Good-Bye to the Devil!

March 27, 2015

Last night after dark, two people came from GeGhah village.  They asked for us to please come to their house because both their parents were very sick.  To make a long story short, they thought the demons were in them.   They said it was terrible.  They were scared.  Could we please come and pray!  

I was so happy that they came to us asking for prayer!  BletJaw and I took off on the motorbike with a small supply of medicine and a big prayer!!  That night ride was so interesting, in the dark on a very steep and difficult pathway – branches and vines were grabbing at us, rocks and streams were hindering our progress! 

When we arrived I found the woman all bundled up with dozens of blankets and a temperature of 104.5!  Her right lower leg and foot was in excruciating pain!  She was throwing up constantly – VERY ill.  The man was a disaster, he also had a fever and he was shaking hard all over.  He coiuld not stop.  His muscles and neck hurt so bad from shaking for 2 days and the entire night before.  He could hardly talk.  We treated them as best we could and then I was asked to do the most honored thing – PRAY!   I was inspired to put the whole gospel story in a prayer.  I pleaded for God to show them His glory and how great He is, so their hearts could turn to Him. He is the only God.  He can see, hear, love us, and answer our prayers. No other god can do these things.  I told of how with God all things are possible.  We treated them simply and left, saying we would return the next day in the truck and if they were no better we would take them to the hospital.

Today we drove out to them. The way the truck has to go is a very long way. 

Guess what?

Oh joy of joys they were well!!! God had healed them!!

The man had stopped shaking that very night and slept well – no fever!  The lady now had a very low grade fever, but all her pain and vomiting – gone!  She is well!!    They were so thankful and said they wanted to worship God the way we do!!  They had sacrificed to the spirits, had worshipped the devil and given him gifts, but they only got worse.  We had come to them, prayed, and they got well!  We had a short worship and during the worship the man started pulling the devil strings off from around his neck.  We got the scissors and helped him out, also his wife and his two grown children had theirs cut off!! This is the greatest joy!!

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Then the older boy got up and removed all the buddha worship things off the shelf, took down the picture of buddha and everything.  He threw them all away.

Buddhist flowers and ornaments - going to the trash!!

Buddhist flowers and ornaments – going to the trash!!

Buddha picture - tossed!

Buddha picture – tossed!

This has been such an inspiring day.  All the disheartening obstacles that Satan places in our pathway all the time is NOTHING compared to the joy when someone finds Jesus and turns to Him!!!  It is worth all the years of work.   Please pray for these dear people.  They have turned to God but do not know anything else about Him.  It is our duty to go as often as possible and teach them!

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The man and his wife are in the front center and all the children and in-laws surround them!

I really wish I had a picture of the man and his wife the night before, so you could clearly compare the health and vigor seen here, versus the agony of the night before. Just look:  A huge miracle has taken place right here before our eyes!!  Now they are bright and alert, very happy and excited about their future! Just look at them!  There is not a trace of sickness anywhere!

Thank you for thinking and praying for us!!  You can see how prayers are being answered out here in the jungle!!!!!  Praise the Lord!

IN HIS SERVICE AND CARE TILL HE COMES!

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BYT and WaSuTa

March 11, 2015

The work goes on in BYT – never a dull moment it seems.

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This BYT babies name is SawPaw.  She is 14 days old. I had been caring for this Mother, NawBaPaw, through her pregnancy, making sure she took her vitamins etc. As soon as the baby was born they called me to check the Mother because she was dizzy and faint.  She had also been sitting too close to the fire and burned her back terribly.  This wound needed cleaning and debridement every day.  Now she brings her baby to me.  She is well but her baby is sick. Her stomach is swollen and she seems a little constipated.  When I pulled the little shirt up and looked at her stomach, my breath caught in my throat.  Her stomach was huge and so tight it looked like it could burst. It seemed like I only heard faint, if any bowel sounds.  I thought of pyloric stenosis, which is a type of bowel blockage at the base of the stomach, or other blockages, but I had no way of knowing what was going on in that little body.  She had a low grade fever also, but no projectile vomiting which goes along with that type blockage. Her cry was even grunting with the pressure of everything.

It is a definite hospital case.  DJ’s wife told me that she had 6 babies and each one of them did like that and they were OK.  I told her that while I had anything to do with it she would go to the hospital, and quickly at that!  Off we went to MeDuGlow, where they whisked her off to Omkoi.  I am praying for this cute little baby girl.

There were many patients and a laceration waiting for me when I returned.  I am always so delighted when they come in right away, instead of waiting 12 hours or more and coming when it is ugly and infected.  This one sutured up really well.  I forgot to take a picture of the finished stitches.  I love to suture.  Everything comes together so well and the patient heals up so fast.  That is if they keep it dry and come in for a dressing change every day!

