Greetings from a wet and soggy Thailand. Within the last 24 hours or so we have received about three feet of rain, and it doesn’t look as though it is going to let up any time soon. Several parts of Thailand have already been flooded and they are predicting a long rainy season this year. If it keeps up like this, our fish pond will be flooded within a few days and it normally isn’t filled up until September. God has blessed us by placing our facility on a high point in all four directions, so while we may have flooding problems getting in and out, we are in no danger of flooding here at the Christian Mission. Please pray for the other parts of Thailand.
Satan has won a battle, but will not win the war. Four of our girls are leaving to go home today. They will no longer live at the Christian Mission. None of them have professed to have accepted Christ. There have been little problems occurring here and there for the last couple of months but we have not been able to get to the bottom of it. Last night four of the girls came to complain and it seems that another four girls have been disobeying most of the rules and having a good time while bullying the other girls to keep quiet. It came to a head last night. It appears there has been room swapping, staying up late and then being sick the next day so could not go to school; at least two occasions of drinking alcohol and misuse of mobile phones. All four girls admitted to doing what they were accused of but only one saw that it was wrong and apologized. The other three refused to admit what they were doing was wrong – they were “just having fun’. Parents have been contacted and will pick up their daughters this evening. Two of the girls have lived here for almost two years – one we just found out appears to be a bully at school also – kind of a double life. Another one of the girls is in the special English program and has been here for over 2 years. A third one has been here six months and has had problems before that we just found out about. The fourth one is the younger sister of my daughter-in-law who lives here with Arm and their baby. We offered to let her stay, but she is too much under the influence of the other three at this point. Please pray for them that they will open their eyes and see what they have done and may seek forgiveness and want to return.
This may put a dent in our Older Teaching Younger English Program, but may also be a blessing in disguise because it will reduce the number of English classes I will be teaching. It also reduces the number of girls we will be supervising and may allow us to give them more personal attention.
- Pray for Bee, Nun, Ploy, Bpun and Lita who have already accepted Christ and appear to be diligent in learning and living a Christian Life.
- Pray for Pan, Beem 1, Beem 2, Tat, Lita and Jaeub who have not accepted Christ as of yet.
- Pray for Toom who underwent an appendectomy last Sunday, June 10. She returned to school on June 18 and is supposed to return to English Classes on June 19.
More news and pictures will follow in the next newsletter. God Bless, John and Maeo