Monday, September 29, 2008

A New Brother in Christ!

Oh, wow! How do I start this post? This one is a month overdue. I'm warning you now... this is going to be a long one, so you may want to come back later if you don't have time now.

For many of you, readers, this is already old news. For others it's new news and it's great news!

In mid-August we took a trip up northeast of Thailand for a short R&R in a city about two hours from where we are. It was fun! We took our boys to a zoo. We also spent a total of 11 hours straight at a mall called "The Mall." That's mind boggling until you know that that mall has SO many restaurants, lots of little shops (and yes, most of them are cheap and bargainable, if there's such a word), a big food court, big arcade that's both for adults and kids, and a waterpark. Yes, you read that right, a water park in a mall!

But those were not the main highlights of our trip. We travelled eight more hours further north to attend a fellow missionaries' church building dedication. And since our second's son's biological family lives not far from there, we decided to pay them a visit and meet Boaz's biological grandparents for the very first time. It was a joy to watch them see Boaz for the very first time.

We invited the biological parents to attend the dedication service, and to our delight, Dtim (mother), Kreuk (father), and Bea (sister) came. During the service, we were praying that God would speak to the heart of Kreuk. Many of you know that Dtim and Bea got saved in 2005, and wow! What a story was Dtim's conversion alone!

After the lunch fellowship, Ed asked a couple Thai Pastors to come talk to Kreuk and see where he was spiritually. You see, we have been praying for the whole family since we first moved to Kabinburi in 2003. Shortly after Dtim became a Christian, Kreuk took down their idols in their house. When we asked him what he was doing, he said, "I don't think these have any benefit. I think believing in God will be better."

Three years to the date of him taking the idols down, Kreuk was sitting there with two Thai pastors and Ed, hearing God's plan of salvation being laid out in front of him. At the end, he didn't even hesitate. He was ready! We had been witnessing to him through our lives and through little bits of "good news" here and there. And folks, you have been praying with us. God has been working all along! And oh... it was Kreuk's birthday too. The best birthday gift he's ever received!

You know what the best part of this whole thing is? That day Kreuk got saved, Ed & Darlene Weber and Jenni Starkey were just watching God work and use others! TO GOD BE THE GLORY GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE!

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