It has been a busy, crazy week here! And God is good.
after much prayers the situation between us and the opposition by the
teachers has been resolved!
Praise God, thank you all for your prayers and words of encouragement.
They have been so comforting to me the last few days. :)
We have been given again free reign to preach and teach the Bible, as
long as it is not during English classes. The kids are coming around
again to study.
Urt is coming often to learn guitar from Luke and then study the Bible
He seems to follow Luke's leadership and does everything he does. It's
The other day our translator lost her shoe in the river. As soon as
Urt heard about it he jumped into the river fully clothed to help her.
Haha. Also, after our Bible study about the Holy Spirit living inside
of believers and Christ telling us to do what he did, Urt went home
and prayed healing over his Dad in the name of Jesus. Today we saw
them out in the village together, His Dad all smiles It has been
amazing to see Urt walk out the Christian life with no direction from
us! He just does what he sees in Scripture. He has been bringing his
friends to know Christ as well. :)
Luke and I were able to spend the eveniong at Lamod's house the other day!
It was wonderful. She has been praying daily and studying, but not as
often. She does not like to study alone, I think. And gets confused
with some things in the Bible. It's hard for her when we are not there
because she has no one to ask questions to.
But her faith is still growing strong! She is very busy going to
school 50 minutes away from Nahong everyday. But wants to know more
and more about living like a Christian.
Pray that her desire to be a missionary to her people wouldn't be
squelched in school!
At the end of our visit her Mom, Gail Dee (who is a good friend of
mine in the vilage), asked us to pray over her. She has been having
anxiety problems. So right there with Lamod's family and best friend,
we prayed over her and her household. It was incredible.
Pray that her parents would take the leap and come to know Jesus too!
This wek was Boy Scout Camping week. Which we like to sometimes call
"the death march" Haha. Amazingly though, this year went very well!
There is typically a lot of fights and humiliation of the students
that happen at this event. This year my heart was at peace much more
and I had so many great conversations with the teachers who came!
One of the teachers, Kru Tuk, expressed to us her fear of ghosts the
other night. And one ghost specifically. Pray that she would listen to
the power of Jesus and let him set her free of these ghosts.
Unity in the team is well :) Thank you for all of your prayers!
There is one student I need you to keep praying for me to have
patience and wisdom with as our time here goes on! Sometimes I feel
worn to the thinnest. But somehow God always comes through for me. I
feel a lot of us are getting tired.
On a bad note- sometime this week, throughout al of the hiking rivers
and driving through mountains, I put my back out pretty bad. This is
not normal for me! Everytime I move I have pain and it's been hard to
push through and do ministry like this. Especially today being sports
day at a Youth Hostel in Menajong (which we still had a great time at
despite me not participating). I keep joking that God is just teaching
me empathy towards Luke.
Luke and I were able to have some us time yesterday :)
Lisa left our team to fly back to the states (this was prearranged)
yesterday. She will fly out next week, but is spending her last week
in Chiang Mai with her husband :) Tom is returning to Nahong next
Wednesday. And so Luke and I drove with them down to Chaing Mai,
dropped them off, and headed back up the mountain just us 2.
Spoiler Alert: Chey is very proud of Luke!
As of 3 weeks ago luke did not drive stick shift, much less in the
mountains. Yesterday he navigated the truck perfectly through the 2nd
biggest city in Thailand and the winding mountain roads safely home
to Nahong. But I'll stop bragging now... ;)
Pray for us (Myself, Luke, Joanna and Tirzah) as the staff holding
down the fort while Tom is away. Tom is very respected in the village
and the team.
In his absence Luke will be leading our team.
I have also taken over the finances from Lisa. So you can pray I don't
get mugged. Haha.
Our new translator arrives on Monday.
We drive to Chiang Mai and get Tom back on Wednesday.
And Sat or Sunday our dear friend Taa comes to Nahong!
There is the next week in a nutshell.
Love to you all!
I have been missing my family and friends so much this week,
you are always in my thoughts and prayers.