The month of August flew us by so quickly and we are late (once again) in sending out our prayer update. It is still rainy season here in Thailand, the outbreak of flu virus is not over yet. Narlin was among the first ones who caught the virus and the children take their turns in catching it too.
Taking care of the children has keeping our hands full. The children are growing up and as they do, they are going through physical, emotional and psychological changes. This result in personality conflicts among them and are magnified when there are fifteen of them. We have our nightly worship together and we take that time to help them resolve their personal issues. Nevertheless, most of the time, they live in joy, peace and harmony. Please continue to pray for the children. Help us to pray for wisdom as we guide them. We hope to give them the best care we can. We pray that they will be successful when they finish their school and have their own careers.
In more than a decade of our stay here in Mae Sai, hosting teams, friends and “strangers” has become essential part of our ministry. In the past, we were able to help out Filipinos who were trapped in a tight situation. We had provided shelter and placement for those who were suddenly terminated from their work. We also hosted people who do “border run” and need a place to stay. Last month, we had the opportunity to host a Filipino family friend from Italy. It was a great time to be reconnected with old friends and helped us to be refreshed. Their time here and provide them mission exposure (especially their children) a learning experience about God’s ministry here in Thailand. And of course, we tried our best to show them around and enjoy this beautiful city. Please help us to be able to continue this kind of ministry.
We also had the opportunity to do a medical outreach (15-19 August.) The medical team consisted of Dr. Peter Yoon from California, Cecilia Ceralde, and Pastor Julius both from Philippines. We had the opportunity to provide medical help to the community of the Lawa Mae Sai Church and Grace Mae Sai Church. The team stayed here for four days and many people are blessed through the medical mission. We are able to help out church workers and leaders who are unknowingly suffering from diabetes and hypertension. Dr. Peter gave his glucose monitor so that we can use it to follow up on patients with “abnormally” high sugar for their medications. He is a wonderful man of God and we hope we can work with him again ministering to the people in the community.
Sak Saum Continued Partnership
We thought our connection with Sak Saum in Cambodia ended when we left New Life Creations Foundation (NLCF). However, we are glad when Ginny, the Founder and Director of Sak Saum reached out to us and expressed her desire to work with us in saving young women and children from human trafficking. She will be helping by allowing us make product items for Sak Saum. We praise the Lord for this because with or without Sak Saum we are committed in helping young people in the community. We are praying to have one or two young women that Narlin can train to sew and make products. For the meantime, while we are waiting, Sak Saum asked us to make small items like bag accessory (tassels) that we (with the older children) can make on our free time. The amount we earned from making this product will help with the children’s school expenses. Because NLCF keeps the sewing machines that were donated by our friends, we are praying that we can buy our own sewing machines. Please pray for wisdom and guidance as we do this ministry.
- We need to renew our passports. We will be on 13-hour travel (round trip=26 hours) by bus next week to go to the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok. We prefer to travel by plane but our finances is very limited. Narlin needs to be fully recovered from flu before we can make this trip. Please pray for health and safe travel.
- We are praying to have our own Foundation but we are waiting on the Lord and seeking His guidance to do this. This venture will require a lot of funding, time, wisdom and effort. We desperately need your prayers regarding this project.
- We continue to pray for the construction of the extension of the boys’ room and more bunk beds. Help us to pray for provisions.
- Thank you for praying for our family. Jared after after working as teacher for five months is due for promotion in October. Jillian will acquire her teacher’s work permit before the end of this month. Our children are officially Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW). Reuven will be graduating from college next year. God is truly faithful.
- Thank you for your commitment to pray for all the children. Taking care of them is not a walk in the park but by God’s grace most of them turned out to be good people. They are still growing up and we are not certain of their future. We hope to take care of them until they can look after themselves on their own.
- Pray that the children’s Non-Thai National ID will be upgraded by the government to Thai National ID.
- Please continue to pray for our ministry involvements in the school, church and community.