Bought some really damaged pieces of hard wood on the road. A house burned down and these lovely wood was in it. I know, with a bit of hard work we can get this in beautiful splendor again. Especially with the prizes of wood and the availability of these hard rosewood.
At home I made short time to start working on this wood and in a day got all the black off it. Needles to say that I was black, maybe I need to apply now for a visa….lol. This makes me think how Jesus takes us, even if we are so dirty and black, He washes and brushes us off and we begin to shine again. Sometimes it takes hard and dirty work to get us clean. But its worth it. I cannot wait to tackle the next badge of wood.
Finally got the bike fixed up for Apo. I dropped it off with the instructions that he need to ride it. Visited him this afternoon and was amazed what I saw and heard. He took off and explores the whole area on the bike, not feeling that his feet got burned on the engine….. My o my, it burned pretty bad, but luckily his mum is a great doctor. His dad brought the bike this pm and we fixed it a bit better for him in order for him to ride without further damage to his feet. Pray that he will again try to ride the bike as I want him to start work before we go home.
I will be off again tomorrow to join my friend Samai to Ratanakiri. Looking forward to this trip as we will go all the way to the Vietnam border on roads less travelled and visit some tribal churches. Being with these people makes me realise how much we have to be thankful for. Pray for a safe journey and wisdom on how to treat the sick people.
FGCCLC is establishing a new project, Man of Dignity Centre, to build the moral and social values of young men ages 17-25 years of age who have not finished any formal Education. With our values curriculum and skill training, we hope these young men will be prominent leaders of their family and society in future. Pray for Jun Mar as he leads this new venture and invest time into these young guy’s lives.
Pray also for the staff when they do home visitations to the families of the students. This is where the rubber meets the road. In these visits they really can speak into people’s lives and can see what the situation is in their homes. River of Life Fellowship is working hard in making an effort to meet families’ right in their own homes and try encouraging the families to stay close to God. We see that follow-up is one of the key ingredients in building the Kingdom of God.
Pray for all the staff as well as for Angela that is leading FGC Community Link.
Another short story from my friend.
The second is like it but exciting in a different way. Tamar* became a believer about a year ago and is slowly growing in her faith. When we saw her a couple of weeks ago she excitedly told us, "My friend came to visit but she had a bad headache, so I prayed for her! And she was healed! I just said the words you say... Thank you for my friend. Thank you that you love her. Please heal her in Jesus' name." We were a bit dumbfounded. Praise God!! And then she continued with more news, "Do you remember my neighbour from Syria? I told him three times over the phone (in Istanbul) that he must go to church. At first he said it was very wrong to go to church. Then he said maybe. Then he said yes. When he went, the pastor prayed for him and he saw a vision of Jesus!! He, his wife, and all their children became believers!" We were even more dumbfounded (we of little faith) and she proceeded to show us photos on fb of him and his pastor. Wow! This is my dream... that Syrians will be the ones to share the news with others!! God is soooooo amazing!!!
May this week be a blessed week for you all.