The Thai Schools – Teaching English and Spreading the Gospel

Today we went into two Thai schools and taught English to children of various ages.

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The first school had children in the classroom from ages 6-14. We sang a few songs, preached the Gospel, performed a skit about the prodigal son, and taught a few basic English phrases.

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The second school we went to had us teach 13 and 14 year olds. We broke up into small groups and practiced conversational English.

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After practicing English, we taught “Lord I Lift Your Name on High” with hand motions and sang it with the kids.

Today’s Chapel service was about how God is provider. We did a skit based on the feeding of the five thousand, sang songs, and did crafts/Bible study just like the night before.

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For me, today was the most rewarding day because we got to spend more time talking to the children about Jesus. It was great interacting with them and learning more about them.

I spent a good deal of time talking to a woman named Gai at the second school. She said she believed in Jesus but was also Buddhist. I talked to her about how important faith is and how Jesus is the only God and how we can never do enough good works to reach him. I don’t know how much she believed, but I pray that I planted seeds today that God will grow in her heart. – MD

Tomorrow we get to have a day of rest and recreation with Ron and Belle, our two missionary friends from Fort Worth. We’re looking forward to a time of good fellowship.

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Work Day and Chapel

Today the girls went with Belle, a missionary working with ArmLynk International, a ministry that works with local police to train in leadership skills and disciple men and women and hopefully win them for Christ.

It was a great time of fellowship for us girls. We really enjoyed spending time with Belle and learning what it is like to do women’s ministry.

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We shared our stories, learned about the ministry, and made “blessing buckets.”

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Cute, right?

The guys stayed behind at the orphanage and served by clearing the garden area.

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Us girls joined them after our morningĀ  with Belle.

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It was hard work, but we made it fun.

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“It’s like a metaphor for sin! You have to get the roots!”

The sunset was particularly beautiful tonight.

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We helped with the chapel service last night and tonight. Each time, we sing a song or two, perform a very silly skit based on a Bible story, give a short sermon about the story, and do a craft with the younger children while the older ones delve deeper into the passage.

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After the chapel service, the older kids stayed to learn a hip hop dance Lizzy choreographed to “Steal my Show” by TobyMac.

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Pictures: Day 2 and 3

 

On the way to the village:

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Pamela rocking the neck pillow:

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Stopping for homemade ice cream:

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The countryside:

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The Karen village:

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Our gracious hostess prepares our dinner.

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What we slept on.

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Playing Duck Duck Goose with the kids. Apparently duck is a funny sounding word because they could not stop laughing.

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Home visitations:

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The night service:

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Morning service:

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Night Safari:

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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.

Who is This Jesus?

Today we went into the surrounding neighborhood and shared the Gospel in 5 homes.

The first lady, Sinuan, already knew the Lord, so we just encouraged her and prayed with her. Please pray that she would have good fellowship around her and that she would not be hindered by pain.

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The second lady, Mae Pan, had never heard of Jesus. We shared how God created all the earth, including Thailand, and how he sent his son Jesus to die for our sins because we could never be good enough to earn God’s favor on our own. By the grace of God, Mae Pan accepted his salvation and prayed for Jesus to come into her heart!

Please pray that God would fill her with his Spirit, and that he would show her his love, grace, and peace through Jesus. Pray also that her cold would be healed and her arthritis would be gone so she may walk without pain.

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The third lady, Mae Tee Ja Koo, was staying in an unfinished home next to her old house. She too had never heard of Jesus, but was excited to learn about him. We shared the Gospel with her, and she asked many questions. She was so excited to hear that Jesus would hear her prayers even if she prayed in Thai! So she prayed and asked Jesus to save her. We gained another sister in Thailand! We also prayed for God to fill her with his peace and love, and when we were done she said she felt satisfied. All praise be to our God who is mighty to save!

Please pray that God would provide the money to finish her house and that he would fill her with peace and that she would find her satisfaction in him and not her circumstances.

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The fourth family consisted of a daughter and her mother who is paralyzed from a stroke and her father who is hard of hearing. We were able to share the Gospel with Kanonit and her mother Chan Son, who had both never heard of Jesus. Kanonit was very interested but not ready to commit. She asked for a Bible and someone to study it with her every week.

Please pray that God would reveal himself to Kanonit through his Word. Pray that her heart would soften further towards him and that she would turn to him for salvation. Also pray for healing for Chan Son.

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Our final visit was to a man named Khon Gin. He showed us how the nerves in his legs don’t work well and how hard it is for him to walk even a short distance.

He has heard the Gospel many times and prayed for salvation, but he is confused about what salvation really means. He still prays to other gods; to him, Jesus is just another god like the ones he already worshipped. We shared the Gospel with him again and spent some time praying with him. We could see the emotion on his face as we shared the Gospel; it’s clear he loves the story and wants to believe.

Please pray for clarity and for healing for Khon Gin. Pray that God would reveal himself to Khon Gin so that he would know that Jesus is the only God and he is worthy of worship. Also pray that God would bring Christians into his life who can help him understand God’s grace and forgiveness.

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God is already doing amazing things here in Chiangmai! Praise him for the salvation of two new sisters in Christ and a new friend who is willing to learn more about Jesus! Don’t stop praying for Thailand; the Lord has heard your faithful prayers and answered in a mighty way.

Isaiah 61:1-3:

“The Spirit of the sovereign Lord is on me,
Because the Lord has anointed me
To preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim freedom for the captives
And release from darkness for the prisoners….
To comfort all who mourn,
And provide for those who grieve in Zion –
To bestow on them a crown of beauty
Instead of ashes
The oil of gladness
Instead of mourning,
And a garment of praise
Instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called Oaks of righteousness
A planting of the Lord
For the display of his splendor.”

En Route to Korea

We are now 8 hours into our flight to Seoul, South Korea. It’s 8:00 pm back home and 10:00 am in Seoul.

So far things have been going well. In some ways, it still seems surreal that we’ll be in Thailand in just a few hours, and in some ways, it feels more real than ever.

We flew over Alaska several hours ago. There were about four of us staring out the window at the snow covered mountains. They were so beautiful! It was amazing how much detail we could see from 30,000 feet above – rivers, valleys, lakes, rock formations. It was almost like a painting.

My favorite part so far (aside from the mountains of Alaska) was one of the meals. Korean Air served bibimbap! That’s a rice and vegetable dish seasoned with a spicy red paste and sesame oil. It was really good. I even ate most of the bamboo shoots. There was also a seaweed soup for a side. That wasn’t so tasty. The broth just tasted salty and the seaweed was an odd texture. Think rubbery. Basically:meh.

Anyways, we’re all super excited to be on our way! Keep us in your prayers!

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Jesse didn’t want to take his eyes off his game. Too bad. His picture is getting uploaded anyway.