The "Friending" Phenomenon
"Consider the Facebook phenomenon. People want to connect with others, even if it’s just to share a quick thought for the day or show a picture of a favorite pet. "
The recent elections ushered in many changes in the political landscape of the U.S., including a controlling majority party change in the U.S. House of Representatives. The weather in Chiang Mai suddenly dropped 20 degrees within the last week, marking an early transition into cool season this year.
On October 1, International Ministries entered a new fiscal year with a budget deficit. In many parts of northern and southern Thailand, the worst flooding in decades has brought the national flood death toll to 122 for this year. At the New Life Center, we are working on developing a new strategic plan for the next three-year project cycle, to start in May 2011. The exchange rate in Thailand recently dropped below 30 Baht to the dollar, diminishing the buying power of my salary.
We live in a remarkable, and rapidly changing world.
Consider the Facebook phenomenon. People want to connect with others, even if it’s just to share a quick thought for the day or show a picture of a favorite pet. The verb “befriend” has even changed, thanks to Facebook…now it’s called “to friend someone”. Call it what you like. I call it “a gift from God”. One thing I like about living in Asia is that people value friendships very highly. We take the time to chat with guests, gardeners, grocery store clerks and grandparents. It makes us less efficient, but at least we have taken the time for friends.
We chatted for about 10 minutes. Just a moment to touch base, and share our love and care for one another. People often ask me if my work at the New Life Center is worth it. I can't imagine anything more gratifying and worthwhile than "friending" young women like Pat.
Thanks so much for “friending” me with your financial support, prayers, letters and emails. Your partnership is vital to this ministry. For those of you who attend American Baptist churches, please remember that IM’s World Mission Offering, taken in the fall, is an important part of reaching out to the world with the life-giving gospel of Jesus Christ. If you have not yet done so, would you consider uplifting my work here by making a special, tax-deductable, year-end gift?