Hi to All
The 10 wheel truck driver seen the little girl look toward him
and stop at the edge of the road. She had a water bucket she was
carrying on her shoulder. He continued toward her but as he got just
about to her she started to run forward in front of his truck. There
was no way for him to stop in time. He looked in his mirror as he went
past and seen her fly backwards down the steep embankment. He slammed
his brakes to a stop and ran back to where she was. At that moment she
was crawling up out of the ditch and apparently unharmed. He was happy
and angry at her at the same time. He asked her what did she think she
was doing and hit her hard on the shoulder. It seemed she was not
paying attention to him. Her eyes were searching across the road in
the direction she was going. She started to cry and walk away. He went
back to his truck and left. Stopping in the village to tell the story
The little girl was Phimpha. Her mother had died just a few weeks
before in the hospital. Phimpha was 8or 9 years old. She never
understood completely that her mother was dead. Even though she seen
her mother in the coffin at the memorial service. She always hoped she
would come home. She was now living with an Aunt and after school it
was Phimpha’s job to fill the water jug from the canal. She filled her
buckets and seen the truck approaching and stopped at the edge of the
road and waited for it to pass. As she waited she looked across the
street and there was her mother. She was standing there and heard her
mother calling and motioning for her to come. She said come,come, come
here. Phimpha was so excited to see her mother she started to run
forward. Oblivious to the approaching truck. As she stepped out onto
the road she felt a hand grab her by the shoulder and pull her
backwards with such force that she toppled backwards into the ditch.
There was no one behind her. She crawled up out of the ditch and was
not paying much attention to the driver. She was frantically looking
across the road for mom. Mom had vanished.
The amazing thing to me is not that God sent an angel to save her
from certain death. The amazing thing to me is that satan has the
power to make her mothers spirit appear or some other spirit appear,
to lure a child to their death. How many times has he used that or a
similar trick to lure children to the road or into a swiming pool
or…. I think of it because just 2 weeks ago a little girl was
waiting along the road with kids on both sides and as I approached she
darted out alone, at a full run across the road. She was maybe 4 or 5
years old. I locked the brakes and missed her by inches, as I seen her
in my mirror running back home. I was shaking for a long time and
Thanked God over and over. I don’t know how she could have stopped and
turned back so quick.I believe God was their for her too.
We must never underestimate the power of evil and how much satan
wants to destroy us. As Pastor Mike always says satan’s biggest lie is
, “I do not exist.” He is alive and well on his kingdom. The earth is
his kingdom, and we must always be on the look out for his tricks. If
this were Gods world there would be no pain or suffering.
Phimpha asked for Prayer for Timothy House and the kids. Satan
has been working hard to try to close us. It will not happen as long
as we are in His will and we know we are. Pray for safety for the kids
and all that work and live at Timothy House.
From our Hearts
Rodney and Phimpha
Don’t know how else to say it. Daily Life maybe.
We were supposed to take a break this week. At least that is what Phimpha said was going to happen last week. Well after Thursday we kind of had a break. I worked on the building taping the sheet rock. Man am I slow. But, keep plug away where and when I can. Our help, Anun, hurt his wrist and now has no strength in it. I think he may have torn a muscle or tore a tendon.We will get him to the hospital as soon as we get enough to pay for the doc. He was lifting Sonuk. The man who lives with us and had the back operations. Sonuk can not walk and has to be carried to the bathroom and bathed etc.. Sonuk is now in the hospital for a month where they will try to get him motivated to walk. Anyway with Anun out of action for a while, the kids dorm is on hold unless I’m around. Got one room done (as far as I can without a door frame)and working on another.
The rains have let up some. It is definitely drying out now. We should be into the dry season now. The air feels different, a little less humid maybe but hotter. Still rain around but not the quantities we had been getting. A lot of people’s homes were under water and I am sure many still are but I think the worst is over. At least that is my opinion. One good thing about the houses here is most do not have any insulation or sheet rock to get destroyed by the flooding. They are
mostly cement, block, or wood. When the water goes down they dry out and are still OK. Mind you it is a mess but at least they do not have to tear out and replace interior walls like in the cold weather climates.
