Finishin’ Up

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The gang at night playing games, chatting and eating chocolate.

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Some of the boxes of rice that Feed My Starving Children provides. I can’t share my photos of Karen refugees carrying these over the border into Burma. For those of you, like me, who wonder what in the world we are doing helping, or partnering with, something illegal, it’s difficult to put into words. After a great discussion in the van today I’ve reconciled this with Jesus healing on the Sabbath….and no I am not drawing a direct comparison between myself and Jesus. Is it better to follow the rules of the land and let children literally starve (we aren’t talking hungry; we are talking chronic malnutrition with evident physical characteristics) or better to help? 

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Always fun to see what grows on the other side of the planet.

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#LifeGoals

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Stacy’s life motto

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Not my favorite part of the day. See patients for 5 hours straight with one 3 minute potty break; jump in van for 7 hour carnival ride; make PB&J on the road. Need more stopping to smell the roses.

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Iced “cooffee” makes it better.

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“Everybody’s got a water buffalo”

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It’s just impossible to capture the curviness of these roads.

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Hours and hours of this. Honestly after only an hour we stopped and I got out of the van and walked crooked. Felt like I was playing that stupid game where you put your head on a baseball bat, spin around, then try and run.

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Dinner of champions. We shared. Just couldn’t do the gas station reheated “food.”

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This gentleman is a Karen refugee. He made an illegal border crossing today to come see an eye doctor for the first time in his life. He is simply trying to survive. Unfortunately he requires cataract surgery. Out of nearly 500 refugees that we saw in the past 4 days, only 8 require surgery. That’s a very small number and means a surgical short term missions team is not fiscally responsible here. It makes no sense to send 500 patients further into Thailand for basic care, and it makes no sense to spend tens of thousands of dollars to bring a surgical team. This patient can apply for a visa that will allow him a few days in country to receive the care he needs. What does make sense is spend less than $100 per patient (mostly travel and food) to coordinate transportation with local missionaries who can take these patients to get care here in Thailand. Want to help? www.eyes4life.org

 

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