FaceBook- BletJhaw

May 16, 2016

(If you do Facebook, please ask BletJhaw to be your friend.  He is posting lovely things and would like to include you in his friends.  I am going to put his latest post here for you:)

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“This is my new son, his name is Ah Tee. We just adopted him yesterday. I know him long time ago but my wife saw him just five days ago and had a great compassion on him. He has 11 years old, older brother and 2 years old younger sister.His parents are still alive but they are so addicted to opium they can’t care their children. They try to quit using opium for many times but it didn’t last very long. They work very hard for others people so they can earn a little bit of money to buy opium. In the meantime three children are wondering around helpless and hopeless, filthy dirty and knowing not when they will have to eat. They are not Adventist so they have no idea about eternal life with Jesus in heaven. So we decided to help Ah Tee to find Jesus. We cut out the devil string and started to take care of him and introduce him to Jesus.

Devil strings cut off!

Devil strings cut off!

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I’m really thanks God for my son Jonathan he really nice to his new brother.

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I pray that Ah Tee real family will know the Living God and change theirs life and also pray for us too. Ah Tee will be 6 years old on July 15.”

 

(BletJhaw’s family was able to spend a whole week with us in BYT.  During that time, we cared for this little family.  BletJhaw’s wife, WaNeePaw, fell in love with the 6 year old. I am so happy that this one boy has a chance to learn about God!)

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The mother and siblings

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Dry, Dry, Dry

May 16, 2016

 

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“Send some rain. Would You send some rain?
‘Cause the earth is dry and needs to drink again.
And the sun is high and we are sinking in the shade.
Would You send a cloud, thunder long and loud,
Let the sky grow black and send some mercy down.
Surely You can see we’re thirsty and afraid.
But maybe not, not today. Maybe You’ll provide in other ways.
And if that’s the case – we’ll give thanks to You, with gratitude,
For lessons learned in how to thirst for You
How to bless the very sun that warms our face,
– if You never send us rain.”

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This is the first stanza of a beautiful song sung by the Nebblet family about trusting God under all circumstances. Very applicable here right now as we are in a severe drought. Usually it rains one time in April, but not this year. It has not been this scorching hot and dry in 20 years.
Though I love dry roads to drive on, and dread the impossible roads in rain and mud, but now I am praying my very first prayer for rain. My usual prayer is: “Oh Lord please don’t let it rain until we get home” etc. But now, villages all around us are suffering – they have no water including ourselves. We bathe and wash our clothes in the river, but it is a greatly diminishing river.

Usually a big, rushing, rapid, river.

Usually a big, rushing, rapid, river.

We can ALWAY praise the Lord!  Just when we needed it the most, my good friend, Dr. Elizabeth gave us 12 simple water filter units that were donated to her.  We are giving them out and use one ourselves, as the water is very dirty.

Dr. Elizabeth and the water filters

Dr. Elizabeth and the water filters

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PeeWah and her new water filter!

Along with the stifeling heat comes thick smoke from burning the rice fields and the mountainsides this time of year.  Billows of dust fly around when driving on roads with 6 inches of powder.
Because of this many babies are suffering from asthma and pneumonia.

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May Jesus come soon!

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Scrub Typhus!

May 16, 2016

It was midnight straight up. A motorcycle roared loudly up the steep driveway to our house. Soon we heard mens voices calling at the door: “TharaMu? Thara BletJhaw?” A lady needed help in the next village – WaSuTa. My heart groaned, as I thought about our plans to take another very sick man from NyaLeGwee to Meta hospital on the west-side at 5 in the morning. But of coarse we went right away and checked the patient- amebic dysentary – very dehydrated. It is an emergency. Away we go to MDG clinic on the east-side, returning at 4a.m.! Now we have one hour to sleep!

We leave at 5 a.m. and get TheyMu, 59 years old in NyaLeGwee village.

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He cannot walk. He has scrub typhus with complications.  The 41/2 hour drive on the terrible roads, in the heat, with all the dust and smoke does not make him any better for sure! The bumpy ride is so bad that many times he ends up on the floor!  My whole heart goes out to the silent sufferer in the back seat.

I long for dear Jesus to come: No more sickness, suffering, pain, or death.

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Selling Opium!

May 16, 2016

 

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Just two faces, right? But look: One is innocent, the other – guilty.

“The consciousness of right doing is the best medicine for diseased bodies and minds. The special blessings of God resting upon the receiver is health and strength. One whose mind is quiet and satisfied in God is on the way to health.” ST Oct. 23, 1884

DooPo, (right), age 32, has a wife and 5 children. He is Cha Dree’s son-in-law and they all live together in one house in LaGlah village.

