Monday, March 26, 2012

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Summary of what happened in Nahong this Winter.

So... what happened?

Hey all, here are some highlights from my third trip back to Nahong, Thailand.

“Tonight we are going to Lamod's family's house to watch the movie. PRAY. Last week I was able to share more of the Gospel with her Mom.” Chey.

Throughout the past year she (Lamode) has been studying the Psalms. Last night Elle & I had a fun time there again and were able to pray for her.” Chey.

SO, the fisherman and his wife invited us to host a 'movie party' at their house (they have a TV and player) next weekend! Awesome! This will be our opportunity to share the whole Gospel with him and his family.”Chey.

“We were able to give blessings in Jesus Name to Cru Dang, Noi, and many of the other teachers.”Luke.

We told her (peem) that we call ourselves 'followers of Jesus' and we able to share with her about that. She was touched by the Holy Spirit and saw the truth in the message. She got a hunger for the word and started doing bible studies with us. She really seems to understand this revelation. She felt the power and truth of the Holy Spirit. She has been having visions of Jesus in her dreams!” Luke.

While I was praying, reading scripture and worshiping, Urt came over to learn some guitar. So I sat down with Urt and taught him some stuff on the guitar. Later a few more boys came over so there were four boys total. After Urt finished playing guitar (while he was playing he asked if he could praise God with music) he asked us if we could study the bible. So we did a bible study in our home with four boys...” Luke.

...One of my students gave her life to Christ last week. She was the one who saw miracles.” Chey.

“So God's kingdom is coming in Nahong! Pray that it continues to come and that God would protect Peem, Urt, Lamode, Pi Saap and anyone else who believes!”

Thank You All for your prayers and support! Love & Blessings, Cheyenne.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Today I'm meditating on the Martyrs and Missionaries. Learning from history. In honor of St Patrick's Day.... even though I'm not Irish and didn't pack anything green... Oh well.

Last day on mine and Luke's weeklong break after Thailand. We have been visiting his family in MN. Spring came and I'm loving the outdoors. Missing my Family though- will see them soon! Somehow after you are overseas even one week seems like a long time to leave loved ones behind. Yes- if you are reading this, Josey, you are a loved one. :) My little blogger sister.

Love to you all,


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Ain't no protective deity that can stop a 1st Grader!

These two pictures tell great stories.

This morning I am at Luke's parent's house in Minnesota.
As I'm sitting drinking coffee in the kitchen I am perusing through a book on Thailand.
I get to the page with a picture of the Canna Lily *The one in the beautiful picture above* and I read...

"The bold beauty of Canna Lilies are a common sight in Thailand. According to Thai Mythology, Canna Lilies are guarded by deities who bless them with peace and harmony."

I Laughed so hard Luke's Mom wanted to know what was so funny.

It took me back to a few weeks ago while in the village of Nahong.
I was walking the village one day, just visiting people and trying not to think of how hot I was. When I was joined by two 1st grade students who liked to follow me around. Cutest little girls, they would stand outside our house and call my name waiting for me to come outside and draw them pictures. But that day it turned into a game of "Who can pick Kru Chey the best flowers".
They had realized I had a thing for flowers and that it took all my willpower not to pick them off of the local's fences, so they decided to do it for me. About a quarter mile into this walk my hair was laden with flowers. Little orange ones, purple ones, all wild growing seemingly harmless picks. Suddenly one of the girls notices this lone plant standing tall in front of a spirit house. A beautiful bright orange huge lily! I had a bad feeling but couldn't stop her in time before she ran over to the plant and violently, excitedly plucked it out of the earth before her friend had a chance to compete.
She presented me her prize, beaming with pride. I smelled it and said thank you but did not put this one in my hair. Instead I slipped it inconspicuously into my side bag. I had a strange feeling that I didn't want to be caught with this flower on my head by the adults of the village.
I returned it to our home, put it in an empty coke bottle and admired my stolen flower.

Well, today I now know why I felt that way about the flower being picked. It was a Canna Lily "guarded by deities" and put in front of the spirit house for luck. Needless to say, I think this is completely the funniest thing that's happened to me all week.
I guess those deities aren't very good at their job.
NOTHING can stop a 1st grader on a mission. Nothing.

Much love,