We had a blast in the jungle this last week. Went with Samai and Jared to a small remote church in the middle of the jungle, or what is left of it. Had Gideon and Anton with me as well. The going was tuff, but nothing the Beast cannot take. We were muddied and watered enough when we came there.
A lot of people turned out. They live smack in the middle of nowhere, farming the cut-down forest. If you ask me, it is a very hard life. Great to see familiar faces. Helped a lot of them with various illnesses. Mostly its runny noses and diarrhea this time of the year. We had to meet another pastor in the next village. Mud was an understatement, but we had to do it. We got stopped by a tree in the middle of the road and had to give up. So close but still so far. Pray that we can connect with the pastor in this village.
The Lord was good for us, as we had to drive back with no brakes and a clutch that did not work properly. Just got back from the mechanic and the brakes work again. The clutch broke right in front of the door. The Lord has such a good humor.
Please pray with us for Anti Anna, Toinette’s anti. She had a very big back operation. She is doing much better and at home. Pray for complete healing.
Continue to pray Thana. She is one of Toinette’s students, whose mum died the other day. We do not know all the details about her situation, but all we know is that she needs prayer to workout things for her in the future. The father is a policeman on the border and her sister is in Bangkok, studying. That leaves her alone with her 2 younger siblings.
Pray for Gideon and Anton as they will join Kings Kids from Ywam on next week Monday. Anton is a bit afraid of this big move, but we are encouraging him to go and see for himself. Gideon really wants to go as he never has the opportunity to be with other people.
Our prayer for Syria this week:
Jeremiah 4:8 “So put on sackcloth, lament and wail, for the fierce anger of the Lord has not turned away from us.”
As I look at the news this week, it’s not Syria in the headlines but it’s the whole world in the headlines. I keep thinking that things will get better one day… but they continue to get worse.
God, we cry out for Your mercy! We cry out for salvation! God, as that Syrian man cried out, we don’t pray for the end of the war, we pray for Syrians to become 100% believers! We pray for an outpouring of Your Holy Spirit and that lives WILL be saved BECAUSE of what they’re going through!
This week was a very colorful celebration of the end of Ramadan. Everyone was on holidays and filled the streets in their new colorful clothes as they visited from house to house. We went to visit Amitaf*. As usual, her neighbors came over too. However this time, only one neighbor was at home BUT both their husbands were home too. We had never met their husbands but they seemed to know everything that we had previously spoken about with their wives. As one husband had to go to work, he asked if we could pray for him. We were quite surprised but very happy. And then the other husband started asking very pointed questions. He was so ready to receive… but not where his neighbors could see him.
Father God, I thank you so much for Amitaf. I thank You that her home is open for her and her neighbors to hear about You. I thank You SO much that they have been sharing with their husbands. And I thank You for the openness in the husbands’ hearts! I pray that they can take this leap of faith. I pray for a conviction in their hearts that You, Jesus, are the ONLY way, the ONLY truth, and the ONLY life. I pray that they will have the boldness to make this decision, and even more boldness to share this life, truth and way with all those who they know! Thank You Jesus!!!
May you all have a blessed week.