I had the information wrong for the payment next week. Seems it
is the end of the time for the 3rd payment and we need to pay it in
full. $9,000.00 USD. A small amount for some but an impossibility for
us without your help.
If that payment is made we will just have the last one of about
$21,000.00 USD. Another impossibility without your help.
We Thank God for those who have been answering to our needs. God
knows and credits YOU.
Our daughter Amy is doing much better. She sent me some pictures
yesterday of herself and food that they brought her. They took her IV
out and the feeding tube out of her nose and she was very happy to be
able to eat after 2 days, a long time for a teenager with out food.
She has been getting a lot of friends from school visiting her. She
will talk to someone tomorrow about why she decided to do this.
Your Servants in Thailand
Rodney and Phimpha
To our Brothers and Sisters in Christ
In my last update I told you we needed $2,000.00 USD by the morning and Thank God we got that in on time. Then she made a new agreement with the land owner to pay them 100,000 baht a week ($3,000.00 USD). We actually had this week’s payment. Next week we are still praying for, and the week after that etc. Thank you for all the prayers and keep them coming till we can secure this land to begin the project that God has showed us. We are down to less than $30,000.00 USD now. Some of our Christian Brother and Sisters are really stepping out doing what they can to make this happen. We are so grateful they have answered to the burden of their heart. Any amount is a great help.
The rest of the ministry is not stopping. We have many people still calling for help and we help all we can anyway we can. The hardest for our hearts is when they call needing help and we try but cannot find anything or anyone to give. We give all we have many times with nothing left for ourselves but the difference is we have Faith in our God, many do not.
Most of you I would think remember about all the trouble we had with the Social Department when they took our children away by force. Well last week the court date for Phimpha finally came up. She spent 2 days in court answering their questions and listening to the charge against us that they used to come and take the children by force. The charge was running a Children’s home without their required paperwork. But the real reason is because we are Christian. The next court date is the end of this month. Pray for justice to be upheld and pray for those that are persecuting us. They are in a lot more trouble than we are. They do not know our God.
I started this update a couple of days ago. It is now 4:30 am and I just returned from the hospital checking up on our daughter Amy. I don’t know what it was all about but last night she decided to overdose on whatever medicine she could find. I ran her to the hospital and they will keep her for a few days to make sure her liver and kidneys continue to work. I think it was more for attention than suicide. satan is attacking us very hard lately. That is a good thing because it confirms we are making a lot of trouble for him. Jesus said we would be persecuted and we defiantly get our share.
I am planning to return to America in the next few weeks. I need to spend some time with my parents and also for some training I need, to continue the path that God is calling me to. I will explain about the training later on after I have checked into it more. I could certainly use some help with the tickets. This land has tapped us out and we are deep in debt.
Sorry this update is a lot of wants and needs. It has been a real struggle for Phimpha and I to keep Faith. We will stand strong and never stop. We will stand strong. We will stand strong. When all else fails STAND.
Rodney and Phimpha
As most of you know we are working on securing land here in Thailand to build a restoration center. We would like to be out from under the payments to the owner. We are looking for anyone who would be willing to take a small risk to help us. When we started to inquire about the land the owner wanted 3.5 million baht ($106,000 USD). Because we are not looking to run it as a business but as a place to help the poor in the area he accepted our offer of 3 million baht ($90,880). We made an agreement of four payments of 750,000 baht ($22,720 USD) every 2 months. As soon as we had a signed contract we hired a contractor to dig a large pond on the far end of the property and use the dirt to raise the level of the site because it was a rice field. A rice field here is always lower ground so it can be easily flooded to grow rice. We paid the contractor 650,000 ($19,690 USD) baht for the completed work. We have made the first two payments on the land and also paid off the contractor in full. We are working on the 3rd payment now and are struggling to get it paid. With the added value of the dirt excavation by the contractor and the reduced price initially by the owner, the land is valued at over 4 million baht ($121,000 USD) and there are buyers waiting to purchase it if we default on the agreement. We owe approximately 1.25 million baht ($37,900 USD) So we have an asset of 2.75 million baht ($83,000 USD) which is more than enough to secure a loan for the property.
