Hi to All our friends.
Got a lot of response from the blank email I accidental sent. We
will see what this gets.
Waiting for rain to quit. Getting a lot more Internet time with
my new job. I wait a lot so might as well write.
We are under some more persecution as of these last few months.
Never ceases to amaze me how those who call themselves Christians are
so quick to persecute friends, just to save face. Saving face here
or, protecting ones image, is I believe, the worst part of this
culture. Especially for Christians. It is so ingrained in the rearing
up of the children here that they will lie or slander or due what ever
it takes, to bring down anyone that they feel makes them look bad.
They throw the Christian values they are supposed to be living under
away, just to save face. Sad part of it is, I think some of them
actually believe they are doing a good thing for God. They are so
hooked by satans lies they think they are working for God. We are not
saints. We are sinners like the rest of the world. But I know for
certain we do not do anything to deserve the persecution that we are
always hearing. We have become accustomed to it. We do not waste time
fighting back. That is what satan wants. He wants us to waste our time
defending ourselves and fighting with others that were at one time
good friends. Make all Christians look bad. Please Pray for the
situation! For us to learn what the Holy Spirit of God wants us to
learn! Phimpha was appointed by the Holy Spirit to the position she
is now in. That is a fact that many will verify. Those persecuting us
do not think she should be there.
Mark 2 22-30
28 “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of
man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes
against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an
eternal sin”— 30 for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”
Mathew 12: 31-32
31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven
people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32
And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but
whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in
this age or in the age to come.
I truly believe that if those who are persecuting us now, were to
die today, they would not see his kingdom. And all just so they can
look good in this world. Pleas pray that they will turn back to God so
He can heal them. We do not wish for any to perish. We are trying to
keep all Christians together. That is very hard to do here. But we
must do, because that is the one way to show we are children of God.
If your life is going easy with no persecution perhaps you need
to step it up a notch for Gods work. Jesus said it best, That the
student is not above the teacher. If they persecuted me they will
persecute you. We must be on the right track because we get a lot of
it. They are fighting against God and the Holy Spirit, not against us,
so we do not need the prayers but they certainly do. God will protect
Phimpha wants me to tell you how impressed she is about how God
works behind the scenes for us, even when we do not know it. She spoke
to a friend recently who she had not spoken to for 4 years and he said
he had many times felt the need to pray for her, though he did not
know where she was now, or what was going on with her. But he must
pray. He had tried to contact her and find her but could not. We
happened to call where he used to work looking for him and he had been
brought back from retirement to help out there. We will meet with him
on Monday to get to the bottom of another situation that God put her
in the middle of. Two Christians claiming the same thing by letters.
One is obviously falsifying letters.
I am going to throw this out there. Not really sure if I should
but I will. We are hoping to come back to the states in the next few
months but we can not use donation money sent for our ministry and
kids here for our very personal use. Just does not sit right with us.
If anyone has a burden to help us get back to the states for a visit
we would appreciate the help. I will have to set up a place to send it
to separate from our ministry, or to be more accurate, someplace
Phimpha can not get her hands on it and give it to the needy. We also
have needs at times. We have not been home for a couple of years and
would like to visit. Some of my family is not getting any younger.
Unlike me on the other hand. (OK, maybe I am aging a little) Takes
about three thousand for airfare for her and I round trip.
Blessings To you all.
Rodney and Phimpha
Phimpha asked me to send out prayer requests. She is feeling
burdened and needs other to join with us in Prayer for the things we
think we need to do His work here. Sometimes we pray and get answers
quick, other times not quick but they come, other times they do not
come so I guess those are the ones He figures we can do with out.
We have been doing a lot of traveling so another vehicle would be
real nice. We have a neighbor taking some of the kids to school and
the rest take the bus, but it is costly to do When Phimpha and I go
out we visit many places so it is almost imposable to get much done
with public transportation. We are connecting with a lot of Churches
and most of them are in need of help. We use our tithe money to give
to the servants of God we meet who do not have enough support. Some
days it is like the poor helping the poor. We have been getting in
some donation as of late and I wish I could say we are doing great but
more coming in just means more going out.
We now have 4 staff and that is enough for now. Maybe one too
many but we will wait to see how it works out. The young girl Som who
went to do factory work returned to us. She still needs schooling
along with working with us but she is doing good on both. Then we have
Dawn from the attempted rape case who now works with us. And then we
have the older couple from church who are managing the place. He does
maintenance so that is a blessing. So far they have been doing a great
job. They were looking real tired at first and we were worried they
would leave but now with some extra help they are looking better. He
is working on the new dorm while I am out with Phimpha on other
ministry work. The ministry is defiantly expanding fast and we are
praying God keeps us supplied without the extra stress of not having
enough day to day. The salary for just the staff comes to 28,500.00 a
month. That is less than a thousand dollars a month 4 four workers
full time. They do not always get paid and when they do they end up
using most on the daily needs of the kids. They have the right heart
to work with us. At least the two older ones. If people come to us
looking for just a job they do not last long. It is 24/7 work. Same as
parenting with a lot of extra work thrown in on the side. We and them
have no day off. We try to give them some breaks now and then but it
is not much. Many say they like working with kids till they come to
us. Then most run after a few days or weeks. When they see what we do
and the outside ministry besides they think we are nuts. Maybe just a
little crazy for God.
