|The view of Chiang Mai from my hotel room.|
I was very disappointed by the small number of Africans present at the conference. Part of reason was a logistical problem - registration for the conference was done online with credit cards, and many African nations do not yet use credit cards as it is a cash society. But there also needs to be much more exposure in Africa to the BAM movement. Since Africa is projected to become an economic world power in the next twenty years (with an annual growth rate projected at 6%, compared to 1.8% in the US), then we need to be equipping these leaders with Business as Mission principles and values.
|These little vehicles are everywhere, along with the bicycles and carts.|
Because the the large number of people from closed countries, we were not allowed to take pictures at the event, in order to protect those persons. So I don't have pictures of the conference, but did take some pictures in Chiang Mai.
Roxanne DeGraaf (Partners Worldwide staff, friend and former colleague) and I toured the old city of Chiang Mai. It is home to over 300 temples - seemingly every 100 feet or so.
Pretty amazing buildings.
The inside of one of the temples.
This is not something for the extremely ticklish person. It feels like hundreds of little shocks going through your feet...or like your feet are falling asleep. A couple of little shrieks got out of me...but it really was pretty cool. I think this would catch on in the US!
Two of my favorite men, Lou Haveman (from Grand Rapids) and Daniel Jean-Louis (from Haiti). Love these guys!
Because of flight issues, I will be in Chiang Mai until Friday, at which time I will then return to Kenya, arriving back in Kitale on Sunday. Please join with me in prayer for the message of Business as Mission to spread throughout Africa!