Tuesday, March 30, 2010


We are now home but I have a heart full of blog posts and I can include pictures this go around. Our last hotel was not blogger friendly. The government attempted a block on Facebook and Satan stepped in to stop the blogging. I truly believe it was warfare with our church checking up and praying on us from our blog posts.

While in Vnam, we took a modern day ricksaw ride. When talking about going, I called it a "rick a saw." Not until it was brought to my attention, did I realize I had added the syllable. The team got a kick that I could make even a "rick-a-saw" a little bit Kentucky. I was sure to point out to them that Vnam people even have KY plastered across the United States on the map so there is no need to downplay the effects of Kentucky on the planet!

We were a parade of about 9 folks on the ricksaw ride. We got quite a bit of attention. People stared to see the line of white folks going down the street. I would wave as if it were a parade and they would smile and wave back. Our drivers were thrilled to have the business. Amy reminded me to take note of how hard the people have to work to make a living.

Doesn't Fay look so stink'n cute in her "rick a saw." Wonder if her boys will get one for Christmas?

We drew attention wherever we went because we looked different. My heart knew that God would use our appearance as being different BUT I had to be obedient to Him to BE different!

Amy asked my driver if he would let me drive him. He agreed and others joined us. We pulled to the side of the road and switched seat. Wonder if that had ever happened to them before?

You can imagine the attention we drew then! Folks honked (which Vnam folks love their horns!) and waved at us. Not only did God speak to the hearts of our drivers but He spoke to the hearts of those that drove past.

Don't let this picture fool you, I was just saddling up! I kept in front of the gang and my little driver waved his #1 sign to the others. The other Vnam drivers attempted to pass but I would speed up, must be the KY Derby in me! The other Vnam drivers thought that was funny and probably in fear for the man I was driving, backed off.

I asked my driver (through Amy) if I was doing a good job. He said, yes and agreed to give me a job if I would move to Vnam. (I should have considered this with the long flight home ahead of me!)
We carried Bible tracts with us. How much more receptive do you think this guy was to the gospel after I paid and gave him a tip for me to do some of the work? I am reminded...
the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.... Matthew 20:28
Ricksaws may not be driving around in my town, but the ministry opportunities are! I saw 3 of them in the airport and on the plane. I am sure there were more that I missed. Be on the look out-I know you will be blessed and you might even have as much fun as I did on the "rick-a-saw!"


JottinMama said...

I love how you switched seats with the driver! I'm sure it just blessed their hearts to be served in that way!

So awesome.

Have a wonderful day!

Kate :)

Anonymous said...

How fun! I'm sure they were moved (haha) by that. Thank you for obeying the call of Christ Melanie. I can't think of anyone that would have served and loved more tenderly than you!


Are These Kids All Yours? said...

Loved that- I am sure that has never happened before. What a fun witness. Praying!!!

teachinmom said...

Love it!