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WaSuTa and SaWa

The following Sabbath, morning we sat in the little church in BYT.  BletJaw was giving a worship at the early morning service.   Toward the end of his talk a man loudly interrupted from near the back door, saying that a girl in WaSuTa had fallen and lay unconscious for 2 hours!  My question is, how come did he just sit there that entire time.  Why didn’t he come straight to us and tell us right away because they came to the meeting early?  We hurriedly finished and ran to get our things and go check her. Her name is SaWa we know her and her husband TeeWa very well. She is in her twenties and has 2 small children.

We drove the truck down, but could not cross the narrow bridge in WST with our Toyota.  The man from church was following us on his motorbike, he urged me to get on the back with him so that I could get to the girl faster!  I jumped on and away we went in a cloud of dust.

There she was, pale and laying on the ground outside her house, leaning against her Mother-in-law.  Her BP was low, but acceptable.  She was very dizzy, confused, very weak, unable to walk and possibly had a broken arm.  She had fallen from the middle of the house ladder, not the top.  However, that was still high enough to really injure her as there were boards, and uneven hard packed dirt below. Somehow her children and the length of her skirt tripped her up as she tried to descend the ladder.  On exam she seemed to have no pain in her head and neck right this moment, but to be unconscious that long she must have struck her head.  I still would have been more comfortable if I could have put on a c-collar and back board, but here we do not have neck braces and immobilization devices for transportation.  The people did not want to go to MDG because when I come, examine, and help a patient, people always think that is all they need.  However, I told them, that judging from the way she fell, the length of time she had been unconscious and her behavior at present, I would have to insist that she go to MDG. 

We had to wait until her husband came home.  He had spent a couple of days in the jungle, hunting for rats and other things for food.  He was expected home that morning.  The people were trying to figure out a way to feed us.  We told them not to worry, we were fine.  (Even though I really wished I had brought along some of the protein energy bars that Kelly Bishop and her friends from NY had mailed to me)!!

A lady brought us to her house and fed us rice greens and pumpkin, even though we had told them not to bother.  They are so kind.  By the time we finished, the husband had returned and  SaWa seemed more dizzy and now had a bad headache.  Her husband carried her all the way down the steep path to where our truck was parked.  Once in MDG, they sent her on to Omkoi stat.  I pray she is recovering nicely.  Sometimes we do not know the outcome of our patients for a long time.  So you will have to wait also.

SaWa and her husband in the  back seat of our truck just as we arrived at MeDuGlow

SaWa and her husband in the back seat of our truck just as we arrived at MeDuGlow

I am so happy with the clinic in MDG now, because the difficult, older doctor left.  A nurse only is on duty, so they listen to what I have to say and call a doctor up in Omkoi telling him what I said.  So far each patient has been properly cared for and not treated like dirt!  They are happy I am here and we seem to have a good relationship.  One nurse, Owm,  is especially friendly to me.  She speaks a little English and wants me to come and work with her because she is afraid when many patients come, especially the emergency patients.  This time she told me that whenever she sees me coming she is so scared and her heart beats very fast because I always bring in really bad patients.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mitsubishi

February 22, 2015

We left BYT on Thursday morning, February 19, just to do a quick trip to MaeSot for supplies, and then return the very next day, Friday. I was so happy because that meant BletJaw would drive there and back.  He would then take his week off with his family as scheduled using the motorbike on Sunday.  To me that is so great because I won’t have to drive it myself – It is so difficult for me to do.  But this is what God had planned instead!

Wednesday we took a dear BYT lady to the MeDuGlow clinic and on to Omkoi with a very sick baby.  

Miracle Number 1:  I happened to be in cell service in MeDuGlow exactly the time a man called wanting to buy the Mitsubishi. What are the chances of that ever happening? 

Miracle number 2:  This Karen man, MuYou, who is an SDA  wanted to meet me in MaeSot in 2 days, Friday morning.  That is just exactly when we had planned to be there!   What are the chances that I would already have planned to be in MaeSot right then?

Miracle number 3:  Yesterday we met him. He bought it on the spot, at the price we had previously decided on in spite of the fact that it would not even start because it had just sat there for 2 weeks.  Also the remote to the winch cable would not pull the cable out at that time.  I feel sad to see the dear old truck go because it has a huge history and many miracles attached to it.  But God chose the buyer and orchestrated everything!  How could that be sad?!! Also the money is the Lord’s to go into the work in BYT! 

