From Phimpha: Written by Rodney
Whatever I do belongs to God. This is my witness. I only share it
for the glory of God.
Most of the kids who come to Timothy House do not have any
documents. They usually have not had good care and they lack
documentation that shows they are Thai. Without that paperwork they
are not really considered to be anything in this country. They cannot
get an education or any benefits from the government. They have no
rights as a person and often get abused with no recourse. By the
mercy of God He does what others cannot do and he allows us to get
papers for them.
I was asked 3 weeks ago by an old friend to help a boy (Gea), get
identification. I had been working and traveling a lot the day before.
My friends try to encourage me to rest. They tell me, “You have been
working so hard, you need to say no and rest. Others have tried for 11
years to help this boy get papers with no success. It cannot be done.
No encouragement for me. Yet the burden in my heart does not let
go. Many times I wonder why God does not make it easier for me. I
awake in the morning with many problems. I complain to God. Why you
not encourage me. The Holy Spirit said, “Go! I will show you I am with
you.” So I go. No gas in the truck to get to my appointment one and a
half hours away. No money to buy food when we are out. No money for
kid’s school for that day. No matter what the situation around you. If
the Holy Spirit says go, you go. Never pass up the chance to show out
Gods Glory. Trust that God can do what no one else can.
He was born 14 years ago. He has a brother 4 years older but
has yet to meet him. He was given to a lady (Whaan) at one month old.
She was to be a nanny for him. She noticed that he was sick the day he
was dropped off, so the next morning she took him to the hospital.
His brain had an infection and they put a tube in to release the
fluid. He was in a coma for 4 months. During that time the parents
disappeared. The boy survived but with brain damage. Whaan took him
home. She found out later that the parents were in jail for selling
drugs. She continued to care for him. The father was released 2 years
later and was working to get his family back together. The mother was
still in jail. The father was riding his motorcycle to get the young
boy and got into an accident and was killed. The mother was released a
couple of years later because she was sick. She was sent to her
hometown where she died of aids. Gea was now orphaned.
We arrived in Chachensago that day on borrowed money. This was
our second trip to them. I told my friend who had asked for my help
on this case to go to the hospital where he was born and try to get
some verification for him. She went and was surprised at what she
found. The hospital still had the birth registry paperwork from 14
years earlier. It should have been thrown away years ago but it was
not. The nurse on duty that day still remembered the mother and the
baby. The nurse remembered the mother because she arrived by motorbike and was so poor she pitied her. The nurse also remembered the single case because she (the nurse) named the boy Gea. This was the first confirmation that God was doing His work.
On my way down I spoke to one of the leaders in the government
that I knew personally from a few years ago. He said to go to a
specific office and ask to speak to the leader there. When I got there
she had no interest in helping me and brushed me off with, “I have a
lot of work to do.” I sat down and prayed and waited. Twenty minutes
later she came back. I told her my old friend Nopephadone had sent me
to her. She suddenly changed her demeanor and asked me to tell her the story. Seems she had worked under my old acquaintance years before. As she listened to the sad story God changed her heart. She said she would help. Everyone who had come with me was so surprised that she was now willing to do what no one else said was possible. God was
working it all out. The leader asked me what was in it for me. I told
her, “Only to show out Gods glory and to give Gea a chance for life.”
Whaan is a new Christian of two months. She lives down a small
trail in the middle of a large city. She is very poor. She said her
life has changed in many ways now. She had asked to get hooked to
city water many times but was always turned down. She was forced to
use dirty water from the nearby canal for bathing and cleaning
clothes. She went down again a few weeks ago to ask to get hooked to
city water. The leader of the water department came out personally and
asked, “Were do you get your water from?” She pointed to the dirty
canal. “He said you take care of three children and use that water?”
He said: “I will send out everything you need and you will have clean
water today.” She says that God raised her from the dirt, to being a
human. The first time she has ever felt human in her 64 years. She
told her neighbors that a Christian lady was coming to help her get
papers for Gea. They said: “Christians lie. It is impossible to get
him papers.” They said; “If he gets papers I will seek after your
God.” She called them on the way home from the government office and
told them it was time to do what they said.
God has His ways.
I should not answer God by complaining because in the true of my life he never ignore me. He always listen and answer and provide everything we need. We always have food for the kids.
Truck never stops running, even when no gas there. I not shamed to tell you what I think. What I think about him when I complain is not the way God is. He is never cold and always helps us. But by His mercy he still use me. The person who is weak all the times. All problems around me depress me and that also show me how weak my faith and how deep my relationship with God. That make me know myself more and put more trust in Him.