The Tree

I leaned out the window as the truck was lurching along the narrow pathway and took a picture of this tree, not dreaming it would come out this strikingly clear.  I learned some lessons from this tree.

Oh dear Lord may it be a picture of me!

1.Lord, this tree stands straight and tall, when all the other trees have been cut down so the field can be sown year after year with tapioca or corn. Lord, my desire is to be left standing throughout this crisis at end times – standing firmly on the truth of Your Word, no matter what goes on around me, and though I stand alone.

“Stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.” 1Corinthians 16:13

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.  Galatians 5:1

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.” Ephesians 6:13

 

2.Lord, this tree is all alone.I too feel all alone much of the time.  I am unable to travel to America this year, I have lost my Mother, and unable to talk much on the phone to my sister or my boys.  I am the only American in these jungle mountains and not even able to be fluent in the Karen language, which distances me even more from human friendships and the companionship that I crave.  But You are my all-and-all.  Paul said:

“No man stood with me…Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me and strengthened me.”              2Timothy 4:16,17

“We can never perfect a round, full Christian experience until every earthly support is removed, and the soul centers its entire affections about God.” MR 926.

Jesus said:  “I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.” John 16:32

 

3. Lord, this tree is dead.Year after year as I pass by it is the same dead tree silhouetted against the sky.

“There is a crucifixion that must go on in our lives, a constant dying to self and sin.”         PCP 38.1

Paul said: “I die daily” 1Corinthians 15:31

“Self annihilation is a hard process, for self struggles for existence and dies hard.  But prayer and faith place the weakest sinner on vantage ground, where the hand of faith can grasp firmly the hand of the Savior.  In and through Christ we may come off more than conquerors.” 21 MR 406.3

“It is the daily dying to self in the little transactions of life that makes us overcomers.  We should forget self in the desire to do good to others.” CCh 80.2

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The Angel and the Elephants

We are driving down our “Driveway” of 27 kilometers trying to make it in good time back to BYT.  The road was dry and relatively easy to travel.  We were praising God for His mercies because we did not see any elephants and had made it safely to the shortcut, which is a rugged, gnarled up pathway of 6 km, mostly downhill into BYT. It seemed strange that a very large tree branch had been freshly broken down over the road.  BletJhaw chopped it up with the machete, and I drugged the pieces off the road.  As we drove on, I noticed I still had a phone signal, so I continued the conversation that I was having with my sister on messenger.  At 4:30 p.m. I said to her:

“Sister, going into BYT now, we will lose signal but praise the Lord, no problem with elephants today!”

At that very moment we saw a man standing beside his motorbike.  He was shaking in terror as he told us that we just passed 3 elephants.  He was too afraid to go back that way to his village.  We thought about the tree branch down by an elephant and yes, we had heard noises in the jungle at one point.  How thankful we were to have passed safely by!  Relaxed and thankful that they were behind us we resumed the journey.  Around the second blind corner, just before the LaGlah village turn-off we were suddenly, shockingly, face to face with the largest wild elephant that I have ever seen!   We were just a few meters away from him.  VERY CLOSE!  His trunk went up, and BletJhaw fumbled with the gears.  He had been driving in 4-wheel drive high; we needed to back up on the steep part in 4-wheel drive low, however, the engine roared and we weren’t going anywhere!  I looked at the gears and said:

“You’re in neutral!”

This is what we’ve always dreaded, meeting elephants on the narrow difficult dirt pathway!  It seemed like ages before the truck finally lurched into 4WD low, and backwards we went: – how to turn around in this part of the jungle???  BletJhaw finally managed a 4-point turn, and back to the man with the motorbike.  We are now surrounded by at least 4 elephants.  What to do?  We sat there for a very long time silently praying.  The large elephant did not appear – he had not charged us.  Finally BletJhaw began walking down to see if that big guy was off the road or walking away so we could drive past and not annoy him with the truck.  He was gone a long time.  I looked at the man beside me, still shaking beside his motorbike.  I began to walk down the road also to find BletJhaw.  The man followed me.  He had a homemade gun, but what was that compared to this huge jungle hulk of a beast that we must be so very close to?  We heard elephant noises behind us and suddenly the sharp noise of a tree breaking in front of us.  That was the only time my heart got nervous because I thought perhaps BletJhaw was in trouble, so I walked on.  My companion with the gun was tiptoeing a ways behind me.  Around the corner I went – determined to “save?” BletJhaw!  There he was taking a video of the elephant that had just pulled down a small tree and was scratching his face with it!

