Wednesday, June 11, 2014

WOYWW: My Desk on Board the Treasure Junk

This was my desk yesterday.
I was on the deck of the Treasure Junk
on Halong Bay, Vietnam.
As it was early in the morning,
the crew was diligently cleaning 
and sprucing up the place.

I read about the widow who 
helped Elijah by sharing the little oil
and meager flour she had left.
But Elijah was a man of God
and when she helped him,
she too was able to eat for a year!

When we are generous,
when we open our heart and give,
you never know what can happen!
God's economy is different 
from the world's economy!

We went on a boat ride to visit
a Pearl farm and a floating village.
The people were very poor
as you can imagine.

Paddling the boat was backbreaking work.
Our boat woman was especially pitiful
as she was old and seemed miserable.
My brother Robert started drawing her
even if she would glance at him
with disapproval.
But when we came to a stop,
she pointed to his sketchbook,
and Robert gave her the sketch.

She proudly showed it to the other boat woman
and suddenly her face brightened with a big smile!
After that, instead of paddling with a sour face,
she was smiling, and had so much energy!!!
When we share our gifts with others,
we can brighten their day!

This is my son Josh holding a million...
Vietnamese Dongs! 
It is worth P2060 or U$ 47.20.
Everyone is a millionaire in Vietnam!!!

We stayed for 2 nights in the New Vision Hotel
along Hang Bo in the Old Quarter.
To get to Room 304, you had to climb
6 flights of stairs!!!
No wonder it was super cheap
at $7.34 per person per night!

Staying in the Old Quarter was great though!
So many interesting places,
businesses, people....

There were always fresh flowers everywhere.

Motorcycles were ubiquitous too!
It was difficult to cross the streets 
if you were timid!
Somebody said there were 
5 million motorbikes in Hanoi!!!

I was fascinated with the little tea shops 
that sprouted in the sidewalks!
They would just spread out little plastic stools
and people would sit there relaxed 
as if they were in a Paris cafe!
Even foreigners would be unafraid to 
take tea or drip coffee,
unmindful that these places had
no running water to wash their cups!!!

The hustle and bustle of Hanoi stressed me out,
but as soon as we got to Halong Bay
for our 2 night tour, it was so relaxing.

We enjoyed the beautiful scenery of 
endless limestone pillars and isles,
and eagles flying above.

We had Tai chi in the morning,

and made spring rolls in the afternoon.

And after kayaking and swimming

there was a 5 course meal to sustain you!

Lots of shrimps and yummy salads!
And of course, my favorite-
spring rolls!

It was a great trip, a feast for the eyes, ears,
nose and mouth!

"Renew the face of the earth!" Psalm 104:34. 
Our Vietnamese guide said that Christianity 
was the only faith growing here in Vietnam! 
I thought that was great news especially 
as it was Pentecost Sunday. 
Sometimes the Spirit is a mighty wind 
but sometimes He is quietly 
changing hearts and minds. 
The Church is expanding 
almost everywhere today. 
Across the world, except in the 
Middle East, Europe and America, 
thousands come to Christ each day! 
More than 500 new churches are formed every day! 
Exciting times!



  1. Wow! Your pictures made me feel like I was there with you. Such beauty. Praise God Christianity is growing and God is working one heart at a time to change lives. Loved this post and the art work.

  2. Thank you for inviting us along with you. I enjoyed this post and the blessing you gave the old woman.

  3. awesome post. Thank you for posting such nice photos! I have several Vietnamese friends and they are some of the nicest people ever! The million dong reminded me of a song by Katie Melua called 9 Million Bicycle in Bejing because just everyone there rides a bike. Have a great week! Vickie

  4. Anonymous11:35 PM

    Beautiful photos! What an awesome journey. Thanks for sharing it with us at Testimony Tuesday.

  5. Hi patsy
    OMG that has to be the most beautiful desk position I have ever seen on WOYWW. It is such a beautiful country I'm sure it would make anyone want to paint. You may not have seen that there is no link up this week as Julia was taken I'll on holiday in Spain and is in hospital... See LLJ blog for details. You never did send me your address for the ATC swap I hope you got mine ... Although I can see you have had other things in your mind this week. Enjoy the rest of your holiday
    Janet Fairythoughts

  6. WOW it sounds like you had a very interesting time, smells, noises, views and tastes. You card is so lovely as usual. Thank you for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday. God Bless You!
    Carole Robb Bisson

  7. It looks like an AMAZING trip. I pray that you were able to share the love of Jesus with many people, and that you had a blessed time of family and fun. Cherish those memories forever! Thanks so much for sharing them with us.
    Love you, my friend.
    Word Art Wednesday

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    1. Such an encouraging post, Patsy! I'm so glad you were able to get away and refresh yourself! Halong bay looks like a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Nice trip, thanks for sharing. Saludos

  10. These paintings are beautiful. The widow with the oil is breathtaking.

  11. The widow is so beautiful!

  12. What an amazing trip you are having! I never knew there was such beauty in Vietnam. How precious of your son to share his picture with the woman. It is good to hear how God is moving in other countries. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!
    Blessings, Deborah

  13. Okay, you win the prize for the most inspiring desk! What an amazing journey. Thank you so much for taking us with you during this post. Loved it! Diane #40

  14. What wonderful photos!! I just love your work desk on the deck, it must have been very inspiring sitting there!! Happy WOYWW.
    Janene #55

  15. I love that you took your supplies. You trip looks Lima a dream.

  16. Your trip looks like a dream. Thank you for sharing your stories and photos.

  17. Yes thanks for sharing your incredible experience with lovely photos and a generous heart.Be well Carole #65

  18. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, I find the memories from these kind of holidays stay with you forever, making you realise how lucky you are.
    At least the tourists bring much needed work for the people who live there.
    Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela #45


I am so glad you dropped by! You are a blessing!
:^) Patsy