|Flooding in Pattaya, Thailand|
Many have written to us about the floods in Thailand with great concern.
This has been an unusually harsh year for weather, with great extremes (it seems to be that way in the States too). Now is the end of the rain season in Thailand, and Thai people are accustomed to flooding, but the massive scale of the flooding this year has caused great suffering.
Over 700,000 homes are under the flood waters, in many regions of Thailand. and the death toll is up to 270 people. For many in the deepest of poverty, they do not have the resources and networks of relationships to get assistance. Your prayers for this situtation is urgent.
As far as Blessing Home goes, it is on high ground, but as you see from the picture above, much of Pattaya is flooded. Getting around Pattaya is very difficult, because many roads are closed, and traffic is at a standstill. Fortunately, the children of Blessing Home live on high ground as well. Teacher Pui of Blessing Home said that there was an upside to the flooding in Pattaya. When we asked her how the floods could be a good thing, she said that it keeps the sex tourists away. We had to agree with Pui, that is a good thing.
On a pleasant note, for the last two weeks, we have been visiting our family here in the States, traveling between Kentucky and Louisiana. Seeing everyone, especially our grandchildren, has been a tremendously great time of spiritual refreshment for us. Being away from our family for most of the year is the only part about missionary life that we find to be difficult. The rest is just challenges and inconveniences. But we praise God for the internet and Skype. While we are away, we can still contact our family. God is good!