ChaDree's house from the side

ChaDree’s house from the side

Front view

Front view

He came to our clinic the other day all stressed out. He is suffering from many psychosomatic illnesses and now he cannot sleep at night and wants sleeping medicine – which I do not have. I find out the reason for his great fear.  Very many soldiers are after him because he sells opium out of ChaDree’s house! He told us that just 3 days ago TEN TRUCKS loaded with soldiers came to his house, – even to that little village way back in the jungle! They told him that they have now warned him twice. The next time they come, if they find out he is still selling opium they will arrest him and put him in jail for 10 years. If anybody tries to run away they shoot!

Now in this area, we know by other people’s experiences that the soldiers will arrest everybody in the house when they come. We are in that house almost every week to do Bible studies, but no worries!   It is all an answer to prayer!  As I pray for ChaDree and do the Bible study, I pray that God will remove everything evil and sinful out of that house so all the people can worship God and be ready for Him to come!  So you see, we are on God’s mission and He is caring for us and them!!

Thank you for your prayers.  ChaDree is still alive!  Last Thursday he even sat up and paid strict attention as we spoke of what to do on the Sabbath, and how to pray!  ChaDree responded and answered the questions! He is being touched by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit filled the room!  If you could just see the 6 people present fold their hands and close their eyes for prayer!  My heart melts and overflows in thankfulness in inexpressible love and praise to God!

Oh keep praying for us all!  We really need your prayers!

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Short Story

May 16, 2016

During this last year I joined Facebook for the first time. Often I see people post pictures of delicious food they are eating at their favorite restraunts. I want to post mine here. You see we travel to a different village 3 days a week. We treat the sick, they cook us dinner, and then we do a worship. So we get to “eat-out” quite often. You can see the “Kitchen sink,” here, as the dishes are being washed before the meal. The pig and chickens take special interest!

The "Kitchen sink"

The “Kitchen sink”

Next we sit cross-legged and enjoy our meal of roots and noodles with rice. Usually we eat with our fingers, but this lady has spoons. I would rather have this type of eating out than any other: Hands down! Why? Not because the food is delicious, pretty or clean, but because we have developed a love relationship with the people, and they will listen to our story of Jesus. We have a far greater meal of spiritual food to pay them back with because they are longing for something better.

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“He, (Christ), teaches us that the spiritual food which He provides is of far more consequence to us than is temporal food.” 17MS 1275

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The King Cobra

May 16, 2016
The best thing about this king of the jungle is that someone had already shot it through before we came along!

The best thing about this huge king of the jungle is that someone had already shot it through before we came along!

 

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Endless Pathways!

May 15, 2016

At least one third of our time is spent traveling – by foot, motorcycle or truck.

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Tricky with two people on a motorcycle and a large bag of medicine! At least the path is dry today!

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Don’t forget the picture roll!

 

It is so effective out here!

It is so effective out here!

This past week BletJhaw totaled 14 hours of strenuous, dangerous, driving just in 1 1/2 days! Four of those hours were in the middle of the night, leaving him weak and exhausted. Some places are so narrow that there is no room for error! Try making 2 point turns around corners on steep downgrades, when reverse must not drift 6 inches forward or down the precipice you go! The Lord has continually saved us on these roads – and from the wild elephants!

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Today we took a pregnant woman out and travelled through an area infested with elephants. We passed by 5 piles of elephant dung, but did not encounter them, because we prayed and trusted God.

Sometimes during the dry season we come across a crew building a section of concrete. We cannot go through and must turn around and go all the way back and find an alternate route! We get home in 4-6 hours!  Oh the Endless Endless Pathways!!

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I cannot show you the most narrow dangerous places because we cannot stop and get out to take a picture, but all I can say is that I am so thankful for BletJhaw who is an excellent driver, and in spite of almost fainting from exhaustion sometimes, he is always ready to get up and go again in order to save a life or a soul!!

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“Hold Thou me up and I shall be safe.” Psalm 119:117

Oh, how I long for my home in heaven where I can fall at Jesus feet and thank Him for all He’s done for us!   –And – can you imagine the beauty of smooth golden streets?!!

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63rd Birthday

May 15, 2016

 

 

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My Life:
My skin is beginning to sag and my wrinkles are getting deeper
My eyes are getting much dimmer and my reading glasses stronger
My memory is coming much slower and my mind is more forgetful
My hair has grown much longer and by now is very gray.

I climb the mountains slower, my back-pack has been lightened
People of the world pass me by. No one pays any attention.
There is no attraction, nothing alluring, no talent, or anything to show
I am all alone in a country not my own. All family and friends are far far away!

What then? Do I cry when I look in the mirror?
Do I sigh when I reach my next Birthday?
Am I jealous over the world’s attraction to youth and beauty?
Do I moan over loneliness, and groan that I am “over-the-hill?”

Oh NO NO Never! How could I dishonor my Savior that way!
He decided my birth date. He wants me this age at this time!
I am beautiful in His eyes – the result of His creation and power.
And I cannot fathom the amount of thoughts He has just toward me!

