LaPoe

February 3, 2016

LaPoe, age 43, is a very sick little lady. I say little because she is much shorter than I am – (that’s really short). LaPoe has COPD, kidney failure, and bronchitis all at the same time. We had taken an emergency trip with her all the way to MaeSot hospital 6 weeks ago.   Her husband, NauGhee, has faithfully stayed with her all this time. We found out that she will go home soon, but the husband called BletJhaw and asked if I could come and learn how to take care of her wound so they could go home. It had to be changed twice a day. He could not learn how to do it, and they knew I could. I knew they must be very tired of being in that hospital, so I went over to see how I could help. It was not a dressing change at all. LaPoe was on peritoneal dialysis 4 times a day due to kidney failure and the build up of toxins in the body! She must keep on doing this forever.  There is only a slight chance the maybe much later she may be reduced to once or twice a day.

My whole entire heart went out to this couple. The kind nurse was trying to teach the husband how to let the solution go in, then let it all drain out. He must watch the clock and time each phase, and then document it on the proper forms.  His hands must be washed and re-washed, then the latex gloves go on.  There were valves at the base of the tubing near the patient’s abdomen which must be kept almost sterile and opened and shut at the proper times.

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It seemed to just be too much for him. You have to understand, this man is from GeGhah village, an hours walk from BYT. He is from an isolated place. He has never gone to school. He cannot tell time. He has never owned a watch or clock, and he cannot read or write. He is just a poor villager living in a very old wooden house in the jungle.  I watched with great admiration, how loyal and dedicated he was to his sick wife, even though his head hurt, he could not sleep night after night on that hospital floor underneath the bed, and he didn’t have enough money to eat properly.

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I gave him money and returned later with BletJhaw so we could communicate better. NauGhee’s son had come in from Chiangmai to help. He could tell time, read and write. He could be a great help, but it seemed he was not too interested in staying in the hospital. He wanders outside and does not pay attention to anything.

Now it would be totally impossible for us to take on this responsibility and travel to GeGhah village four times a day, so NauGhee must learn to do it. The nurse said they would keep the patient 2 more weeks so that he can learn to do this job satisfactorily.

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In order to meet the needs of this couple, we have travelled back and forth to MaeSot 3 times which totals over 15 hours of driving!

This is the couple we had to drive out to get that Friday afternoon when we met the elephant face to face.  She is home now.  The man bought a big clock for his house and is full time care taker for his wife.

What do you suppose this world would be like if every husband endured hardships and was this dedicated and loyal to their wives in sickness or in health?!

 

 

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The Baptism!

February 3, 2016

It was a beautiful day, Sabbath, January 30.  The pastor had arrived and all the chaos of the past week was forgotten.  DuPe and his wife came up smiling from ear to ear.  Their 2 boys were not ready yet.  They will get baptized next time.

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Here the pastor is reviewing the fundamental beliefs.  It is such a miracle that they know, understand, and do them out of love for their Saviour!  This is the first time this has happened to anyone in our church ever!

After the sermon we all gather outside because I want to take a picture of the congregation.  The first 41/2 years that we lived in BYT we were lucky to have 5-7 people attend church – now look at all the people!  God is working!

 

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Now we make our way to the water.

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All the heartaches, the loneliness, the hardships, sufferings and trials of the past 6 years in BYT suddenly pale into insignificance as I watch the deep joy on their faces when they rise out of the water and as I see the sincerity and fervor of their prayer upon the rock!

“They have found You, Oh Lord.”  I breath, my cheeks wet with tears, “May their feet always be planted on the Rock – Jesus Christ until You come!”

 

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Elephant – Face to Face

February 3, 2016

It is Friday, January 29.  We have travelled out of BYT and back in 2 days.  Why?  Because we wanted to bring BletJhaw’s entire family, including his Mother, and also Landon Meyer, who will do a video of the baptism the next day.

