The blessings of this trip started right away. The entire 36 hour journey from Atlanta, GA to Chiang Rai, Thailand could not have been smoother. Our connection in Seoul was a breeze and our overnight in Bangkok, although it seemed a little sketchy at times, went incredibly well. It gave us 3 ½ hours of sleep in a real bed, hot showers, and a great breakfast. I’ve never passed through customs so easily, and although waking up miserably sick by the time we landed in Seoul, when we hit Chiang Rai I felt like I was back to 100%. So everyone out there who prayed for our safe travel, thank you…we felt the prayers every step of the way.

The thought that hit me the first day here was “I didn’t know this was possible”. I didn’t know I could love people that I had never met. But when I arrived here in Chiangrai, I knew I did. I knew that I already loved the girls at House of Grace. Watching these girls, spending time with them, being overwhelmed by their selfless love, I cannot even begin to comprehend how anyone could reject them, and belittle their worth to that of trash. Their spirits and their hearts are so pure. True joy pours effortlessly from them. They have stolen my heart and I know that I will never get it back. I can’t help but feel that I will never have enough time here. Never enough time to get to know them completely, to understand their hearts, to capture images of their souls. What a privilege and honor to be documenting just a tiny piece of their story. I am not worthy. But I am called. And for that I am grateful.

- Hannah Brandau


Let's pray that today, and through the entirety of this project, Hannah and Sarah would both be blessed with amazing and tremendous physical fortitude in the midst of new climates, unpredictable schedules, new diet, and sicknesses they aren't used to. Pray that God gives them the health and rest to see this project through with His grace.

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    Anonymous said...

    wow. thanks for he update Hannah. God's love is an amazing thing, and when he gives an overflow of it for us to bestow on others, the effect is amazing.
    Charge on.

  1. ... on February 11, 2009 at 12:18 PM  
  2. Ruth Ann said...

    wow Hannah. I cannot wait to hear more of your story. Of their story. Of God's story. For are not all ours lives bound together in a way through God, and He has already written our stories down, before the foundations of the world began? It's an amazing thing to see His power and His grace in our lives and other's lives. Keep pressing on. Thank you for inspiring me.

    Love you!

  3. ... on February 11, 2009 at 8:08 PM  
  4. Micah said...

    This is inspiring! I will continually be in prayer for you both!

  5. ... on February 19, 2009 at 11:20 AM