Aug 03 2013


Going Back To Loi Tai Leng

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“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

Teaching in LTL

Teaching in LTL

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

Young Students

Young Students

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

New Friends

New Friends

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.

 

In Him,

 

David

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Some teachers

Some teachers

 

 

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Teaching 4th grade Teaching 4th grade

4th grade, class A
4th grade, class A

 

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Mar 30 2013


Matthew 16:24-25

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Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desired to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake, will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matt 16:24-27

Is there a point in our lives where we say to God, “I will go this far with you, but no further”?

The road through LTL is also the Thai/Burma border

The road through LTL is also the Thai/Burma border

For the past year I have been contemplating, praying over, and losing sleep over this question regarding going back to Loi Tai Leng.  This village along the Thai/Burma border has been on my heart since the first time I went there two years ago.  The village leaders, school leaders and students desire that I be there also, and even allow me to teach the bible in class.  I have also seen openness to the gospel and have had many opportunities to share with them the truth of Jesus Christ.  The problem though isn’t my willingness to go, it’s my desire to be able to come back…

You see, to be in this area of Burma is not permitted by the Burmese government so in order to go there I must obtain a visa from Thailand and then cross the border illegally (LTL is right on the border

Overlooking the school with the boys dorms on the right. Over three hundred young boys live in those dorms

Overlooking the school with the boys dorms on the right. Over three hundred young boys live in those dorms

between Thailand and Burma). The visa to be in Thailand does not allow me to be in LTL it only allows me to be in Thailand.  But what if I was willing to go to this village with the intent of never returning? To be one of them, living amongst them for the rest of my life.  Or stated a different way; What if I was willing to never come back to Thailand or the United States again?

God calls us to “deny ourselves, pick up our cross daily and follow after Him” Matt 16:24.  It goes on to say, “For whoever desires

Some of the students at the school in LTL. Some have gone back into Shan State to be teachers.

Some of the students at the school in LTL. Some have gone back into Shan State to be teachers.

to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” What does it mean to be “willing to lose your life for His sake”? Did Jesus mean what He said? Is other people’s eternity worth our giving up our family? Friends? Way of life? Forever? Also, what does God mean when He say’s “Submit yourself to government authorities“? Burma doesn’t allow people to go into these areas for a reason, but the reasons impede the gospel and discipleship. Also, their abuses of these, and all the indigenous peoples of Burma are well documented. They currently have the longest running civil war in the world. But are we to submit ourselves to governments when the eternity of others could lie in the balance? Acts 5:29 say’s, “we ought to obey God rather than man.”

I don’t believe that I am the only hope for these people. That would be thinking too highly of myself and too little of what God is capable of doing.  But there is a reason that this village and these people

Students chanting before school.

Students chanting before school.

have been put on my heart. What is my responsibility to that “calling”? And there is a reason that I have been able to go and live there for a short time and make the relationships that I have made.  And there is a reason that God has shaped and formed my life to not mind living without electricity, running water, or other necessities of life (technology).

So what does all this mean?  It means that I’m still praying through this, the hardest decision of my life.  I’m also looking for ways to obtain a visa legally in Thailand that will also provide me the freedom to go back to LTL.  And I have some leads along those lines. But school opens again on May 15th and I would like to be back up there by that time.  Please pray for me in this decision as well as for the people living in LTL and along the border region of both countries.  Also, please let me know what your thoughts are on

Ron on the left and Anthony on the right in Pai, Thailand

Ron on the left and Anthony on the right in Pai, Thailand

these matters.  At this time I have not decided what I will do.  I do admit to losing sleep over the thought of crossing the border without a visa, but I want to follow my Lord regardless of the cost or consequence.

Below are a few pictures from a recent trip into LTL along with a couple of friends; Ron, whose ministry I am currently with, and Anthony, who is helping out at a church in Eastern Thailand.

As always, I do thank all of you receiving this blog for your prayers.  I sometimes wish God would give me a glimpse into what our prayers accomplish.  But either way, I know they are invaluable to my life here.

 

Thank you,

David

View from the school into the valley

View from the school into the valley

At the Schoool

At the Schoool

Soldiers marching through the village

Soldiers marching through the village

Inside one of the class rooms where the students were testing

Inside one of the class rooms where the students were testing

Even the dog remembers me.

Even the dog remembers me.