All of a sudden the elephant stopped and both his ears came straight out!  This is a sign that they will charge!  BletJhaw and I turned tail and ran as fast as our legs could carry us!  The man was running also ahead of us, uphill to where our truck was. (But even the truck is not a safe place from these mammoth beasts! Everything is like a grasshopper to them.  The truck could make them even more furious)! The elephant was coming behind us, but not charging.  If they charge you won’t get away because they can run 20 mph.  This is the first time I had to run on foot from a wild elephant!  If he had charged us, he would have killed us both for sure.  We were in a very dangerous position.

You see the oil running down the side of his face?  The male elephants sometimes go through this condition called MUSTH.  Their testosterone levels can raise up 60 times above the normal!  This results in highly aggressive behavior and rise in reproductive hormones.  Their instinct to mate goes into overdrive and they become extremely violent and extremely dangerous.  They are known to kill the female elephants and everything in their path. When I read information on this it says that at this time they must be kept in isolation!  Well, there is no isolation in these jungle mountains.  We are the ones isolated between him and the other female elephants behind us!  We could hear them in the jungle. Extreme danger! What to do?

We began driving out, I was watching the elephant that is following us at a faster pace now.  BletJhaw is driving and looking ahead for the other elephants. By a complete miracle, at 6:22p.m. we were relatively out of danger and taking a longer route around to BYT.  But those past 2 hours were intense and full of danger.

You know, all the power of God’s word that created those elephants is in the Word of God!  And He had said to me:

“The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them!”  Psalm 34:7

 I am beginning to understand a little bit more about the profound power so easily available to me personally from His Words!

Total adoration and praise to God for once again, saving our lives!

 

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CoDeJo

The day dawned beautiful, bright, and clear.  The morning dew glistened from the single pink rose in front of our house. The air was crisp and cool with not a single hint of the trouble that we know is raging all around the world.  From our front porch, looking out over the mountains all is peaceful.

A lady, MooBree, had come to our clinic the day before, inviting us to come and have worship in her home at 9 oclock in CoDeJo village the next morning.  The name, CoDeJo means, “Wait a minute.” This is a village far up in the mountains east of us.  A while ago the only way we could get to that village is to walk through WST and keep walking up up up a very steep mountain for about an hour.  We called this little pathway, leech lane because in rainy season this place is swarming with those slippery, slimy creatures! In those days CoDeJo consisted of only 3 houses.  Now however there is a way to get there on motorbike taking a western approach on a rugged pathway and there are a total of 7 houses.

MooBree told us that of the seven houses, 3 of them were now Christian.  She herself had just joined the Baptist church.  Her 2 teenage children would be leaving for school soon, and she wanted prayers for the entire family, because it is time to clear the land for this years rice garden, which is very hard work.  She had invited the Baptist pastor and us, so we thought that he would be conducting the worship.  Just in case, I prepared a suitable worship for the occasion.

DeeMu and his brother, DaClay also came on their motorbike.  They followed behind us.  The road got worse and worse, until finally, very close to CoDeJo, our motorbike just slid halfway around as it bounced out of one big rut to another.  We almost went down, but BletJhaw saved it and I bounced completely off the seat, spun around and had only one leg over the seat and one hand grabbing BletJhaw’s arm!  Somehow I did not fall off, but I surely must have looked like some sort of contortionist – not very graceful!

We arrived shortly before 9 oclock, but the people were nowhere near ready for the worship.  It is customary to serve some food after the worship and they found out that I did not eat meat.  This put them in a flurry and they sent their daughter out to buy some eggs.  We waited for over an hour.   The Baptist pastor was there.  I am always so happy to see him because I have been praying for him for over 10 years!

The Baptist pastor is 3rd from the left

We all enjoyed the lovely view because CoDeJo is on top of a massive mountain and you can see 180 degrees of scenery.  I made friends with a couple of ladies who took me to their house for a little visit.

 

Finally we assembled at MooBree’s house where I discovered that the Baptist pastor did not want to do the worship.  He wanted me to do it.  I’m so glad that I had taken pains to prepare something.  It always thrills my soul to share Jesus with these people.  Afterwards they served the usual meat dishes to everyone, but they gave me a wonderful dish of greens and also egg omelets.

