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Peter & Tatjana Bak
PO Box 61 Muang,
Chiang Rai 57000,

M. Peter      +66 (0) 85 719 9810
M. Tatjana      +66 (0) 81 169 6268


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In February, Peter had to leave the country to apply for a new visa in Laos to get back to Thailand. Due to circumstances, Peter had to stay there for 6 days. Because we weren't working on visa stuff every day, there was also time to do other things. We spent some time exploring the area, including seeing and climbing the Laotian ARC the Triumph. We also went to a company which processes nuts into oil, flour, protein powder and bakes products with it. We also wanted to see what the night market was like there; we even got to eat crocodile. The nice thing was that even though we were in another country we were able to communicate with the Laotians using the Thai language. Peter received his visa, which allowed us to return to our home in Thailand.

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After years of having problems with my menstrual cycle and the past 2 years even worse than before, I finally decided, in December, to get a hysterectomy done. We went to Chiang Mai to get this done and the view from my hospital room was amazing. Peter stayed with me the entire time to help take care of me with the none medical stuff. This is quite normal in Thailand.
The day of and after the surgery I wasn’t allowed to eat anything but after that I got liquid food and several days later I was back to eating solid food. For breakfast they gave me a hamburger and salad but I didn’t care, I loved it.
Recovery takes 6 to 8 weeks and for many this is paired with a lot of pain. The pain decided to take a break in my case but I was very tired and ended up sleeping quite a bit. But that too will pass and this time permanently because I will no longer have Anemia now that that thing is out. I look forward to when I’ll be completely healed and have more energy than before.
I want to thank everyone who prayed for me, sent me a card, or thought of me in other ways.





It’s 7 in the morning, the sun is just starting to rise and I’m taking a walk outside our neighborhood to get in shape. At first I couldn’t get much further than the 15 minutes it takes to walk through our neighborhood but I’ve gotten to the point where an hour of walking is easy. My energy levels are better than they were before the surgery and is relatively stable. Because I can now walk further than before, I get to see more of nature in our area. It’s really awesome to be able to see the rice fields growing from little tiny plants into full grown rice plants. Some days the rice fields are flooded because the farmer opened his little dam and the next its dry because the rice only needs sun at that time and the farmer has closed the dam. It starts off with a beautifully plowed field followed by little blades of grass peaking out through the dirt. It then continues to grow and turns into a beautiful field of light green that almost looks like grass and then later the color turns a deep green and when it is finally time to harvest it is almost a gold yellow color. I hope these fields will remain rice fields and not be turned into building development plots because so many rice fields in our area have already disappeared to make space for more buildings.



CRICS 20 years

altThis past November Chiang Rai International Christian School (CRICS) turned 20. When we first came to Thailand in 2006, we visited the Family Learning Center or FLC as it was then still called. From 2007 on our three boys started studying at this school, they learned to speak, read, and write English there and a lot of other things too of course. Tatjana spent 10 years working 1 day a week in the school’s library and this allowed her to be very involved in the goings on at the school. Peter regularly helped think through construction projects and came to the school to watch sports and other things that the boys did at school. This school has meant a lot to our family over the years and we wanted to make sure we attended the 20th anniversary celebration. Chester is no longer a student at the school but he still spends quite a bit of time there helping them with IT and sound whenever needed. Because of him school is still not completely out of our lives. It was amazing to see the growth the school has gone through over the years. They started out with classes of about 3-5 students and they have now grown into classes with 15 or more students. It was very good to be able to celebrate with so many friends!


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