How could I when His presence brings meaning to life
When His hand clasp is firmer and His arms hold me tighter?
When His companionship is so palpable, so glorious and real
And His smile is upon me shedding gladness and light!

How could I when I recall how He has supplied all my needs,
When His treasure house has opened and overflowed my heart
When I see how He has saved my life again and again
And I witness so many miracles directly from His hands

How could I when He works through me – sinner that I am!
To move upon the heathen hearts and draw them to Himself.
When I see that I have some small part in His great work of saving souls
Oh lovely Savior, Oh precious friend – I give you my life just as it is…

… and will love and serve you till the end!

By Thy grace alone!

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Death Bed

March 31, 2016

Far out in the jungle mountains, in the midst of heathenism, opium, spirit worship, devil worship, superstition and fear lies a dying man.

ChaDree.

Not just any man.  We have a huge history with him.  He wanted to worship the God we worship six years ago.  After a few Bible studies he stated:  “Yesterday we worshiped the devil, today we worship God!” We had cut all the devil strings off.

He almost died from cancer and an acute abdomen after that. To get him to the hospital back then during rainy season was extremely difficult.  (You’ll have to read about it in a previous story).  Since that time we have spent hours walking to his village to do Bible studies, in the heat, in the rain, in the dark and past many snakes and wild elephants.  He is slow to understand.  His initial enthusiasm over worshiping God seemed to wax cold, but we kept on.

Now it seems he doesn’t have long to live.  He has been lying in the same spot on the rice bags and rags for over 2 weeks.

My agonizing question before God is:  “Have I done my best to help this man receive eternal life?  Is there anything more I can do? . . .  I must go back!”

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BletJhaw, explaining basic Bible teachings.

One more visit just in the past week seemed rewarding.  He is alert and responsive this day.  I lean over him and say:  “You know God loves you.  It’s not too late to give your whole heart to Jesus.  He will take you.  You just need to ask Him to please forgive you for your sins and save you for heaven.  We don’t want to live forever with Jesus in heaven without you.  Will you do it right now?”

ChaDree said:  “Yes.”  He looked in earnest and intent.

Then BletJhaw explained the basic truths to him.  He responded.  We prayed.

God knows his heart, he knows the ignorance and simplicity of these people.  I may not see him again on this earth.

“They that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined!”  Isaiah 9:2

 

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Elephant Disaster

March 19, 2016

After this week I must say that every ‘speck of a shred’ of tender regard that I ever had towards the elephants in this area has been forever banished from my heart.

Satan has had his way with these brutal beasts, and has used all his sophistries and cunning to turn them into sadistic, destructive, threatening, and cruel, giants in order to block the gospel message from going out and destroy the people before they can hear it.

They surround us now, making our work most difficult. It is not safe to travel to any other village. One elephant is so large that his footprint spans over one cubit in diameter! They can run much faster than the people when they are angry and charging. As you know, people have been killed or maimed around here because of them and their motorbikes ruined. People are terrified and not going out. Perhaps the most dangerous place to go is LaGlah. You can be over 90% sure that you will meet one of these monsters if you go that way. The government is trying to put in a water system to that village and they have had to stopped all work on it because of the danger.

The forrest service here does not give permission to shoot them unless they are about to kill you, because now the worth of some of the elephants when tamed is up to 2 million THB (Thai Baht)!  Also the fire crackers will not work any more because these guys are really smart.

Listen carefully now to this: After killing a person, the people will go and bury them out in the jungle somewhere. These elephants know where they are buried. They wait several days, until the body is already decaying, then these evil beasts go, dig the person up and eat them! Hard to believe, but it is the revolting truth. It has happened all around here and in Burma many times.

Now LaGlah is exactly where we MUST go. PaJew came to attend church with us in BYT on Sabbath. Even though he was scared to death, he came. He and his family have tried to keep the Sabbath for a long time now, but don’t know how. He told us that he really wants to be baptized into the Seventh-Day Adventist church! We told him that it is important to know what the Seventh-Day Adventists believe and that he get to know Jesus. We made arrangements to visit him once a week on Thursdays to teach him the truth.

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PaJew

I am so thankful for BletJhaw because he has courageously joined me in going ahead and working for God in the face of grave danger, trusting in God at every bend in the road!

I am confident that we are protected with an army of angels, and no elephant will be able to harm us. Precious souls must be saved. It is overwhelmingly evident that it is God’s will for these dear people to understand the Bible and join God’s remnant church! If it is not God’s will for the elephants to kill us right now, than nothing can in any way harm us. I do believe that God is not finished with us yet in this area. The road blocks along the way only prove that God has a great victory ahead for His people and His church.

“Whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.” Proverbs 29:25

“I will make with them a covenant of peace and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods.” “Neither shall the beasts of the land devour them but they shall dwell safely and none shall make them afraid.” Ezekiel 34:25, 28

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