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Feb 06 2013


Living with change

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me and the old staff from Happy Home Cambodia

Where to begin

To all my family, friends and those who support me with their prayers and encouragement, Thank you. I hope and pray that you had a wonderful holiday season and were able to take time from your busy schedules to reflect on and rejoice in what Jesus Christ accomplished for you.  I spent my Christmas and New Years among friends in Chiangrai.

Christmas day was spent with the staff and kids at Baan Immanuel at one of their mountain village homes. And New Years, or more appropriately on December 28th I enjoyed a reunion with many past graduates of Christian Happy Home.  It was wonderful to see how much the kids have grown that are still at the home.  And get caught up with the ones I haven’t seen for a long time.

I know its been so long since I last posted on this website. My time in Bangkok and formal language study finished up at the end of January.  I am grateful for that time but

Wat and Voot current students at HH

excited, and a little nervous about the next step.  Along with the end of formal language studies another change occurred.  Calvary Chapel Pacific Hills will no longer be providing support for me and has requested that any support in the future not be sent through them.  I am grateful for all that they have provided over the years through prayer, encouragement and financially.  I have updated my support page to reflect a new sending address and apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

 

Going Forward

The school in LTL where I was teaching

As many of you remember at the end of 2011 I was living in small village on the Thai/Burma border called Loi Tai Leng (LTL).  It has always been my desire to continue to live and serve there teaching English, sharing the gospel and discipling those who would give their hearts to Christ.  It’s still my desire to return and serve there, however I cannot without a long term Thai visa that provides the freedom for me to travel there.  Please continue to pray that, if it would be God’s will, to provide me the means to go back.  I have heard from the leaders at the school several times over the last few months and they too desire for me to return.

In the meantime a friend of mine who has been serving in Thailand for over 20 years,

Baan Immanuel Christmas service. Ron preaching on prophesy

and also supports the work in LTL with encouragement and prayer, has allowed me to volunteer with his organization for the next three months.  The name of the organization is Baan Immanuel (Blessing Ministry Foundation).  If you get a chance please check them out on Facebook to see what they do.

As a volunteer I will be doing much the same thing as I was  at Christian Happy Home; teaching English and discipling the young boys and girls.  There is also the opportunity to reach out to local villages through one of many of BI’s outreach efforts. Also, there is a local Agricultural College where I plan on visiting weekly to see if God might open some doors to ministry there.  Please keep all these things in prayer as I continue to seek God for His will and providence.

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I will at least try to update my prayer support page on a regular basis so you can see what is happening here.  Along with praying for me I have one request if I may be so bold to ask…  If you are praying for me would you please send me a quick note, here on this blog, and let me know.  It would encourage me a lot in what I am doing.  And thank you all again so much.

 

In Christ,

 

David

 

 

 

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Apr 18 2012


Home is where the heart is…

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The school where I have been teaching English and living for the past eight months

Where is your heart today?  Is it with Jesus Christ? Or with the cares of the world? I have pondered that question a lot it seems over the last two or so years, and I find myself pondering it once again as I move to Bangkok.

I can honestly answer the above question that I want to follow Jesus Christ with all of my heart and therefore want to live in such a way that my heart is fixed on Jesus Christ.  Of course I admit that sometimes I fall well short.

My personal standard for following Christ is the great commission as laid out in Mat 28:19-20:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo I am with you always, even until the end of the age.” – Amen!

The cross over the language school I will be attending

At the forefront of every question I ask myself is “how can I better fulfill this commission?”  How is my time best spent? Where can I go, or where is God calling me to go?  I tell myself not to be afraid of speaking the truth in love and it is only the truth of the gospel that can change a life. Its a reminder that only God can meet people where they are and change their lives and the lives of those around them for the better.  Money, education, healthcare, etc. are just shadows compared to the promise of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In my heart I feel called to the people of Loi Tai Leng (LTL), and feel that the people are open to the gospel. I desire to return there, God willing, and continue to share the gospel.  But they are also the reason I’ve decided to spend the next six to nine months in Bangkok to improve my language skills.  I feel that I am ill

Bangkok skyline from my new home

equipped for sharing the gospel in Thai, and should some of the young men or women accept Christ, how would I disciple them.  I must be able to share the gospel better and in a more relevant way.  Please continue to support me in prayer as I take time away from LTL and spend time in Bangkok.  Please pray that I would be as focused praying for them here as I was there.  And please pray that God would open the doors for me to go back long term there.

