Posted by danneker on September 5th, 2021 | 2 comments
When we received the video clip that Pastor Sittichai posted on the church Line group the night of July 31, our hearts sank. Baan Paeo was on fire! We ran outside our home and could see flames and smoke shooting into the air less than one mile away. The urge was to run and see, but we restrained, stayed home, and prayed. Then we began to contact some family and friends around the world asking them to pray for God’s mercy.
Meanwhile, with the church building almost directly across the canal from the raging fire, Pastor Sittichai felt the heat of the blaze and saw the fire quickly engulf the old wooden structures of the hundred-year-old Baan Paeo market. He continued firing off updates and prayer requests as did our church members. And as the social media requests went out, people prayed.
Fire trucks did their best, but they could not reach the heart of the blaze due to narrow passageways. Then the “cavalry” came. More than 50 long-tailed boats from surrounding communities raced to the scene and pumped water from the canal onto the blaze. And the most effective boats for shooting the water turned out to be the ones young guys race in the canal. They are modified to be very loud and very fast, causing those of us along the shore to complain when they race by. But this night everyone cheered them. Praise God, no one was seriously injured, but sadly much property was destroyed.
The Mahapawn Baan Paeo church, where we serve, quickly mobilized to help the victims by coordinating our efforts with the city council. On August 6, the church was able to present 40 relief bags filled with essentials to the mayor of Baan Paeo for the fire victims. Your financial gifts for our support helped facilitate this outreach. Thank you!
A sign now hangs from the wooden pedestrian bridge on the canal that reads: “The citizens of Baan Paeo’s 100-year-old market thank the group of canal racing boats and every fireman that helped put out the fire.” We’d like to add to the sign: “Thanks to all who prayed both that night and subsequently as the town now rebuilds”.
“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Eph. 4:16 (NIV)