As soon as that meal was finished, a second lady who was a Christian asked us to please come and have worship in her home because her small child would be going to school soon also.  This time I was sure the Baptist pastor would conduct the worship, but no, he didn’t want to!  I must do this one also and I had nothing prepared.  Nobody else volunteered to do it.  God helped me talk to this group of people also.  The lady had some rice noodles served with meat water that she gave to everyone.  I graciously declined as I do not and cannot eat any part of meat!  It was a blessing for me because none of us were a bit hungry after our feast at the previous house!

No sooner had that worship and meal ended when the 3rd Christian family, not wanting to be left out, invited us to come to their house to do worship for them also!  The lady couldn’t think of any reason for the worship, so she requested prayer for her shoulder, which sometimes gave her trouble.  Thankfully there was no food at this house!  BletJhaw and I decided that we could each one share something at this worship because the Baptist pastor still would not conduct the worship.  So we went down the line and 5 of us shared, ending with the Baptist pastor who didn’t say much, nor did he use a Bible verse.   I pray that somehow the Holy Spirit worked on his heart as well as the others, as he listened to the SDA worships because I felt the presence of Jesus and had been so blessed to be in these 3 homes and meet the dear people who are somehow happy to call themselves Christians, but who know almost nothing about God or the Bible.

At the end of the day, a lady who had walked up the mountain trail from WST by herself, asked if I would walk back down with her.  She wanted me to check her husband’s foot that had been badly burned 2 weeks ago but not healing.  BletJhaw didn’t mind staying by himself to treat the sick with the small amount of supplies we had brought, so down the mountain we trotted.  It took us a long time to reach WST, but as soon as we entered her house, BletJhaw drove up on the motorbike!  What excellent timing!

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In conclusion I must say that our lives are packed with opportunities to share Jesus in all different locations and circumstances throughout these jungle mountains.  Most of the time the people will just show up at our door and ask us to come right away for a worship in their home.  We have no time to prepare something suitable but must stop everything and go!  Sometimes it is that their children are going off to school, or sickness in the family, or superstitions and fears from a bad dream, or because they experienced a bad omen.  Recently worship were called because people had just been released from prison due to the possession and sales of opium.  On and on the list goes.  Some people must feel that having a worship will cast off a bad spell, or prevent calamities.  Many times they call us because their sacrifices and ceremonies to the devil did not do any good, so they will try us!  But our desire is that they will, in the process, fall in love with the dear Savior and that the truth of God’s Word will draw their hearts to Him!

 

 

 

 

 

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Missionary Retreat

Just came back from a missionary retreat in Sukhothai.  A city just 3 hours 45 minutes from MaeSot. Kasey and Robert Norton have just moved to this beautiful property at the direction and miracle working power of God!  They now have eleven children counting their own 5.

After being in Thailand for only one year, they already have a beautiful property outside of the city to train their children. They have a rented building in the city used for cooking and distribution of food to the needy, a church, and English classes.  Their future plan is to have a school of their own on their property, and run a larger scale orphanage.  They are also happy to invite different support groups to hold retreats there etc. They are trusting in God from day to day to take care of their needs.  If you feel God calling you to bring your talents and join this work, just contact Jesus for Asia.org!

These are street kids from Bangkok and other places. They all have problems, but already I see the love of Jesus in them. So adorable!

Our group was very thankful for the beautiful surroundings and inspired and blessed by the speakers and group discussions Wednesday through Sunday morning.  December 23-27.

This is Sabbath so our group was a lot bigger.

My lovely tent! No mosquitos inside!

Lisa’s re-baptism in this lovely setting!

Let’s keep the fire in our hearts to surrender all and live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God!  Surely He has spoken to us this week!  Thanks to all!

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We Don’t Always Make It!

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My Joy Turned into Heartbreak!

He died alone in the cold, damp, darkness.  There was nobody to hold his hand.  Nobody loved him.  Nobody cared.  Nobody even wanted him.  Nobody missed him after he was gone.

