Field Report: “Kirwins are okay in Ranong, Thailand! – big earthquake, tsunami hit”

Blessings to you all! (We have been blessed.)

Mark and I, Kai and Makani are here in balmy and tropical Ranong, Thailand (near Phuket) with Stephen and Bee–happy and safe. We were supposed to be on an island today which is now officially deemed as destroyed by a tsunami which hit at 10am this morning.

There was an 8.1 earthquake centered in Sumatra (south of us) which was a 8am this morning. The quake resulted in damage throughout Thailand and buried people. Very, very sad. It’s times like now where I thank God to have my family safe and well.

Here’s Stephen’s words to you all: I love you.

If you would like to reach us, please call Stephen’s cell phone: ……


I’m off to say a prayer and light some incense and get back to Mark and the kids at the hotel.

I would like to end this email with “nothing like a bit of adventure” or something more light except I can’t. If our travel plans worked as we originally wanted and we were on the boat to the icsland of Ko Phanom–we would be dead right now. And, I grieve for the those people on the islands Phuket, Ko Samui, etc.

Love to you all!