Editor’s Note: Sandi Blalock, of Greeneville, shared this information about a trip to Asia she took with her daughter this summer.

My daughter Leigh Ann and I traveled to Asia in May, between her finishing her semester at school and starting her summer job.

We wanted to do a mission trip together and couldn’t find an organized one in our window of time, so we contacted Action Ministries and came up with our own trip.

The plan was to do a week of missions in Nepal, but Nepal’s first elections in 20 years changed that.

Because there were IEDs found at candidates’ homes, some intense political rallies and a lot of transportation issues, most everything we were supposed to do was canceled.

We stayed with a missionary family in Katmandu, and they tried to find other ways for us to minister, but ended up taking us to do several “touristy” things instead.

The only ministry we were able to be a part of was a women’s worship and helping a few people with their English.

One great day was an elephant safari, with new friends from Nepal and Great Britain, at Chitwan National Park. There we were excited to spot a one-horned rhino, only found in in northern India and Nepal.

When we left Nepal, we stopped in Bangkok, Thailand, for a day and half to be tourists and see the temples.

A visit to the Grand Palace in Bangkok was one of the highlights.

Then we spent three days in Shenzhen, China, with a friend who is teaching there for a couple of years, before heading home.