Aug 03 2013
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NKJV
My sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of you who have been praying for me and sending encouraging email my way. For the last two months I have been living in LTL and needed your prayers to remain there. I will need them even more going forward as I plan on remaining there for an additional eight months without returning to Thailand. Of course, if I need to return before that I can, but I would like to remain in LTL as long as possible to build stronger relationships and bonds amongst the Shan.
The last two months have been difficult at times for two main reasons; The first is adaptation to the culture and climate. It has literally rained every single day of the two months with only a couple of days even warm enough to put on a short sleeve shirt. Most days we have at least a jacket on and some days two. You get to the point where you long for a few sunny days. But we are only just beginning the rainy season as it will continue until the end of November. We don’t have electricity in the village except for a few hours every evening when they turn on a generator. Of course because there is no electricity there is no cell phone service and hence no internet. There are a few spots in the mts. around LTL where you can climb to get cell service, but it is spotty at best.
The second reason for the difficulties is ministry. I have been praying, fasting and crying out to God for more of Him
through His Holy Spirit. Of course, when we come to Christ we recognize our own sinfulness and God’s holiness, but with each period of growth it seems God starts with new understanding of just how inadequate a vessel we are for His Holy Spirit. And this is where I have been. I recognize a new how sinful, weak and inadequate I truly am. I cannot change myself and I am incapable of meeting the spiritual needs of the Shan in LTL. So my prayers are for Him to glorify Himself in me and then through me. I don’t want to be remembered as just an English teacher… I want to be a soul winner so the voice of the Shan will be heard in heaven glorifying Him as well.
As far as the school goes there have been quite a few changes since I left a little over a year ago. Most of the teachers I knew have gone back into Shan State and teaching at village schools within Shan State. Also, many of the students have been sent inside as well, either as teachers or soldiers. Two years ago the school went up to 10th grade, now it only goes up to 8th. I have been
asked many times by the principal if I know any others who would be willing to come over and help teach at the school and I promised him I would ask. If anyone reading this would like to come over and help out please do not hesitate to contact me. But because of the cell and internet service mentioned above I won’t be able to respond very quickly. I am telling people to expect about a 4 week delay from when they send their email and it could be a lot longer than that.
Please continue to pray for me and for the Shan in LTL. Unless I abide in Him and Him in me I can accomplish nothing as the verse above says. And I wouldn’t be able to abide at all unless folks like you continue to lift me and Shan up in prayer. I look forward to the day in heaven where God reveals to me just how much prayer effected things here on earth. And I look forward to seeing just how many people are in heaven because of the prayers of saints changing their hearts. Thank you again for continuing to remember me in your prayers.