We again need prayer. We are starting our annual Youth Camp tomorrow and need prayers for all who will come. We ask for God’s touch to be upon those who attend. We are expecting about 180 to be part of the camp. Not including the 20 or so adults that are needed to run the camp. It will kick off tomorrow evening 31st. and go till noon on the 2nd of April. We are totally without any funds right now to work with but it will go on. God will do His part, we need to have the Faith to move forward. We have two weeks of training session after the camp.
Also the social department is working hard to stop our ministry and bring charges against Phimpha. She is on her way as I write to an appointment with the government officials. She is asking for Prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit to answer the accusations they will throw at her today. She has been under persecution for years and knows God will do His part, we just need to Pray and follow His lead. It has been wearing on her lately. She is tired.
Thank You for Praying with us.
Rodney and Phimpha
Hello from Thailand
First off it is hot here. It’s been right around 100 or more degrees every day the last two weeks. Hard to adjust after the long cold spell we had this winter.
Kids come and go in our little family. Some leave on their own because they think they know better than Mom or Dad. Others leave to college. I usually do not know how many we are taking care of every day. We just feed the ones that come to the kitchen to eat. We usually have a few extras during the day, be they kids or adults. I think we average between 25 to 30 mouths to feed every day. I just counted on my fingers and came up with 20 kids directly under us. Give or take one. Five adults living here, counting Phimpha and I. It is a lot of food that God provides for us every day, year after year. It never ceases to amaze me. Then there are the ones on the outside that we help. Families near and far, the other children’s home up north, servants of God with no support and the list goes on. There are the camps and training sessions and women’s groups and conferences. How it all gets done and where all the funding comes from is nothing short of a miracle. It has taken me many years to get used to not knowing what we are going to get and from where. All I want to say is our God can make it all happen because of the prayers and those that help us from the burden of their heart. The bible tells us we can do nothing without Him and that is for sure. If anyone thinks we have it easy here they are welcome to come and give it a go.
We are down to two kids from Vietnam. Two are staying home with their mother who can provide for them and the other two have support from their grandparents who are raising them. The one the loan sharks were after is now safe. We sent him home with half of the borrowed amount which satisfied the sharks and they are making payments on the rest. We are being spread too thin it seems at times. There is so much work to be done and so little time or help to do it. Phimpha has been working so many hours so many years she has finally started to say no where she can. She was home most of two weeks trying to rest. She is just burnt out. About time I would say. I do not have even half the responsibilities she does and I too am getting some burn out and a little depression. Not to worry just keep the prayers coming we are on the mend. It is hard to decide what priority is when there is so much priority as we see it.
I have been here over 9 years now and see the kids growing up and finishing high school, going on to college. Just one big family that will never end. We just picked up a new boy a couple of weeks ago. He is finding his place in the family. I think he will be OK. His name is Wechai. He is 13 or 14. I will write more about him later when we know more.
We have youth camp the end of this month and some training after that so please keep it all in prayer. A lot going on till the middle of April or later.
And last but surely not least. The persecution is still strong. We are asking for prayer to keep it all in check. It comes from satan and we know he will lose all in the end. Until then he is trying hard to stop as many people as possible from choosing salvation. How can anyone fight against God and expect to win. Pray also for those who are spreading the persecution. They need the prayers as well because they are domed to destruction. Jesus said to pray for our enemies.
Blessing to All from Timothy House.
Sometimes things get trapped in my head and I need to spit them out to get rid of it. This writing is one of them. It is not pretty or easy to read. I believe it is from the Spirit and I know people do not want to hear it. I answer to the one who has control of my soul.
What is a soul worth? Or to put it more into perspective. What is a human life worth? What would you give so that one person would be kept from the second death? What do you think it would be worth to that one person if they would be allowed to enter into eternity instead? If you were that person it would be immeasurable.
What are you willing to suffer on this world, in your lifetime here, to save that one person? Does this sound too far out? Something we need not think about or deal with? What does Jesus tell us about the most important thing we can do in this life? First is to Love God wholeheartedly. Second is to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Why do I bring this up again? Because I am human. I want many things in my life to make me satisfied. God can give them to me and I look to Him for some and try to take some for myself. Lately I want to quit. To have a normal life, to take care of just my own children. Take time for myself and buy things for myself. More than just a snack or cup of cheap coffee. So I need to keep reminding myself. WHAT AM I WILLING TO DO TO SAVE ONE MORE PERSON? I think about crazy things like this. I need to keep reminding myself. “This short life is NOTHING.” There is no way we can comprehend what Heaven and eternity will be like. Our minds are not capable of comprehending something we do not know. I am free to imagine all I want, but it will not be what I imagine when I get there. How can we imagine the feelings or pleasures when we have never been in that realm? Heaven is not a continuation of this life. We are so trapped in these shells. Our minds are so limited to what we can think or do. We feel we are smart. We call God on the carpet for doing things we think are wrong in our opinion. How dare us. God tells us His thoughts and ways are higher than ours and not just by a little. We feel it is a bad thing if someone dies young. Or if there are great disasters that take many lives. I feel the same. But what if we knew without a doubt, “It is better to be dead than alive.” Can you imagine that? If that is true, and I believe it is, then we need to celebrate when someone is done with this world. Some live in such pain they want to die to be at peace. Some feel there is nothing to live for anymore so they just let go and die. This is not uncommon. God alone knows what is best. He is the one we deal with after our life in this realm ends. I always joke and ask. “Why does no one come back from the dead? Because they do not want to.” The glories of the next world are so far beyond what we can imagine no one wants to go back to a life on earth. Satan wants us to believe and fight for our lives. Take all we can for our own pleasure! We are not hurting anyone else so it is OK! Every sin we commit is because we want something that we do not have. We make the decision to go against the two rules of Christ. It’s that darn free will He gave us. There I go, blaming God for my own sins.
If we truly love our neighbor as ourselves, then we will do everything in our power to bring them along with us to heaven. All that we have would be expendable to be used to achieve that purpose. All that we have. Spare nothing for ourselves. Am I willing to go without what I want, for my neighbors sake. Or do I go the 10 percent tithe. Do I give tithes because I can use it as a tax deduction? Do I stop giving to God if it does me no good for taxes? Are taxes of satans world or Gods? Do I only care about the IRS or am I really looking to build my treasures in Heaven? What do you think is more important after we die? Do not get attached to your life in this world it is very temporary. The next one for eternity is the one that counts. Yet we work so hard to retire in this world then die. Hoping we have done enough good deeds to make it to heaven. Wake up!! Our retirement is in HEAVEN!! Why waste your life trying to have 20 good years here and throw away heaven. That is the lie satan has us believing. Eternity is forever, this life is not. Doing good is not a way to get to Heaven. You cannot do anything beyond accepting the free gift to get to heaven. No amount of being good in this world will get you there. That does not mean you can do anything and get there too. If you love God and your neighbor, doing good is natural. All sin is from selfishness. Pure and simple.
So I will not quit the work I do here because I know without a doubt this is where God wants me right now. As much as I want to quit and go home and enjoy life with my children and grandkids I cannot. This life means nothing if I enjoy it and loose the next. I need to keep reminding myself, “What am I willing to do to save one more soul?” Truth be told. I do not feel I am doing enough yet. Not even close.