Dear family and friends,
Please pray for Thailand. Everyone who loves the Thai people was saddened recently when Thailand suffered its most recent coup, bringing the total number to 12 since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932. It has not affected us at all so far; life in our area has continued as normal.
We want to thank each of you for your answered prayer for Buyae; she has decided to remain with GM and will study Child Psychology in Buriram in August. Leaving would have had devastating life-long consequences for her, and we are delighted and relieved at her decision to stay. We have NO doubt that she has remained in the care and nurture of Grace in answer to the prayer and intercession on her behalf. Duan shared with me recently that she is moved with compassion for the Akha people in a neighboring country who are being persecuted and wants to help them after her graduation from college. Noot Lek joined the leadership team in her Khmer village near the Cambodian border recently. So the dream lives on in accordance with our prayer: ”Father, please promote our children to positions of influence and authority in the family, the church and society to bring You glory and advance Your kingdom.”
Our 32 elementary-aged children have changed the dynamic here very much, almost entirely for the better. We are very busy, of course, especially with the little kids. Noot, P Jim and David are doing a great job under Yao’s and my supervision; new staff member P Banyat has been a wonderful addition to the team. I am delighted with the family atmosphere and the interaction between the older and younger children. We all miss Mum (Yokie) and look forward to her return.
Our children come from a wide variety of tribes and cultures, and some of the precious little ones have heart-breaking backgrounds. Manow, a nine-year-old girl abandoned by her parents and living with her grandmother and alcoholic grandfather, has just joined the children in Bethlehem. Saa, aged 10, is settling into Grace very well. Her mother passed away, and her father has abandoned her. Eight-year-old Thii-Lek has much of the pain and some of the character traits of a boy coming from a broken home. Sadly, Bim’s and Ging’s father passed away recently at the age of 50.
Many of you know that Yokie and I have wanted a rice mill for many years. Thanks to our dear friend, Joy, in Australia, we have now installed one in Eden. She lovingly collected recycled cans and bottles and sent the proceeds to GM. We can now mill our own rice and cut out the middleman (money-lenders), feed the husk to our pigs AND offer the service to local farmers as an outreach to the community. How good is the God we adore, and His people, too, through whom His blessings and provision come!
We had a very good joint worship service with the members of the other church in our town recently, and our old friends Kamsorn & Fiona brought their church youth group to compete with our kids in soccer. This was a joy to us and an answer to prayer.
We had the privilege of offering some financial assistance to 14 poor families in the area to help them cope with the disastrous price they received for their rice harvest.
Please pray that the political unrest will not affect the Westside Christian High School visit to us June 10-28.
We are excited by the unprecedented challenges and opportunities this year presents to us. At the same time we are acutely aware of the enormity of the challenge and that without Him we can do nothing of lasting value!
Thank you for your invaluable prayer and support of all kinds.
Yao, Witoon & Ewe, Noot, P Jim, David, Doi, Thiew, P Banyat, P Baa and Charles & Yoke Fong