For those who follow the news, you'll know that the flooding in Bangkok has gone from bad to worse. In fact, its gotten so bad that the country has called for a national holiday, lasting until next Tuesday, just to give people a chance to flee the city. Because of everyone trying to get out of Bangkok, Chonburi is filled to the max. Apparently, there isn't a single room available now in any of the hotels, guesthouses or resorts here until well into November. We've definitely noticed an influx in traffic and busyness here. Its so sad to think that most of the people coming here are leaving everything they have, and it may all be under water in a matter of days (or already is).
The 'downer' for us in all of this, is that because of the flooding, all of the flights out of Bangkok to Chiang Mai are booked solid and we're having a hard time finding a flight out. We had hoped to leave tomorrow (Thursday) but at this point, we're not sure whether we'll be able to. Please PRAY that there will be a flight open for us. We are eager to get up to Chiang Mai so that we will have time to find a house before language school starts on Nov. 7th.
In other news, we spent a good portion of this morning, having a tour of the new ALH houses (the Abundant Life Home orphanage) here in Chonburi. Its incredible to see the 4 houses that have already been built and 1-2 of the houses are moved into already. When we came 2 years ago, they were still praying about buying land for the orphanage but nothing had started yet. So it was very cool to see the houses up now and the children enjoying their new homes. Jon spent most of the morning building blocks and tracks with one of the ALH boys, Apilak. He seemed to love the attention and even gave me a 'gift' when we left-- a yellow flower brooch. :) These kids are amazing and touch our hearts each time we get to see them/spend time with them.
The rest of the day has been spent trying to get the rest of our worker permit paperwork in order, as well as flights for Chiang Mai. We look forward to an evening dinner with the Sanchez family and some pastors that are here visiting from Bakersfield, California.
Anyway... that's it for now. I want to leave you with a little Francis Chan clip that a friend sent me yesterday. It was exactly the encouragement I needed and I hope it encourages you too! Please check it out HERE!
Hoping our next post will be from Chiang Mai... :)