Since I last wrote a few things have happened:
The day I held my speech for Women’s day I was actually voted Woman of the year in my hometown, Levanger. That was a huge honor, and something I am still trying to understand fully. I don’t exactly feel like a Woman of the year.
Then I went to Burma and met my friends, the Rohingya again. Sadly, their situation is not getting any better. In many ways, it is getting worse. While there we heard rumors of new attacks, and as soon as I had left, the attacks did indeed resume. I can only try to imagine the fear and desperation.
I went from Burma to Thailand, and I am currently in Chiang Mai, enjoying day two of our annual staff retreat. It has been a time of great blessing for me. The biggest blessing being able to talk face to face with so many of our staff, and realizing that the people I work with are some of the most amazing people in the world? Why? Not because they are so beautiful, strong, smart and fit, although some are that too. No, they are amazing because they stick with it. They work hard with little resources, such as money. They work in difficult conditions, for many of them this is a foreign country. They work against the tide for the most times. Many of them work alone. Many more work without any salary at all. Many consider going to Starbucks a luxury that they can’t really afford.
I look at them and I am so thankful that God has put them in my life. Some of them can be annoying at times, but so can I. Some of them blow it at times, but so do I. Some of them are not qualified for the job they are doing, but neither am I. The main thing I like about them is their commitment and their courage. They are my heroes.