“Avoda” Thai Pattana February 2018
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”Proverbs 22:6
Happy Mien New Year!
Peace to you, our Dear Church!
God is great and powerful, and great news, that He is the same in this New Year as He was in the past year!
“Avoda” Snow Camp in Sunny Thailand
“Avoda” Thai Pattana, Thailand
“Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.” Matthew 24:46
God blessed us with the ministry when we just started and by your prayers God is continuing to shower His blessings and lead us. Please pray for us to “finish well”, not just to start and continue His ministry but be faithful till the end when He comes!
This month was very active and we believe fruitful! Thank you for your prayers!
More than thirty children were coming every day for a summer camp and most of them didn’t hear about Christ before. They were paying attention to every word during Bible story. One day, we talked about Jesus' death; and when I talked about His resurrection we heard a loud “WOW!” from one of the girls. She liked Jesus from the stories she heard and now she was not very happy to hear about His death, and resurrection was a big surprise for her, which gave her joy!
Dear Church, our brothers and sisters in Christ,
Happy Thai New Year!!
Praise the LORD FOR:
Football ministry:A new insight during this season of our lives is that a football player and a missionary are a lot alike. They both have a strong goal to win, practice hard, learnhow to work in team, and give 100% in any weather conditions, even when hurt or tired.
“Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength:so
will we sing and praise thy power” Psalm 21:13
Dear Church of Christ, Grace to you and Peace from God!
Two prayers from different ends of the earth heard and answered by God:
"Dear Lord, I want to serve you, but please don’t send me alone” I prayed before going to Thailand.
At the other end of the earth, another prayer was sent to God “Heavenly Father, You sent me here to northern Thailand and I want to serve you, and if it is your will that I should have a helpmeet, please lead her to this place.
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in You I trust. Make me known the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul.” Psalm 143:8
I will make them and the places surrounding my hill a blessing. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.
Dear family in Christ, We wish you a very Happy and Blessed Songkran (Thai New Year. May God’s blessings will be poured out on your life! Thai’s celebrate it by splashing water on each other.
God’s blessings are showered in our ministry through your prayers and support
If God opens doors, no one can close it!
Even though not all the parents support their children in coming to church, but More than fifty people came for our school closing program, where we presented a special program with our children and had chance to share the Word of God. I am so thankful for the special relationships with our students that God granted me.
“for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” Philippians 2:13
Coin by coin the little children in a Sunday school in the U.S,collected money within a whole year and offered this gift to our children here. It was such a joy to make a play-corner, which is daily filled with children, and even some adults who are also enjoying activities there. It is God who gives desires, for His good purpose! I am thankful to God for giving the children here a big aspiration to study. If only you could see the joy that they are leaving with after a long school day of learning English and Bible stories!
A few months ago, the Lord gave us an opportunity to do two English teacher seminars. During the seminar we were able to continue forming the relationships that had been slowly building for the past two years with the teachers. We had the freedom to give out brochures to them and share the gospel with a few teachers. Two of them in particular were very open and asked questions. The Lord gave the right words in Thai to help explain the truths. One teacher said she will share the story with her children and students. She had previously stated, ”You are so kind.” This was an opportunity to share the power Christ gives to do good, and the victory over sin that belongs to His children.
Right now I am up north of Thailand in Chiang Rai, one of Avodas projects with three other group members. We are living among two different tribes where we are teaching and building a church building out of bamboo. I am teaching English to children and adults and have a wonderful opportunity to share the good news and invite them to church. One man is interested and asks many questions about God, as well as started to visit church.
Dear family in Christ, thank you for your prayers regarding my passport. In December, I was able to join back and continue to serve in Thailand.
From 18 to 27 November 2015, God made it possible for a group of young people from the church in the town of State College, together with brothers and sisters from the states of California, Washington and Oregon to make a missionary trip to Mexico.
Each story is different, each story is special. We would like to take you into the lives of our students here in Avoda. Mint is a 15 year old girl who comes from the Mien tribe. Here is her story.
I was born in a prison in Bangkok. I lived in the prison for 7 days. My mom and dad were in prison for selling drugs. My mom is from the Luo tribe and my dad is Mien. I have two older sisters. Both of my parents were in debt and sold drugs to pay their way out. When I was seven days old, Ploy, (the wife of the missionary here) came and got me 1 week later. She brought me up north to Chiang Rai, the village she grew up in, to live with her mother. Grandmother was the only mother I knew and I called her my mum. I lived in there for 5 years and went to school for 1 year. At five years of age, Ploy came back and brought me to Avoda in Tak. I really missed my mom and cried. When I came here, there were only boys and I had no friends. In Avoda I got to learn English and hear about God.
As we approach the Thailand embassy in New York to get my Visa fixed, we notice two policeman standing by the doors. There was an error with my Visa and I had problems when i resent it. The plan was to get my Visa fixed the same day of my flight. As my friends and I curiously look up at the police officers, we were told that it was a Thai holiday and that the embassy was closed. My visa wasn’t fixed fixed and I had an international flight coming up in just a few hours.