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Thank you from Ann Posey

WOW!  Smiles -  hugs  - music - notes - words - beautiful flowers - delicious food!  What a special time last Sunday was for our family as well as for me personally.  This was filled with deep meaning because for the last 49 years (we were members for about 14 years before I became organist!), you have modeled God’s love, forgiveness and caring for me and for our family.  We continue to be amazed and grateful for all the times you are God’s presence for us.        

In God’s Love, Ann Posey  

Posted by Terri Soper at Thursday, July 3, 2014
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Update from Thailand :: June 20

From June 20

Today part of our group flew from Chiang Mai to their beach destination in southern Thailand for family vacation. We said goodbye to them before their driver picked them up around 10 AM. The rest of us finished packing and did some last minute errands before our flight to Bangkok. The night before, Bryan had wanted to get a Thai massage. There were no openings available, so he made an appointment for this morning. When he returned from his massage, his quote was,  "Thai massage--OMG!" Apparently,  the rest of us need to get one, too.

Our driver picked us up about noon for our 2 PM flight to Bangkok. When we arrived at the ticket counter at the airport, Jason discovered that our names were not in the system. It turned out that our travel agent had booked us for that flight on the following day. The problem was quickly solved by booking us on today's flight with seats still available. Later, Jason told us that his greatest fear was that our agent had booked us on the Sunday Delta flight back to the US rather than the Saturday one. That would mean that Jason would not be available to preach on Sunday. Thankfully, we were booked on the right one.

After our arrival in Bangkok, we checked into our rooms and discussed our plans for the evening. We learned that some of the sights of interest in Bangkok had closed for the day or were closing soon, so we opted for massages and dinner. By all accounts the massages were amazing! We met for dinner at one of the hotel restaurants specializing in Japanese food. After some ice cream for dessert, we retired for the evening to prepare for a 6 AM local time flight from Bangkok to LA with a layover in Japan (Narita).


Posted by Terri Soper at Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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Update from Thailand :: June 19

From June 19

Today was intended as a time to relax and to process what we have experienced over the past several days. After breakfast, we boarded a van for a trip to Maesa Elephant Camp where Asian elephants are trained beginning at age 2-3. As we entered the park, we purchased bananas and sugarcane for feeding the elephants. Several elephants and their trainers were lined up for feeding. We held out the food in our hands, and the animals used their trunks to grasp the food and put it into their mouths. As we fed the elephants, their trainers called us over to pose with the elephants for pictures. The elephants  wrapped their trunks around our shoulders to give us gentle hugs. A little overzealous one made a mark on Sabra's neck. Tracy also experienced a little too much PDA. Oh, no! After feeding the elephants, trainers led the elephants into the water for baths, and we took more pictures.

Next, we went into an arena where the elephants played several games including soccer, basketball, and darts. They even painted pictures. The trainers dipped different brushes into the paint buckets and then allowed the elephants to grasp the brush handles with their trunks. The elephants then used very steady strokes to paint flowers or other natural scenes. Once we left the elephant camp, we made a stop at an orchid and butterfly park and another stop at a rug shop. After returning to our hotels, several of us went exploring in Chiang Mai. Five of us ate lunch at Duke's, a restaurant with plenty of Western food.

That evening we had our final meal as a combined group at The Riverside Restaurant in Chiang Mai. We enjoyed outdoor seating for 10 close the water. The temperature was pleasant with partial shade from the sun. We shared several dishes and had fun talking and laughing about our experiences.


Posted by Terri Soper at Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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