Here I Go!

So Here I Go

This is another update, but with me (David) at the Helm this time. First things first,
thank you to all of our supporters around the world. We are truly the body, the church,
and the Bride to be, (1 Corinthians 12:12-27). More about Bride topic later, if I get to it.
As far as the body and church thoughts, a week or so ago Phimpha gave a talk about the 9
“gifts” talked about in 1 Corinthians 12:8-11. As I read the verses she talked about, I wanted
to know more, so I read the full chapter with some before in chapter 11, and after going
through into chapter 14. I was troubled, because I have no manifestations of the spirit as
such but, sill felt I was part of the body/church. After spending some considerable time in
prayer and reading again, I found a key that helped me. I thought it might help someone
else. (So we really are the body/church.) I share with you, and if there is hope for me (even
just in writing this update), then there is hope for you.

Going over what I had read in 1 Corinthians 12 yet again in my troubles, verse 31
arose off the page. “But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more
excellent way. There is not enough time to go into all the details, but please notice the
last part of the verse……and yet I show you a more excellent way. Halleluyah! My answer
came. It is so clear now. No matter what gift, gifts, fruits, or manifestations, or any number
of any or all of these, there is a better way. What Paul follows up with in his first letter to
body at Corinth has been called the chapter of LOVE…..the famous 1 Corinthians 13. In
chapter 13 and verse 13, the end of verse 13 states…but the greatest of these is charity.
or LOVE. So, with help from God I can love as described in this chapter. This is better or a
more excellent way, because this is the foundation. Once we are rooted in this kind of love,
HE can use us in the details; teaching, healing, apostles, and the like. Such a revelation to
me. I thank GOD that HE still speaks to HIS children, and that through his written WORD. In
my personal prayers, my strongest request of recent is to love as our Redeemer loved. So
keep seeking, keep praying, keep reading, and let us always have HIS kingdom in the front
of our minds. Thanks again for your support, we could not do this without you. We are the
church.

Updates, happenings, and current events with Love and Care Project Foundation. Wow.
Can there really be more? Here is a one day summary. Late yesterday, Tuesday March
26 around 10 pm we got back to Timothy house from the hospital, Luke had ankle surgery.
He had a stainless-steel plate removed from a break then corrective surgery years ago that
has been recently causing him pain and trouble. The surgery went well, and recovery has
been good, however when we were gone for 1 day and 1 night, 2 of our temporary staff
left without warning. They were temporary, meaning they said they would help us till the

new bathroom building was finished. That status is; the pillars/foundation in and metal roof
supports going up even as I write this, not even close to being finished. They took some
food and tools that belonged to the foundation. We pray for healing on both sides. OK,
next one. One of the community ladies we were helping decided to go back to Cambodia
with her abusive mom and live, this again when we were away for Lukes surgery. They
were here less than a week, and looked like a good workers. I guess it is family ties that
drew them away. OK, next one. Again while we were away, Phimpha gets a call from a
social worker in a nearby town wanting her help with a new case. She left Luke and I at the
hospital, took care of some other business, but also accepted our newest family member.
We now have a 5 year old boy, whose Dad denies him, Mom is an addict/prostitute, then
not sure of the problems with his grandmother that does not allow her to care for him. This
same social worker has 5 other cases (less urgent) that he asked help with. We simply can
not right now. That covers yesterday. What’s more, about a week ago we took in a lady
that another church member had been assisting, but then asked for our help. We have this
woman who is in her mid-40s, but because of a car accident her mental status is in the early
teens. She has at least one child that her divorced husband cares for. I told Phimpha that I
have and continue to thank GOD for her big heart. What a blessing to be a part of.

I have read only a few of the updates, and I think they are good. Rodney asked me
to start writing them because I am here in Thailand, while he is in the U.S., so I am closer to
“the work”. I am not good with computers, but can get by. I plan on being more active with
updates and emails, and the internet. I hope my writing style is not too different from
Rodney’s. Please be patient with me. Please continue to pray for us. Our greatest need is
for Thai “missionaries”, meaning Thai Christians with the same heart and desire for the work
that we have. I know I did not get to the bride topic yet, but plan addressing that next time.
Till then or, Heaven. David.

God Builds a Bathroom!

Hi everyone!

 
     I am still in cold Minnesota but I will try to write a little about what is going on back home at Timothy House in Thailand. I have been talking a lot by phone, with Phimpha and it never ceases to amaze me at what God will do for us if we make a conscious decision to follow Him, everyday. God knows what we need. He will provide it at the time we need it. He will provide everything we need to do what He asks of us. All we have to do is move forward. Then and only then, will He provide the next step or gifts for us to complete His work. If we sit there knowing what God wants us to do but do not move in that direction, He will not provide the next step. We can not force God to work by our standards. Who are we to test Him? We move out in Faith, knowing that He will provide all. When I left for Minnesota I was in the middle of building a kitchen. There are always on going projects so there is never a good time to be away, but God made it clear I must return to MN. So here I am, but the work back home cannot stop. Phimpha never really worried to much about the construction of buildings. I always had a hard time trying to get her to understand the construction terminology in English, and then she would have to try to interpret that, to Thai construction terminology, that she did not know. So after I left and she decided to continue the construction. She hired some workers and a friend came over and said he would work as the supervisor for us to complete the project. God even sends the right help at the right time. So as they are talking to her about what they are going to do she is not understand the terms and all. She prayed to God and asked Him for help on what to do. Then He gave her the gift of construction. She said when they were talking about something like the footings she would get a picture in her mind of the footings. Not only a picture but it even had the dimensions on it too. Like looking at a blueprint. She was amazed. Even if she did not know the word for the part of the building they were discussing she can see the picture of it in her mind and immediately know what it means. She even asks questions about the rest of it from in the picture in her mind and they say yes, that is right. We can do that. They think she is smart but again, it is just another example of what God will do for us. She is so amazed at the new gift of understanding. So the workers came to build a kitchen, but with the other bathrooms we have that so far from the construction site the workers were using the woods as a bathroom. We have two bathrooms for the 25+ people that we usually have around so she decided to start first on the new bathroom near the big house. We had planed for it, but never the time or money to do. She started thinking about it and God gave her the picture of the finished bathroom in her mind. She can see it and explain what she wants to the workers. Right down to how to do the plumbing, which she had no knowledge of beforehand. If we have the faith, there is no end to what we can do. God will do everything for us, we just need to move. Do not test Him by saying  “OK God if you give me the money and people to complete that project then I will start.” No we need to move and have the faith God will do His part. He will test us over and over again on this. 
     That is why I am here. I know He wants me to do some work for Him here in the states but I do not have the skill to do it, or where to start, but I know I have to do. I can not do it in my mind, but with God behind me why worry. 
     Phimpha has been under a lot of work, as usual and God gives her the little things to let her know He is there for her. The other morning she is feeling a lot of weight and two little birds come to sit in the open window above her and are chattering to each other. The words of Psalm 84:3  Came to her. “Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young, a place near your altar.” God is so good and patient with us. Trust in Him alone and our lives will be a living testimony to His goodness, that He bestows on us each and every day .
 
In Christ
Rodney and Phimpha
Apart in the world but together in Spirit.