Hello Dear friends,
Yes, we’ve gone from South Carolina, to Florida, on to Texas, and now have returned to Gaffney S.C. Whew…getting tired of living out of a suitcase. But, what great times we’ve had with family, with friends, and meeting new folks (making new friends :).
Meanwhile, here are some recent activities and prayer concerns from Thailand.
Nathan, from Home of Comfort dorm, is very serious about doing well in school. Here he is studying with a special math & science tutor. We’re proud to say that Nathan asked for this extra study time.
“Teach the wise, and they will become even wiser; teach good people, and they will learn even more.” (Prov 9:9)
These are the little boys from our newest home: Home of Light—they’re helping their house mother to collect trash at a local Buddhist school.
“Children, it is your Christian duty to obey your parents, for this is the right thing to do.” (Eph 6:1 )
Joseph, at Home of Light, was abandoned by both of his parents. He was living with his poor grandmother who left him alone all-day while she worked in the fields. In the remote village, he had no opportunity to attend school, and barely enough food to eat. That village is known for drug trafficking and violence. “He [God] led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me.” (Psalm 18:19)
One of our families is trying to raise a pig in this homemade pen. They hope it will grow and provide plenty of meat in the fall.
“What’s important in all this is that if you keep a holy day, keep it for God’s sake; if you eat meat, eat it to the glory of God and thank God for it…” (Rom 14:6)
Our friend Joel visited Chiang Mai from Texas this summer and helped us take some beautiful portrait photos of our girls…this is Rhoda in her tribal culture clothes. She is a top student in her school, and she enjoys learning to play piano, and doing unique tribal dances. “you are God’s child, and God will give you the blessing he promised, because you are his child.” (Gal 4:7)
This week we heard troubling news: Our Benjamin, of Home of Grace, has suddenly been taken to the hospital with serious kidney problems. Though our information is sketchy, it appears the doctors are recommending dialysis treatments be started immediately. “Jesus heard this and told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” (Mark 2:17)
All of our children come from poverty. This is a typical home in one of the mountain villages. There is no running water, no sewer system, no local school, no access to medical care, and no work but the mountainside farm fields where all the work is done by hand. “The wicked will go to the grave…But those who have troubles will not be forgotten. The hopes of the poor will never die.” (Psalm 9:17-18)
Please pray for Benjamin—that God will give the doctors clear understanding of how to help him, and that our little guy will regain good health quickly.
“But for you who honor me [God], goodness will shine on you like the sun, with healing in its rays.” (Malachi 4:2)
May God bless you and keep you,