We have been back in Thailand for 5 weeks now, and this is the first week we have been working from home. It has been a slog of hard traveling and we are very happy to be in one place for a week. It gives us time to get recuperate and to do things like writing this blog, which we have wanted to do for two weeks now but did not have a chance.
All praise be to God for answering your prayers on behalf of Vicki Brown. Vicki is feeling much better and both Carol and Vicki are doing well now because of your faithfulness in prayer. Prayer warriors like you are the powerhouse of the mission. Thank you. And all praise belongs to the Lord.
Carol and Vicki are servants of the Lord who do life-changing, life-saving ministry at Blessing Home Isan. Last week Sherri met with Saow who is a member of the Almighty God UMC in Nonsomboon. Saow has a 17 year old daughter named Khawpoad and a 13 year old grand-daughter named Namdaan who are provided weekly services through Blessing Home Isan. These two girls receive full scholarships for uniforms, books, transportation, and school fees to attend school as well as after-school English classes with Carol and Vicki.
|L to R: Namdaan, Maeng, Saow, Ann, and Khawpoad|
Saow and her husband Maeng are subsistence farmers who also work odd jobs to live from day-to-day. They are Christians and their lives have been transformed through Jesus Christ. Saow radiates the love and joy of a new life in Jesus Christ to all around her, and she is great blessing to all of us. But the crushing poverty and illness in her family caused them to run out of funds for school for the children in their household. If it were not for the ministry of Blessing Home Isan, these two teenage girls would have to be sent to the big city to find work because they could no longer educate or feed them. These girls would be in great danger of being trafficked.
When Sherri met with Saow, she wept with tears of joy and thankfulness for all the help her family has received. She said that Blessing Home Isan has changed the lives of everyone in her family. Then Sherri told Saow about all of you in the States who support the ministry with your donations and your prayers. And Saow wants to say thank you to you. So now we are relaying Saow’s gratefulness for your generosity which is making all of the difference in the world to her and her family.
Carol and Vicki have not only been teaching English to the teenagers who are served at Blessing Home Isan, but they are also doing finance training and micro-loans with members of the Almighty God UMC. Saow has been receiving business training and we believe that her family will pull out of poverty in the future.
On another praise note, Pastor Nampon of the Almighty God UMC recently married Joy. Joy is a friendly hard-working young man who was Pastor Nampon’s first love many years ago, before they were Christians. They were separated for many years, and since then, both of them became followers of Christ. They met earlier this year at a Christian training event in Northeast Thailand and things took off from there. We had the privilege of attending their wedding, which took place in the fourth building which is being built at Blessing Home Isan. This last building will be the sanctuary for her church. At the time of the wedding, it had a concrete floor and a roof but no walls, making it a perfect “picnic shelter” for the ceremony. Since that time, construction has restarted, and the walls are being built.
Thank you for your prayers and support. May the Lord Bless You.
|L to R: Prauw (assistant to Carol and Vicki), Vicki Brown, Pastor Namporn and Joy, and Carol Fare|