The kid youth camp went real good. Thirty kids, five days long. She gave them a diploma at the end. It was a camp to teach them how to be polite to others with the Bible as the example. They all had a good time. They met today after church to start planning for the Christmas party. Not sure what is up, but knowing Phimpha it will be good and involve anyone around who wants to come.
Our family has shrink a lot a couple of weeks ago. The lady from the rape case who had been staying with us the last 8 months moved back home taking the 4 kids with her. Then Jom, one of our kids that has been with us 3 years moved back down south. Him and his sister had been with us because their Mom traveled with her new husband from job to job. She now has a place to stay and a job cooking so he went back to his mother, but his sister (June) is still with us. Her mother said she can not control her and she minds better for us, so she will stay here. It is sad to see him go, but he will be back on school vacations. He came as a small chubby kid and is leaving as a tall slender young man. I think he grew a foot and a half when he was with us. Children are always better with their real parents, if the parents are good. We raise and care for the ones God send us then if it is time for them to go we let go.
Sorry gotta run, got kids waiting for me.
Blessings to All
Rodney and Phimpha and a smaller gang.
I just feel like I need to Thank all of you that keep us in
Prayer and also to those who support us financially. Being out here in
the front lines we get a lot of publicity for what we do but we are
just the tool. Without everyone that Pray’s and supports us we are
dead in the water, so to speak. Without God!! we can do nothing.
Without Prayers for protection, I know we would both be dead by now
because of the many threats over the years. With out donations we can
do little to help those that He sends to us. We feel like we struggle
a lot, but we are still here doing what we can for God. If you support
us through prayer or donations you are a part of His Ministry. Many
like to give us the glory for what we do but you are the ones who
help to plant the seeds and bring them to Christ. God does not credit
it to us. The credit is given, by God, to the many people working
together that make this ministry happen. You all work behind the
scenes to hold us up. Because you answer his calling in your hearts
there are many being saved. It seems that wherever Phimpha goes out
and speaks people and church members are getting hope and
encouragement and turning to God. We know it is because of the power
of the Holy Spirit touching them. It is amazing how many are being
affected by His ministry and it is credited to you all for His
kingdom. At the same time the persecution we are facing from others
has been on the increase, so we know satan is not happy with us. He is
doing everything in his power to side track us and wear us down. He
has attacked us personally and is also attacking our children’s home
any way he can. He wants it to fail and for us to run away. He is a
looser and though we are tired we know we are in His will, so we
continue the fight.
Thank You from the bottom of our hearts.
Rodney and Phimpha
Rodney & Phimpha
Getting tired of these updates?
The day after I sent out my last update about using tithe money
to pay for a ticket home to MN for Phimpha and I, the Spirit woke me
at 4 am and said no go with that scheme of mine. Basically he said I
can not use tithe money for myself and still call it tithe. He quickly
brought to mind Mathew 15 where Jesus is asking the Pharisees about
using money for mom and dad and calling it money for God. (Corban.) So
we will have to wait for another way to get home. It is a good lesson
for me when I think I am in Gods will but really not listening and
testing it against the Bible standards. If we want to take a little
every month and call it salary that is OK but not tithe. I am
surprised nobody called me on that. It is OK to let Christians know
they are not following Gods road. Keeps us on the straight and narrow.
My friend Jim called last night and said Delta has suspended
flights to Bangkok till the 14th or so because of the flooding. If you
were planning to come see us then you will have to wait. Actually we
do have a volunteer coming in on the 16th. We are praying she makes
the deadline. She probably leaves from the states on the 14th. The
waters are still high around the city and most of Bangkok is or will
be underwater. They say the airport will be OK just hard to get to.
Perhaps building on a river delta was not a good idea.
Anyway I will keep this short. I just felt I had to let you all
know. Not often I here the Spirit clearly.
Blessings to all.
Rodney and Phimpha