birthday girls

Same day, same year… It is pretty amazing how the Lord called both Faye and I to serve Him among the Thai-yai for this period of time. What’s even more interesting and amazing is how Lori’s birthday was in June (same year), and Dave’s was in May (same year). And Lilli was baptized on Faye’s and my birthday (not the same year!). So 1978 was a pretty special year and July 12th is a pretty special day. Somebody was praying back then and before then that God would call some people to go work with the Thai-yai… So if you fall into this 1978 and/or July 12th phenomenon, you qualify to join our team. 🙂

This was also the last time for a while that Faye and I would be able to celebrate our birthday together, as she leaves too soon in a few short weeks. Of course, it’s for a good reason she’s going home!

The YWAM team from Turner Valley arrived today, just in time to help celebrate over dinner. Here they are adjusting their party hats and practicing blowing those things that pop out – I don’t know what they’re called. Those pop out thingys. Seems good enough.

Later in the evening, it turned out there was a surprise birthday party for Faye and I in another village – where the short-term team that Faye and Dave are hosting are staying. The kids that the team is teaching English to made cards for Faye and I, and the team had brought “Ugly Dolls” for us. I had stayed back in the city to hang out with my newly arrived team and friends, so Faye brought the cards and gifts home for me. The Ugly Doll given to me is the blue one pictured above (Ice Bat) and he apparently thinks I’m cool, according to the card that’s attached to him. Faye’s has two sides to it (given name “Bop and Beep”). I’ve never heard of “Ugly Dolls” before. Are they big back home? What’s with them?

Anyhow, it’s been a good day. Thanks for all your e-mails, Facebook wall greetings, text messages, phone calls, presents, cards and most of all your prayers. Thanks for making this day special. Please pray that in this next year of my life I’d do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with my God (Micah 6:8).

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