Sunday, May 31, 2009

Another Baptism!

On May 4th through 7th we took six people with us to the annual family camp hosted by the Fellowship of Romphrakhun Baptist Churches. It was another time of spiritual refreshment and fellowship. On the last day, four from our church plant were baptized on Jomtien beach. It was our second baptism since we started this ministry six years ago. It was also an extra special time since one of the believers that was baptized was Bea, the very first one who got saved, who also happens to be our adopted son's biological sister. Their birth mother, Dtim was also baptized. She had been looking forward to this time and so showed her excitement by lifting her hands up in the air in jubilation as soon as she emerged from the water.

Ed teaching the English-speaking class at camp Prayer before getting into the water An ABWE missionary friend, Rick Caynor, assisted Ed

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Summer Fun for Student Center Kids

We planned for a week of music camp this year during the kids' summer break, but the kids' schools didn't end on the same week. There was only one week that we could do it but the "teachers" who were going to help in our camp were not available. It just didn't work out.

We didn't want to do an English Day Camp... again, for five years in a row. So we decided to do a "Summer Fun" on March 31st through April 3rd. Four days of a different activity for each day.

Day 1, we watched movies on the big screen (our Student Center wall) with matching popcorn and soda pop. I think some of the kids came just for the popcorn! Something cool happened... right when the kids were arriving, an elephant came by so the kids got a chance to feed it!
Day 2, we took 35 kids on a 50-minute train ride to the provincial city, Prachinburi, and ate lunch there. The ride going was nice. On our way back, we were sardines in a can!

Day 3, swim day! Most kids were in the water for three hours, taking breaks only to eat or get a drink! Everybody got a good tan that day.

Day 4, our last day, we took all 35 kids to a town a little over an hour away to go bowling. We ate lunch at a pizza place. Three kids never had pizza before! Most kids had never been bowling.

The week was a blast! The kids were good and well behaved. The teens helped us a lot in keeping eye on the smaller kids during our trips. Three adults with 35 kids must had been a sight for many. You should have seen the people's faces - priceless! The whole week was also a great time for us adults to bond with the students. The students were also able to bond with each other. Praise the Lord for fun and safety!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Diggin'

I read this on facebook the other day: "Time flies like the wind. Fruit flies like bananas!" Funny!

Time flies like the wind, indeed. Seems like I updated this blog only a week ago, but it's been two and a half months! I need to do a better job keeping you all updated.

For the whole month of February, Ed and I spent digging our front yard. It's a long story. The gist... We've had problems with our driveway flooding because all our neighbors' front yards are higher than ours so when it rains all the water comes to our side. Ed and I (with co-worker Jenni helping out on the weekends), removed the top layer of the soil and made canals to let the water flow onto the street instead of on to our driveway/carport. When it was all done, we covered the whole thing with rocks to keep it neat and pretty. Talk about BACK BREAKING WORK! I have more appreciation for construction workers. Below are pictures of the finished product with an addition - a flower garden for me and a bench to sit on for quiet times and hang out times with my boys or anybody! -ddw


Boom and Jayjay "helping"
Jayjay trying out Daddy's ditch voila! a view of our house/student center from across the street
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