I first met NewPoe in mid April.  He came to my clinic all swollen up.  I was very concerned because he was only 27 years old and now he has kidney failure. The man with him assured us that he would take him to Meta hospital.  But we found out 2 months later that NewPoe never went to the hospital and now he was very sick at the point of death in CooDooMai village.  He could not take care of himself and nobody wanted to take care of him. Nobody wanted him anywhere near them.  Somebody had built a crude shelter for him out of tarpaulin outside of the village.  Rice was brought to him occasionally.

His history:  When NewPoe was a very little boy, his parents both died from opium abuse.  He lived with his aunt for a while, but became friends with a boy in GeGhah village, who’s parents were kind to him, took him into their home and bought him a Thai citizenship card. He stayed with them for some time, but was a very naughty, unappreciative boy. Like his biological parents he became addicted to opium and other harsh, jungle drugs.  He did not attend school, but was drafted into the army where his naughty behavior got him into trouble.  He could not understand the Thai language, therefore the sergeant did not like him.  Finally he left AWOL from the army, which is a serious offense, punishable by fines and jail time.  So he is hiding and using drugs, and is selfishly, all-around, naughty.

After we heard about his deplorable condition in CooDooMai village, we went to visit him and evaluate his condition. It was now mid-June.  I could smell it from far away!  Down the mountainside was a crude shelter made of tarp.  There he lay in his own filth.  It was a horrible sight and a place for only the strongest stomachs to enter!

He couldn’t even lift the cover off his feet to show me how swollen they were.  His breath was gasping and when he coughed it sounded like he would loose all his insides.  How pitiful! How my heart ached for him!  He has no one to care for him, no one to pray for him.  We prayed with him right there in that stinking filthy cesspit.

We must take him to the hospital, but we need help to carry him out to our truck.  Nobody wanted to help. Finally a few men volunteered to carry him, but we had to wait a long time while they drank a lot of alcohol to numb their senses.  It was a terrible job.

We had brought a mat and a couple of new wool blankets, of which we had to burn later, but we are off to the hospital. New Poe had 2 brothers, one was in Myanmar not far away.  He came for a couple of days, but the other brother in Bangkok could care less. NewPoe was sent to the big hospital in MaeSot where he stayed for almost 2 months, then they transferred him back to the smaller hospital in Meta to receive treatments.  This was good news to me because he didn’t need peritoneal dialysis!  I was greatly encouraged by this!  However the village people called BletJhaw saying: “If he leaves the hospital please do NOT bring him back to our village!  We do NOT want him here!” But wouldn’t you know it, NewPoe left Meta hospital AMA, (against medical advice), and did not continue his treatments.  We lost track of his where abouts for a while, but learned that he had returned to the hospital later.  He was worse, so they sent him to MaeSot where he was put on Peritoneal dialysis.  Of course NewPoe would never continue to flush his abdomen three times a day!

Now BletJhaw and I are out for his surgery, returning to BYT September 24. The people of CooDooMai told us that they had exiled NewPoe far away from them.  They put him in a small abandoned gasoline shelter on the top of the mountain where the north winds blow.  There are a couple of old abandoned houses up there.  Nobody lives anywhere near!

Years ago they sold the cylinder pump gasoline from here.

When we stepped into this tiny 6ft by 6ft mossy, damp, compartment we were surprised at how good he looked!  The room did not smell because he could walk outside!  His face was swollen, but arms and legs looked better and he was more alert!

There is the Baxter box of fluids that he is supposed to irrigate with, but never did.

He can even cook his own rice!

We had brought some food for him, and BletJhaw had a lovely prayer with him about Jesus, His love and forgiveness and heaven!  As we walked away we said to each other, we have some time with him, maybe he can be like the thief on the cross – we can visit often, pray and talk with him.  Also we were excited to bring him an audio Bible next time!  That was on September 24.

It was Thursday, September 29 when we were treating the sick in LaGlah village when BletJhaw got a phone call from the people in CooDooMai village.  Sometime in the night NewPoe had passed away!

This is the last we saw of him.

Nobody cared                …But I did

Nobody cried                …But I did

Nobody misses him     …But I do

Nobody loves him       …But Jesus does

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Joyous Return!

BletJhaw is so much better now than he has been for the past 6 years!  Thank you for your prayers!  Now we can return to BYT!