Thank you again for your continued support.

 

 

In Christ,

 

David

 

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Jan 04 2012


Village Life

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Happy New Year Everyone

I hope this finds everyone fully recovered from their holiday food comas and ready to face the new year.  For those of you who know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior I pray that He would reveal Himself to you more fully in this coming year.  For those of you who don’t yet my prayer is that your heart and eyes would be open to the truth and you would trust Him with your eternal destiny.

Village life in Burma is interesting and a blog is no place to share all that is happening, so I’ll just give you the highlights.  Life is a lot quieter up there and it seems that I can hear the voice of God a lot clearer.  At least is seems that way.  I’m learning a lot about myself and what it will take to stay up there for an extended period of time.  The longest I’ve stayed up there for so far is two months.  During that time I didn’t have any contact with the outside and the school was closed for most of the time.  I found myself growing restless and wanting to come back to Thailand for a break.  As I prayed through it I felt God asking me why I was there? And as I realized that I’m not there to be a teacher but to be His representative.  Yes, I do teach there, but that is not Why I’m there.  He also showed me that even growing restless is at His discretion and not mine.  As I had no contact with

Hiking in the woods

the outside world I was using that as another excuse to leave for a break.  But again I felt God calling me to die to self and trust Him.  I confess that it is a little difficult at times, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

I’ve had a few opportunities to share the gospel and I am so grateful for them.  No professions yet but I’m trusting God to make me fruitful.  I don’t want to push it and I don’t want to just extend the American Church SE Asia.  I trust that God wants to build His church along the border and I’m excited to see what He will do.  I also feel that God is changing my heart for the people up there.  At first I was just called to go so I went.  But now I’m feeling and sensing a true desire to pray for their salvation.  And I feel a sense of hurt for them as they have been lied to all their lives in the form of Buddhism, animism, and all the other isms that are out there.  I feel that the Christian church has let them down in that there are many Christians here that are willing to help, none that truly desire to make disciples and share the truth of the gospel with them.  I pray that I will be different in that sense.  As I alluded to above, I don’t want to be remembered as a teacher here.  I want to be remembered as a man of God here.

A bunker in the mountains

I will be returning to LTL on the 6th of Jan. and I found out that I won’t have to come out for a while.  I really want to try to stay up there for an extended period of time like six months.  I know it will be difficult but I believe that Christ is with me strengthening me.  I have much more respect for the missionaries of old that would leave for years without any contact with the outside world.  Please remember to pray for the Shan and all the people along the border where I am.  And please remind the body as well.  I may be out of contact but God hears.

A few weeks ago the Shan State Army (SSA) signed their first ever peace agreement with the SPDC (the Burmese military).  It will be interesting to see what happens over the next few months.  In any event the relationship with the Thai is a little strained right now and I’m no longer allowed to go through the Thai checkpoints to get to LTL.  I get most of the way by car but I have to cross the border on foot as not to be seen by the Thai patrols.  The Thai military has sent soldiers to interview

Soldiers at the anouncment of the peace agreement

me, and I’ve been told that if I cross a check point or get caught they won’t allow me to go back.  They will stop me because they don’t want anyone living up there for an extended period of time.  Silly really, as anyone can go there to visit for a couple of days, but because I’m actually living there the Thai don’t like it.  Anyway, I know that I will be there until God calls me out and not a minute before or longer.  And I’m cool with that.

Well, that’s it for this time.  Please continue to pray that I would desire to walk even closer to God and would obey Him in faith.  Also, please pray for the Holy Spirit to begin to move amongst the Shan and all the peoples living along the border.  “All to the praise of the glory of His grace.

 

In Christ,

 

David

 

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Oct 26 2011


Hebrews 12

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Let all who have breath praise the LORD.

I love my bible, and I know that many of you love your bible also.  I hope you enjoy this post as much as I’ve enjoyed the study itself.  In any event, please leave your comments…  Though I might not get to them for a while.  Thanks for your continued support of what I am doing in SE Asia.

“Grace cost God everything; Faith should cost us everything.”

“Therefore since we also are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest you be weary and faint in your minds.” Heb 12:1-3

I have been told a few times that I don’t understand grace, and so I have thought upon grace often.  I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t misunderstand grace, but I think it is a misunderstanding of “faith” on their part, and what it means to believe.