So the question is would anyone with $38,000. USD be willing to lend it to us so we can pay off the land, get the deed and secure a loan, which we will use to repay what was lent to u,s plus any fees or interest required. She has already inquired about it from the loan company and because the amount owed is so small they are willing to do the deal without any cosigners.
We had plans yesterday to sell my old truck to make the payment for today, but after prayer she decided against selling it to a non Christian. She wanted to keep it in the family of God. It is in very good shape for the years and kilometers on it. She is hoping to be able to give it away to a Christian in need.
We also had someone yesterday offer to pay off the land for us but they wanted the land to be in their wife’s name. We plan to build a large complex on the site pursuant to what God is telling her to do. It is not the point of it being in our name or not. The point is we have no problem in walking away from it empty handed and leaving it for other Christians to operate. We just don’t care about material things on the world. They are just a tool to be used to bring the lost to salvation. If God tells us to give it to another and walk away we have no problem with that at all. There is nothing on this world that we would not give away if that is what God wants us to do. Nothing here is important. A large complex or a large church or vehicles or whatever means nothing. No amount of material possessions are worth more than one soul. If you don’t believe that then re-examine where your heart is. The entire material world will pass away but the one soul lives on if they have salvation in Jesus Christ. And that is the whole purpose of the restoration complex that God is showing her to build. It is for the lost. It is not a kingdom here on earth.
So please keep us in prayer. We will not allow satan to stop what God is telling us to do. We need a little less than $2,000.00 USD tomorrow morning with no hope of getting it on time from anyplace. Yet we have faith and pray and go on. Private message me if you are willing to help.
Your fellow servants of Christ
Rodney and Phimpha
Dear Brother and Sister in Christ.
Phimpha here. I am working as a missionary along the border right now. I know people who sacrifice their life to follow the Great commission of Jesus Christ (Mat. 28:19-20) must walk away from what they have if they are truly going to enter into a life of service. Before committing to the Lord, we were working in a different job for living. But when we offer our life to the one who is calling, our life belongs to the Lord and to His leading. No missionary, not even one, wants to sit and create a project just to raise support, or sit and wait for another person’s money to live on. It would be shameful to do that. I have choices but I choose to answer the Great Commandment. In the area where I am working now is along the border between Thai and Cambodia. I have started a project to build a center where broken people can come to receive healing and wholeness. This has been on my heart to do for some years now and feel that the time is right to begin. I received great favor from God as the people sold the land for a cheap price and they also agreed to take four payments as well. We are pressing into God, in faith for this money. I have a team around me praying support and encouraging me to keep on going, even as my faith is being tested! I only seek to follow the vision that God has given me. Some days that is easier than others as I know you all will understand as a child of God. I work in a border region that has seen so much ugliness, where lives have been so affected and are still being affected by all the poverty around them. There is so much despair, brokenness and loss of hope for a better life. Alcohol, drugs and trafficking, both of people and goods is rampant in this area and you can easily think there is no way to help them – but God who came to save those who are lost, to heal the broken and bring sight to the blind has a plan! I can do nothing without Him, of myself I have no wisdom or power, but again and again I have witnessed the power of God’s love turn things and people around. So I am excited as we look to the future and picture the people that are going to come through our doors and find that God has a future and a plan for their lives! I am so thankful for your support financially. We are past the time for the third payment for the land but we have not of what we need. Please patient with me. Please pray with me and offer to support the kingdom of God.
Thank you so much for your love and support.
Phimpha, your sister in Christ.
Mat 28:18 Then Jesus came up and told them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Mat 28:19 Therefore, as you go, disciple people in all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
Mat 28:20 teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. And remember, I am with you each and every day until the end of the age.”