By Paul Vernon on Dec 9, 2013 in Ministry Updates | 0 Comments
We know that most of you have been following this on facebook and other social media outlets, but for those of you who have not been getting those updates we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our third child – a boy this time – sometime between now and Christmas.
Many of you have been asking about how Lori is doing and we wanted to share that she is handling this pregnancy better than the rest of the family! The weather in Thailand has been beautiful for the past month, making it much more pleasant to be 9 months pregnant. Lori has really been comfortable and peaceful this last month as she waits for the little guy’s arrival but Paul and the rest of the staff at Akha Outreach are jumping every time the phone rings, and Abi and Izi are starting to wonder if their little brother is ever coming out to play. Please hold all of us in your prayers, and keep your eyes here for updates as soon as we have news for you!
We hope you are all enjoying the anticipation of the Christmas season and look forward to connecting again with many of you during our America 2014 travels. More details to come!
By Paul Vernon on Oct 15, 2012 in Ministry Updates | 5 Comments
Life with our Akha friends has been full of adventures, from arriving at a funeral covered in mud to extracting teeth, from naming children to burying loved ones. Each of these adventures has been a part of the history we have built here over the past seven years. As we have patiently earned relational equity, God has continued to change and challenge us in ministry, and most recently He is challenging us to oversee production of Akha language media – movies, clips, music – and empower the Akha people to share their own stories and lives. We’re doing this in partnership with Project Video and Akha Outreach Foundation under the banner of Akha Outreach Media.
We are in the middle of dubbing a major production, the Book of Acts, into Akha, but because it is the season for bamboo worms we paused the Acts project to put together a short video to teach the lesson of James 1 which teaches about our path from Preperation to Pain to Perseverance to Perfection. The video is centered around a typical Akha experience: the gathering of bamboo worms in the early fall.
Our entire family went up for a weekend to work on this film with our Akha team of actors and production crew. In our 7 years here, we have grown comfortable eating what we like to call “exotic” foods, but can still relate to the many people who would simply call them “gross”. Intestines, fat, skin, hair, blood, fermented meat, raw meat, birds, dog, bugs and worms have all become common encounters. A few of these items have become favorites, but some still require a big breath before I dive in. Bamboo worms fall in this last category.
But our girls have grown up in a world where a bamboo hut is more common than a skyscraper, and where bamboo worms are as much of an annual experience as a turkey at thanksgiving. So it is through their eyes that I want to share with you the joy of eating bamboo worms:
By Paul Vernon on Mar 27, 2012 in Ministry Updates | 3 Comments
It’s March, which means we’ve just finished the busiest ministry season here in Northern Thailand. Share with us in all our family, ministry and life adventures here in Northern Thailand through our newest Video update:
Thanks for taking the time to catch up with us, feel free to drop us a comment below or a message on facebook so we can stay connected to you!
By Paul Vernon on Mar 6, 2012 in Ministry Updates | 1 Comment
We have just finished the busiest ministry season here in Thailand (October – March) and have a number of updates we want to share with you over the next few weeks, but first we wanted to share the video that the team over at Media Light put together for the Pure Water project we were able to take part in, giving water filters for clean water for all the Akha families in Ayui Akha Village, Doi Maesalong.