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Callahan Corner for Jan 31, 2016

Hello friends,

I suspect that many of you have watched the TV program “Dirty Jobs”, in which the star learns to do some of the dirtiest jobs imaginable.
Well this week we can share about a “dirty job” of our own…draining one of our fish ponds.
“Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.” (Prov 13:4)

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Each year we pump out the pond-water and harvest all of the fish from the pond. It is a dirty/muddy job for the house fathers and the older boys. But, they actually seem to enjoy getting covered in the mud and catching the fish!
“he [Jesus] said, “and try to understand. It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.” (Mark 7:15)

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As the water gets drained, what’s left near the bottom is a thick and soupy mud in which the fish are hiding.
“he [Jesus] said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” (Luke 5:4)

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This is one of the many baskets of fish that were recovered…as you may notice, a crab has also been plucked from the pond. Our families were rewarded by eating some of the harvest in a fish-fry banquet.
“Happy are those who respect the LORD and obey him. You will enjoy what you work for, and you will be blessed with good things.” (Psalm 128:1-2)

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Meanwhile, at Home of Promise, the girls are happy to have new bikes provided through the Christmas generosity of a faithful sponsor.
“you know how to give good things to your children. How much more your heavenly Father will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13)

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Our families continue to do village outreach whenever there is an opportunity to preach & teach the poor villagers. This was a worship time in one of the villages.
“But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season.” (Psalm 1:2-3)

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After group worship, a typical activity is to visit individual family houses to continue prayer time and teaching/encouraging the people.
“There they met with the believers and encouraged them once more.” (Acts 16:40)

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Please remember to pray for this ministry; for the children and families. And, pray for the Kingdom of God as it advances in Thailand.
It’s not an easy job…but the rewards are abundant and everlasting!
“God will have a house for us. It will not be a house made by human hands; instead, it will be a home in heaven that will last forever.” (2 Cor 5:1)
Our love, and God’s grace to you in Christ,

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