The big miracle number 4 is this:  The name on the title of the Mitsubishi is Paul Phamor, (Pastor Phamor’s son) in Chiang Mai.  (Previously a foreigner could not own a vehicle in Thailand. You need to have it in the name of a Thai person). This meant that I would have to get a paper and take it, and the Mitsubishi to Chaing Mai to have him fill it out and sign it.  I prayed quickly and asked the Lord to please not let me have to drive all the way to Chaing Mai, I want to do my work in BYT.  I called Pastor Phamor and he told me that his son, Paul and he would be in MaeSot this SUNDAY for a wedding!!!   What are the chances of that happening!  It is really true, the promise saying, before they call I will answer!  A long time ago the Lord had picked the date for that couple’s wedding!!!

So I will stay in MaeSot through Sunday.

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This is the last moment that the miracle Mitsubishi was still mine!!

Fourth miracle:  It sold in just in 2 weeks of being with BletJaw’s Aunt here in MaeSot, who just contacted friends and people that she knew!  Many people told her and myself that it won’t sell because the price is too high and people only want Toyota’s here in this country. What a miracle!  I have all Sabbath here in my little Motel room to sit at the feet of Jesus and thank Him for all the providences and tender care.   …And, OH, I am so unworthy of all His benefits!!!!

Truly how great He is!!!  I really am finding out the meaning of Proverbs 3:5,6!!  

Thank you for your prayers. 

Gayle

PS. BletJaw said he would still drive back to BYT and then take the motorcycle to MaeSalit!  I don’t have to drive myself!!!

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A Day in Kry Co

February 21, 2015

Today is February 17 and we are headed to Kry Co village, which is the furthest away.  We drive the truck today, therefore we can bring a lot of medicine! Weight is not a problem.  It is a good thing we brought a lot because we sure did use it all up.  There was pneumonia, ear infections, bronchitis, high fevers, stomach ulcers, skin diseases, worms, bone and joint problems and on and on.  We do not come to this village as often, because we are concentrating on the villages that want to know more about Jesus and be baptized.  We cannot spread ourselves out any thinner.

The patients pack in.  It is hard to take a good picture because light streams in from both sides.

The peaceful pig guards the entrance

The peaceful pig guards the entrance

Though it does not look busy in these pictures, we saw over 40 patients that day. There was one man who never left our side the entire time.  He was the one we took to the hospital over a year ago with a terribly infected gallbladder.  He was so grateful and happy to be with us because his life was spared.

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The patients pack in

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The children are the most captivating. The precious filthy things!

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We ended the day with a prayer for them all and then told them that next time we will tell them a story about Jesus.  They were perplexed about the prayer and did not understand about Jesus.  I hope I can come to this village more often because they know nothing.

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Won’t you please pray?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Day in GeGhah

February 21, 2015

It is February 15 and we’re going to GeGhah.  This is the village of elephants. The people are a little richer here, but just as desperately in need of good health habits and the gospel as all the other villages.

Entering the village

Entering the village

It is the same routine.  We treat roomful after roomful of patients and pray with each group, then we eat their food, have a very brief worship in this village.  They are not so attracted to it as the others.

We have a really nice system of treating patients.  Tucker is the scribe, I treat, and BletJhaw is the pharmacist translator and everything else!

It is the same routine.  We treat roomful after roomful of patients and pray with each group as possible, then we eat their food, and try to have a brief worship. In this village they are not so attracted to it as in the others.

 

 

My favorite little house in this village

My favorite little house in this village

. . . and the lady who lives there

. . . and the lady who lives there

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The people here are usually cheerful, happy and smiling, but there is a lot of suffering, hardships and daily hard work, particularly for the women.  My whole heart goes after them.  Won’t you please include them in your daily prayers?

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A Day in LaGlah

February 21, 2015

Today is February 12 and we are going to LaGlah.  It always seems too long since we have been to any village.  I just want to stay in every one all the time in order to be more help to them!

We start out on the shortcut path uphill to the pagoda.  The bulldozer has just come down this way and made a fine road out of it!  This is incredible because in the 5 plus years I have been here, this has never happened!  Now we step onto freshly plowed soil!  What a road! This means 2.5 hours to drive to Meta now instead of 5, but we cannot come this way yet because of the concrete on the other side of the pagoda.

This indeed is a beautiful sight - a bulldozer putting a road in right here.

This indeed is a beautiful sight – a bulldozer putting a road in right here.

The people in the surrounding villages don’t like it because they think the roads are being improved so that the soldiers can come in and stamp out opium! Personally that sounds great to me!  The only bad thing is that sometimes they have orders to shoot on the spot.  Two men have already died that way.

This way is very seriously steep for us on foot or wheels.

This way is very seriously steep for us on foot or wheels.

It is really beautiful in places

It is also really beautiful in this spot

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Entering the village

 

Entering ChaDree's house

Entering ChaDree’s house

ChaDree is enjoying his grandchildren, but a word from his son-in-law makes us sad.  He asked us for all the pictures that we have taken of ChaDree so they can remember him after he dies.

