Hello dear friends,
This week we’ll share some musings about our orphan ministry in Thailand. We’ve been working to rescue hill tribe orphans from poverty & danger, and place them into loving families. This work can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be unpleasant, unappreciated, or even heartbreaking at times.
As with young Benjamin here, Shirley & I have learned to endure the bitter stuff, while remembering that problems help us to enjoy & appreciate the “good times”.
Psalms 32:7 – “For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.”
We’ve learned that people, events, and circumstances are almost never as good as we hope, nor as bad as we might fear.
These two views of napping schoolboys illustrate why it’s good to take a look “behind the scenes” before we make any lasting judgments…at first glance their socks look fine! But a closer inspection reveals a need.
These two photos show Phillip, a boy in our Home of Grace. In both photos he is shown with his hill tribe mother. He came to stay with us because his poor mother (a widow) couldn’t provide him healthy food or school tuition. Now, after 6 years in our home, Phillip is a strong & healthy boy who attends a Christian school.
Hannah lived with her mother (also a widow), but she could not provide a healthy, safe & secure home.
Both Phillip & Hannah love their mothers, and are loved by them, but their village life was filled with danger and constant frustration & oppression of poverty.
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:31-2 NLT)
Joshua (in these 3 photos) came from a poor village to live in our Home of Blessing. His life has been well & truly “blessed” by generous sponsors, who’ve helped us love & provide for him through grade school and into his 2nd year of college!
“Thank you for giving to the Lord; I am a life that was changed….Thank you for giving to the Lord; I am so glad you gave” (lyrics—Ray Boltz) full song video
Here Prajuab, house father at Home of Blessing, is happy with his “catch”—a redfish from one of our large fish ponds…this fish won’t last past supper-time!
Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will turn you into fishers of people.” (Mark 1:17 NET)
Who are we to be so blessed by God through your prayers? And, how can we ever express or repay the debt of thanks we owe?
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13:8 NIV)
Shirley & I have scheduled a visit to the US this fall: Arrive on November 13th, and fly back to Thailand on December 2nd.
Please pray about giving us an opportunity to visit your church or group to report on the mission work.
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Grace and peace to you in Jesus ,