Saturday, May 7, 2016

We Have Girls!!!

After almost a year of waiting, we got a call from our ministry partners up north that they have three girls for us! We quickly made plans to go pick them up. On May 4th, we traveled 14 hours to a northern town close to the Thai-Laos border to meet Star, Ruby, and Goldie. Our hearts are so overwhelmed with God's faithfulness and guidance. They have warmed up to us very quickly. We are thankful. Goldie, the youngest has been attached to Darlene's side since.

Praises to God Jehovah who have been watching over these girls even before we knew of them. It is our prayer that they will grow up to love Him above all else and see His mighty hand guiding them.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Annual Songkran Festival (2016)

Songkran is Thailand's New Year's celebration. It lasts three days (April 13-15) and is most well known for the large water fights that ensue between the people. The tradition originated from the pouring of water on Buddha statues and on the palms of their elders' hands. The pouring of the water on the statue represents the washing off of one's sins and bad luck. Unfortunately, they do not know the truth about Christ and His sacrifice for us. His blood washed away our sins, and following Him results in our great reward when our time comes.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Darlene's English Class

Darlene teaches phonics class during the weekend. The students can be a little rowdy sometimes, but they do enjoy learning with her every week.

It was all boys in class today!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016

Work Day at Hope Home

Fixing up the Hope House property to get it ready for the girls to move into. We swept the dust inside the building, and cleared the cut grass and weeds outside, while Jojo watered the plants and trees. We are thankful for all the hands that helped with the work.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Spiritual Birthday Celebration

Puy, one of our disciples that has been studying the Story of Hope, accepted Christ as her Savior. Praise the Lord for our new sister in Christ!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Story of Hope Bible Studies

We praise the Lord for two "Story of Hope: Bible studies every week. One lady brought her friend to our church. This friend recently became a believer. Another one is a young lady we met almost a year ago. Please pray for her salvation. Pray that God will continue to reveal Himself to these dear ones as we continue to study the Bible chronologically.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Dinner | 2015

What an opportunity we had to share the Christmas story over dinner! Ed's mom and step-father attended, along with a few others who are not yet believers. Ed clearly shared the Gospel. We continue to pray that even through an informal setting like this, Jesus is proclaimed.

We thank the Lord for these dear ladies God brought into our lives to disciple. They are a blessing to us and they have become part of our family.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015!

We wish you a Christmas filled with the wonder of the birth of Christ, the warmth of the Holiday spirit and the love of family and friends.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner this year which we held at the Hope House for the first time. It was great to have non-Christian Thai friends join us again this year. God has done great things and we are thankful!

Thanksgiving 2015

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner this year which we held at the Hope House for the first time. It was great to have non-Christian Thai friends join us again this year. God has done great things and we are thankful!

Monday, September 14, 2015

How Often?

How often does it happen that someone would come to us because he/she is interested in learning about God and the Bible? Not often this past week, we had not one but two! Two people who really want to study the Bible. Somehow someone else planted the seed of God's Word in their hearts and God led them to us. We are overjoyed and encouraged!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

New Intern

We got another short-termer through ABWE home office. Joy Walker arrived in Thailand the first week of September to work with us for about a year. Joy comes with experience both as a missionary kid and as short-term in other countries. She has so far displayed nothing but eagerness to learn the language, get acclimated to the culture, and get right down to work. We are thankful for longer short-term help.

Weber family with Pearl Inion (team mate) and Joy Walker (intern)

Monday, August 10, 2015

Thai Mother's Day 2015

Thailand celebrates mother's day in August on Queen Sirikit's birthday, August 12th. We celebrate at our church on August 9th. We praise the Lord for 10 mothers who were present. Ed shared a simple message from God's Word, the teen girls did an interpretive worship dance, the kids sang two songs, the moms received a gift basket, and we shared a delicious Thai meal together.

Click HERE to watch a video of these girls interpretive worship dance.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Visit with Grandparents in the Philippines

The Weber boys were able to travel to the Philippines with Darlene in July. They had a wonderful two-week visit with the grandparents whom they have not seen in almost seven years! It was a sweet and precious time. They also got to hang out with aunts, uncles, and cousins that live in the area.

Taquiso side

Ubaldo side

3 Weber boys and 3 Clavel girls

Papa and Mama Taquiso

Darlene and her parents

Friday, June 26, 2015

Visit from High School Friends

This week, we had the joy of having our high school friends come see the ministry and visit with us for a day. What a joy to catch up on life and share with each other what God is doing. Darlene and Pearl (our co-worker [in pink]) were also in the same youth group with these friends.

We are thankful for people like these dear ones who are pursuing their passion for missions involvement. Who's coming next? :-D

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Encouragement from Home Church

This week was an encouraging week for us. Our dear friends, Darin and Amy, were here to help us in any way they can for the Hope House Dedication ceremony and to encourage us. Darin is our Music Pastor at our home church, Shenandoah Baptist Church in Roanoke, VA. These sweet friends have such a passion for people and missions around the world. We are so blessed to call them friends.

It was fun to show them our part of the world and the ministry here. They were kind enough to share God's Word with the Thai kids and the believers in our church.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Hope House Dedication

God's timing is always perfect. We rejoice in that. We praise Him for His miraculous provision. We trust Him for His work in our lives and hearts during the whole process. He is wise and sovereign. We praise His name for all that He has done.

Here are some photos taken during the Hope House Dedication on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Hope House for Girls stands as a testament to God's miraculous provision through His people. It is the first home for children of any kind in our entire province of Prachinburi. We believe this is only the beginning. Rejoice with us! He is good and faithful!

Many of our dear friends, ABWE Thailand team mates, ministry 
partners, and people we know in our community came for the celebration.

Teen girls from our church did a beautiful job with the interpretive dance.

Prachinburi provincial office of the Social Welfare and Development
representatives came to see the house and celebrate with us. This is
a first home for children that they will be working with.

Our mentor and ministry partner, Pastor Al Henson of Compassionate Hope USA.
He is a gift from God and a tremendous blessing to us.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Busy Time!

 This is such a busy time! Lots of going back and forth to get the Hope House all looking homey.

Darlene buying the first serving plates and bowls

Curtin rods!

Nom and Little Khao cleaning the kitchen

Now mopping all that water

Installing the curtains

Both the side porch and the front porch are done and painted

The Weber boys having fun at IKEA

Lots of IKEA purchases

The first bunk bed set up. Jojo helped his Daddy set this one up.

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