Hello dear friends,
As illustrated in this photo from Krabi in southern Thailand, some days just aren’t “Sunny” and bright. It’s that way in life, and in our orphan mission too.
“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.” (Psalm 73:26 NLT)
Several years ago, Abel came to live in our Home of Comfort. His mother was a widow trapped in village poverty, and she realized that her young boy could have a brighter future living in our Christian home.
Abel has deformed fingers…the condition is more extreme on his left hand, and when he came to live with us, he’d learned to keep his hands hidden, so people wouldn’t notice his handicap.
“For this reason, I am suffering. But I am not ashamed. I know the One in whom I have put my trust…” (2 Timothy 1:12 NLT)
As he gradually learned to trust his house parents and accept their love, he began to blossom and enjoy his new life in Home of Comfort.
As he grew stronger and healthier, Abel attended the best schools we could find for him, but his classroom success was only mediocre. He could be outgoing, funny, and witty—and he endeared himself to all of us. Abel was well loved and strongly encouraged & mentored in our Christian home. His house parents taught him to be truthful, honest, dependable, and to study his Bible and pray.
As you see here, Abel (on the right) has grown into a strong, handsome, and healthy teenager. He struggled in school, but he finished 6th grade.
“But even if you suffer for doing what is right, you will be happy. Do not be afraid or troubled…” (1 Peter 3:14 NLT)
However, despite our repeated pleas and earnest encouragement, Abel decided to return to his mountain village home and find work as a common farm laborer.
“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!” (Psalm 43:5 NLT)
His insistence to leave our orphan home is heartbreaking. Still, God comforts us in knowing this: All that we, and his house parents, could do to help Abel and lead him to life in Jesus, has been done—seeds have been sown, Truth has been taught, and we showed him how we worshipped God. Now we must trust him into the hands of his Creator-Sustainer. We miss Abel, and remember his sweet smile. May our gracious God grant him growing faith and abundant life in Jesus Christ.
Please pray that God will show us how to love, protect, and provide Christian care for all of our orphaned & abandoned children: “As well as we can, for as long as we can, for as many as God will give us; all to the glory and praise of God.”
Pray that God will bless us to reach and rescue other children, and lead them to eternal life in Christ…may He grant us more “Sunny days” of ministry.
Grace & peace to you in Christ,
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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