Christmas was celebrated at the Christian Mission on December 22, 2013. His was done because all children were in school during Christmas week, Monday-Thursday. Most were taking mid-term exams, so we would not have been able to get them off for a Christian Christmas celebration. What is even more interesting, almost every school had a Santa Clause Christmas celebration that would put to shame many American celebrations.
Our service started at about 9:30 am. Laobada arrived a bit late – with a truck full. The church has 3 active members now and they arrived with 25 people, over half of them children. We covet your prayers that God will bring these folks back for more.
When the dust settled, we had over 125 people in our church service. Of that group were 30-40 new elementary children. We are praying they will return tomorrow (Saturday).
A girl that received help from TLCB for heart surgery in kindergarten showed up for church. Mo Mae is now a 10th grade young lady and during her talk with Maeo she asked if she could move in the mission at school break – about 2-3 more months, then transfer to our village high school and do 11th and 12th grade living at the mission. Praise God. Pray that she will follow through.
I had mentioned two new university girls – Jan and Ning. Jan has decided to move back home – Things cut into her social life. Ning is trying to make the adjustment and wants to stay.
Please continue prayers for Bee, Lita, Ploy and Pan as they provide the foundation of most of the teaching here.
Continue to pray for Kim and Fah. Kim has accepted Christ and been baptized and is getting back on the right track but she has lots of issues to get settled. Fah has had a life up to now I wouldn’t wish upon my enemy. She has major issues to get straightened out and is currently under the care of the local psychiatric hospital. She has suffered more in her thirty-plus years than most of us will suffer in a lifetime. Pray that God will turn on the light and open the door for her.
Our annual business meeting will be Saturday or Sunday. Our budget is a very ambitious one and some of the members may be a bit hesitant, however in the last 10 years God has provided us with more than we asked for every single year.
Thank you and praise God for those who supported our Christmas through prayers and donations. Up to this point, December 27, about 100 children have benefited through receiving a Christmas present who would not have had a Christmas; They have also had a chance to hear the good news of Christ and take it home to their families.
To all of you we pray for a Blessed New Year and that you will continue in your prayers for us – they are what keep us going and Satan at bay most of the time. We ask for your prayers for Thailand. Thailand is going through a very dangerous period right now and we pray that will take control.
God Bless, and lots of love from all at the Christian Mission – Maeo, Bee, Lita, Ploy, Kim, Fah, Dtee, Ning and John and all the others.