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Exactly one year ago I had a fantastic trip back to USA to visit friends and family. I also was given a
gift of a plane ticket to my high school reunion in Atlanta, Georgia, and then a fishing trip in Daytona
Beach, Florida with my best buddy from those days, Martin! And in August, several friends from
Oregon pitched in to begin the "Extreme Dorm Makeover" for the Hmong kids. $900 was a great
start for this process. In remembering last summer (this summer I am staying in Thailand), I just want
to again say a huge THANK YOU to all of you who I visited with and who asked questions about my
life in Thailand and some who even donated to help out DigitalMission and/or the Hmong kids.
Last month I shared a story from a Bruce Wilkerson book, "Secrets of the Vine." This month I have a
more personal story about a friend of mine:
Last summer I met with this friend for coffee (I had an orange juice) at a shop in Lake Oswego,
Oregon. It was great to see him sitting at the table waiting for me. Over many years he has been a
friend of the family and helped my mom out on a number of occasions. Though not a donor to
DigialMission, he often wrote encouraging email replies to my updates.
After a little small talk, he said, "Let me show you something." And he grabbed a piece of
newspaper and wrote down some figures as he told me a story. (Not sure about the exact figures,
but that doesn't really matter. The money is not the point. The attitude is.)
He said, "We pay $155 a month for our high-speed Internet, TV, and telephone landline. My wife
and I both have cell phones, so the landline can go, so that saves $40 right there. And I called up
about the absolute cheapest cable TV - that they don't seem to want to tell you about - and it was
only $24.95. So that saved another $50. Plus we travel a lot to see our kids and grandkids, so we're
use to checking email either at their house or a coffee shop. And there are several coffee shops a
short walk from our own house, so we figured we could just take a nice walk while we're at home and
save the home Internet cost, too!"
At first I couldn't imagine why he was explaining details of his monthly budget to me, but then he
came to the punch line: "Well, if you notice, Bob, all these savings come up to $130 dollars. So we
would like to take $50 of that and give it toward your ministry in Thailand. We also sponsor another
missionary in Central America, and we'll bump him up a little bit, too.
I was awestruck. A tear was in my eye and a lump in my throat. On one hand we're talking about
monthly budget issues and where/how we get our media, and on the other hand, I have just
witnessed that someone is actually SACRIFICING something important in order to help me out. I
certainly didn't expect this of them, or anyone else. But it was a powerful message to me, not so
much about $50 a month, but about someone caring, and also someone who wanted to simplify
their life in America, to help people in other countries. It lifted my spirits so much. And I knew these
folks were retired teachers and not exactly rich.
This man's name is Cliff Russell. Some of you knew him at Mountain Park Church in Lake Oswego. I
got word in February that he passed away suddenly at age 64. I cried the whole evening. What a
gem of a Christian man, helping out my mom at times when I wasn't around, and then sacrificing to
help me out here in Thailand. He also went on several mission trips to Central America. I am
reminded of this verse when I think about Cliff and miss him: (Color added for emphasis.)
"Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your (heavenly) inheritance, the kingdom
prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me
something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you
invited me in... I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you visited me." And in
verse 40, King Jesus adds: "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these,
you did for me."
- Matthew 25:34,35,40
Well, I am not working with starving African people, and I am not a preacher or even an engineer. I
am a media guy who is also trying to help out a children's dorm. Perhaps I'm the least of the
missionary people. But I sure do thank Cliff, and Patti, for helping me out. He was a gem, and I pray
his reward will be great. I know he followed the spirit of that verse for many years.
Please remember the "Extreme DORM Makeover" to BLESS the Hmong kids! Click the
Dorm Blessing Project button to the upper right for details.And please think about
spreading the word, sharing the link to this site. There is a lot more that needs to be done!
As you probably know, I don't "work" in Thailand for money. I help mission groups and individuals
with my daily life and my skills, mostly doing photography and video. It's because of YOU that I can
be sent out to do this. I rely on financial support from friends and family, mostly in America. Thank
you for helping. I m still short on my monthly donations, and the Dorm needs a lot of help, too!
Email me if you'd be like to donate, or if you'd be serious about praying for me. (I send out
a special prayer email every month or so.) And THANK YOU if you already do pray for me and
DigitalMission. Being here is a "dream come true" to be able to use my talents to help people in
Thailand. (I'm even learning the Thai language.. very difficult, but I'm plodding along!)
Make it a great day... God Bless you as He leads you on your own adventures. Let me know how I
can pray for YOU!
|Links to pages on this site:
Site design and all photos
Copyright 2007-13, Robert Bowling
Visitors to this site since 9/1/08
Now serving in Southeast Asia
other as I
have loved you.
has no one
than this, that
he lay down
his life for his
John 15: 12
"Life! in Pictures."
Current NEWS from
I'm not able to visit USA this summer, but
am still hoping for September or else
THANK YOU to those who have prayed
about getting a BETTER, SAFER
TRUCK. I was able to buy a 4x4 Ford
Ranger this spring. It's a 2001 four-door
with a canopy on the back, and a
turbo-diesel motor for good fuel mileage.
It will be much safer on the highways and
AHOO's run: It has been an absolutely
AMAZING spring for my friend Ahoo.
First, he got baptized back in February,
and now he has accomplished his dream
of running from the Burma border to
Bangkok, 888km, 550 miles! He and his
running buddy Lance, 56, from Canada
completed "21 Marathon's in 21 days",
a record for Thailand. Congratulations
Lance and Ahoo!
CLiCK to enlarge.
I have a 501(c)(3) you can send to so
you get a TAX BREAK on donations!
Please email me and I will send you
the details. You can give toward DM
general fund, the Hmong dorm
project, or towards a plane ticket so I
can visit USA this fall or Christmas!
"He is no
- Jim Elliot,
Hello! My name is Robert Bowling. I am a Media Consultant and Missionary from Portland, Oregon, now living in SE
Asia. On these pages you'll find information and photos on my current projects as well as the best of my older work.
I've worked for three newspapers as a photojournalist and travelled to 31 countries. I've worked for Northwest
Medical Teams in Romania, Albania Health Fund in Albania, Young Life in Italy, taken five trips to Thailand to help
folks working with tribal people, and worked in Panama on the motion picture, End of the Spear. CLICK on the links
on the upper right to read more about working on a movie set, and also about Holocaust survivor Alice Kern, and our
trip to Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. It won "Best Feature Story" from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers
Association in 1999.
|Awestruck by a modern sacrifice to help me.
CLICK photos to enlarge
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
in many lives
through the Mission
groups I am helping.
Ahoo and Lance receive awards
for running from Burma to
Bangkok in 21 straight days.
That is 888km or 550 miles!
The old and the Young,
Laughing Karen ladies,
Karen tribal Christmas.
Akha kids using a "clean water system"
installed by a work team from USA.
Blind beggar at Doi Suthep
temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Artography print of the Bless Chiang Mai rally at Ta
Pae Gate. More than 1000 Thai's were there,
praying for their country.
A Lahu man smokes a cigar.
Lahu kids celebrate the Lahu New Year in
January, at Nong Keaow village.
Karen communion service near
Orphans from Burma/Myanmar, now at
a children's home near Mae Sot.
Thai people praying at Bless Chiang Mai rally.
Akha ladies sell their crafts at a Resort near Tha Thon.
Bob and his four "kids"!
(Click to enlarge photo.)
Akha tribal lady sells bracelets.
Hmong dorm PROJECT
needs more help, let's
Bless the village kids!