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River Valley Short Term Team Impact

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Praise God for the team from River Valley Alliance Church (Wisconsin) that joined us for ministry June 19-28.  God used the team in mighty ways to impact both the church in Baan Paeo and Mahachai.  Their willingness to teach English opened the doors for over 120 students plus many of the teachers to hear the Good News of Jesus at two different schools.  Especially exciting was how this team ministered so effectively to the Thai – through visitation, personal testimonies, special music, children’s programs and lots of “on sight with insight” prayer. Heidi’s testimony on Sunday morning touched the hearts […]

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Praise and Prayer Requests – July 2017

Praise and Prayer Requests –July 2017 God has blessed us with several seekers in recent months. Paw-Ngam (Nun’s father) has started to see God answer his prayers.  A non-reader, he has accepted an audio Bible and has been listening to it quite a bit. It makes him feel very peaceful. He enjoys coming to church, though he still doesn’t understand it all.   Benz (Nun’s oldest son) and his girlfriend Taw have begun to attend Sunday Services when they don’t have to work.  The first service they attended a month ago confused them.  Why were we singing?  What was going on?  […]

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Mahapawn Baan Paeo Church – Before and After

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The building seemed perfect.  Great location, very reasonable rental price.  But it was a “fixer-upper” that’s for sure.  Enjoy watching the progress we have made from January to May 2017.

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Nong Baw

Nong Baw was perched on the barber’s chair in Nun’s Hair Salon.  Nong Bam sat on the hair washing chair.  Both in second grade; they rattled on about all kinds of things.  Then Nong Baw turned to Nun, who the neighborhood children affectionately call “Auntie Nun,” and said he was worried about his grandparents.  “I want my grandparents to know Jesus like you do, Auntie Nun,” Nong Baw said.  “They are having a lot of problems with their health right now and they are not happy like you.”  Nong Baw has been raised by his grandparents since he was very […]

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More Fruit in Mae Klong

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Praise God for the growing group of believers in Mae Klong.  We have visited this group monthly since Nov 2015, initially to follow-up Anek, an elderly believer.   During the last year and a half, Anek has grown in his faith and his wife Sombat decided to fully surrender to Jesus and be baptized.  Their sister and brother-in-law, Somruay and Sunun, have come to saving faith in the Lord.  Sunun  has been miraculously freed from 40 years of alcohol addiction.  In addition to the monthly cell group, Ed goes weekly to disciple the new believers.   These four older adults and […]

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Praise and Prayer Requests – May 2017

Praise God, Bale passed the entrance exam to attend a private high school in Mahachai. The public high schools were not willing to take a 16 year old drop out that has to start in grade seven.  Bale is thrilled, as is her family.  She did very well during the summer school session.  The new Thai school year begins on May 15.  Pray that Bale stays focused and disciplined, and God gives her grace to continue her education.   Bale is also showing encouraging signs of spiritual life again.  She had been straying since the beginning of the year.  She told […]

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First Sunday in Baan Paeo

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Nun beamed with excitement as she arrived an hour early to see what else she could do for our first Sunday Service on March 12.  Ed and I had already arrived to open things up.  Nun brought a little neighborhood girl named Tawaan with her.  Nun got right to work setting up the simple kitchen area and coffee corner making sure everything was tidy.  Little Tawaan was a great help. I excitedly slipped up to our second floor sanctuary to turn on the air conditioning (A/C) that was just installed a few days earlier. Hot season is upon us, so […]

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Praise and Prayer Requests – April 2017

We are in contact with Bale and Ahn.  Continue to pray for them.  Bale is down in Mahachai living with her maternal grandmother now.    Bale asked for prayer as she is hoping to go back to school.   Praise the Lord for that!  She only has credit for grade 6, though actually dropped out before we met her last year after 8th grade.  But by the Thai system, she would have to start in grade 7.  Having just turned 16, I can imagine it would be hard for her to be in a class with normal age grade 7 students.  […]

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From Sweat Shop to Sweet Work

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One of the blessings from being able to serve in Thailand almost 25 years is you get to experience “more of the story” – how God works in marvelous ways in the lives of his people.  We first met Noi at the second church we helped plant in 2003.  She was 18 years old and had already been in Bangkok for 6 years working 10-16 hours a day in a sweat shop making silver jewelry.  At the invitation of one of the church’s teenagers, she attended the first Christmas outreach in December 2003.  It was Noi’s first time to ever […]

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Praise and Prayer Requests – March 2017

Praise God, on March 12, 2017 we will have our first Sunday worship service in Baan Paeo. Our mother church will “send us off” on Sunday March 5.  After a lot of hard work, the building is functional.   In these last few days before our first service, we will be scurrying about setting things up.  We have been blessed by different Thai people wanting to donate things for the church to use…even a not-yet Christian Thai who just want to show their support.  Pray that everything goes well on March 12 and that God is honored and glorified.  Pray for […]

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