Last week was busy with English but not much going on at church. Our elementary students decided not to come to church during New Years a week ago – after practicing for 2-3 months for Good Friday and Easter, so our Saturday and Sunday afternoon programs have been cancelled until April 26.
As of right now, we have no clue as to how many people will be coming to church on Easter – we have placed that in the hands of God. We are praying that the new kids from outlying villages will come and bring their parents or grandparents, so we will see what God’s plans are. The sermon will be aimed at non-believers in particular so pray God will open eyes, ears, and hearts and turn on the light so they can see. We are still fighting Thai New Year.
Our next door neighbor is a very considerate person. He waited until about 6 am before turning on his sound system. It is big enough for a football field but on a 50 by 50 foot plot of land. His idea is to have a base guitar with base on full and as loud as he can get it and that is considered music. As I sit here working on this, the windows around me are vibrating. The walls are vibrating and my head is starting to vibrate. It has been going on for about 6 hours and unless the power goes out, it will continue for another 10-12 hours today and throughout the week. Pray for me that I will obey God and love my neighbor – even when they are not very loveable.
Our Thai New Year/Palm Sunday service went very well. Almost everyone who attended was a Christian, so it was very intimate and I could feel the Holy Spirit with us. For that we thank God.
After the service we followed the Thai custom of showing respect to the elders – really me and one woman from Laobada. But they included two others. It was a blessing to me to have the kids come and pour water through our hands as they prayed for us. I was again blessed. Sunday afternoon is the first time in almost 10 years we have had no children here at the mission. All went home for three days except Lita. She came back last night to stay here alone.
- Pray for Lita. She is growing in leadership abilities and in her knowledge of God and the Bible, but the government is keeping her mother on a string concerning the citizenship. If it doesn’t get settled so Lisa can get citizenship, she could be sent back to Lao, and she has no citizenship there either. This run-around has been going on now for 3-4 years.
- Our youth have decided to do a 3-day English camp in May so please be praying for that.
- Pray for Dtee; he is getting a bit wobbly during the New Year Stuff. He has taken off three days and is running around like a teenager.
- Please pray for the Thai people. I don’t think I have ever seen people so desperate seeking what they think will make them happy all in the wrong places and wrong directions and refusing to listen to the truth. Pray for next Sunday and we will see what God has planned.
God Bless and Keep. John, Maeo and the team (Lita) today.