 

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The trip is long. Because of the rain we cannot take the shortcut, and cannot take the other shorter route either.  This way includes over one hour of wild elephant territory.  Praise the Lord, we only saw fresh elephant dung in their playground area, and footprints up a bank into the jungle.  Just missed it once again.

Upon arriving in BYT a little boy comes running to our house all out of breath, pale, and shaking.  I ask him what’s wrong and he says:

“Ga Chau Mee! Ga Chau Mee!” This being interpreted is:  “Wild Elephant! Wild Elephant!”

A wild elephant had walked right through the school grounds next to us and alarmed the school children.  In sheer terror they screamed and screamed until the monster turned and walked away.

I could not bear the thought of these dear children being in danger. We grabbed our fire crackers and cigarette lighter and ran to the school where we found the assistant head man and 2 others in hot pursuit.   We joined them down the mountain, through the river and across the rice paddy.  We saw the large footprints, a broken bamboo fence, and broken wooden bridge, but did not see the elephant.

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Late that afternoon we had a visitor asking us to please go to the main highway and pick up LaPoe and her husband.  They had been discharged from the hospital that day, took a song tow to the Tiger Road (Turn off for BYT), and were waiting for us to come and get them.

This is major shocking news for me because this requires a long ugly trip.  BletJhaw must be awfully tired right now, also I am trying to get enough blankets out for everyone, preparing food and getting ready for Sabbath.  But these dear people are in need.  We learned long ago that the more we sacrifice for people the more rewards God gives.  We go.

After we safely made it through the elephant area, I put my fire crackers away, and enjoyed the nice new cement portion of the road.  Just then, turning a tight corner, we were suddenly face to face with a huge WILD elephant!  We were surprisingly calm.  BletJhaw began slowly backing the truck up.  Instead of grabbing the firecracker, I grabbed the camera and caught this shot.

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We are face to face with a wild elephant!!  He is following us!  BletJhaw managed to turn around in a small space and we made it up the hill.  This wild beast could have charged us, he even had oil coming from the glands in his head!  This really means trouble.  I believe our angels tranquilized him and we were not harmed!

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He turned and walked into the jungle.

We continued our journey, finding NauGhee and his wife at the main road.

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She looks really good!  Her husband is admirably devoted.  (I’ll write about that later) Now for the long journey back.  We silently drove through the elephant area again in the dark.  We had a very long trip back because we had to go way around in order to go to GeGhah village.  On the way to that village we had to cross a real flimsy wood/bamboo bridge.  I got out and looked at it as BletJhaw drove over.  One side broke with a crash.  How could we return that way?

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We placed the tires in a different place, but it broke again on the way out.  BletJhaw just gunned it out of there – we made it!

Now we get another surprise!  We arrived home late at night, but everybody was up waiting for us with the exciting news that another WILD elephant had come through BYT 3 times!  Everyone was frightened and worried about the small children.  The people were screaming in abject terror.  The grand finale came when he came right through the gate towards the church while the people were trying to have vespers!  Everyone prayed and shouted.

Please pray for the safety of my people because God is bigger than the elephants.

 

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Bone-Chilling Weather

February 1, 2016

I can guarantee you that none of the people in the mountain villages have taken a bath or washed their hair this week – including me! Let me tell you why.

We drove into BYT on Monday morning, leaving warm windy weather. As we got up higher in the mountains we found ourselves socked in by heavy dark clouds and fog. Whether the water on the windshield came from the wet leaves on the trees, or from the fog, we did not know, but the fact of the matter was that things were getting wet. We hesitated at the beginning of the shortcut because if some of those narrow, cliff-cambered, rutted roads were wet, it would have to be considered suicide to go that way.

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However, if you had lived here for 6 years, you would think as we do – that this is the dry season and we do not get rain in January, so down we went. It was 45 mins of tense driving though, because going straight down hill, around sharp corners on a hand made narrow pathway, where your left tires must ride partway up the bank to avoid going over the cliff with the right tires, you cannot afford to make one little slip with those tires. Put that together with the fog factor and dripping leaves and you have a highly dangerous situation. BletJhaw is a really good driver out here because he prays his way along and God does incredible things to get us home safely. This time is no exception – we arrived home safely. Not long after we arrived at the house it began to rain!!! So many times the Lord gets us home before He allows the rain to come!!  It is always time to praise the Lord!

