Sunday, April 11, 2010

Christmas 2009 Ministry Pictures

This year, to celebrate Christmas at our church plant, instead of our usual Christmas service, we decided to have a sit-down buffet dinner and invited parents and adults that we've known through the years. We also invited Ed's relatives and our "white" friends who are all unsaved.

Before the meal, the Student Center kids recited a Christmas poem and sang Christmas songs. Ed also shared about the true meaning of Christmas and why we celebrate it.

Also, every year we give gifts to the kids. This year, our co-worker, Jenni Starkey, provided for the gifts. The children really enjoyed their gift bags.

The day after Christmas, Jenni hosted a party for kids our her street. They decorated the cookies that our intern, Liz Stevens baked. The kids had a blast. Also, Darlene told the Christmas story to the kids. It was the first time for all of those kids to hear it!

We thank God for opportunities of planting seeds in the hearts of these Thais through special events like Christmas.

Friday, April 9, 2010

October 2009 Ministry Pictures

Here are October 2009 ministry photos in a slide show taken during Teen Camp, evangelistic LIFE (Learning Intensive Free English) Camp, and the Pastors and Workers retreat. Two of the kids, Neng and Om, that went to LIFE camp with us got saved!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Mr. Kreuk Hongchuta

Yesterday was a sad day and a day of rejoicing as well. Our middle son's birth father passed away. Praise the Lord that he asked Jesus to be His Savior on his physical birthday a year and a half ago. We are sad because we are going to miss him. We rejoice because he is not going to suffer anymore from the side effects of his stroke and brain aneurysm. His body is made whole in the presence of our Heavenly Father.
L-R: Dtim, Bea, Boom-Boom, Kreuk. This is our middle son's birth family.
This picture was taken in August 2008, the day Kreuk got saved.

We are sad and disappointed that we didn't make it to Kreuk's cremation today, less than 24 hours since his passing. Today, our co-worker Jenni Starkey drove with Dtim, Bea, and our Boom-Boom ten hours to be with the family up in the northeast part of Thailand. They cremated the body very quickly because Kreuk's dying wish was to not have his body laid at the temple for three days and three nights for Buddhist ceremonies because he said he was a Christian and was going to heaven to be with God. That's declaration of faith right there! We think it's amazing that he still had the sense to make that desire known to his all-Buddhist family.

Kreuk had another stroke and brain swelling in October. He had brain surgery days after that stroke. He never really truly recovered 100% but just two months later was able to walk with a walker and eventually walk on his own very slowly without assistance. The last couple of months he was able to climb up and down the steps with some help. Even though he was sometimes incoherent, he did remember many details and people in his life. He remembered the very first day he met us. He also remembered the day he got saved! Kreuk was fifty years old. We will miss him but we are so thankful that He is now enjoying a new body and worshiping the true and living God in Heaven. "Til we see you again, P' Kreuk!"

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