Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Two Weeks...

Two Weeks Left Until I Fly

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Got my Visa for Thailand!
In just two short weeks I will be on my way to Chiang Mai, Thailand to begin working with Stop Slavery.

I received my visa back just a few days ago, which was the last major step in the process of going to Thailand. It went through without any problems, and it is very comforting to know I can check that box off my list of things to do.

I am amazed as all the details that are coming together, which is very nice since there isn't much time left! I am really looking forward to getting to Thailand and starting on the projects that need to be done.

Many generous friends and family have stepped up to support me, both in prayer and financially - what an encouragement! If you want to know more about joining with me to help stop human trafficking, visit how to join in support.

As my departure gets closer, I find myself stopping and thinking, 'Why am I doing this?' Then I am reminded of two things: First, I am encouraged because God loves justice, and He wants us to love justice as well. He also wants to use us to enact justice in the world. We are responsible for helping those in desperate situations, where they think no one can help them. My hope is that I will be able to accomplish this while working in Thailand, and that my efforts will make it easier for others in the future to bring criminals to justice, and bring hope to the hopeless.

Second, what an opportunity and adventure this will be! There will be plenty of challenges, but there will also be plenty of rewarding and memorable experiences, so I am really looking forward to the next 8 months.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tickets and Visa for Thailand

Visa is in the Mail!

I am excited to share that I got plane tickets to Chiang Mai last week, and sent my visa application off earlier this week.

Two steps closer to Thailand and working with Stop Slavery!

The visa application will now be approved and returned to me, hopefully in the next 2 weeks. Prayer that it goes smoothly would be appreciated!

The plane ticket and visa cost just under $1800 altogether, which was over a hundred dollars less than I budgeted, which is great. But I am still in need of individuals willing to partner with me in doing something to stop human trafficking, both in prayer and in support. If you would like partner with me, or learn more about it, just visit How To Join In Support.

The plane flight will leave Mobile, Alabama, stop in Atlanta, then Seoul, South Korea, and finally arrive in Chiang Mai, Thailand 28 hours later.

Here is a picture to give you an idea of the flight path:
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Flight Plan for my Trip to Thailand - Flying halfway 'round the World

I am getting more excited everyday for this opportunity to combat injustice, and help the Stop Slavery organization become more effective in its role of funding and developing anti-trafficking operations.

I don't know all of what I'll be doing, but I know that everyday I am in Thailand will be a new chance to make a difference and make progress in ending slavery.

Thanks for stopping by and reading, and visit again soon when I post my thoughts on injustice in the world, and what we as individuals can do about it.

Leave a comment with your thoughts or questions!