Now it is raining just like rainy season, night and day for 4 days. (INCREDULOUS)! It is bitter cold and windy. We have no thermometer, no running hot water, no fireplace, no heat.  All day long you can see your breath in the house. The only way to keep warm enough is to drink boiling water, go to bed under a pile of blankets, or play with 9 year old NauTee, jumping wildly while batting a balloon back and forth. We have time for this because not many patients are braving it out in this weather.

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Sabbath Sermon

January 28, 2016

Sabbath, January 23, 2016, God helped me preach with more power than I have ever been able to do before!! As usual, on Friday, the devil was pressing in to harass, disturb, and demean as much as possible. The entire week had been so packed full of travel, worship talks, and patient care that I really needed time on Friday alone with God. I did not get it, but the Lord woke me up at 3a.m. and filled my mind with thoughts. They came so quick I had to fumble around for pen and paper. The title: “Baptism into the the SDA church.”

This sermon took all the strength that I had to deliver. I was nervous because it meant so much. I had pleaded with the Lord for the people since 3 a.m. I felt as if the salvation of many people depended upon this one sermon. The trumpet must be sounded with a certain tone.

“Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” “For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” Isaiah 58:1 and 1Corinthians 14:8. It is my job. If I don’t do it – nobody will. It is my God-given responsibility.

I had just read this quote from 4Testimonies 393: “Some may be listening to the last sermon they will ever hear, and some will never again be so situated that they can have the chain of truth brought before them and a practical application made of it to their hearts. That golden opportunity lost is lost forever.”

It seemed the Lord spoke through me with great force and plain, open, honest, truth on this Sabbath day. After all the facts about baptism were presented, here is a small clip:

“I will speak plainly and tell you the truth now. Please listen carefully and don’t miss it because I love you and pray earnestly for you. You are family to me. I have left my own family to be here with you these past 6 years, so you know I love you and I really care. Please understand – this is important. You cannot get baptized and be a true member of the SDA church if you continue to chew beetle nut, smoke, drink alcohol, use opium, or eat unclean meat. None of these things will be in heaven, and neither will you if you continue to use them. Your names may be on the church books here on earth, but they will be erase out of the books in heaven. God is all that matters. I am pleading with you. God is pleading with you even more. 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?”

I wish I could tell you that all the people turned from these evil habits right away after they left the church that day and found God to be their strength.  But the story does not end here. Let’s keep praying for them because God is working!  Already, because of that sermon, 2 people have come to us saying they really want to join our church and be baptized!   We will convert the Wednesday evening prayer meeting time into a baptisimal class for all who wish to attend! We pray many will hunger and thirst after righteousness in our mountains!!

The pastor could not come last week to baptize DuPe and family, but he says he will come this Sabbath, January 30.   We had our usual Bible study with them Monday evening.  Oh how happy they are! We asked them 13 of the fundamental beliefs of the Bible and they understand, believe, and do all of them. This is a direct miracle of God, after 5 1/2 years of working with them!!! BeeHtu, a 45 year old man has also attended many of these Bible studies. He told us that he too believes in all that we have taught. He has already stopped drinking, smoking, opium and beetle nut!! He wants to join our church! BeKee, DuPe’s wife, said that she loved the Sabbath sermon. It was the best. It was really good for the people! Praise the Lord.

Oh, blessed fruit for our labor, How blessed are these experiences amidst the hardships and darkness that surround us!!

So whoever you are dear reader, be patient with the people all around you. Keep up your missionary efforts right there where you are. Pray earnestly for the people. Never give up. Those that slip back into bad ways are not hopeless. Your sermon, witness or words to them could be the last they will ever hear. Don’t loose your golden opportunity forever. Give the trumpet a certain sound while there is yet time. Let’s have no regrets when we stand before the Lord of Lords and King of Kings in that great day.

