Joyful greetings in the name of Christ. Thank you so much for your love and prayers. We are sharing to you some of our stories this month. We want to begin with Andrew and Luke:
I was trying to concentrate on my study but the noise of the two little boys happily laughing and playing wildly had distracted me in a good way. It made me smile. The moment gave me an unexplainable joy and assurance that we made the right decision to take them into our life. Nataset (Andrew) and Flook (Luke)have eventually adjusted and settled in the family, the long hour of crying were finally over. As a matter of fact they are enjoying the love being showered to them by their older brothers and sisters.
We thank you not only for praying for us but also for being part of God’s answers to our prayers. Your support, gifts and contributions have been sustaining us and our ministry.
In our previous newsletter, we shared to you about the temporary roofing we put up five years ago to prevent the rain from coming in the dirty kitchen and laundry area. The tarp roofing had became old and worn out it was no longer able to serve its purpose. Some of our friends learned about it ande collected funds among themselvesfor the installation of the roof and construction of the bench and sink.
We are grateful for God-given friends who are ready to help us in time of need. The construction of the roof and the sink is almost complete. We also thank the Lord for our handyman friend who found time to do the work in spite of his busy schedule.
Narlin and Lea went out to Laos to get non-immigrant visa. We did not bothered to review the supporting documents provided by the Network for Children and Women Association (NCWA)-Mae Sai, and even if we did we could not have noticed it because the documents are written in Thai. The small error caused the Thai Royal Embassy in Lao to deny Lea her visa. However, the immigration officer told them that if they can submit the corrected paper they can issue a non-immigrant volunteer visa right away.
Because of the time and distance, Narlin and Lea decided to settle with a tourist visa for the meantime and come back to Laos after two months with the correct documents. She may have failed to get the visa but it was a learning experience that can be useful when the need to get volunteer visa for people who want to come and work in Mae Sai.
Month of June, we celebrated three birthdays. Narlin’s birthday was on the 14th, Nataset on the 18th and Joey on the 19th. Jillian celebrated her birthday without us for the first time in the Philippines. It is the eighth year that we celebrate our birthday here in Mae Sai. God is good and faithful. We are hoping to celebrate many more of our birthday here.
More Prayer Concerns
- Pray for strength, wisdom and boldness to share the gospel to the people we encounter every day, moreover, to the people we are teaching and we befriended.
- Please pray for our health specifically to that of the children. The rainy season has started and it seems that dengue breakout could not be prevented because of our proximity to Burma.
- Please continue to pray for all our children’s schooling. The school expenses are taking its toll on our budget. We have 10 children on elementary school and 2 in pre-school with one of our children in high school and two in college in the Philippines. We thank you so much for your prayers and support for this particular need.
- Pray for our partnership with Network for Children and Women Association (NCWA). We are thankful to God that the association is able to provide government recognition to our children’s home. In the future, we are hoping to work with individuals, foundations and organizations for future projects to help improve the life of the people both physically and spiritually.
- Pray for our visa. As we have shared already, the process in extending visa in Thailand takes a lot of time. Our work permit has been extended already. The next step would be to extend our non-immigrant volunteer visa. We need to be physically present at the immigration office and to pay the fees for three people--Narlin, Reuven and Joey
- We are thankful for our miracle truck. I could not believe that the truck has been with us for almost three years. We have been using it everyday to drive the children to the school. We also used it for our outreach activities to the villages. I noticed that the tires are wearing out. We are praying for God’s provision as we might be replacing them before the year is over.