Hello from Thailand
I have many updates floating around in my head. Time to get one out.
We have been busy but not so swamped as before the conference. A few hours of much needed rest here and there. Keep praying for strength for us to do His work. It is never ending.
Phimpha speaks ounce a month at another church about an hour from us. After service when we went to leave, a young man of 14 crawled into the back seat. I never know what is what so it did not surprise me. Then Phimpha said: “This is another son of ours.” Which means, he is going to be living with us for now till ……. Seems his father gets drunk and beats on him so the mother came with a small bag of his and asked Phimpha to let him live with us. We will take him in and see if anything can be done on the home front. Imagine going someplace with your mother then finding out you are not going home but being sent with strangers to live with them. We always do our best to comfort them quick with the Love of Christ. He is still adjusting to his new family. He seems to be very polite and respectful. He is not a Christian yet but will be soon. We are taking him to his new school this morning to see it and meet the director. Also we will ask the director to oversee our training of our twin boys. They will be 4 next month and we will begin to teach them at home in English and Thai. They can be tested at the school and get credit through them. Eventually we will apply to register here for our own school. We are thinking of an international school at this point, which just means the teaching will be in English.
The school year is ending here in a few days and then after a short break the new year begins. We currently have kids in 5 different schools due to circumstances and the level of the children. We do a lot of travel in both directions from home to get everyone dropped off and picked up.
We had a woman we know and her husband walk up the driveway the other day. They have had trouble many years and both beat on each other at times. We always had her side of the story but never his. Looks like they will be with us for a while. They have improved a lot in just a few days. He is not Christian and she is a poor Christian at best. If he stays around he will become one soon. Pray for the Holy Spirit to touch their hearts with forgiveness and understanding so the years of abuse can stop.
We also have another older lady from the Church in Pattaya coming to live with us for a while or years. She is in her upper 60’s
Then a man in his 70’s coming from Pattaya too. We are getting a house ready for him as he does not walk well.
Our son Amin, who’s mother died recently, has a younger brother that wants to come back to us also. He should be here soon.
Our family continues to grow. If they come as planed we will have a family of 30. Nineteen children and 11 adults with our current guests included. A lot of mouths to feed.
We went out the other day to meet with a Christian lady for the first time. She gave her testimony and we listened. Almost 20 years ago her mother died after an illness. She was the only Christian in the family. There are no undertakers here and the family has to deal with the body. Getting it cleaned up and dressed. Then they put it into a simple coffin and take it to the temple for the Buddhist ceremony and cremation. She died about 10 am in the morning and all day long the lady kept asking her family to allow her to pray for mom before they put her in the coffin. They finally relented. Mom had been dead for many hours and was cold and stiff by late afternoon. She began to pray. After about 15 minutes Mom sat up and said excitedly: “Where is that man?” Her surprised daughter said: “What man Mom.” She said: “The one dressed in white that brought me back here. I want to bow down to that man.” The daughter said: “That man was Jesus Mom and He lives in my heart.” Mother said: “I want Him in my heart too, right now!” So then and there she accepted Christ. Mom lived another 15 years and 50 more people from that area that seen what happened accepted Christ that day. They started a church that is still going.
Many of you reading this do not believe in Miracles but we see many and hear of many more. God is the same God as yesterday and always will be. God gives us opportunities to perform miracles through Him. It has nothing to do with us. He uses them to wake people up and to show His Glory. He does miracles everywhere, all the time through those who believe in Him. All we need is the small mustard seed of faith to pray for it. I have another story of two miracles that I will share later. I share what I hear and what I see. I share because when I hear of the testimonies of others and the miracles that have happened to them it really encourages me and my Faith. I never tire of them. Not everyone reading this will believe and that is why Jesus says: “Those that have ears will hear.” We have free will, given by God, to believe and accept Him or not. If you do not believe in miracles, at least believe that Jesus is the Christ. The Son of God. He wants all to have salvation. The free gift of eternal life. Accept it and live.
Blessings from our house to yours.
Rodney and Phimpha and the rest at Timothy House.