This year, the rainy season brought way less rain than usual; the ground stayed pretty dry right up until the time we were ready to return to BYT.  Then it rained hard!  A storm had come in from Vietnam, and after that storm passed it just kept raining.  But we determined however, that on Thursday, September 24, we would go to BYT no matter what.  Wednesday night it rained all night, but after heartfelt prayer the next morning, and under cloudy skies we set out on the motorbike carrying all the food we could manage to load on that bike!  The road was slippery and wet, so we put the chain on the back tire and did not wreck one single time, although I abandoned the bike out of necessity and slid down a few steeps on my own a couple of times!

Just after we arrived to our home and stepped inside, the clouds broke loose in a violent downpour and we watched in amazement the wonderful power of God who holds the weather in check for two little medical missionaries returning to their sacred, divinely appointed work in the jungles of NW Thailand!  Soon something in the sky caught my attention and caught my breath!  There it was – something I had prayed to see this day – something full of reassurance and tender care from my loving Heavenly Father!  A rainbow!  I saw Jesus smile upon me in that beautiful sight!  God always shows me that He remembers me when He sets His bow in the clouds at the most strategic times in my life.   I am so in love with Him!

You can imagine the mess that greeted our eyes when we walked into our house after it had sat vacant for 2 months of the rainy season!  Mildew and mold, dead bugs and lizards of all sizes and shapes, all the mess they leave behind, spiders and cobwebs.  All the clothes in our boxes were moldy and smelly.  We set in with a vengeance and disinfected that house from top to bottom. It took us 4 hours of non-stop scrubbing, but so rewarding.  I just love being back.  I’m singing all the day long!

The next day, Friday was a busy day.  Most of the patients had waited 2 months to see us!  I pulled out 3 teeth that day, two were easy,

but one lady took me about 30 minutes to pull her tooth!  It was a strong upper 2nd molar that had broken in half when she bit into something hard.    Therefore it was difficult to get a good grip on it with a cowhorn extraction instrument.  She had been in a lot of pain with it, so I knew I must succeed in pulling it out.  Very rewarding when finally it came loose and popped out!  Three complete roots – nothing broke off!  So nice!

My patients are all very thankful and good because they are so happy that I am there and they can get rid of the offending teeth!

Also on that Friday we were asked to have 2 different worships.  One was in DJ’s distant rice garden.  These rice gardens represent a LOT of hard work. It was a worship of thanksgiving for the lovely family and the good rice crop, which was growing tall and beautiful! I was so happy that BletJhaw was able to hike about an hour one way over a very steep slippery mountainside.  It poured with rain while I was leading out the worship in the little rice hut, and continued raining when we ate our food afterwards.  This made it extra hard to track out – so steep – so slippery, but what a blessing!

The rice fields are so beautiful this time of year!

After many more patients, BletJhaw conducted Friday evening vespers in the church.  I couldn’t stop smiling. I was so happy to meet with the people!  Directly after the vespers we went to SiGler’s house in the village because he had requested worship for his family and many church members came along.  They have 2 children ages 9 months and 3 years.  SiGler had been raised Buddhist.  But had been baptized into our SDA church 2 years ago, however he had a hard time letting go of the superstitions and traditions that he grew up with.  Last week he told us that he saw a python.  This is a bad omen in the Buddhist faith if you have a child under one year old.  You can expect something bad to happen to that child after seeing a python.   SiGler is afraid and called us to have worship in his home.  I am very sad for him because he is still clinging to his old ways.  It’s my turn to do this worship and I pray that God spoke to the hearts of this family.  Oh may they see the mighty power of God and His love and watch care for them. May they turn their hearts in faith and belief in Him as their personal Saviour.  He is all they need.  John 8:32 “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free!”  Free of superstitions and free of fear!

What a blessed Sabbath!  The little children had missed me.  They pressed in beside me during the meetings!  How I love that!  We have three church meetings on Sabbath:  Six thirty a.m. worship, nine thirty SS and church, and 5:00pm AY meeting.  BletJhaw did the early morning worship, and SS.  I did the sermon titled:  “Longing for Heaven.”  Somehow I feel that most of the congregation is with me when I preach.  I experienced the freedom to speak to these beautiful people today.  The Holy Spirit is in our midst. Peace and joy flood my heart.

