his heart ---cause nothing else is worth as much as a disrupted heart.
Brookie said it must have been her tenth trip to the Elephant Camp. Britt met up with his high school buddies who are also in Chiang-Mai on a mission trip...here's what Brookie wrote:
"Elephant slobber all over you as they search your pockets for more bananas. Elephants playing soccer. Elephant babies that are absolutely adorable. Elephants that can paint a picture! And the list goes on. I love being with people that get to experience this for the first time. You'll see some fun pics below. The first few are our lunch stop on a lake. The floating huts are my favorite. :) We tried to ride the paddle boats but they said Americans weren't allowed (today at least) because we may sink the boats."
Posted by Bev Brandon @ The Fray at 9:14 PM
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Britt made it to Thailand! Brookie just posted a plethora of pictures on her blog---www.brookebrandon.blogspot.com and made her mommy so happppaaayyyy!!!!! Here's my sweet boy holding a precious Thai boy...
Day One in Thailand for Britt
Brookie just posted: Another Brandon in Thailand!
Here's a few excerpts of what Brooke wrote:
Yesterday morning my little brother Britt (who isn't so little anymore!), came to visit Thailand. We've already done so much in the last 36 hours.... I can't believe he just got here yesterday!
On Day 1 we visited a village about 45 minutes away from the city. My team has spent a lot of time with these Thai friends already... but we are starting a new activity on Saturdays. This was our first one.... going out, playing with kids, telling a story, doing a craft project, and talking with their families. Britt raised money to bring footballs and frisbees to these kids... he and Greg (one of Britt's best friends who now lives in Chiang-Mai) did a great job playing with the kids. We'll go back again next Saturday and leave the toys with the kids... so they can introduce American football to all their friends! :)
DAY 2 in Thailand: Went to church at a children's home called House of Blessing. We had several hours to play with the kids. This is the home where Britt raised $1,200 last year and I was able to give toys, craft supplies, underwear and shoes to all 123 orphans for Christmas. It was a great opportunity for Britt to meet the kids there. We were joined by a high school volunteer team from Texas.... this is the school that I attended all the way from Kindergarten through high school. Britt used to go to the same school as well, up until last year when my family moved to Austin. So, Britt has enjoyed reuniting with some good high school buddies in Thailand. Crazy! They attacked each other in hugs last night when they first saw each other in a local park. :) Enjoy the pics below at the House of Blessing. You'll see the high school team telling some stories for SS and teaching the kids how to make a necklace for a craft.STAY TUNED for more pics this week! :)Posted by Brooke at 9:41 am on her blog:
Friday, March 13, 2009
Just received a phone call from Bangkok. The voice on the other end sounded spent. My boy just stepped off the longest air flight of his life. 20 hours from Dallas to Seoul. Torture for a teen traveling solo. Another 3-hour flight to Bangkok. Britt is now a stone's throw from Chiang-Mai, Thailand waiting most of this day in the Bangkok airport---a l-o-n-g layover--- to board that flight.
Posted by Bev Brandon @ The Fray at 8:17 PM
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
In my attempt to be responsible, I have been trying to work nights as well as full-time teaching and it just is too much so I've take a few steps back. God never intended for me to be consumed in that way. Trusting Him to provide! I've not been able to post in about 4 weeks now. I'll be back soon. Meanwhile, something exciting happened.
God opened a door for Britt to go to Thailand for Spring Break. It's quite unbelievable to me in the midst of where we are. Britt leaves March 12th for Chiang-Mai and will be helping Brooke and her team of friends in two tribal villages and orphanages. Britt will personally deliver tuition money for the orphans and t-shirts/toys for the village children. You may remember that he has been fundraising to send seven orphans to school for one year. Well, he has half of that money raised and needs a few hundred dollars more to deliver it in person.
Britt is looking for 50 people to donate $10 to buy t-shirts & toys for the 50 tribal village children he will get to meet. He'll travel into remote villages with Brooke and bring footballs and frisbees. They've not played football before and he'll teach them---Britt is excited beyond anything I could tell you.
The stark economy is pressing in on all of us but if you can find $10 to donate to spread the kindness and love of Jesus to some really precious kids who have so little, then leave a comment and send it to Britt by PayPal and our user name is:[sixbrandons(at)sbcglobal.net] or mail it to: 5701 S. MoPac #2012, Austin, TX 78749. Make checks payable to Britt Brandon. Thank you so much for considering this. I don't know if he can find fifty people in just a few days but it's so worth trying.
Posted by Bev Brandon @ The Fray at 10:46 PM