Those of you that know Spiritual battles. God sent this verse to Phimpha and I am forwarding it to you all for Prayer. The power of prayer is what we need.
Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Ephesians 6:11-18 KJV
So often times when we are under persecution we want to fight back, to stand up and speak out about the situation at hand. Prove to others that we are right they are wrong but that is not what God tells us. We need to look beyond the world we see. We cannot fight spiritual battles with our strength or our own wisdom. We must call upon God to stand in the gap for us. Spiritual battles are not won by physical means. To fight against demons we need God and His angels to fight for us. satan knows human nature and wants us to fight and respond because he knows it is useless in spiritual warfare. One cannot throw a punch at a demon, it is like swinging our arms wildly around in the air. But a simple prayer from a righteous heat will bind him up.
Never lose sight of the battle of this world. Look beyond what you see and our physical capabilities. Look to God our real strength.
Those of you that have ears to hear this request and understand Please Pray for us the next few days. The battle is the Lords.
Your Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Well Phimpha made it to Minnesota. She is staying with my sister in Clear Lake Mn. If anyone would like to meet her while she is there you can connect to her on Facebook. Search for Phim Pha
She is supposed to be resting but she is worried about us here so she is working like crazy translating a few hundred pages from English to Thai. I do not think she understands what the word rest means. Still it has got to be less commotion than a lot of kids after her.
She is supposed to head down to Maranatha one Sunday but when is up to her. She has a return ticket 3 months out but I know she will never make it that long. If she can she will change the ticket to an earlier date for the return flight. Personally I am hoping she gets rest. She is really burned out.
Must be an elephant in the village, a lot of bangers going off. Getting close and they make me jump.
Keep us in prayer here while she is gone. Satan started in on us the day after she left but God has our back so we just need to pray more. My human side wants to worry but my Spirit side is at peace. I am learning. Faith, gotta have a lot of Faith every day.
I am tired so will cut this short. Good Night from the other side of the world. Mn is early morning yet.
Hello from the Front Line in Thailand
Sometimes I have to remind myself I am out in the mission field but it is also home for me because my family here is Thai. My family in the states are American. God has given me two lifetimes in one. They are as different as night and day yet as humans we are very much the same.
This is going to be a short update I think. I need to get moving soon as the kids are already getting up to go to school. It is 5:30am now.
I have to be honest here. It is very difficult for me as an American to continue asking others to donate to us to keep God’s ministry going here. And I am sure there are those reading this now who disagree with us in the asking but like your needs there ours are continuous also. God provide but He does it through you all out there by putting the burden in your heart. Then he counts it as a blessing to you when you pray or give to His ministry here. I have to keep reminding myself this is His ministry. He has provided for us through many in many different ways over the course of my 10 plus years here. I always feel like there should be another way to make this ministry run and we keep trying to do things to be able to help ourselves become more self sufficient but no matter what we try it does not bring in even close to what we give out. All monies that come to us go to the work. We have no savings or retirement accounts. We have basics for life but nothing beyond that for ourselves. I even have a hard time feeding myself at when we are low on food. I am old, not growing like the kids. We take care of around 28 people ever day mostly kids and young adults. 3-4 disabled adults depending on who is here at the time. That is our immediate family. The outside ministry helps over 400 every month with food clothing supplies and monies. We would do more but God has limited us right now to this. The greatest outreach is to help people in need. Those that have nowhere else to turn to. There are not the social programs here like in America or other more developed countries. Retirement here for the old or disabled averages around 15 USD a month. Living is cheaper here but certainly not that much. Word spread fast that we give out because we are Christian. It is not normal to take care of outsiders here.
Phimpha is heading stateside this Sunday for rest. If she does not change her ticket she will be there 3 months. That leave me and a couple of other to try to keep us all fed here and the bills paid. I sat down with her the other day to see what was needed every month. It amazed me because we give out so much more than we get in our monthly checks for support. Some of you give to us every month but I do not know who most of you are or what you give, but I want to thank you so much for the monthly help. Our monthly average is a little under 1,000 USD a month. It varies a lot depending on the burdens of the heart. Our immediate family needs run about 3,000USD a month. The outside ministries run about 2,400 USD a month. The camps, conferences, training, outreaches are another 3,500 USD on top of all that. It is staggering to see that the majority of our income is by Faith. We must rely on God to send us help many times a month one way or another to keep His ministry here going. We never know where it will come from and that is why I ask for prayers a lot.
Please consider helping us here for the next 3 months while Phimpha is away so she can rest and not worry about us here. She needs a lot of time with God to recover and to look for advice on how to keep doing His will but being able to take time out for ourselves. No matter how much we do we never feel it is enough. Green just brought in his piggy bank because we have no money for kids school today yet and they will leave on the bus soon. He has 20 baht enough for himself. I have 40 baht that I have had sense Sunday and it is now Wednesday. Time to use it. I gotta run, time to start the day and find some coffee.
Blessing from Our House to yours.