Monday, October 14, 2013

Thailand: It's a New Adventure

An Update with Pictures as I Settle in to Living in Thailand

Over the last few days since arriving on Thursday night, life has been a somewhat hectic dash of activity as I have been trying to settle in, get through jet lag, and learn how to function in a new country where I can't read or speak anything.
peter vanosdall in thailand
Typical parking outside a small market
moped in thailand
And I even like the color

Touring the street markets and sampling local foods has been an awesome experience. Paying around $1 for a Thai lunch, but finding bedding for $50 and up, has been interesting. The cost of most things in Thailand are either significantly cheaper, or more expensive, than what I am accustomed to.

Traffic is another unique aspect of Thailand that takes some getting used to. Lane lines are seen as a mere suggestion, and lane changes are done by slowly sliding over into the other lane, whether or not it is occupied already. Traffic lights are rather long, or at least it feels that way because they have timers on most of the major lights that show you how long it will stay green, yellow or red. It makes for a convenient race start countdown when waiting at a red light...

I have been blessed with a moped to use while here, which is the preferred mode of transportation for most Thai people. It is quite entertaining to see how many people or things, or both, are able to fit on one small moped. Already in a few days I've seen small families using a single moped to get around, or what looks like moped delivery services with several large boxes stacked precariously around one small deliveryman.
thai kitchen
The Kitchen Setup - Gas Cook Range!

This week's primary focus will be settling in, and getting the house I'm living in, with Alex and Jess, painted and put together. It is a great house with lots of space, although the walls could use a color other than the current greenish-white. Accommodations in the kitchen are nice, but for those accustomed to American kitchens, it might feel a little different.

I want to thank everyone for your prayers as I traveled the 28 hours to get to Thailand. It was a long trip, but went very smoothly and the only residual affects are jet lag which I am quickly getting over.

I also want to thank everyone who helped me get here through financial support, what a blessing!

Please be in prayer as I integrate into the team at Stop Slavery and we work together at developing and accomplishing several exciting projects which I will be learning more about (and sharing more about on here) in the next few weeks.

Here are a few additional pictures of the house I'll be living in, and the plane that brought me here  For all of the pictures, if you click on them you can see them full sized.

Thai House
This is my house in a small quiet neighborhood a little south of Chiang Mai. It is amazing the houses you can rent in Thailand at great prices. This place was especially inexpensive, however, the inside needs some painting and small renovations. But with great space and potential, it is hard not to love it!

Korean Air
The Korean Air flight that brought me across the Pacific. It was as comfortable as 14 hours in a seat could be I guess. I was able to catch up on some movies, nap, read, and then realize I wasn't even halfway to my destination.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed the pictures. I will try to post more in the near future as adventures unfold!

Leave a comment with your thoughts, questions, or other pictures I should post.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

I'm In the Airport!

As I write this, I am waiting in the Mobile, AL airport to board my plane and head to Thailand, I am so encouraged by the many people who have generously partnered with me and helped make this trip happen. I am excited to say that my trip is more than 4/5ths fully funded!

The support from so many people makes me even more excited to get to Thailand and focus on the challenges and opportunities in fighting human trafficking.

A huge thank you to everyone who is praying for my trip, and for those supporting me financially!

It is very exciting for me to be on my way to Chiang Mai, a big step towards joining the fight against human trafficking.

I will be flying into Atlanta, then on to Seoul after a long flight across the Pacific. Then one more flight and I arrive in Chiang Mai Thursday evening, local time.

For those who might be interested in learning more about human trafficking, and more broadly, injustice in the world, I would recommend a book I recently read called Good News About Injustice by Gary Haugen. It had some pretty good information covering the different injustices that exist, including human trafficking, why they exist, and how we can be involved in fighting for justice.

Prayers as I travel would be appreciated. I look forward to posting more on here as I arrive in Thailand and begin working. Leave a comment with any thoughts or questions.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

One Week Until I Fly to Thailand

In Less Than one Week I Will be on My Way to Thailand

I am amazed and humbled as funding for my trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand has begun to be supplied in several ways, and through many different people. What generous people God has raised up to join with me in fighting human trafficking!

I have also been amazed at the connections I have been able to make, meeting people who share a passion for combating modern slavery around the world. What an encouragement it is to know that there are people in many different places with different skills and abilities, but all engaged in the same goal - setting free those who are kept against their will.

I can't tell you how excited I am to get to Chiang Mai. I am looking forward to the opportunities and adventures that await me in the coming months.

With just a week to go, I am working at getting all the little details together - funding, gear, paperwork, and lots of other little things that would be good to do before leaving the country for over half a year!

But I can enthusiastically say that nothing is keeping me from going to Thailand, I have all the 'important' details together! My plane ticket and visa are paid for, and I have saved some money for the first few months of rent/expenses. If you are interested in supporting the work I'll be doing with Stop Slavery and keeping me in Thailand, visit How to Join in Support.

I am looking forward to sharing on here the adventures I'll find in Chiang Mai, and some pictures of the unique things I'm sure to find. Leave a comment if you have thoughts or questions. Visit the Contact Me page if you want to contact me more privately through email. You can also sign up for email updates at the bottom of the right sidebar.

Thank you for all your support, prayers and encouragement!