2,800 Refugees Blessed......
Through the coffee gift
box fund raiser and the generosity of our partners, we were able to bless 2800
refugees with a blanket each, clothes, shoes and toiletries. It was an "over
the top" experience that exceeded our expectations. In fact, the whole
outreach to the refugees since early July has exceeded anything we ever dreamed
of. It began with a phone call to a pastor friend who immediately committed to
help when hearing of the situation. It has continued for over six months
through the graciousness of our partners. We have been able to provide housing
materials, sleeping mats, cooking utensils, water containers, property for the
refugees to camp out on and numerous food
distributions. It has culminated with
blankets and clothing to these precious people. God has truly shown up in a big
way to bless these folks. We give God the glory for all that He has done. We
also sincerely thank our partners who made it all possible.
After the last
distribution to the refugees we feel that our assignment is over. The Thai
military has restricted our movements making it very difficult to continue our
outreach. We will continue to rent the property where the Nong Bua temporary
camp is located until the refugees are all moved to permanent locations. More
than half of the refugees that came out of Burma this past year have
already been relocated to permanent camps. As I write, there is a continual
migration of the refugees into permanent camps and villages. Once in the
official camps, they are eligible to register for official refugee status so
they can apply for reassignment to a third country. To date over 100,000 Karen
refugees have been moved to third countries.
we were able to take part in a massive baptism service at a refugee camp. 444
refugees received water baptism. Forty five ministers were in the river
administering the baptism ceremony. It was a sight to behold!
Bless You Richly!
Coming Report....Next month we want to give you a report on the highlights
of 2009 and where we are going in 2010. Hang on to your hats folks.... God is
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