ChaDree is enjoying his grandchildren.  Could God be in the process of healing him?  He seems surprisingly well considering he should have died from cancer 3 years ago!

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We enjoy the grandchildren also

This is the girl we built a house for and took care of her sick Mother and Father Just like NawJe, she is so full of thankfulness and said:  "I don't have anything I can give you.  I can just make you this skirt

This is the girl we built a house for and took care of her sick Mother and Father
Just like NawJe, she is so full of thankfulness and said: “I don’t have anything I can give you.  This is all I can do.”  She gave me this beautiful knee (Skirt) that she had made.

Here is the opium queen.  Today she has wistfulness in her eyes.  She stays for worship and seems to hang on every word!  Oh dear Lord how I love her! Please help and bless her!

Here is the opium queen. Today she has wistfulness in her eyes. She stays for worship and seems to hang on every word! Oh dear Lord how I love her! Please help and bless her!

So many villages Lord, so many people in sickness, distress, ignorance and sin

So many villages Lord, so many people in sickness, distress, ignorance and sin

Won’t you please pray for them?

 

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A Day in NeLeeGwee

February 21, 2015
NeLeeGwee

NeLeeGwee

Today, February 10, we will walk to NeLeeGwee.  I am so excited to go, because it seems so long since we have been there.  Our backpacks are a little heavier than usual because there are over 30 children in this village and many are always sick.

I am so blessed because Tucker grabs all the heaviest bags and places them in his large back pack.  I stuff my bag full, then, while I am doing something else, BletJaw always takes the heavy bags out of my pack and only gives me the light things!  Aren’t they wonderful!!  No wonder I am full of life and feeling great at the end of the day!

Our walk to NeLeeGwee is easier than usual.  The scary bridge that we used to balance across on one slim log, is now a regular solid bridge!  The place on the side of the mountain that used to barely be a path, where you could hardly place one foot in front of another because you would slide down the mountain sideways, has now been dug out and there is a solid path!  Even the weather is delightful with a cool breeze under deep blue sky!  I fairly skip down the pathway.

Entering the dark jungle

Entering the dark jungle

The children greet us as we enter the village

The children greet us as we enter the village

The big pig also greets us.

The big pig also greets us.

This old lady is too tired to greet us.

This old lady is too tired to greet us.

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She lives just across the mud and filth, from Nawje’s house

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NawJe greets us with her beautiful smile

You remember NawJe.  She is the one we took to MeDuGlow who aborted her 4 month old fetus in the front seat of our truck, and almost died of hypovolemia, (Too much blood loss).  Because she knows we saved her life, she is so appreciative of us that she cannot show us enough gratitude and kindness.  She wants us to come to her house to eat after we treat the patients.

The houses in NeLeeGwee are in poor repair, because this village is kind of like the opium capital of our mountain villages.

The houses in NeLeeGwee are in poor repair, because this village is kind of like the opium capital of our mountain villages.

They did not make PeeEu a new house, but they did give her a new floor - big improvement

They did not make PeeEu a new house, but they did give her a new floor – big improvement

We enter ShePaw's house

We enter ShePaw’s house

Complete with chicken in the dishwashing area

Complete with chicken in the dishwashing area

ShePaw has just had another baby, so now her total is 7 children!

ShePaw has just had another baby, so now her total is 7 children!

The Karen  children and young women often like to put a clay compound on their faces

The Karen children and young women often like to put a homemade clay compound on their faces

They think it is beautiful.  I have been here so long that I think it is beautiful too!  Plus it is clay so it must be good for the skin

They think it is beautiful. I have been here so long that I think it is beautiful too! Of course I think everyone is beautiful here. It is clay so it must be good for the skin

The children immediately converge - they love us - we love them!

The children immediately converge – they love us – we love them!

Today we have a special surprise for each one of them!  Oh what fun!

Today we have a special surprise for each one of them! Oh what fun!

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This little one was too shy to join the group. She got hers outside

The adorable little twins came in later

The adorable little twins came in later

Thirty three patients were seen on this day. It always racks my brain to figure out the best way to treat some of the complaints like:

“My brains are rotting out.”

“My blood is all messed up.  It is going around in circles and then I pass out.”

“My body is all out of medicine.”

“I need medicine to gain weight.”

“I fell off an elephant 10 years ago and hurt my foot.  Now that is making my back, neck and shoulders heavy.”

So many strange things, but pretty much everything is from not drinking water, poor hygiene, and poor nutrition.

This small boy has an eye infection.  He is patiently waiting for the eye ointment to stop hurting

This small boy has an eye infection. He is patiently waiting for the eye ointment to stop hurting

This lady's baby is one and a half years old, but it looks more like 5 months old.  It has many health problems.

This lady’s baby is one and a half years old, but it looks more like 5 months old. It has many health problems.

