God Makes It Grow

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“So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.”  –1 Cor. 3:7 (NIV)

 It’s hard to believe but it’s already been 2 years since I moved to Thailand and started working at Freedom Harvest. I don’t think there is a typical day or routine yet, but we are seeing fruit continue to come forth and so we rejoice. A few personal updates seem to make sure of that. First, Tiff is continuing her studies of business management. She recently had her midterms and I’m sure she can’t wait for those finals. But it is encouraging to see her resolve to follow her heart. I continue with my Thai lessons and have seen progress come in spurts compared to a constant increase. But it’s fun being able to communicate more and more with those around me. So please keep this in your prayers!

Within our local church, we have had the joy of seeing 4 of our friends and church family go through our foundations course and get baptized. It’s always a special day to see people commit themselves to Christ for all to see! In each case, they were witnessed to first by the actions of people they knew followed by a clear proclamation of the gospel.

baptismsFour new members of our local church

 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation of everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” – Romans 1:16 (NASB)

 We also want to tell you about 2 more households of the Pa-Oh community from Burma. Earlier this month we were invited to meet with a family that was struggling and wanted to hear about the Jesus that their family follows. When we arrived, we met with Ung, who had fallen at his construction job and broke his leg, and now needs crutches to walk and time off work (unpaid). His wife, Gaew, who is now 8 months pregnant, also was working construction and wasn’t able to work the same jobs as before. Their relative, Phoong, also was with them (and recently lost his job). They knew they needed help and were facing several challenges and weren’t afraid to ask others for help. For the remainder of the evening, we shared about our own lives and presented the gospel message of Jesus. After a few hours of discussion, all 3 not only said they wanted to follow Christ but also gave up all their idols and magic books! I am also grateful in that, upon hearing of the needs of this family, our local church has been eager to help and assist as best they can.

New believersCell Group –  Bottom Right picture: Phoong (blue), Gaew (Red) and Ung (white)

 “Many also of those who had believed kept coming, confessing and disclosing their practices. And many of those who practiced magic brought their books together and began burning them in the sight of everyone…  So the word of the Lord was growing mightily and prevailing.” – Acts 19:18-20 (NASB)

 And keeping with our priority of fellowship, we had a couple of potlucks in different work camps with stories and teachings to cap off the nights. So thankful God can use us all for bringing His love and joy to others.

Potlucks and fellowship

Grace House

 The last couple of months have been busy at Grace House and the Long Neck village. In addition to midterms at the school and several upgrades to the facilities, the kids have been helping with a new chicken coup, pig house, water system, and an expanded garden section. Check out a few of our recent additions!

gardenEnlarged garden area, water system, long beans, pumpkins, pears, phak-gad, and chicken house

 A couple of months ago the kids were  able to enjoy the first round of fresh fish that we are raising near the home.

FishCat Fish!

And a special thank you to all who have helped support the projects at Grace House and the continued effort to positively impact the people of Thailand and Burma.

*Please contact us if would like to partner with this ministry.  Check us out on facebook for additional photos and information.

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