After writing Heb 11, The Hall of Faith as it has been called, we are told to run the race set before us and to cast off “every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us.” While its true that none of us are perfect, it is not an excuse to not do what the word of God says. We aren’t given the liberty to justify our actions that are contrary to it.

I think too often we get discouraged by our own sin and the inability to meet the perfect requirements of God as an excuse to resign ourselves to sin.  But clearly we are taught over and over again not to do this.  “To resist the devil, and he will flee.”  Jam 4:7

Reading on in Hebrews we read about being a son of God and the chastening that comes with it…

“You have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.  And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to children, “My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and He scourges every son whom He receives.” If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons, for what son is he whom the father does not chasten? But if you are without chastisement, of which all are partakers, then you are bastards and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh who corrected us, and we gave them reverence. Shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For truly they chastened us for a few days according to their own pleasure, but He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness. Now chastening for the present does not seem to be joyous, but grievous. Nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who are exercised by it. ” Heb 12:4-11

I have often read these verses mistakenly and thought of it in terms of the example about fathers here on earth and how they chasten their sons; i.e. we do something wrong, they correct (chasten) us.  But now I don’t believe that is correct. The chastening is in the endurance and resisting sin.  When we are mistreated by others, misunderstood, or taken advantage of; when we are lied to, cheated, or when things are stolen from us how do we react?

Love is patient, is kind; love is not envious, is not proud, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil.  Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth,  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” 1 Cor 13: 4-8a

This is how Christ acted and this is how we are called to act.  And the “chastening” comes in our resistance to act as our nature desires and act as Christ acted.  In this way we are being “…conformed into the image of Jesus Christ…” Rom 8:29 The chastening is the resistance to act as our human nature desires and this is the very act that God uses to mold and shape us.  The more we act in love as Christ acted the more we put our flesh to death and the molding and shaping into the image of Christ.

And this is why Hebrews continues by encouraging us…

Therefore, strengthen the hands which hang down and the feeble knees.  And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame may not be dislocated, but let it rather be healed.  Follow peace with all, and holiness, without which no one shall see the Lord;  looking diligently lest any fail of the grace of God, or lest any root of bitterness springing up disturb you, and by it many are defiled…” Heb 12:12-15

The author of Hebrews brings it all together by showing that it is by faith that we “look diligently lest any fail of the grace of God.”

The rest of Hebrews 12 is just as encouraging, and frightening in the picture it paints of Christians coming to Christ and who it is exactly we are coming to.  Yes, we all struggle with sin but let us not use this as an excuse to give up on what we have been called to do…

Therefore let us labor to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of unbelief.” Heb 4:11

 

In Christ,

David

 

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Oct 14 2011


Going Back

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The road to LTL

For the last week I have been staying in Chiang Rai and have gotten to visit friends and my Happy Home family.  I’ve enjoyed my time but am ready to return LTL. I found out yesterday that I will be getting my visa on Tuesday of next week and should be back in LTL on Thursday.  I’m looking forward to getting back to work up there and praying to see what God will do next.

I learned a couple of weeks ago that there are four other IDP villages similar to the one I live in along the Thai/Burma border.  LTL is the largest and gets most of the attention from the outside world.  But one of the villages is situated about an hour and a half outside of

Tea plantation on the Thai/Burma border

Chiang Rai. So some friends of mine and I decided to take a trip to see if we could find it.  As it turns out the village is quite easy to get to and much closer to civilization than mine.  Though it is still very secluded since it is on the Burmese side of the border.  One of the men I went with happened to be from that area and once served in Kun Sa’s opium army in the 60′s and 70′s.  Because of his service there and his

Kun Nica and his new found family

reputation he hasn’t been back since.  But while we were there he met his a relative of his wife and a sister he hadn’t seen in over 30 years.  Below are some pictures of the village and the chance meeting.

 

 

 

This man became a soldier in Kun Sa's opium army at the age of 7

 

Ron and Kun Nica with a statue of Kun Sa

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Oct 01 2011


Forced Vacation

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The road to LTL. It took us 5 hours to get down and we got stuck twice.

Well, after just two weeks I find myself back in Chiang Mai.  We received word that with the new Thai Government coming to power they were going to make some changes along the border and would be closing the route into LTL for about a month.  Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, but because I had to come to Chiang Mai at the end of Oct. to renew my visa I had to make sure I got out before the road closed and locked me in.  So now I’m in a holding pattern for the next two to four weeks while I wait to renew my visa and for the road to LTL to reopen.

