Callahan Corner: Dec 21, 2014
As we were just celebrating our rice-harvest, and hoping for a few weeks of rest, we found that the government (who controls the flow of paddy irrigation water) were re-flooding the rice-paddys again…this week!
What that means is, if we want to plant a second-rice crop, we must start immediately—without taking any time-off. If we wait, there won’t be irrigation water for a planting. Our house fathers met together and decided that we cannot forego another planting, even if we must start back to work without any rest-time. Please pray for our house fathers as they labor to plant & tend the next crop.
At the rice-paddy land, the work on our boys dorm may need to be put on-hold for a couple weeks, while the men prepare the paddy and plant another rice crop.
“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2)
“Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.” (Proverbs 24:27)
One bit of work we will complete this week is the concrete retaining wall on the back-side of the dorm. The rice paddy is so close that the built-up soil will gradually fall away without the wall.
On Wednesday we checked the work progress and saw that the rented rice paddy (at left here) is already flooded and ready to be tilled into a soupy mud for planting the rice seeds.
Near the rice mill land, we took our visiting mission-helpers to visit a combination butterfly & orchid farm. This beautiful moth was about 9-10 inches across.
“Ever since God created the world, his invisible qualities, both his eternal power and his divine nature, have been clearly seen; they are perceived in the things that God has made. So those people have no excuse at all!” (Romans 1:20)
These are our good friends, Kuhn Tae (in red) and Kuhn Nui (in green). They’re wearing “rose-colored glasses” that I gave them as Christmas gifts. They’d cautioned me that Shirley & I are, “too trusting and only see the good in people”; they said we need to look more carefully. I told them the glasses would help them see everyone in a better light…more like Jesus. Amen? “The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Sam 16:7)
Enjoy the Christmas events and celebrations, but remember to pray for the children & families who are working so hard in Thailand.
“ Be joyful always, pray at all times, be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess 5:16-18)
Grace and peace to you in Christ,