This poor old lady laughs as she tells us she is 200 years old.  Her complaint?  She hurts all over all the time

This poor old lady laughs as she tells us she is 200 years old. Her complaint? She hurts all over, all the time

ShePaw's Mother cooks our food.  Today we have eggs, noodles and greens.  This is way more than usual.  We must be careful and eat just a little without offending them, because, remember we are also invited to eat with NawJe and her family

ShePaw’s Mother cooks our food. Today we have eggs, noodles and greens. This is way more than usual. We must be careful and try not to eat too much without offending them, because, remember we are also invited to eat with NawJe and her family

Our worship time is very short this time.  The attention span is not very long and distractions are many.  Just as we pray the dogs outside start to fight.  It is so loud we have to wait.  This is the devil's method - it happens a lot

Our worship time is very short this time. The attention span is not very long and distractions are many. Just as we pray the dogs under the house start to fight. It is so loud we have to wait. This is the devil’s method – it happens a lot

NawJe cooked us the biggest most beautiful meal that we have ever eaten in the villages.  She gave all she possibly could to show her appreciation

NawJe cooked us the biggest most beautiful meal that we have ever eaten in the villages. Greens, eggs, cabbage and eggs, and chili paste. She gave all she possibly could to show her appreciation.  Spoons, plates bowels – everything!

She also gave me a beautiful knee, (Skirt) that she had woven, saying:  “I want to do more but this is all I can give.” I see the love of Jesus in her, as she showers us with gifts of appreciation.  The Lord will remember these precious jewels as His own when He comes.  He says:  “I will spare them!”  See Malachi 3:17

Won’t you pray for them?

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THE DEVIL TRIES A DIFFERENT ANGLE!

February 20, 2015

He is a sorcerer.   People from our village have called him in because he can do things that normal human beings cannot do. He has power to heal, to change people and turn events etc. He uses water and other trinkets along with incantations and who knows what else?

Several older people in this village have had painful arthritis in their knees for years. I have done all that I know to help them, but the pain persists, so they will try TeeCoo, the sorcerer.

I did not know anything unusual was going on in my village, until this man appears in my clinic doorway last Wednesday. He does not want any medical care, but is just looking around and meeting people. I did not speak much with him because BletJaw was not nearby at the time and I felt strangely uncomfortable around him. He had an unusual appearance and disposition for a Karen man – sort-of big, flashy, pushy, assertive, and in-the-way. I did not like him and felt relieved when he finally left.

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The next time I saw him was at Wednesday evening prayer meeting. I thought it was good that he had come to our church. Good that is, until we were leaving and I felt a hand moving across my back. Turning quickly I saw him!

“Oh no!” I thought, and dashed out the door. Karen men NEVER do things like this. I then was involved in a conversation with one of the ladies outside, when I glanced up at the church doorway and there was TeeCoo taking a picture of me from the church porch! Horrors. I excused myself and went to my house.

Taking a picture from the porch.

Taking a picture from the porch.

 

The following day, BletJaw shared some things that he had learned from the village people. This man wants to marry a gullawah (American) lady. He is able to do enchantments to make a person like him, or he can put a curse on them. He seems to already be on my path! I know God is holding me and that nobody can pluck me out of His hand! With this thought in mind I go to church the following Sabbath day and sit in my usual place with the women on the mat at the left side of the church. I bow my head and pray. When I look up I see TeeCoo sitting directly opposite me on the men’s side, staring at me.

“Oh no!” I thought, and looked down to read my Bible. The next thing I know, he is kneeling right in front of me ready to take my picture close up!

“Oh no!” I thought, and covered my face with my hands. Karen men NEVER come over on the women’s side accept to take up the offering. Quickly he pulled my hands down and took the picture! I looked around the church at the handful of people sitting there. BletJaw and Tucker had not arrived yet to protect me, and nobody present seemed to share my feelings of horror.

I will preach the sermon today on Daniel chapter 4. I have prayed earnestly over it because the sermon has a real appeal and oh how I need the Holy Spirit to convict and convert the precious people of my village.   You see our pastor, our church, and our church members in this isolated spot, are not like any other that I have ever experienced.  Somehow most of the members of this church still use opium, smoke, drink and eat pigs and everything else just like everybody else, and have done so for years. Their names are in the church books here on earth, but they are not written in the books of heaven. This makes our work harder than if there never was an SDA church or so-called members. Working with the people in any other heathen village is easier than working in this one. I have preached lovingly and earnestly. I have also taught simply about health and God’s standards for us. I have pleaded with God to help the people understand God’s health message and really be converted. They listen, but then go ahead and keep living the way they are used to.

. . . So. . . I get up to preach. BletJaw is by my side to interpret.   Five minutes later, TeeCoo gets up and comes right in between BletJaw and I. He puts his phone on the table behind us with the recorder on, then, he walks out of the church. He did not return. Just maybe his heart will be touched if he listens to it, because God really took control of the delivery of that sermon! Praise the Lord!

