We just returned to the village on Sunday after picking up A-Wa from the deaf school on Saturday. We were surprised to learn that our roommate (or rather housemate) who was interning in our village has moved out. He graduated a few weeks back which ended his internship and now he's looking forward to a more permanent position. It was a bit odd to come home to an empty house. Luckily our loneliness didn't last long; on Monday morning we woke to find a whole truckload of Bible students had arrived to help the new intern move in. (Incidentally, this was the first we had heard about a new intern... Such is life in an Akha village.)
The new intern is not from Akha Outreach Foundation; he's from another Bible college in Phayao which was started by OMF. He had been to our village several times this past year and we're really looking forward to getting to know him better. We had met a several of the his fellow students at various events and camps as well, but it was fun to spend time with this new crew of students and make some new friends.
Shortly after they arrived, everyone piled back into the truck to go fishing (Akha style) and we jumped at the chance to hang out with these new friends. Also, although Paul has been fishing with the boys in our village, I have never been, so I was itching to see what all the fuss was about! We had a great day fishing and feasting. And to make a great day even better, that evening 8 more friends from Chiang Rai came up to show the Jesus Film in a village near ours. It was really fun, and we even understood quite a bit of the Akha (it might have helped that we kinda knew the story), but by the end of it we could barely keep our eyes open. Needless to say, we slept well that night and were blessed to have gone from an empty house to a house full of friends.