Sunday, April 11, 2010
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
Thursday, April 8, 2010
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!"