We received two little boys into Bethlehem House last Friday. Wiwat (age 8) and Dani (age 7) are Cambodian/Thai brothers from a village near Eden, our farm. Abandoned by their parents, they live with their alcoholic grandmother and her most recent partner in an appalling situation. Their grandmother has an 18-year-old severely mentally-challenged daughter. She became pregnant by the new partner and gave birth to her baby alone in a toilet. The poor girl has been sterilized for her own protection. Her son (age 3) is in perfect health, thankfully, and hopefully will come to live with us in the future. Wiwat was traumatized by his mother before she left the boys and has cigarette burn scars on his chest. He is withdrawn and very needy. Dani did not suffer from as much trauma; he is vivacious and settling in very well. We are delighted to take them into our family. Please pray for them both and for Wiwat, in particular, that they will stay in this safe and nurturing environment and will come to love it here.
Mae Yai and Noot Lek visited four of our alumni in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand recently. Our 10 college students will begin their new academic year on Aug 4th.
Miam (Sujitra), a GM alumna, and her son and mother visited us recently.
Olga, a Polish lady who is married and living in Ireland, is interning with us at the moment. She has been a breath of fresh air around the place, and the children and staff in Bethlehem House love her. Her expertise as a child minder has been a wonderful help to the staff.
Yoke Fong will happily return to us on Aug. 5, having spent some time in Ireland with Jonathan and Hannah and friends. Many thanks to Bernadette Hardiman and so many family members and friends for taking such good care of her.
Our children are very excited about visiting Kamsorn and Fiona and their children and church members for a sports competition on Aug. 23rd. They visited us in June for a very popular similar event.
We held our Annual General Meeting last Saturday, thanking the Lord for His presence and provision during the past year and also for the very many partners and friends who have contributed so much to GM. We also discussed many aspects of the work here and made plans for this current year.
Pell, a former housemother and member of the Thai committee, shared in a wonderful worship meeting the following morning. The Holy Spirit was present with us, and when Pell preached, Bae, Bim, Jaeng and Got responded to the message of forgive- ness in Christ and received Jesus as their Savior and Lord.
Ajan Somsii from The New Life Church in town also preached in Saitanrak Church recently.
Our heart-felt gratitude to every one of you for your invaluable prayers and support. We could not do this work without you,
Yao, Witoon & Ewe, Noot, P Jim, P Banyat, P Baa, Doi, David, Charles & Yoke Fong