 

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The work of soul winning

January 16, 2016

What were we created for?  What should be our top priority in life?  What will keep our love and faith growing, strong and unmovable purifying our souls?  What is it?

“It is an intense longing to save souls!!”  Acts of the Apostles 371

“When we labor diligently for the salvation of our fellow men, God will prosper our very effort.”  Testimonies 9

“In the working for perishing souls, you have the companionship of angels.  Thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand angels are waiting to co-operate with members of our churches in communicating the light that God has generously given, that a people may be prepared for the coming of Christ.”  Christian Service 259

All Heaven is in activity, and the angels of God are waiting to co-operate with all who will devise plans whereby souls for whom Christ died may hear the glad tidings of salvation.”  Testimonies 433

“As a result of the faithful efforts of consecrated workers, MANY will be turned from idolatry to the worship of the living God.” Prophets and Kings 171

“In proportion to the enthusiasm and perseverance with which the work is carried forward, will be the success given!” Prophets and Kings 263

“Ten truly converted, willing-minded, unselfish workers can do more in  the missionary field than one hundred . . . without deep love for souls.” Cristian Service 26 2

“Every duty performed, every sacrifice made in the name of Jesus, brings an exceeding great reward.  In the very act of duty, God speaks, and gives His blessing.”  

“We should live in this world to win souls to the savior.  …If we bless others, we also bless ourselves…Every ray of light shed upon others will be reflected upon our own hearts…and will receive the approval of God.”

“And, oh, what a soul-enrapturing thought, that when one sinner is thus reclaimed, there is more joy in heaven that over ninety and nine just persons!”  Testimonies 2:22

…And here we have not one but 4 souls ready to join God’s remnant church!

 

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We had DuPe and his family over for dinner a week ago to re-affirm their decision to get baptized and encourage them.  I was so thrilled to hear from the 2 boys, age 15 and 17 that they really love Jesus and choose not to do the harmful things etc.  They are so excited to get baptized!  (Secretively I don’t think anyone is more thrilled than I am about it).  This family has changed so much since they chose to love and serve God.  They have given up all the harmful things and stopped eating pig.  The only thing right now that concerns us is they may have a hard time to stop eating frogs and rats.

From left to right.  DuPe, his 2 sons, his youngest daughter, his granddaughter, wife and 2 daughters.  One other daughter did not come.

These are the only people in my area who truly are gaining victories and getting baptized with a simple knowledge of what the church stands for, and best of all have a  strong love for Jesus!  Truly they will be a great witness to others.

“If you are truly consecrated, God will, through your instrumentality, bring into the truth others whom He can use as channels to convey light to many that are groping in darkness.” 

I’m here to tell you that I am the most privileged and fortunate person to be doing this work in this place – tongue or pen cannot describe the joy! All of heaven is at your side!  What companionship!  Don’t these quotes just fill your heart with longing to go all out and save the lost and perishing ones before it is too late?!

 

 

 

 

 

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Not Crippled!

January 15, 2016

November 7, 2015 was the day we wrecked the motor bike due to a faulty brake system and my leg got injured.  The first 2 weeks there seemed to be no improvement and I was totally shut down from active labor. During that time I was learning the very precious character traits of patience and contentment.

There is a lovely meaning to Romans 5:3 “We glory in tribulations also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience.”

And put with James 1:4 “Let patience have perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing!”

And: 1Timothy 6:6 “Godliness with contentment is great gain.”

This is really significant. The words are so familiar – we know them by heart and they flow so easily from the lips without causing any deep life-changing meaning in the life. I believe they can only be overwhelmingly vivid to the soul when you are going through a difficult time. Really it is a huge blessing!

In summery: Tribulation works to bring us patience and patience
is what makes us perfect, lacking absolutely nothing!
Contentment through it all is linked right together with godliness!

