Monday, June 29, 2009

Building Walls

Building walls... literally! From Monday through Thursday of last week, Ed and four other guys were in the town of Cha-Am (about two hours south of Bangkok). Rick and Lisa Caynor, ABWE missionary friends, are starting a new church planting ministry there next month and needed help constructing walls in their new home/Student Center. It was hard work and very time consuming drilling through concrete posts, matching two-by-fours and boards to a crooked structure but the men had a good time working together and getting to know each other a little better.

These men built literal walls so the Caynors can tear down the walls of religion in order that they may point people to Christ in that town.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

English Camp

Last week we had an opportunity to help in the English camp at Kabinburi Witthaya School, a public high school about a mile from our house/church.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Whoah! Kids! Lots of them!

the kids waiting to play a game

The past weekend was a little overwhelming for Jenni and Darlene. There were 43 kids on Saturday, and 40 on Sunday. It is tough trying to teach all the elementary kids in one class, with them being in different levels. Not to mention having three or four rowdy boys in there. Thankfully, two of them didn't show up on Sunday so it was a little less crazy.

It is a good problem to have, though. We can't divide the kids into two classes yet. Jenni is still in language school so she doesn't have time to prepare for two lessons per weekend. Teaching Sundays is all she could handle for now. So, Darlene and Jenni are team teaching the whole elementary group. Please pray for us. Please pray for wisdom on how to effectively teach them.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Blessed

Ed and I had a discussion about this a couple days ago. We were in the kitchen waiting for the dinner rolls to come out of the oven when the mailman came. We received a letter from a supporting church stating that they're going to drop their support. We had three churches lower support but this was the first one to drop. We got to talking about finances – pinching (most of us are), but we are still doing good. Some missionary friends are struggling more and have lost more supporting churches. We said, “God’s been good to us.” Wait a minute! What about the ones that are struggling, God’s not good to them? This led to a longer discussion. Ed said, “Man shall not live by bread alone… but these rolls are really good I could live off them.” Hahaha!

We did our devotions that night on Psalm 1. The “blessed man” is very clearly feasting on God’s Word on a daily basis, day and night. He delights in it. Four things about him in verse 3:
- He is steadfast (even in the midst of trials).
- He is fruitful (not stuck in a rut kind of living).
- He is refreshing (he does not wither).
- He prospers. The word “prospers” is not material blessing or success measured by man. Success in church planting in Thailand can not be measured by comparing success in church planting in South America. “Prosper” means spiritual fruitfulness as we abide in God’s Word (Gal. 2:22-23).

Perfect example is Job. Everything and everyone in his life was stripped away from him but he was still a blessed man. All he had left was God. That was enough for him. The blessings that he received at the later time of his life were, I would say, God’s reward to him for delighting in His Creator. When God gives us blessings, they are not merely for our own enjoyment… they are given to us so we can GLORIFY God by meeting other people’s needs, whether they are material, emotional, or spiritual needs. That's what we are here in Thailand for! -ddw

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Holmes' 25th Wedding Anniversary

We fondly call them Uncle Charlie and Auntie Lourdes. Our children call them "Lolo and Lola," which means grandpa and grandma in Filipino. They are diamonds... Very rare... Amazing... Beautiful people! I could write a whole book about them.

On May 19th, they celebrated their silver wedding anniversary in Bangkok. They have been involved in so many people's lives and ministries that to be invited to a small celebration gathering was an honor. Small, meaning less than 15o. They wanted to renew their vows in the presence of loved ones who were at their wedding 25 years ago, as well as to encourage us younger couples. The big surprise was on us 30+ couples. After the Holmes proclaimed their love for each other, they wanted all of us who were there with our spouses to do the same. Talking about on the spot PDA (public display of affection) in a Thai culture! It was a blessing!

Uncle Charlie and Auntie Lourdes hold a special place in our hearts. They were our match-makers. They are God's gift to us, to Filipinos, to the Thais, to Americans, to anyone they have encountered. Happy 25th Anniversary, Uncle and Auntie! We love you! -ddw

our attempt in trying to get serious

probably half of the married couples
in this picture were match made by the Holmes
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