Thursday, December 2, 2010

Quick October and November Updates

Is it really December already? Where did the time go? November has come and gone and we had not posted anything. Sorry about that, friends.

Here were October and November highlights:

1. We had our very first Overnight Youth Camp on October 15th-16th. Twenty one kids signed up but only sixteen were able to go. Some had to go away for a sports event. For some others, something came up. We did have a great time. It takes only 20 minutes to get to the camp site but it took us about two hours! We had non-stop heavy rain for two days by that time and the rivers were rising, flooding Kabinburi and Nadii towns. We couldn't find our way into the camping resort. Finally, someone had to meet us and lead the way through a different route. It rained through the night still. Ed and the guys heard loud knocking on their door at about 5 o'clock in the morning. They had to move to another room as the water was starting to get into their room. Our camp program was scheduled to end at 12 noon on the second day but at 10 o'clock in the morning, we were told to immediately pack and leave for fear that the only way out of the camp site left will be flooded as well. We did have a great time in spite. Please check out the pictures to see what fun we've had.
Overnight Youth Camp Pictures

2. The flooding this year was the worst in 20+ years in Kabinburi history, we were told. Fifteen provinces in Thailand were affected. It included the Cambodian side of the border this time. We are thankful that we are on higher ground, by a major road. Only about 100 meters behind our building, the flood waters began.

3. Someone gave us a piece of land for future ministry use in Kabinburi. The land size is close to three acres (7 rai in Thailand measurement). For now, it looks like a jungle but we are in awe of what God is going to do here!


4. Numbers on Saturdays and Sundays are fewer in November than the previous months but we are still going between 30-45. Still a high number considering it's just the three of us here (Ed, Darlene, and Jenni). We thank God for strength and joy in serving. We are blessed to have these young people in our lives.

5. We have been preparing and practicing songs for our Christmas Service on December 19th. Please pray that many family members and friends of kids in our Student Center will come for that. We will also have a piano recital by Darlene's four students and lots of singing of praise songs and Christmas carols.

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