Tucker was really upset that this man took pictures of me. He went up to the phone after church to try to delete my picture, however the phone was all in Thai and neither he nor BletJaw could figure the picture mode out.

The next day we found out that 2 other villages had called him to come and do his magic healing for them. I plead with God to remove this man and his witchcraft from our villages forever. All the villages around us here are so important and special to me. The pull of the devil on them to continue in their heathenism is so strong, that even after we have been here 5 years, loving them, praying with them, helping and educating these people, they have such a difficult time to understand. I simply cannot bear to have even more concentrated evil come upon them.

I read Acts chapter 13 today about Paul and Barnabas preaching in synagogues and going to Paphos because the deputy of that city wanted to hear about the word of God! Elymas was a sorcerer. He tried to stop them from talking to the deputy about God. He wanted to turn the deputy away from hearing the truth. Mrs White writes about it in Acts of the Apostles 167:

“Not without a struggle does Satan allow the kingdom of God to be built up in the earth. The forces of evil are engaged in unceasing warfare against the agencies appointed for the spread of the gospel, and these powers of darkness are especially active when the truth is proclaimed . . . But the faithful gospel worker need not fear defeat at the hand of the enemy; for it is his privilege to be endued with power from above to withstand every satanic influence.”

“At the present time, when the end of all things earthly is rapidly approaching, Satan is putting forth desperate efforts to ensnare the world. He is devising many plans to occupy minds and to divert attention from the truths essential to salvation . . . But God’s faithful messengers are to go steadily forward with their work. Clothed with the panoply of heaven, they are to advance fearlessly and victoriously, never ceasing their warfare until every soul within their reach shall have received the message of truth for this time!”   Acts of the Apostles 220

Please pray for these Karen people.  Pray that the power of God will go forward in this heathen land. Pray that as the time for our labor grows shorter, our efforts will become more intense, and that there will be no limit to our zeal!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beware of the Poison!

February 19, 2015

Poisonous caterpillars are really dangerous here.  Many times people will break out in hives all over just from coming in contact with one hair of the caterpillar’s back!  Or worse than that – they could die!  What makes them doubly dangerous is that they are perfectly camouflaged. To me they are the most camouflaged thing in the jungle because there is mostly no motion to attract your eye, and no color to distinguish it.  It is so small, insignificant and camouflaged that I have not even found one to photograph, instead I show an internet picture.

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Some of these creepy little creatures actually eject a cloud of their poisonous hairs into the air.  Any that land on your skin will cause serious problems, but if you breath them in it could kill you.  That is why they are known to kill dogs because they are always sniffing around at things.

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This poor BYT man, DeaDee, almost lost his hand, and became very ill with a high fever and infected lymph nodes, from a catapillar sting.  He was climbing a tree five days ago, and placed his hand right on the wicked creature.  Even after IV antibiotics and hospital care for 5 days, he still has pain and swelling in that hand.  I saw him again 2 months later and there are still long term disabilities.

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This Asian centipede is also a problem.  I have seen them 15 inches long and very fat and strong!  They can kill a small child.  Adults will suffer a lot of pain and may need hospital care.

My point in showing you these things is not to make your fear mount, and your skin crawl, but in comparison, let us see that the invisible sting of poison from the devil is the thing most greatly to fear.  It is far worse, far more camoflouged, and the effects of such a sting could last a life-time and end in eternal death!   We need not fear these earthly creatures that we can see, but fear spiritual wickedness like clouds of poison in the air!

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wicked ness in high places.”  Ephesians 6:12

Let us right now “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”  Let us right now, “Put on the whole armour of God that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6: 10, 11

My heart melts as I hear the pleading voice of Jesus in Deuteronomy 30:19 and Ezekiel 33:11  “As I live , saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.  Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways, for why will ye die, O house of Israel?”

God knows how subtle and camouflaged the deceits are that the devil presents. He knows how deep and lasting the effects of the deadly poison that he injects into both old and young, and the final consequences.   He knows how weak and unaware we are as we sink into comfort and indifference.  Oh please let us wake up to our true spiritual condition before God, and search our hearts out before Him, that we may be able to stand against the stinging attacks of the devil.  Let us turn from our lazy indifference and work with all our hearts minds and souls, to reach a dying world during this short period of time that yet remains.  Let us be faithful and stand in the power of His might!

 

 

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January 2-18

January 22, 2015

These seventeen days are truly significant!  We always meet with surprises and never know what a day may bring forth, but during this time period things really went crazy on us.