Tribulation is exactly what we need. Isn’t God wonderful to give it to us? Yes, I can rejoice!

By the beginning of the third week after my injury something incredible began to happen. Each day brought a miraculous recovery! I could feel the hand of God restoring that leg. Each time I stepped out to climb a hill I was shocked by the strength I had. I sensed God’s power! I could bend my knee more each day. I could step up a shallow stair one day and a higher step the next. I could sit on the floor – knee bent! The next day I could kneel to pray! Yet the next I rode an hour and a half on the back of the motor bike gripping with my knees and pressing with my feet just a usual. By the next week I could even sit on my feet.

I am not crippled! In 4 weeks I am totally fine!! Praise the Lord!

Truly my heart is filled to overflowing! My tongue cannot cease to praise Him whom I delight to serve! At times the windows of heaven open up and pour out such a blessing that there is not even room enough to receive it!!

To you Americans today I want to pour out my thanks for all you do. Without your interest in this work, without your love, your encouragement, your response to the Holy Spirit’s call in your financial support, we would have folded up a long time ago, but when you pray it is a very powerful thing over here! Time after time we have faced very difficult, seemingly impossible circumstances which I have been able to notify you of – then I feel the power of your prayers and God works in wonderful ways right on time! We all really need each other in these last days!  No souls are saved because of one person’s effort.

“When God’s ministers (Missionaries) are encouraged, His (God’s) cause is greatly advanced. But when, through the selfishness of men, their rightful support is withheld, their hands are weakened, and often their usefulness is seriously crippled.” Acts of the Apostles 340

Through your help and encouragement God’s cause is being greatly advanced!!!

Not crippled!!

Thank – you!

 

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Ghosts and Monsters

January 15, 2016

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This is a picture of a dear old lady and her grandson. The boy’s name is EhHtuWa. He is 7 years old and mostly lives with her because his Father has left the family and his Mother is very sick, receiving medicine at MaeLaCamp on the border.

The Grandmother brought him to us because she needed help. EhHtuWa goes to a very small government school in the village next to her village. Usually she goes to get him after school, but one day, a year ago, school let out early and she was not there. The little boy set off walking by himself. (In my area the people do not like to do anything by themselves because they are desperately afraid of the ghosts and monsters).

On the way the little boy saw a terrifying Monster/Ghost and he screamed and screamed and screamed, until his grandmother came and found him.  From this point on, the child becomes restless during the night. It seems he jerks his arms around, gasps for air, and has nightmares about bloody-looking monsters. The clinic at his Mother’s location has treated him with Phenobarbital for seizures, but this has no effect on him. I believe it is demon possession, as I have seen this many times here. I prayed with them that day, and they stayed in BYT for the night. The next day we found out the boy did not have any problems during the night! Praise the Lord!

We prayed again in the morning with them and spent a long time working with the grandmother who is a firm Buddhist. In fact she lives right next to a large pagoda 2 1/2 hours away, and is the one who takes care of all the idols! We discussed the best way to get help for the boy, and told her that only Jesus could take the problem away. We invited her to attend the Friday evening meeting in our church. BletJhaw actually went to the hut where she was staying and brought her to the meeting himself. Then BletJhaw did the worship, telling about the demon possessed boy whom the disciples could not cast out his evil spirit, but Jesus could. He told about Mark 9:23 where it says “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth”

Presently, with the Mother’s consent, we are trying to get him into the Seventh-Day Adventist school – Sunshine Orchard, or another SDA school on the border.

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This is a very bright and beautiful young child. Please pray for him and his family.

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Breakthrough!

January 13, 2016

“The light of God is ever shining amid the darkness of Heathenism.” Desire of Ages 59

It is the first Sabbath of the new year! Our little church is full of people!! The Holy Spirit is impressing the people to come! I didn’t count, but there are more than ever before – they are seeking the truth! Four villages are represented here today! They are listening and attentive. Today my sermon title is: “Finding Jesus” I have the pictures of Jesus in Jerusalem at 12 years old and then one of his Mother after she found him in the temple.