I want to make the most of my time in Thailand so I will try to make contact with some other organizations working with the Shan people.  I figure that I can at least continue my language studies while I am here.  Also, if I have time, I want to try to get to Cambodia and visit the home there.  Please pray that I would use my time wisely and continue to be light and salt in this word.  Though I am on “vacation” I feel that I am not relieved of my responsibilities to share Christ with the people of Thailand.

If you see me on FB or on Skype please feel free to contact me so we can catch up.

 

In Christ,

 

David

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Sep 17 2011


Grace cost God everything, Faith should cost us everything

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A view of the school. Please pray for the souls of the teachers and students.

I have struggled much this past week to write this post, and here I am on my last day in Thailand with internet.  I hope it encourages you.

I know that Eph 2:8-9 is alive and well in my life.  I owe everything to the grace of God.  And because of this I am willing to pay any price to say “thank you” to the God who saved me.  I don’t want to leave anything on the table when I am taken out of this world.  I realize I can’t pay God back even with a thousand lifetimes, but I still want to give Him everything. If God has blessed me with money or material things I want to give them to those who need them more than me.  I know that God will provide all my needs according to His riches.  “…for I know in whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that day.”  I am convinced that there is no greater need in the world today than for those who know God to tell everyone they can about Him.

I have been asked by various people about what I have given up for God and my response is always the same; “Nothing.”  But the truth is that is only have of the equation.  I have given up everything I hold dear; family, friends, a job and security.  But God has met me in such a way that all those things seem so small in comparison to what He has given me; The knowledge of Him.  Paul said, “Yet indeed I count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for Whom I have suffered

Gan Wan, one of the boys I will be sharing the gospel with in the coming weeks. Pray that I explain it well and that the Holy Spirit will open his heart.

the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish that I may gain Christ, and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness… but that which is through faith in Christ.”  The truth is I have nothing to show for my faith in Christ as far as visible fruit goes.  But I see the fruit of the Spirit everyday in my life and it encourages me to keep going.  God promised that one day I will bear much fruit and my hope is that the fruit I receive will be in the way of other believers (disciples) in Christ.

Once again, I would like to thank everyone out there who allows me to do what I do in Thailand.  But the truth is even if the money and prayer dries up tomorrow I will continue to follow Jesus. For He is not limited by what I have, only by what I am willing to give.  “For without faith it is impossible to please God.”  I hope and trust you will be encouraged to follow even closer to Jesus.  As always, please leave me a response and let me know your thoughts as well as if you were encouraged.

 

In Christ,

 

David

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Sep 11 2011


Rain, rain go away…

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The view from my new home

I just returned from my first month in Loi Tai Leng (LTL) and wanted to check in with all my supporters to let you know that I am doing well, healthy and in good spirits.  It is currently rainy season in SE Asia and living on top of a mountain at this time makes for some interesting adventures.  During the whole month I was there I can only recall one 24 hour period where it didn’t rain and most days we couldn’t even see more than a hundred meters because of the clouds enveloping the mountain.  Everything is covered in mud and you can’t keep anything dry.

But I was given a fine welcome by the school, staff and students there.  They

A cos

A costume worn by two students at a Buddhist festival

provided me with a room to sleep in, which is directly connected to a classroom.  I eat with the school administrator and some of the students. And currently teach only three hours a day…  But that will change when I return.  The staff and students both are very excited and motivated to learn English, which makes my job much easier. The village is currently in the middle of the Buddhist lent and holidays occur frequently along with trips to the temple for various festivities.  I’ve gone to a couple of them because of an interest in all things LTL but try to distance myself from the actual rituals.

Overall I would say I have had a wonderful first month there and look forward to getting into the dry/cold season.  The school will have a break in October and then a longer one at the end of February.  I plan on spending as much time up in the village as possible and so far my attempts at internet or phone service have not been successful.  But please continue to pray for me, my language studies and the people of LTL.  My desire, vision is to see many of the Shan people and

My advanced English Class (which was trimmed down to about 10 students)

the surrounding indigenous tribes worshiping at the throne of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as pictured in the book of Revelations.  I have posted new prayer requests along with a few pictures of the boys that I want to sit down with in the coming months and present the truth and depth of the gospel.

I will write another post shortly…

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