January 2, We left BYT to pick up Tarn.                             84 km   or 6.5 hrs drive

January 3, We returned to BYT.                                           84 km    6.5 hours

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Tarn is with us for a while so we can learn the Thai language. She is also a great cook!  As soon as she arrived she asked me if she could take over my kitchen! Wonderful – by all means!! She brought a lot of food.  Now our meals are on time, we are not missing meals, and do not have to wait and let the food over-cook, burn or never get cooked because of  patient interruptions.  I am immediately and thoroughly spoiled!

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Tarn is enjoying the BYT girls!

 

 

January 5, We walked to GeGhah                                         1hour 20 mins walk

We were called to come and check on this man. He is the one who was stomped by an elephant back in August.  I was in America at the time.  He has been in the hospital all this time – over 5 months!  He just came home for a short while.  He cannot walk.  He must go back for repeated surgeries.  They want me to take the stiches out.

 

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There are 30 staples in this wound which stretches from hip to just above the knee.  I cannot take this type suture out because it requires a special instrument.

There are 30 staples in this wound which stretches from hip to just above the knee. I cannot take this type suture out because it requires a special instrument.

 

January 6, We walked to LaGlah                                           2 hours round trip

This is the day I got the tick in my eye.  We went see how ChaDree was doing. He had been very sick the last time we visited.  Today we find he is better!  He gets so sick and then so well – Please continue to pray for him.  God may even now be healing him of his cancer!

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I told him to let me take his picture because the people in America are praying for him and want to see him! He smiles.

 

Also we meet BeDee, who is very sick with a liver and lung problem.  She can barely breath and her legs and abdomen are swollen.  Her blood pressure is 190 over 120!

January 7,  We drove BeDee from LaGlah to Meta hospital.  64 km, 4.5 hours

January 8,  Return trip                                                           64 km, 4.5 hours

January 9,  Rainy trip to Omkoi with DJ                            80 km one way, 6hours

See the story of this horrendous trip titled:  “RAIN IN JANUARY”!

Back to MeDuGlow      56 km       3.5 hours

January 10, MeDuGlow to BYT                                             28 km        2 hrs

January 13, Drove to Meta again.  BeDee had a problem. 85 km       5 hours

We have to take a much longer detour now to go to Meta because they are putting cement down again on the Pagoda road.

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The problem was that she did not hold a Thai card, and I must pay before they will give her any further treatment.  She had just applied for a Thai card, so the Doctor, who appreciated what I am doing for the people in the mountains, excused me from paying the entire fee!! Praise the Lord!!

 

Another problem:  The 3rd day of her hospitalization, this lady saw what she called a vision.  It was really just a thought that someone gave her 1000 baht. Somehow this scared her to the point of panic. To her this was a bad omen. She made the doctor let her go home, even though she needed surgery, so that she could have a spirit ceremony to get rid of danger. Her treatment was not completed and she had to return to Meta again!  All their superstitions and beliefs make things really complicated.

This is a spirit shrine house they built to scare the spirits away.

This is a spirit shrine house they built in her village to scare the spirits away from her.

 

complete with chicken blood.

complete with chicken blood.

 

Return trip                   85 km        5 hours

 

January 14,  To MeDuGlow. 52km  5 hours

Someone came asking us to go to Kry Co village.   KawPaw is 28 years old and has suffered with edema, dizzyness and headache for 3 weeks.  She cannot eat and cannot walk.  I did not have my camera on this day. No picture.

Back from MDG 24km 2 hours

January 15, Patient from NyeLeGwee spontaneous abortion  68 km round trip  4.5hours

NawJe has been in extreme pain all day.  It was late in the afternoon when a man came on a motorbike telling us she wanted me to come and help her.

This is NawJe she is 4 months pregnant and is loosing her baby.

This is NawJe she is 4 months pregnant and is loosing her baby.

As usual the whole village comes out to watch and wonder.

As usual the whole village comes out to watch and wonder.

She suffered extreme pain on the way to the clinic.  BletJaw did not want to go too fast over the bumps because it caused her pain, but he wanted to get her there as fast a possible. Just 30 minutes away from MeDuGlow she delivered a 4 month old fetus, and began to bleed profusely.

She suffered extreme pain on the way in to the clinic.

As they lifted her out of the truck, the blood just poured out!

It always takes too long to get these patients to a bigger hospital where they can get proper care, but I heard she did make it to Chiang Mai where they have given her blood transfusions.  We are praying for her full recovery.  We got to her just in time, any later and she would have bled to death.

January 16, Friday.  Our pastor does not come here often.  But today he came and visited ChaDree in LaGlah on his way in. He said ChaDree had not eaten for several days and was so weak that now he could not walk.  This is really bad news. We prayed and prayed, then on Friday, I went with the pastor on his motorbike to visit ChaDree. I thought the pastor could explain anointing to him and ask him if he would like us to do that the next day.  The pastor thought that was a good idea.  I had all my medicine with me so we treated all the patients and spent the day there.  ChaDree looked good again!  He was up preparing our meal and was smiling and happy! He really wanted the anointing so we planned to all come the next day, Sabbath and do that.

