As it is pouring down rain and freezing (according to Thai standards) at about 66 degrees we here at the Christian Mission wish to wish all of you who have supported us the past year a very Merry Christmas and an even more Blessed New Year.
This has been a major period of change for the Christian Mission this year. We have gone from 12-14 live-in girls down to two. As of today we have 8 girls and a 10 month baby living here full time and two more that come to stay Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights to be part of the church activities on Saturday and Sunday. Of the total, five of the girls have not accepted Christ – Jane, Fanta, Jan, Ning Fah and Kim. Pray for them. Four of our girls have accepted Christ and are growing in grace. Bee, Lita, Pan and Ploy. Pray for them that they will continue to grow.
As we close down the old year, we look back and thank God for all that has happened here during the year. The Christ for all People Association has gotten off the ground and gotten through the first year. At the annual meeting December 7 and 8, a basic plan was set up for the New Year. There is still work to be done on it and we ask for your prayers that God will be the leader and human planning will be God’s plan, not ours.
The Christian Mission has made a very small contact in Laos this year and we are praying that this will increase in the New Year. It is another area that is ready for harvest.
Maeo and I are seeing our ages starting to come more to the front. We have tried to slow down a bit, but not been very successful; we ask for your prayers for good health and wisdom for the coming year.
We have seen Boonta and his family go through major trials with the health of his wife Phon. She is still in recovery and they continue to go to Khon Kaen for follow up treatment. We pray for full recovery for her and recovery for Boonta.
As we look towards the New Year, we are looking to more changes here at the Christian Mission. We are praying that we can establish a viable outreach program within the villages surrounding us. Pray for the elementary students that come on Saturday and Sunday. Our attendance varies from 10 or 15 students to 30-35 students at any one time.
We had planned on about 30 Saturday English Camps during this year, but didn’t reach our goal. We were able to do less than 20 because of the outside activities the schools were required to participate in. Emphases in the schools we work with during this past year are shifting their emphasis from education to putting on shows, so the students are suffering. We will continue in the New Year.
May Bless and keep and give everyone a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year. John, Maeo, Dtee and all the girls