Skymiles?

In my last update I thought the flooding would let up, but boy was I wrong. I hear the river in Bangkok is rising higher and higher. It is not raining around us but not so up north. The problem is the dams up stream were ordered to hold their water to slow the flooding below them. But then the rains increased and now the dams are way above capacity so they must release a lot of water to compensate for the runoff still entering the reservoirs, so the river is now flooding worse than if they would have not held the water in the first place. At least that is my explanation of what I think is going on. Man messing with Gods design again. Many are under water and many factories closed. The people in the flooded area’s can not get food
because the trucks can not get into town to deliver in the usual places. Many are evacuating to dry ground. The markets near us are OK because we are in a farming community but many of the stores way out of Bangkok can not get resupplied. Their shelves are mostly empty.

With factories flooded no product is going out and not roads to deliver on even if there was product. It is a real mess. I am sure it will close many businesses. Most of the Government offices in the country are closed, and the workers ordered to help with food and sand bagging. All we can do is Pray. We had ordered food for some people in the flooded area but they called before we got it, to say they had to evacuate. The army and police and government workers are evacuating many as the water is expected to rise further. We at Timothy house have food in the area, but little money to buy it and the people in Bangkok have little money and nothing to buy. As usual when people are suffering they band together and help each other where they can. We are not directly involved with the relief efforts due to being 3 hours away. Many of the major freeways are now closed as well. The airport is still open and accessible.

I have heard that it is possible to transfer sky miles from one person to another. I did not know that. So Being we have not received anything yet for a trip home for Phimpha and I, I was hoping maybe some of you have some sky miles laying around that you would be willing to send to my Delta skymiles number. Rodney Wojciechowski
SkyMiles #2686517380

Two years ago when we came home I had saved enough miles for Phimpha and I to fly round trip from Seattle to MN. We only had to get to Seattle from Thailand so it saved us a lot then. I am not sure how many miles it is from Thailand to MN but if we do enough that would be great. I currently have 21,280 miles that I can use for Delta or its partner airlines.

I want to throw this out to you all, as most of you receiving this are the one’s who donate to us.When you all send donations to His ministry here we take out 10 percent for tithe and give some to our church and the rest to the servants of God we know. Those servants we personally know who work a lot but do not get anything for salary or very little. Gods servants here are usually the poorest of poor that we see around us. Most would be far better off with a steady job, but then they would not be Gods servants would they. They like us have to make the choice every day to serve him and not look to comforts of the world. We help where we can and when we can to encourage them to continue His work for the kingdom. Many times it is lonely for them. Because Phimpha and I are also servants and not paid a salary I would like to ask permission from all of you to use some of our tithe money to save up for a ticket home for Phimpha and I. We would not keep all the tithe every month just some. It will take a long time to get enough to get home but eventually we would get there. I have no income of any kind and neither does Phimpha. No savings to tap or retirement of any kind to draw out, so we are hoping this is agreeable with those who donate to us here. If you do not think this is OK with God let us
know. We have prayed about it and feel it is OK to do.

We have 4 people coming next month to volunteer with us for a while. I pray the airport remains open and we do not need to use a boat to pick them up. Two from Australia and two from America. The kids are excited, as always to get volunteers coming to stay a while. They really get excited when it is someone who was here before. If you have never donated your time pleas volunteer for something. Your time to someone in need means so much more than you can imagine. It makes them feel like they have some self worth. You both will remember it always. I have a lot more I could tell you all but then these updates get to long. I wish there was a way to relay all that happens here in just one day. Most days it would be a small book in itself.

Blessings To All
Rodney and Phimpha and the kids.

Youth Camp Prayers

We kick off youth camp today through Monday. Please pray for the newcomers and our children as well, that they will get closer to the big man upstairs. Not sure how many are coming. Not a lot we think but we never know.

Lots of flooding around Thailand with more rains on the way an dams upstream that are releasing water, so rivers are rising. We are OK at Timothy House but many friends are vacating or living on the second floor. It is a real mess in places. Worst ever for many.

Add cold showers to the list of things to get used to when living here. I am not there yet.

Blessings
Rodney and Phimpha

Can you get used to? Wet toilet seat?

Just one of the things ya get used to here. Most bathroom do not have toilet paper so one must use a sprayer to clean off. I actually like it better now that I have gotten used to it. PS. If you have boys and the water on the seat is yellow. Wash the seat off with sprayer first then sit down.

Being cold at 70. Maybe my age has something to do with that. I am used to the humidity for the most part. I remember stepping out of the airport for the first time thinking, man it is humid here. I could never live here. God is still laughing about that one.

Ants on your plate, in your food, bed,biting your feet, living under your mattress, a colony of them, a colony in your shoes overnight. There are ants here that I call homeless. They just congregate in a dry dark place and carry their eggs with them where ever they go. I always pond out my shoes in the morning. Had many frogs and toads and ants and scorpions. Put my welding gloves on the other day and forgot to pound them out. I felt something in one of the finger holes and quickly withdrew. After some prying and coxing a five inch centipede crawled out. They are the biting kind that Thai’s are afraid of. I have learned to respect anything the kids are afraid of. They know because they play with bugs all the time. Now is the big beetle time of year. They are about two inches long and bigger than my thumb. The kids catch them and keep them as pets. Making them fight each other and feeding them fruit.They do pinch but not hard enough to stop them from playing with them.

One night a while back a jakajohn few into the room at night. Lot and Green and Ahm started playing with it. It makes a very loud noise when you touch it or pick it up. They are harmless but very loud and vibrate, so if you grab one for the first time you immediately drop it when it screeches. They have played with them before but this time they were pretending to be afraid of it. They chased that thing around laughing and running for half an hour. It flew out many times but kept coming back for more abuse. Finally Lot ran over and just smacked it on the floor with his hand and that was the end.

Bugs crawling on you. Sometimes I just keep working and wait for them to fly off. If they don’t fly after a while I will brush off whatever it is because then it is probably an ant and will bite you.

Geko’s on the ceiling pooping in your food plate below or on you. One landed in my soup. I fished it out and kept eating. Hey! I was hungry.

The slow pace here is a good thing to get used to but many times frustrating for me. Being the chauffeur and an American I want to get going. Elephants in the yard, snakes anywhere any time. Our worker (Anunn) was cutting grass the other day and came across a snake he came across and tied up to show us when we came home. I would never have approached it. It was over ten feet long and was bigger around then my thigh. A very large Python. They make a very loud hissing noise when riled up. He somehow got it into a sack and dropped it deep in the forest. Sorry it was gone before I got a picture.

There are a lot of things one gets used to here that I never thought I would have to in my lifetime.

Spicy food! I now seek out some chilies or the food tastes flat. I Thank God most every night for a soft mattress and real pillow and a roof above that does not leak. A mosquito net is a real plus too. Spent last night on the floor of the church. Lots of mosquitoes.

I won’t even get into the driving. Lets just say it keeps the heart pumping.

Living in Thailand has been a huge blessing for me as well as hurt (from missing family). If you ever get the chance to spend a lot of time in a foreign country try to do it like the natives do, not the tourist, and you will go away with a changed life.

Side note: Our Youth camp this week from 12-17. Keep it in your prayers. Like our schedule wasn’t busy enough.

Blessings to all Rodney and Phimpha