About the time we were finishing our meal, BletJaw came on  another motorbike to get me quickly because a boy from WaSuTa had gun powder from a gun explode in his face!

I hopped on the motorbike with BletJaw and we drove  home very quickly.  When I  saw JawHtu, age 14 sitting on the grass outside the clinic I was greatly concerned!

He was shocky and shivering.  His eyebrows, eyelashes and the border of his hair was burned off.  Worst of all his nasal hairs were burned off.

He was shocky and shivering. His eyebrows, eyelashes and the border of his hair was burned off.

Worst of all his nasal hairs were burnt off!  I am really concerned. I washed his burned arms and face with sterile saline and plastered Silverderm cream all over the burns.  Then we tried to persuade the Mother to let us take him to MeDuGlow immediately.  She would not do it!  She acted real glum and did not talk to us.  I was beside myself to try to get her to see that this is an emergency. Even though he is breathing OK now, his breathing tubes will swell up later and he will be in big trouble. However, this lady took her son and began walking away with him! My whole heart went out after them!  I prayed desperately! Just before disappearing from view behind our old house, she paused, turned around and said: “If you take him, I will go.”  Oh thank you Lord for her decision.

Once at MeDuGlow I prayed that they would also see the danger and send him to Omkoi.  The nurse that was there called a doctor in Omkoi to ask what to do. She took a picture of the boy on her phone and sent it to him.  They decided to hold him at the clinic overnight and then send him in the morning if he got worse.  I prayed again, because MeDuGlow clinic could not do anything if he got into trouble.  Just before we left, the Doctor called the nurse back and asked her to send the patient straight to Omkoi right away.

I am so glad because I heard he did get into trouble that night.  Hopefully he will be back home soon.

 

January 16, So our trip to MDG and back that night was  48km  4 hours

January 17, Sabbath

Church in BYT was very well attended with 2 young men from LaGlah visiting. The pastor had asked me to preach that day.  I was so happy for the good attendance and attentive audience.  Everyone seemed to be hungering after truth!  I preached about Jacobs’ ladder – the Holy Spirit was there in power!! I feel there is a small spiritual awakening beginning around here for the very first time!  I am so happy, so very happy!  Afterwards there were several people who walked with us the LaGlah village.

Here is ChaDree and his wife.  He looked great and was so happy we all had come for this service.  He took it real seriously.

Here is ChaDree and his wife. He looked great and was so happy we all had come for this service. He took it real seriously.

The pastor had never done an anointing before.  He had called someone to ask how to do it.  I only had a small amount of weak olive oil.  The pastor put the oil behind his head and on his arms.  Though it was not done the right way and the oil was not proper, God will bless because it was done with the instrumentalities that we had.  It was our best to offer the Master, and He heard our prayers that day.  His will be done!

After this service, ChaDree said that he wanted to be baptized!  I will try to get to LaGlah study with him every week, to prepare him as best I can.  I could not be happier than I am on this Sabbath day!!

January 18, Sunday.         48km 4 hours

This couple have twins.  Their names are:  GaTeeCha and GaTeeDa.  Don't ask

This couple have twins, named:  GaTeeCha and GaTeeDa.

They walked to us from GeGhah village.  GaTeeDa has had extreme diarrhea and vomiting for 2 days, and shows definate signs of dehydration. Her temperature is 105.5 degrees!  It barely came down 1 degree with paracetamol and a cool bath.  A small child like this can die quickly if not rehydrated and properly attended. Away to MeDuGlow we went again!

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We totaled approximately 850 kilometers.   The driving time, is approximately 85 hours and 50 minutes, all in 17 days!  

This is just a rough estimate going from our odometer and watches. I could easily have miscalculated over or under.   Actually 850 km is very little for 17 days, but you have to understand what these roads are really like to know that this much is totally HUGE , because every km is painstaking.  Every km takes prayer and faith to travel there-upon. There are only 2 people in all of America that understand a little about these roads and what I am talking about here.

1.  I want to thank the Lord for placing us here, providing for all our needs, giving us strength, energy, wisdom, and guidance to take care of these people’s needs, physically and spiritually.

2.  Next I want to thank YOU for donating the money so that we can keep going month after month, and enabling us to drive a reliable, great truck! You can see how important it is to our work!

3. I want to thank BletJaw for his dedicated work and tireless driving hour after weary hour on the terrible roads.  Truly this takes enormous endurance!

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BletJaw asked me to please thank all of you for your prayers and financial support that made it possible for us to purchase this truck and continue God’s work in the jungle!!!

 

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