Tag Archives: Burma

Community Garden – Women’s Work

We’ve written a short blog for Kitchen Gardeners International, who provided our community garden with a micro-grant for the past two summers.  Here’s the story about how a group of resilient women can help to transform a community.  http://kgi.org/blog/spencergarrett/spencer-garrett-community-garden-womens-work

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Burma. Family.

You are our greatest gift–our family, our dearest, lifelong friends.  We’ve known this.  After returning from Burma, this realization has gone deeper than we knew it could.

Our time was well spent in Burma; we grew great relationships, shared love from family to family, waged some peace, and saw some beautiful places.  It wasn’t until we returned home and met with our friends and family here, delivering gifts, photos, and greetings from Burma, that we realized how special was our trip there.  In processing our time and relationships, new and old, we’re left speechless, but this is our best attempt at describing our heartfelt emotions and enormous experiences in Burma and Saudi Aurora. Continue reading

Summer Update in Pictures

In less than two days, we’ll be boarding a jet bound for Yangon, Burma.  We’ll be spending almost three weeks in that mysterious country (it’s between Thailand and India, and has been largely isolated from the world, a pariah of sorts, until the past few years).  The purpose of our trip is to explore our faith (you have to get out of your comfort zone to challenge your faith); to be a bridge between our Burma family in Aurora and our extended Burma family still living there (you’ll recall the “unreachable” feeling many refugees feel); and to bring a message of peace, unity, hope, and love to our fellow humans living in Burma.

We plan to have lots of stories and updates upon our return.  Stay tuned.  But here’s what we’ve been up to (in photos) the past few months:  Continue reading

Soccer Walls and Updates

Despite the human rights abuses, the poverty, the corruption, and the waste, I’m still a nut for the World Cup. I love seeing competition bring people together, watching which players will show their best and which will show their worst. I love seeing the greatness of the world’s elite athletes on full display. I love the battle for position, the chess-like strategy, the heroics, the scrapy-ness of the smaller countries, and the pressure on the perennial powerhouses.

A few weeks ago, before all the excitement bubbled over in Brazil, an organization I’ve been friendly with, the Burma Community Rangers Organization, Continue reading

Unreachable

I’ve been haunted for a few weeks now by an interaction I had with my friend, Hung. One evening towards the end of the summer, I went to our community garden by myself to hang up some square boards that the kids in the community had painted pictures on the week prior.  I was thinking about the symbolism behind “hanging up art” in a new home or in the community: Would this garden and its impact be here to stay? Continue reading