The girls at Hope Home began another school year. All but one are in school. We now have three in high school, two in elementary, and two in kindergarten. The littlest one, Lucy, spends her days taking naps, doing a little bit of school work, and tagging along with the adults. We celebrated the opening of the school year by going on a girls afternoon out for cold treats at a nearby coffeeshop.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Monday, April 30, 2018
Yet again, the Lord provided some funds so we can take all our boys and girls for a two-day trip to the beach. We ALL had a grand time. The kids played in the huge pool (where we stayed) tirelessly and enjoyed the sand and the waves at the beach. For two of our girls, it was their very first time to see the ocean.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Friday, March 30, 2018
Everyone looks forward to Tuesday evenings. We have a weekly big family (Hope Home family) devotions at the home. The children look forward to spending time together - we play ball, badminton, or card games, we prepare the meal together, or just sit and enjoy being together. We eat dinner together and then have a time of singing, devotional, and prayer time. These times are treasured.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
God answered one of our prayers. We have been praying for Nom's (our Thai co-worker) mom. We've been asking God for open doors to share about God. Today, she came to church for the first time and showed much focus and interest on what Ed was teaching. Please pray for understanding of spiritual things and for open heart. God is at work!
Monday, January 22, 2018
Friday, January 19, 2018
Kabinburi is home. It has been home for almost 15 years now for our family. God certainly brought us through tough times as well as joyous and victorious moments. He is faithful and good. We consider it a privilege to be serving here. Thank you for continually upholding us in prayers. We appreciate your partnership in the Lord's work here. Thank you. We face 2018 with much hopeful anticipation - greater things have yet to come to this humble town of Kabinburi.
(L-R: Evamie, Darlene, Ed, Pastor Soonthon, Nut, Lucy, and Pearl)
The year began with a special visit with our friends, a Thai missionary couple serving in Cambodia, Pastor Soonthon and his wife Nut. They came to encourage us and help Ed do some odd jobs at the Hope Home. These two are dear friends and dear servants. We thank God for having known them for more than 20 years now.
Sunday, December 31, 2017
This year we decided that we will do away with "stuff" for Christmas presents for our boys and girls. We surprised them with a special treat - a trip to Bangkok to a huge mall for fun and ice skating. Both the children and the adults had a blast! What a fun memory to keep in our hearts for many, many years.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
We had a small and intimate Hope Home family gatherings on Christmas Eve. We had a small Sunday service. After lunch, we decorated some Christmas cookies. The big kids and the adults enjoyed decorating. The little ones feasted on the frosting. Later that evening, we had our annual Christmas Eve feast. Our bellies were full but our hearts were more full with thanksgiving for this "family" God gave us.
Friday, December 22, 2017
Darlene had the opportunity to share about what Christmas really means with her adult ESL students. These Thais have never really known the true meaning of Christmas. What an opportunity to share the Gospel using Christmas ornaments. Afterwards, we enjoyed a sweet treat together.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
The children worked hard and prepared and practice for three weeks for the Christmas program held on December 17th. They did an amazing job with the songs and recitations. We invited parents to come and a few of them came. Thailand doesn't celebrate Christmas. It is not even a holiday. Ed did a clear presentation of the Gospel. We praise the Lord for yet another opportunity to share the love of God and the reason why we celebrate Christmas.
Sharing the Gospel through the Christmas story
The lower level English class sang a two songs
A high school student read a Christmas poem in English
The upper level English class recited Psalm 23 in English
All the children sang two songs - one in English and one in Thai.
They did a wonderful job!
The Filipino ladies sang a special song - a medley of Christmas carols
We shared a meal afterwards
Enjoying a meal together
Enjoying fellowship over a meal
The kids lined up to receive small tokens from Ed
Merry Christmas, kids!