The Karen Village

On Saturday, we drove up to a Karen (pronounced cuh-REHN) village in the mountains south of Chiangmai. We played with the children in the village orphanage, met up with the village pastor in the afternoon, prayed, and went out to visit two homes before the evening church service.

Our first home visit was to pray for a man who was being oppressed by a demon. He had a lump near his neck and could barely move his head. He had visited doctors and shamans but none could cure his pain. But when Ricky, the man in charge of the orphanage in Chiangmai, prayed over him, Jesus stepped in and healed him.

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(Sorry for the poor quality; we didn’t want to disturb with camera flashes.)

Now this man is free from pain and knows Jesus has the power to heal. Unfortunately he did not come to the night service, but a seed was planted in that home and one day perhaps God will make it grow.

The second visit was to a family who had recently lost their son in an accident. They were so filled with pain and sorrow from their loss. We had the privilege of praying over the father, mother, and younger sister for God to reveal himself to them, to comfort them with his love, and to fill them with his perfect peace that surpasses all understanding.

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The Lord was gracious and filled the house with his Spirit! When we finished praying, we could see hope fill their eyes and smiles cover their faces. They experienced the joy of the Lord and the comfort of his presence!

Later we saw the daughter at the night service. She was able to hear the Gospel for the first time. That household was filled with a spiritual hunger, and although they did not commit to a relationship with Christ, we believe he will draw them near.

The church service that evening was wonderful. The children from the orphanage sang several songs while we waited for people to come. It was such a blessing to hear their sweet voices rise in praise to God! Even though we didn’t speak the same language, we could worship in the same Spirit and sing praises to the same God.

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When people stopped coming in, we performed a simple skit about how Jesus is the only one who has the power to save, and gave a Gospel presentation. Afterwards the sick came to the front to be healed.

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The lady in the blue shirt had a sore throat.

The next morning, we had another church service. We and a few songs as a congregation, then the children performed several songs (including the doxology!) to start the service off.

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After the performance, we performed a skit about the prodigal son and gave another message.

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The prodigal son skit.

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Jesse preaches the Word.

Afterward Ricky gave a powerful message based on the story of the widow and the oil in 2 Samuel. It really encouraged the believers in the village and us as well.

After the service we all ate lunch together outside the church and then the team went back to Chiangmai.

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