Scott Hodge


Heading to Thailand!

May 11, 2012


“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

In less than two weeks my family and I will be boarding a plane and heading to the other side of the world for a six-week excursion through the beautiful country of Thailand!  This will be my third visit there and my family’s first.  As you can imagine, we’re all very excited and looking forward to all of the crazy and unique experiences I’ll look forward to sharing with you about!

As of right now, our plan is to spend time wandering the urban concrete jungle, Bangkok (population approx 10 million), soaking in the beauty of Koh Samui and the surrounding islands down south in the Gulf of Thailand, and experiencing the rich Thai culture of Chiang Mai up north.  We’re going to get it all – CITY, BEACH, JUNGLE.  And while we do have a plan, we’re also holding onto it lightly and with a ton of flexibility so that we can move fluidly and quickly wherever and whenever we decide.  I’m also looking forward to seeing and hanging out with a handful of friends while we’re there (and making a few new ones)!

We are so thankful for our staff, board, leaders, church community, and friends who have all been incredibly supportive and excited with us!  My sense is that the time we’re away for is going to be a significant time for The Orchard as well.  Our team is strong, engaged, excited, and will continue to lead with excellence while we’re away.  They’re also preparing to launch a great follow up series to YOU 2.0 that I believe is going to be incredibly relevant and challenging for our entire tribe!  I can’t wait to hear what God does while we’re away!

While I’m not totally sure what our Internet situation will be throughout the trip (should be pretty good), I do hope to share some of our experiences with you via Twitter (which feeds to my Facebook page), Instagram, and here on my blog.  You can also sign up to receive all of my blog updates via email by entering your email in the box at the top right of this page.

Thank you everyone for your prayers and love!  I’m looking forward to a couple more weekends together with our Orchard tribe before we leave.  Our departure date is May 22nd and we’ll be returning the first week of July.

Google map links: Thailand, Bangkok, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai

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9 Responses to “Heading to Thailand!”

  1. dave gibbons says:

    excited for you, scott!!!

  2. John Lambert says:

    Scott, our family will be back in Chiang Mai by May 21st until the first week of June. Would love to connect with you if you are here. Shoot me an email.

  3. Tammy says:

    I am so excited for you to be able to take a break with your beautiful family in such an amazing place. Your break is well deserved and needed. We appreciate everything you do for The Orchard and will be praying for all of you to have relaxation, rest, and an unforgettable adventure together. Thankful for all of you!!

  4. Joni Ruhs says:

    I’m so excited for you. Can’t wait to hear the stories and see the pictures. We will miss you guys a ton!

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  6. Ben Hammond says:

    I miss Thailand. Say hello for me.

  7. Linda says:

    Scott we are so excited for you & your family! Our family had 2 opportunities to visit Thailand and they were amazing times. Our prayers are with your family as you spend this very special time together. We pray it will be a time of rest, renewal & excitement for all of you. May the Lord bless & keep all of you as you experience Him in Thailand.

  8. Patricia says:

    Hi Scott, we’ll be seeing you soon!

  9. Hey Scott! If you’re already going to be up north in Chiang Mai, it’s just a 3-hour, $6 bus ride from there up to Chiang Rai if you’re interested in visiting The SOLD Project’s Resource Center and seeing what we do first hand. It would be awesome if you had the chance to connect with our team on the ground. Our president, Rachel, will actually be there the second week of June for our Parent Meeting, which is always a fun time to visit. Chiang Rai is a great little city and we’d be glad to introduce you to the local culture, our staff, the kids, the village, and the beauty and hope of prevention in the battle against exploitation. Drop me a line and we can talk details…

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