Sunday dawns sunny and bright!  It is a church work bee today to cut all the weeds surrounding the church and our house!  About 20 people show up, men and women.  They are very strong and used to cutting everything with those machetes!  Also there were 4 weed eaters at work.  We all cut, hoed, and chopped those six foot weeds all morning and into the afternoon.  A transformation has taken place.  The jungle has been pushed back and now you can see our house and church property once again!

To God be the glory!  I am His and He is mine!

Gayle

 

 

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HIIT

Yes!  High Intensity Interval Training!  HIIT

I believe the hardest thing for me in my entire missionary experience is waiting 2 months for BletJhaw to recover enough to return to BYT. I am happy knowing we are in God’s will, but what would the Lord have me to do during this down time?  Sure, I usually go to America for 2 months during this exact time, but there I am busy visiting family and preaching in churches.  Now there is nothing for me to do and this year I really miss seeing my boys and my sister and speak English to American people!  But Paul says: “Whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Phil 4:11  And: “Be content with such things as ye have for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee!” Hebrews 13:5  So God is here and it is a valuable time for me to grow closer to Him, pray and prepare for my further work in BYT.

As usual, the sick always find me wherever I am, and God gave me opportunity to encourage and help the sick!

Then I found Barbara O’Neill, an Australian lady who is exactly my age!  She and her husband run “Misty Mountain Health Retreat,” in Australia. I began to listen to her health lectures on YouTube and was magnetically attracted to the inspirational things she so simply and clearly presented!  I discovered that many things I learned in nursing school – things the medical world practices, is a myth!  Things such as:

  1. Putting patients on cholesterol lowering medication if their levels reach 200.  The body, especially the brain needs cholesterol. It cannot function without cholesterol.  Since patients have been using the cholesterol lowering medication you see a sharp rise in dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss, breast cancer to name a few.  And who says LDL was the bad type of Cholesterol? The body doesn’t make anything that is bad for you.
  2. Salt:  The low sodium diet for HTN (Hypertension)is wrong.  The body needs salt.  We cry salt, we sweat salt, we urinate salt.   Use Himalayan salt or Celtic salt, which has 82 minerals in it.  Drink 8 glasses of water a day and with it eat a crystal of Celtic/Himalayan salt!  It will stop the swelling in your legs and feet. Use it in your cooking.
  3. Fats:  It is not fats in the diet that cause you to gain weight and produce atherosclerosis, it is the wrong type of fats.  Our bodies need fats. The brain in particular needs fat. People go on a fat free diet, but it doesn’t work, they still have strokes and heart attacks.
  4. Calcium for bones:  There is no calcium in bones.  Bones are made up of 12 different minerals and none of them are calcium.  Cows milk is not good for bones or humans!

The body was made to heal itself if given the right conditions.  Three of the right conditions are found in the diet.  Go on a plant based diet, and eliminate these three things:

  1.  Carbohydrates.  This is all gluten, breads, pancakes, cake, pastries, muffins, cookies, biscuits, pasta, processed foods, even rice and potatoes.  The reason to avoid all gluten including whole wheat and white flour, is that since the 1990’s a hybridized wheat was invented which has a fatter stem and produces much more grain. This hybridized wheat is composed of hard, thick cells and takes a cast iron stomach to digest it. This is why so many people have developed gluten intolerance now.  There are some non-gluten grains that are good and breads made with sour dough are better for digestion.
  2. Dairy.  Humans do not need dairy and cows milk.  That is produced for the little calves who have 5 stomachs to digest it.It is not good for you and it does not contain calcium anyway!
  3. Sugar.  It is a toxin to the body.

These three things are what is causing strokes, heart attacks , obesity and atherosclerosis!   So what do I eat?  Good question:

Of course it is very good to have generous amounts of legumes, fruits and vegetables. Fats/oil that breakdown easily when heated should not be used, but coconut oil and olive oil have a solid fatty acid chain and can handle more heat if you want to fry and cook with it.  Use the fats in raw nuts, raw seeds, avocado, extra virgin coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil.

I could go on and on!  And I will go on and on with this because they have asked me to teach a class in the MaeSot Karen Adventist Seminary school on health and natural remedies.  Thanks to Barbara O’Neill I have a lot of very helpful things to teach them.

