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We switched it up! My turn.

"You should always let Chris stay home with the kids and you come out with us,"  Mae Laam told me after a full day of teaching and visiting house to house. 
Coffee in hand, Faith, Jennifer and I jump into Bill's truck, 9 am, the sun is bright and the day is fresh. I can't help but be full of excitement because it has been a while since I've seen the team; today Chris and I have traded places. After a short drive, we arrive at Mae Laam's house. Food is already prepared for us, so without hesitation I eat all the yummy food they put in front of me, to the point of basically needing to unbutton my pants! 

That's when it starts, a flood of testimonies. My brain is trying to filter through the words only to realize it isn't Thai, she is speaking Isaan. My face must have looked confused because Bill began to translate.

"A long time ago I was really sick. I was so sick the doctors didn't even know what was wrong with me. I tried everything and didn't have any hope. I knew I was going to die. My granddaughter said she knew someone who told her there was this Jesus that could maybe heal me."

The granddaughter had heard about Jesus from a friend (that friend's mother was one of the believers from the beginning of the church meetings out in the villages, her name is Mae Toy).

"This woman came and told me about Jesus, and I believed. She asked if I would like prayer and I said yes. I was healed that very day." 

My eyes were full of tears. Mae Laam had been a part of the house church group for as long as I can remember. I have always been so moved by this woman's faith, her example and encouraged by the pillar she is to the community of believers in her village.

The story continues.

Mae Toy speaks up now. (This is the woman who shared the gospel with Mae Laam and led her to the Lord.) 

Mae Toy had been experiencing some abnormal uterine issues. She had been so sick and unable to eat. We'd been praying for a few weeks for her healing and just 2 weeks before she had gotten a clean bill of health from the doctor and was feeling recovered. She started to tell her story of healing. 

"When I was in so much pain I cried to God. 'I know you can heal me,' I would say. But my healing hadn't come and the doctor was certain he needed to do surgery to remove my uterus." 

Mae Laam looking at me interjects, "I told her to have faith. Don't be worried." 

"I was worried," admitted Mae Toy. "I started to feel better, but I was still scheduled for surgery. I went to the hospital and told them I didn't want the surgery. I had to go through some tests and if they came back ok I wouldn't have to have the procedure. I waited at home for the results to come in the mail. Mae Laam told me to have faith. A few days later the results came. I opened the letter and it said all was clear. I started jumping up and down praising God. I had to go to by bedroom and shut the door. I couldn't stop crying and praising God. I am so excited about what God has done. I have to shout and tell everybody." 

I realized in that moment how much we need each other; how the body of Christ needs all its parts (1 Corinthians 12). I was reminded that God is always busy at work in the heart of people. Here in Thailand so many are without hope and have no way of even having a chance to hear of the Good News that God has a hope and a future for them. That doesn't stop God, He is still stirring and moving in their midsts. I am filled with gratitude for the believers, few as they might be (a mere .63% of 69,565,000, the entire population of Thailand) and I am especially grateful for the body of indeginous believers we work with, who function remarkably like the early church in the book of Acts.  


 

Trip to Mae Sot 

We traveled to another province on the border of Burma to visit a school/church our friend, Isaac, started up for refugees fleeing Burma. Bill and Julie organized an event for the kids, brought art supply packets, and were able to give gifts to the teachers thanks to the generosity of supporters.

I got to share the story of the prodigal son and Julie brought the gospel and shared how Jesus leaves the 99 for the 1! One of the activities for the kids was a coloring sheet, illustrated by a Thai artist in our city. It was a drawing of Jesus, our Shepherd, carrying His recovered sheep.
If you feel led to give to Isaac and his ministry, click the link here. Make sure to select "Isaac Hughes" as your gift preference.  

Some fun things from our

highlight reel...

Addie and Emma with their ballet teacher, and the students who performed at their performing arts school this month. Check out my Instagram post here

While we were on the border of Burma we got to visit a couple of waterfalls! 

All of this would be impossible without your prayers and support. Thank you so much for continuing to invest your time and finances into our lives and the people of Thailand. Thank you for being faithful as the body of Christ. It is a great privilege to be partners with you in bringing the Gospel to the ends of the earth. 
 
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