We would like to get some instruments at home for our kids to
practice with. (Timothy House Band) I am amazed at how good they sound
during services at our church. They have only been at it a few months
but kids pick things up quick. Unlike old Dad here who struggles with
just the language.
The twins are learing Thai quick but with me gone so much their
English is lacking. We have a young volunteer coming maybe in Nov so I
am hoping she can help me with that. They speak to me in Thai, I
answer what I understand in English and they answer me back in Thai.
Can not get them to use the English yet but they understand a lot of
it. They are teaching me Thai now.
Pray for direction for the Women’s Ministry . Phimpha has been
praying and God tells her he will do something new with the group but
has not told her what that is yet. The committee is meeting the 7 and
8th of next month for Prayer and fasting to know his will. The old
committee had ways of raising funds for the group that Phimpha does
not agree with so also pray for financial help for that part of the
work. We have to separate the two ministries as soon as possible. God
knows the needs but when it is coming only He knows. Seems to me He is
late a lot but I can not argue with God. I do get frustrated with Him
but he doesn’t listen much to my whimpering. Must sound like a little
kid to Him.
I do truly Thank those who have been giving to us. Some we know
about and others we do not. The money just comes, Thank God!! Many
have been giving a lot and we thank them for their trust in us and His
ministry here. Our main purpose is still the same. Save souls for
Christ by helping them. It really works. We have been doing a lot of
revival lately as well. Bringing those who are disheartened with God
back to Him. Hoping our children will grow to continue the work. OK
this is getting real long and I must go pick up the boss so keep us in
Prayer and I’ll catch ya all later.
Blessings To All
Phimpha and Rodney and the rest of the team/kids.
Really!! we have a little extra time so I will write a little
again. We are waiting for the truck to get fixed, then we are off to
the Burma border for a few days, for many things that we need to do
there. Phimpha’s schedule is filling up so we are going while we have
a few days free before the chaos gets worse. It has been raining here
a lot as September is the worst month. Pushed the motor bike through
knee deep water going to church yesterday. It is now getting fixed too
by the neighbor kid. Lots of flooding around Thailand. I hope we can
get to where we want to go without having to swim in the dirty waters.
We are badly in need of another vechile. We are making two trips now
to church to get everyone there. Some people are coming from a near by
village with us so it is a good problem to have just no solution yet.
Also when we go out like today we leave 20 or so at home with just a
motorcycle to get around. Not good, but what to do? We were going to
get a rental car but nothing available at the place we have rented
from before. Pray about that for us. God knows what we need and he
put Phimpha in this new job so her needs to be responsible.
The forest people dug a ditch around the village to stop the
elephants from coming in to eat all the people’s fields and gardens
but it did not work. They cross and get around it. Slows them down but
when they are hungry they come.
I had a lot to say but the guy next to me is smoking non stop so I
will catch you all later.
Rodney and Phimpha out and about
I am writing this because I have a few minutes and I am at the
Internet shop so I can actually send it out. Just a little info on
the happenings here. Looks like Gods new job for Phimpha is not going
to be easy but he is holding her up so she is moving forward. Many
nights home after 9 pm then off again the next day. For some reason
(God power) she has been working more but is less tired. Her closing
eyelids have stoped closing so that means she is getting enough rest
when she does rest. That is a good thing as I was thinking she was
going down any day. It looks like the Ministry is going to divide into
two parts. One being the children and the home base and the other the
work God wants her to do now. As near as she can figure right now He
wants her to bring the people at the churches back together then the
churches together and to go out to the local communities and start
showing the love of Christ to anyone in need. That will mean many
things, but one I see is there will be more kids coming, because that
is the nature of the work. So the dorm will fill quickly. She is going
to be praying and fasting this Thursday thru Friday looking for
confirmation from Him on what she has been getting so far. Then next
month she will pray with her committee for a couple of days and
compare the results to come up with the next step. She is not sitting
still in the mean time. She is speaking to many and we are out
encouraging her team to get them on the road back to Christ. The
woman’s group was around 400 but is down to less than 200 now. She
knows how to encourage people and bring them back to Christ. She knows
how to be a servant to the community, the poor, the oppressed. She
fears no one with God behind her. She one time spoke to the leader of
the Army in the whole northern region. He asked her when she seen him.
“Aren’t you afraid to talk to me. I am high in rank and many fear me.”
She said she was not afraid. He was shocked. Put down his phone and
asked, “What do you want from me.” She told him to protect the
children she was working with and have his solders watch out for them.
He has done that and more. He said many people want to meet with him
and try hard to make an appointment. He said I don’t know why I let
you come see me on the drop of a hat. She just smiles because she
knows why. If you are in His will you can do anything. But you have to
go out first. Do not contemplate what must be done first, or make big
plans, just go and he will make it happen. That is faith. We see it
first hand everyday.
Ok she just called and I am the chauffeur so gotta go.
God Bless to all and keep the prayers coming.