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.