“By one day’s neglect they lost the Savior, but it cost them three days of anxious search to find Him. So with us; by idle talk, evil-speaking, or neglect of prayer, we may in one day lose the Saviour’s presence, and it may take many days of sorrowful search to find him and regain the peace that we have lost.” Read the last part of Desire of Ages chapter 8. A lovely way to help these simple people to actually put to use the things they learn at church, and keep God in their thoughts.

The highlight of this Sabbath day was when a man got up spontaneously in church to give his testimony! This has never happened before in the history of BYT! He told of how he had been attending our Bible studies at DuPe’s house on Monday evenings and has been learning about the Bible. He mentioned DuPe and his victory over opium. He too wishes to stop the bad things and be a part of our church!
Already it seems that DuPe has been a mighty witness to the power of God in his victorious life.

The Holy Spirit is burning within my soul. My heart is simply exploding with joy and thankfulness to God!!

Please keep up your earnest prayers – because of them there is light from God breaking through the darkness of heathenism here in the jungle!!!

Let’s work tirelessly for God with all our life, soul, might.

All my love and thanks to you, my fellow pilgrims

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Sacrifices

December 24, 2015

 

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               “The people which sat in darkness saw a great light!”  

 

“If we are not willing to make special sacrifices in order to save souls that are ready to perish, how can we be counted worthy to enter into the city of God?”  Christian Service page 8

Sorry:  I have been out of touch for 6 weeks!  I have been dying to ‘talk’ to you, but I have not come out of BYT accept for emergencies and quick supply runs.   All the struggling, all the painful injuries, all the tears, the formidable roads, the stress, the weariness and hunger – is worth it a hundred times over – and then some more!!  Don’t stop reading now!. . .

On Friday, November 27, DuPe showed up at our house asking us if he could please live with us for a while so we could help him stop his opium habit!!  He said he really wants to be baptized, but he cannot stop the bad habits.

“Why absolutely!  Come on in!”

The first week was difficult for him, but he was obedient to our instructions.  He stayed in the fenced area of the compound.   He took all my natural remedies of water therapy, charcoal, vitamins and exercise.  He ate vegetarian wholesome food, and drank 3 liters of water a day.  We did short worships with him and prayed with him multiple times, encouraging him to rely on prayer and the words of Jesus.

We did not want to leave DuPe alone. When BletJhaw went home for a week, by God’s perfect providence I was able to come back immediately with 2 students that were on school break from Sunshine Orchard.  What a week we had together!  Here we are:

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Left to right:  DuPe, SawDaiYea, SawEsSo, me.

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DuPe used the weed eater solid for 2 days in a row.

 

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His adorable 3 year old daughter, BeSoGay, stays with us sometimes.  A delightful child!  (Clothes donated by the dear people in NewYork)!  Thank you.

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We hauled in cow manure and rice straw and these boys fixed up all our fruit trees!  By the time they left how beautiful everything looked!  In addition to this we did an emergency run to MeDuGlow, they did worships in church and other villages, prayed, sang special songs, and SawDaiYea interpreted my sermon, and they both helped with the patients.

By the end of the week neither of them wanted to leave.  In fact it rained 12 hours before we were to drive back.  They were hoping it would rain more so they could stay longer.

Last Sabbath was the highlight of my entire missionary career! BletJhaw was back. We did the church service as usual.  BletJhaw is going through the Bible stories with the picture roll first, then I preach using pictures also as much as possible.

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Next DuPe got up and gave a testimony of how God has helped him in his life.  He said:  “I am clean!  God has washed me!  I am clean!”  He smiles from ear to ear.

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My sermon title:  “Choose to Change!”  A truly powerful, high Sabbath day, filled with the Holy Spirit!

Please join me in 2 specific things:

1)   Pray for DuPe and family

2)   Sacrifice to save a soul

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