I have also learned about exercise!  As you know I LOVE exercise and have been extremely active all my life.  Up until now I have run 2 miles almost every single morning.  But I found out that long runs just wear down your body and it tries to defend and protect itself!  What really increases your strength and promotes health to all your organs is HIIT: High Intensity Interval training!  Instead of taking 30-40 mins in the morning to run long distances, I only need about 12 minutes!  Run uphill as fast and hard as you can for 30 seconds, then walk or jog back down the hill for 30 seconds or one minute, then repeat the mad dash up the hill for 30 seconds.  I thought, wow, 30 seconds is too easy, but when I challenged the sheer and steep mountain in front of our house in BYT I found myself huffing and puffing, tongue hanging out and feel like dying!  That is good!  That is high intensity! Do this 6 times.  Finished!  Take a cold bath, drink water and begin your day!  You probably will not get diabetes living like this because the pancreas produces more insulin, and all the organs are stimulated into good health.

Seeing as how I had more time on my hands than usual, I also added a 30 minute HIIT workout in the afternoon.  I downloaded some very good workout sessions on my computer and added weights to my hands!  And that’s not all!  I got a rebounder!  This mini trampoline is a must for everybody!  Only 10 minutes a day increases your strength and cleans out your lymphatic system!  Your lymph system is a network of vessels much like the veins and arteries only it carries lymphocytes which act like brooms to sweep away all toxins, poisons and waste from your body.  The rebounder is the only thing that really helps your lymphatic system.  As you jump up and reach the height of the jump, all the little “gates” in the lymph vessels open.  At the bottom of the jump they all close, thus your circulation and health improves, and you get stronger!  It does so much more than this, just look up Barbara O’Neill on HIIT exercise and all her other topics. It will not be a waste of your time!!  I have already given 3 rebounders away when I talk to people around me about good health they want to try it! They make great gifts!

Now I am returning to BYT to resume my work.  I am strong!  I have always felt very good every day, but now I feel supper good, super strong and fit!  I see a difference in walking to villages, working with the villagers, climbing the mountains, and even hanging onto the back of that motorbike for hours!  My left knee used to have a little pain after about an hour of riding.  When I had to suddenly jump off and walk down the muddy hill it would take some time to work it out.  Now I have no more trouble with anything!  I am even memorizing the Bible quicker and found a new love for memorizing scripture!  I am so thankful to God for the health and strength that I enjoy, especially in this work that He has called me to do because it is quite strenuous most every day!  I am also so thankful for BletJhaw because for the first time in 6 years he is now able to begin an exercise program and has no more pain, or intervals when he has to lay down and rest! He is getting stronger every day.  We just cannot contain ourselves from singing God’s praises and sharing His love in our medical missionary work!

I plead with God to be faithful, that though I am least of the least of all the saints, that I will be together with Jesus in heaven at last.  My secret longing is to be translated without seeing death, but should He lay me to rest before that great day of the Lord, I pray that I will be as Moses when he died; “His eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.” Deuteronomy 34:7 He was strong and climbed up the ruggedly rocky, high, Mount Nebo to the top of Pisgah.  Where the Lord laid him to rest.

“There arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.” Deuteronomy 34:10

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The Greater the Love

THE GREATER THE LOVE THE GREATER THE PAIN  Quotes from DA chapter 73

Were you ever in the desperate position of watching a loved one suffer physically?

Did you wish with all your heart you could take the pain and bear it for him?

Did you suffer mental anguish because there was nothing you could do?

Did you sit there and pray with a broken heart for God to please take the pain away?

Did it seem that the torture of those darkest hours would never end?

I suppose we have all been there because we live in a dreadfully wicked, wretched world. The greater our love, for the person, the greater our pain!

To be quite honest with you, I have been in this position several times in the past – all painful memories impossible to erase.  But I want to talk about the latest time with BletJhaw waking up after surgery.  He is my son you know.  We have a huge history of struggling together out in the Jungle Mountains.  We miss our families out there.  We are often too hot, too cold, too wet, too hungry, too thirsty and too weary as we constantly minister to the sick and suffering.  Going all-out, giving it all we’ve got to bring both physical and spiritual relief in all types of places, various weather conditions, and formidable, deplorable nasty roads, and nerve wracking situations with wild elephants etc! BletJhaw has always been my constant companion and support when my feet are slipping and sliding down the mountainside in the dark, when the poisonous snakes slither by, and the muddy quicksand sucks me down.  I only have love and respect for him….But now!

