Hello Dear friends,
This week, we are busy with:
1) Hurrying to finish “last minute” packing for our trip to America;
2) We just returned from a weekend trip to the northern border (near Laos and Myanmar) for Cherry’s wedding; and
3) We’re actively working to establish & setup our new orphan family home— Home of Light.
So things are even more hectic than usual. Shirley & I plan to fly out from Chiang Mai late tonight, but before we leave, here are a few recent photos.
Cherry got married!
She’s been living with us for almost 7 years, and she calls us her “grandparents”. The ceremony was held in a town on the northern Thai border with Laos. Here we are sitting in the small church, with no Air conditioning, in late afternoon with the temperature near 105 degrees!
Jesus told them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage.” (Luke 20:34)
The church was packed with guests to witness Timmy & Cherry say their wedding vows. There were some wall-fans stirring the hot air. Later, a great meal with entertainment was served outside.
Jesus told them, “When you’re celebrating a wedding, you don’t skimp on the cake and wine. You feast.…” (Matt 9:15)
Shirley & I met Cherry during a short-term mission trip to Thailand in 2001. In this photo from 2005, the 3 of us were shopping in an outdoor market.
“No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.” (1 John 4:12)
Wow! What a lovely bride. A friend said that Shirley & I “cleanup pretty well” too. Everyone was dressed for the joyous occasion.
“The bride, a princess, looks glorious in her golden gown..” (Psalm 45:13)
Meanwhile, the oppressive heatwave continues; we’ve had 38 straight days with temperatures well over 100 degrees…today it reached 110 !!!!
At our rice-paddy land, we had to pump water out of the last of our fish ponds (trying to salvage the rice crop). These are some of the fish we pulled from the pond as it emptied.
“Now you will have plenty to eat, and be satisfied. You will praise the Lord your God, who has done wonderful things for you.” (Joel 2:26)
Meet the new house parents, Pban and Choom, who will love and care for boy’s in our new orphan family home.
“And God has reserved for his children the priceless gift of eternal life; it is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled…” (1 Peter 1:4)
We can rescue up to five (5) boys to live in the home. Below are the first boy applicants (Ohm-sen on the left, and Guhn on the right).
Ohm-sen’s father (in the photo) asked us to help his son—he cannot care for him while working long days in the fields, neither can he earn enough to send him to school. The man’s wife has abandoned both husband and son.
“ Let us thank the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was through His loving-kindness that we were born again to a new life and have a hope that never dies.” (1 Peter 1:3)
Please remember to pray that our new children, will find love and security, and hope in their new Christian home and family.
Also, please pray that Shirley & I can be a blessing to everyone we meet & interact with in America.
“I will bless you … and you will be a blessing to others.” (Gen 12:2)
Shirley & I plan to be in the US from May 13th, until August 30th.
We’d love an opportunity to visit your church or group to report on the mission of Faithful Heart Foundation.