We pray all is going well with you and your family. We have had a busy few weeks. The colder weather at this time of the year has been a welcome relief for us.
We continue our work in the villages. In one village we have just finished telling the story from the book of Genesis and showed a movie about Creation and other stories in Isan language. We are encouraging people to tell stories to others in their village, including their family, friends and their grand children. There has been a good response to this storytelling.
Putting seed into foam to germinate
We have new neighbours in our street, a Thai lady and a German man who moved in a few months ago. Through this couple, we have started working together in the village of the mother-in-law and have met quite a few new people. While we are building connections in the village, we are setting up an aquaponic system in order to trial this method of growing food and maybe supplementing the family’s income. An aquaponic system is like an hydroponic system but instead of relying on the addition of complete chemical fertiliser, we use fish to supplement the fertiliser for the plants. This system should grow fish as well as vegetables.It will be very interesting to see if this set up proves beneficial and profitable for people in the villages to grow food and make a small profit. We were so blessed to be able to purchase a complete aquaponic setup second hand from another Christian organisation.
Just needs some finishing off, plants and fish
Wolfgang started on the preaching roster at the church in an Assembly of God, Khon Kaen. A young university student translated for him. It was her first attempt in interpreting and she did an awesome job. It will be good to see her develop her gifting in this way. It is difficult to find people who can interpret well. The same day we had an outreach event at church. Many people of the community come for lunch. There was gift giving and other fun activities, the most popular being a Christian band from YWAM (youth with a mission) playing local folk music (morlam). It didn’t take long for some of the ladies to get up and dance in their beautiful Isan style of dance.
Playing Morlam Music at a church outreach
The Flourish program is on its way again with one course running at the moment for Thai staff at a local institution and a few more courses are planned for later in the year. The Flourish course has been such a blessing as a tool to form relationships with others in the community of Khon Kaen. It is great to see young women ‘bloom’ as they realise their value and worth as women.
“Lord you have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear,
To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may oppress no more.” (NKJV)
Praise and Prayer points
-We Praise God for the ‘Flourish’ program’ and all He puts in place
-We praise God for the supply of the aquaponic system
-We praise Him for the funding received for the translation of Flourish material
-Please continue to pray for the ongoing translation work
-Please continue to pray for God leading us in His work
-Please pray for ongoing relationships in the new village
-Please continue to pray for a suitable Isan or Laos person to work with us