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Trip to Thamasaat

On our last day off we took the girls over to Thamasaat University.  It is only about 15 minutes away from our house and it provides for some good walking without too many stares. 

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That day we were not missionaries.  We were tourists.  There is an obvious difference.

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Hannah is staring at the sweeper lady who I didn’t know was standing right over my shoulder.  Those ladies are EVERYWHERE.

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My pretty girls

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Hannah loves her beach hat.

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It’s been so long since we had a family picture.  This was the first time I’ve used the timer on the camera.

Military Crackdown

After two months of protesting, the Military and current Thai Prime Minister has decided to crack down on government redshirt protestors.  This is a very sad time for Thailand.  This country has not seen this type of violence in decades.  As of this time, the fighting/rioting has remained in the central area of Bangkok and in our area we are still able to get food and supplies without any problems.  Please pray that the violence does not spread to other areas of the country and that the fighting will end soon. 

Life has an excellent photo gallery of the conflict. 

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Easter Baptisms

This past Easter Holiday, our church and the new church plant connected with it had a joint baptism service on Tuesday.  We went out to a lake and it was very encouraging to see many people being baptized.  Praise God.

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Our Home Church

Currently we are working with a Thai church and have partnered with a Thai pastor to do outreach, bible study, and assist in a new church plant that just started Sunday morning worship about 1 year ago.  Here is the picture of the front of the church.  It is about 7 years old.  It is a very nice building compared to what I have noticed is typical here.

 

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Here is a field right across the street from the church.  Common scenery in central Thailand. 

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Vendors set up just about anywhere here.  You will never be in a situation where you can’t find food.  Here is a small cart that has set up just outside the church.  Breakfast!

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We would appreciate your prayers for Khlong Luang Church and for our Thai coworker Prasit. 

That God’s people here would be given a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ.  That the eyes of their hearts would be enlightened  to know what is the hope to which He has called us.  Our prayer is the same for all of you too.  Thanks for your friendship and prayers.

Who owns what?

I’ve noted before on this blog about the generosity of Thai people.  I’ll say it again.  They can’t be outdone.  If you seek to give someone something, you better believe they’ll give you something right back.  In my mind I sort of keep points.  Every time they do something for us I give them a point and then I try to get the score back to even, at the least.  Well, that is not an easy task at all.  They just won’t let me do it.  The other day I bought a chocolate drink for the neighbor kid, and then I turn around and there I receive two mangos in return.  I’m not sure from where exactly, but I suspect it was from the mother of the kid.  Who knows.

The idea of ownership is completely different.  Often we see kids in America, and sadly Hannah is sometimes this way, hoarding their belongings and getting upset if someone else plays with their toys.  In our experience here we just don’t see that in the children as much.  That community mentality is much much greater, especially when it comes to food.  Sharing is ingrained in who they are. We are learning how to share better, and to be more generous.  But it does take time.  Here is Hannah playing with the neighborhood scooter.  It’s pretty cool.

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God’s care for His children’s children

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Lord willing, Molly will be baptized this coming weekend.  She is now 8 months old and seems to be able to do new things every day.  She’s crawling around and pulling up to standing on her own now.  As we reflect on Molly and how the Lord has given her to us, it fills our hearts with thanksgiving. 

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
(Psalms 127:3-5)

How strange it is that God would not only forgive us, adopt us and sanctify us, but that He would also reward us.  How far we are from deserving a reward in this age or in the age to come.  But in Jesus Christ, we have become His children, and he rewards his children with good things.  He has given us Molly and Hannah along with every other good thing in our life.  But…it doesn’t even stop with us!  The care and protection and promises of God are not to Paige and I alone.  The promise is to us and to our children too!  John Calvin reflects here on the blessings of infant baptism:

How delightful it is to pious minds, not only to have verbal assurances, but also proof to the eyes, of their standing so high in the favor of their heavenly Father that their children are also the objects of his care!  Here we may see how he acts towards us as a most provident parent, not ceasing to care for us even after our death, but consulting and providing for our children. Ought not our whole heart to be stirred up within us, as David’s was (Psalm 48:11), to bless his name for such a manifestation of goodness?

Calvin, Institutes, IV, 16, 32