Having brought you all up to date on the Letter of 2009, in a previous letter; now I would like to introduce you all to some of our new batch; most of whom were not around in 2009.
The first two are Jok and Dao. Both have accepted Christ but have not been baptized because of family problems. Dao is in the 8th grade and Jok is in the 7th grade. Both work hard, but are a little slow in learning. These two are like two peas in a pod; where you see one, you will see the other. Currently they work with Tom in the music program operating the keyboard and the computer. Very soon they will be assisting teaching the elementary students.
Next is OhAe. She is a 10th grade student in the English Program at a city high school – the same one all of our other English Students go to. They will all be changing schools next month. OhAe is involved in solo singing, teen choir singing, song leading, teaching English and Storying the Bible. She hopes to go on to college and become an English teacher in the elementary schools. Please pray for her.
Third is Milk. She is a 7th grade student and has not accepted Christ as yet. She is one of the 7 “daughters” who live here. Milk participates in teaching English to our younger students and goes out to English Camp once a month, She is a very bright young lady, but very quiet and lacks self-confidence.
She was brought up in a Catholic village, so not sure what she is now. She has not accepted Christ as lord and savior. She is a first year university student, majoring in English and wants to be an English teacher. She also has very little self-confidence and her English is not very good, and she is not being helped in school. She moved in here because of family problems at home and she wants the extra English work. She also teaches English to our kids and participates in the English Camps. She is also one of the cooks for the 7 girls living here, and she helps Maeo on Saturday and Sunday when meals need to be served.
Next we come to Eye. She is also a 7th grader, but she is the youngest in the group and also has the most problem with learning. She is a hard worker and determined to do well and gets upset when she can’t get ahead of the other girls in her class. She also helps cook and clean up around the place when needed. She has not accepted Christ as of yet.
Pan is next. She is also a 7th grader; probably the brightest of the group; but very bashful and quiet. She is a hard worker and helps out with much of what goes on around here, but as of now has not accepted Christ. She understands that she is here by the grace of God and that God is the one doing everything for her, but has not accepted Christ because she is also afraid of family problems.
Little Kip is special. She is in second grade; the grand daughter of a Air Force man; here 35 or so years ago. Thank God, about -5 years ago he contacted me and we were able to locate his daughter. They have communicated since then and he has been over to visit 2-3 times. The grand daughter lives in a village about 35 km from us here and we pick her up on Friday after school and take her back home on Sunday after church. God willing, she will probably spend most of her summer break here learning English. She also participates in the activities around here but has not accepted Christ at this point.
Next we have Bpun. She popped up again a week ago. She had disappeared for almost a year. She has three younger sisters who are now coming also. Bpun is in 8th grade and is wavering between her friends and church. She is a bright young lady and could be of great help to us here. She said at one time that she had accepted Christ, but the evidence of it is not showing yet. Please pray for her too.
Next we have Ploy. She is one of the 7th graders and probably having the most problem adjusting. She is used to doing pretty much what she wants to do and, of course, that has been curtailed drastically here. The girls here have virtually no TV time, very limited cell phone time, and no “play” time on the computers. The rest have adapted quite well, but Ploy is still having some problems. She is bright and a hard worker, but she needs to be directed. She is a challenge, but I love her for her independence and thinking skills.
Let’s go to Nun. Nun was with us, left for a while and came back at the beginning of the school year. She was having problems in school and wanted to transfer to an “easier” program. Instead, we got her transferred to a different school and did an attitude adjustment when she moved in with us. She was so successful the first semester that she asked to be transferred into the English Program – which is even more difficult. She is presently struggling a bit but is determined, with God’s help to make it. She was baptized last year and is turning out to be a real asset to the Christian Mission. She is involved in all of our programs, teaching, Storying, Prayer group meetings when she can, and all other activities of the church.
Next we have Tom. He is not a student right now, but we are praying he will enter Bible school very shortly. He runs our complete music program, including singing – group and solos; Thai classical band, modern band, locating music and arranging it for the kids. Pray for him as he continues to search for what he thinks God wants him to do.
OhAe, Jok and Dao. Here is the heart of our worship team. At the present, the Christian Mission had two older adults; and two young adults. All the rest are either high school or elementary students. Currently we have about 40. God has blessed us and continues to bless us so that we can do what we do as well as we can do it, and give God the Glory.
Our Teen singers. They continue to do a fantastic job for us in the variety of music they sing; but even more important the teaching they do and the example they set for the younger kids is great. Please pray for all of them.
Last but not least, we have Maeo. She also is not a student, but without her, through the blessings God has given her, a lot of what happens here would not happen. Much of the Bible teaching for children is done by her; she is and will be training high school students again so they can help in the work of teaching. We ask that you pray for her and the work that she does and that God will continue to bless her and her work.
We also ask for your prayers for Amporn. Her picture is not included here because her mother has forced her to move back home and become part of the spirit world that her mother operates in. We continue to pray that God will bring the mother into the light so she can see how she is destroying her daughter, but so far that hasn’t happened.
We will have another installment to introduce the elementary students as soon as I can figure out all of their names and get pictures of them to send also. We continue to covet the prayers of all who read this. Satan is well established and hard at work in this part of the world. Indoctrination begins at birth and continues to death. It is force-fed in almost every aspect of life here. Prayer is the only thing that is going to defeat Satan here.
God Bless, John