Graduation Day: Seven
hundred people packed a hotel ballroom to witness the graduation ceremony of
our bible school students. The day had finally come....they took the step from
student to graduate. It was a joyous day celebrated with family and friends.
Pastor Paul Young from Salem, Oregon delivered a powerful Word to the graduates,
challenging them to pursue their high calling of God in Christ Jesus. This was
a special day for Pastor Paul as well. He has been coming to Thailand twice a year for over 13 years ministering
to our bible school students. Loved and respected by all of our graduates, this
was his first graduation ceremony.
31 Leg Race....We Are #2 In the World! I
have to admit....when you have over 700 children under your care, you don't
always know everything going on. This was the case recently when sixteen of our
boys came into Sunday service late. They were all dressed in sport uniforms and
accompanied by their coach. They had just returned from Bangkok where they had won the National Championship
for the 31 Leg Race. I didn't know they had gone to Bangkok and I didn't know that a 31 Leg Race was a
national event! It was quite an event though...our kids shattered the national
record and currently hold the #2 fastest record in the world only .23 seconds
behind the world champions in Japan! The trophy was presented by the Prime
Minister of Thailand with congratulations on their accomplishment.
I Thessalonians 4:13-14
In Memory Of Tanee: This
month we lost one of our youth in a motorcycle accident. Tanee has been in our
children's home for 12 years. He was an exceptional young man who truly loved the Lord and lived an exemplary life for Christ. Tanee served in our children's
church ministry and evangelistic outreaches through our youth group as well as
being ready to serve in any opportunity that arose. Tanee is from Mae Kii Mu
Noi Village, a village we evangelized and planted a church in over 20 years
ago. His mother died when he was very young and his father was an opium addict.
Abundant Life Children's Home is where Tanee found life in Christ. His father
also came to Christ through seeing Tanee's life change under our ministry. We love
and miss Tanee dearly, but are so thankful that his village came to Christ and
he found a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We will be together again.
A Special Thanks....Our son Jason's dream of going to South Africa
on a missions trip is soon to become a reality. Over $1,700.00 of the $2,400.00
he needs to raise has come in through the partners of LWMI. This has been a
real step of faith for Jason and he has seen the faithfulness of God in his
behalf. Thank You! Thanks also to Pastor Scott Mauldin and Everlasting
Bread Of Life Church in Clearwater,
Florida. They have covered the balance of the money
to get the well drilled. The well will be drilled this coming week.
It continues to be one of the greatest honors we have in life to
represent you in foreign missions. You have added so much to our lives and thus
the lives of thousands of people across the world.
God Bless You Richly!
PS: We are writing this letter from Australia where we have been ministering the last
three weeks. Between ministry times we have enjoyed some much needed R&R.
God has been doing some great things. This week we finish our time here with a
three day missions conference in Brisbane. G'day mate!
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