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Celebrating the rice harvest

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)

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“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.

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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.

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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)

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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)

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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,

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