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Kansas, “Mission, Kansas” Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Robert Bowling, Bandon Dunes, Golf, Oregon, “Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Caddie, Caddy, Professional Caddie, Rob Bowling, Bob Bowling, 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 theExtreme 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! Bob@DigitalMission.us
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Site design and all photos Copyright 2007-13, Robert Bowling Visitors to this site since 9/1/08 Now serving in Southeast Asia Based in SE ASIA “My command is this: Love each other as  I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15: 12 “Life! in Pictures. Current NEWS from DigitalMission: I’m not able to visit USA this summer, but am still hoping for September or else Christmas time. THANK  YOU to those who have prayed about getting a BETTER, SAFER TRUCK. I was able to buy a 4×4 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 mountain roads. 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 fool who gives up what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose. – Jim Elliot, Missionary 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.
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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, (Karen tribe.) 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 Melanoi, Thailand. Orphans from Burma/Myanmar, now at a children’s home near Mae Sot. SUMMER  2013: 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! ­