Surgery is always painful, but this one is worse than most.  I am beside the bed at Rajavej Hospital in Chiang Mai, thinking, why did I allow this surgery to take place?  Oh if I could just go back in time and cancel all this suffering?  Why did we go through with this anyway?  Anything to stop this pain!  But my logic has to admit that this was the only way for him to be able to continue our strenuous mission work in the isolated mountains.

Now he is writhing in pain, tears are falling unbidden and unrecognized by the silent sufferer.  I bring a wet cloth and wipe his face.  I look at Jerry, (BletJhaw’s brother-in-law), on the other side of the bed.  I see tears in his eyes.  I realize that my own face is wet with tears.  I give Jerry lip balm for the dry lips.  I am helpless.  I can do nothing but pray and wait.  We sit there on either side of the bed silent and broken for what seemed like an eternity.

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…And then there is Jesus.

I do not want the sufferings and cross of Jesus to be this common thing that I have heard all my life.  I want to see it afresh.  Jesus is staggering, and groaning.  Twice he would have fallen to the earth if His disciples had not supported Him.  Alone He fell to the ground in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Sin was separating Him from the Father.  “The gulf was so broad, so black, so deep, that His spirit shuddered before it. . . He must endure the wrath of God against transgression… Hitherto He had been as an intercessor for others, now He longed to have an intercessor for Himself.”  What a dreadful hour!  “Satan told Him that if He became surety for a sinful world, the separation would eternal. He would be identified with Satan’s kingdom, and would nevermore be one with God.  And what could be gained by this sacrifice?  How hopeless appeared the guilt and ingratitude of men! “

Oh what torture to the Son of God!  He possessed a divine nature that He could easily use to save Himself from this agony.  But in order for Him to save us, He must bear it all in His human nature!  Oh the mystery of godliness!

“Behold Him contemplating the price to be paid for the human soul.  In His agony He clings to the cold ground, as if to prevent Himself from being drawn farther from God. The chilling dew of night falls upon His prostrate form, but He heeds it not.  From His pale lips comes the bitter cry, “O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me.”  Yet even now He adds:  “Nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.”

“The human heart longs for sympathy in suffering.  This longing Christ felt to the very depths of His being.”  But the disciples could offer no sympathy or comfort when He needed it most, even though He had always spoken words of sympathy for them.  They were sleeping while He was suffering superhuman agony. Blood actually dripped from the pores of His skin!  When His disciples awakened at the voice of Jesus, and saw His blood stained face, they were afraid.  They could hardly recognize Him, His face was so changed by anguish.

Now there is silence in heaven.  God is suffering with His Son.  All heaven is filled with grief.  No harp was played; no voice of singing and praise was heard.  I feel like faces were wet with tears all over heaven.  Angels longed to bring relief, but no, all they could do was stand and watch.  If we could see the sight that the angels saw that day, of God separating the beams of light, love and glory from His beloved Son, we would better understand how offensive in His sight is sin!  We would not keep sinning for sure! An angel comes from heaven to do the job that the disciples had failed to do.  Without this encouragement Jesus would have died right then.  But the angel takes his head in his lap and points to heaven telling Him about:  “The souls that would be saved as the result of His sufferings…He would see a multitude of the human race saved eternally saved.”

I believe at this moment when the cup trembled in our Saviour’s hand, Jesus saw my face!  He saw your face!  He knew how helpless we are and powerless to resist the devil.  He saw the horrid destruction that would come upon us.  “His decision is made.  He will save men at any cost to Himself…that through Him perishing millions may gain everlasting life!”

“Oh dear Jesus,” I cry.  “The GREATER YOUR LOVE THE GREATER YOUR REJOICING as I choose Your gift of Eternal Life purchased for me at such an infinite price!

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Special Note from BletJhaw

“This world is not our home.”

I have never ever experienced such physical pain in my life!

However, this suffering has placed a great longing in my heart, not just to recover and continue my life in health and strength, but to live beyond this life forever with Jesus.  Already I see how God is using this experience to give me more sympathy for others.

At the writing of this message I am still in great pain, but I see God clearer and dearer as my personal friend and doctor, because He is working all things out together for good!  I am full of courage and hope because the best is yet to come!

This is a special thank-you for all your sincere prayers.

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