Just One Day!

November 18, 2014

PART 1   JUST ONE DAY

 

 

**Please take special note of the length of time that it took us to find a truck! ** 

 

We left BYT at 5:30a.m., October 28 for the sole purpose of finding the right truck. This job seems insurmountable to me.  Our handicaps are many.  The biggest one- We don’t speak Thai!

Tucker and I go to MaeSot where we can have internet access to look at the trucks for sale, study the off road modifications that we need, and to be where there is dependable phone access.  

I immediately shut myself in my small motel room and prayed a three part prayer: 

1.    “Oh, dear Lord, if You want us to be back in BYT quickly, please lead us immediately to the right truck that You have picked for us.  I know others had to spend several months to locate something, but You know our needs and have supplied the money, so we thank you, and are fully trusting You in this matter whether it be a long or short time.”

Then I added:

2.”And Oh, dear Lord, also, please make it easy on us to find the right off road accesories and the mechanic to put it on for us!  We don’t know anything, especially in this country.  It all seems so impossible to me right now, but I know You already have the right plan and nothing is impossible with You. We are trusting in You!”

Then I thought of something else:

3.  “Oh, and one more thing I just thought of Lord, please don’t let any of these things be in Bangkok.  It is such a huge, scary, and wicked city, but Your will be done.” 

 

I have a Thai friend in Chiang Mai who is checking around for me, but he cannot find anything.  I have also contacted missionary friends, Mike and Marilee Kier in Ayutthaya, just north of Bangkok.  They were busy, but so kindly worked on this project for me and found a few possibilities which they emailed to me. The first option looked great! Just what we want – a one year old Toyota Vigo, 4X4 off road, 3.0 diesel smart cab for a very low price!  The picture they showed of it looked great!  I called the contact number, but the truck had already sold!

“God must have something better for us than that even!”  I told Tucker.

Mike and Marilee had also put us in contact with Danny and Sheany Pung who live in Khon Kaen, North East Thailand.  To my amazement I discovered that they threw their whole heart, and mind into searching for the truck that we had described to them. I have never met them –  never heard of them.  They were not even home at the time, but were doing some work in Bangkok!  I would wait until I heard back from them. 

It is still October 28.  I call BletJaw.  We decide that this is a real “BIG” purchase and a huge decision –  it cannot be rushed.  So Tucker, BletJaw and I agree that we will wait in MaeSot where we can be reached by phone for 2 more days.  If nothing shows up by that time we will hike back into BYT and tell Danny and Shaeny that we will not be able to be contacted for 2 weeks, but we will try again when we come out.  

Pay attention to this!

Immediately after this, my cell phone rang.  It was Shaeny.  She sounded excited and said they had found the truck that we were looking for but it was 6 years old and cost too much! (Not really what we were looking for). Next they had tried to call Kanisorn, a young girl that works with her family in a car parts shop in the city of KhonKaen.  She did not answer the phone just then because she was busy, but her father happened to receive the phone call and he hears about me and the expensive second-hand truck for sale.  After this phone conversation he told Kanisorn:

 “That is no good, the truck is too costly,why don’t you just get this lady a brand new Toyota truck with our dealer discount?” 

(This is a huge miracle coming from him because he knows I am a missionary working for God and he greatly opposes Christianity.  He hates it that his children are worshiping God as Seventh-Day Adventists, and makes life hard for them).

Now let me explain about the discount.  The Toyota dealership has chosen their shop in KhonKaen,  for a special award.  They are allowed to purchase new Toyota vehicles at a considerable discount.

Sheany told me that the price of a brand new off road Toyota with their special discount only costs a little more than the 6 year old truck!!  However, I must make a decision by 5 p.m. that very evening, because Kanisorn will be going out of town at that time and she needed to order it first, so it can be delivered to the KhonKaen location.  I tremblingly felt the hand of God in it and knew He was answering my prayer quickly!

I called BletJaw back with this news and all three of us prayed and approved.  The truck was ordered and arrangements made for us to be in KhonKaen on Monday, November 10 when Danny, Sheany and Kanisorn would all be there together!  So in 30 minutes the decision was made on this truck and shortly thereafter, Konisorn ordered it!

It is a done deal.  There are no papers signed, no money paid, no written agreement.   I am taking the word of total strangers, committing to pay the price, and trusting them completely.  (Obviously they are really trusting me too), Yet I have perfect peace in my heart.

BletJaw called me back on the phone and said:  

“You know we are taking a big risk.  I don’t know of anybody who would purchase a vehicle so far away without knowing anyone –  just from a phone-call!”

I reply:

“Humans would not do this, but I know God is in control.  It is His directions we are following, not human directions.  His thoughts and ways are higher than ours and so it is a safe path!”     (See Isaiah 55:8,9) 

 

IT IS ASTOUNDING!  JUST THINK ABOUT IT!  GOD REVEALED TO US WHICH TRUCK TO PURCHASE IN JUST ONE DAY!

 

PART 2:    THE NEW TRUCK

Tucker and I take a bus to Chiang Mai Wednesday, November 5.  I have an appointment at the US consulate office the next morning, because I need a notarized proof of residency in this country.

Sheany calls me and tells me that they had been trying to call me because the Toyota dealer needed 10,000 THB ($333)! in order to hold the truck for me until November 10, however, while I was in BYT they could not contact me. Kanisorn went ahead and paid the money herself!

Sheany is keeping close contact with me, she tells me to leave ChiangMai on the Saturday night bus, 8p.m till 6a.m., to KhonKaen so that I can be there the next morning. She said she knew I had a lot of energy so she had arranged for me to do worship for some of her friends that evening! I was delighted.

Upon arriving in KhonKaen and meeting Danny and Sheany, I knew the Lord had arranged this meeting! These people took us to their lovely home. They fed us all the fruits grains and nuts and vegetables that I had missed out on for the last 5 years in BYT!! They brought people over for me to give my presentation, 4 times.  Among them were Kanisorn and some of her family. 

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Danny and Sheany Pung.  Sheany teaches piano lessons in a marvelous way.  She combines 3 different learning methods that she has learned, in order to teach her students music yet include  God and develop their character.   Danny tunes pianos and works in the city to tell others about God.

 

Danny and Sheany are amazing to me.  Both of them have extremely painful pasts.   Through it all they have found God to be bigger than their past, and now shine forth like gold, reflecting Him.

This visit is certainly ordained of God because even greater to me than the purchase of a new truck, are the people around me. They were saying how amazing God is, because just when they were discouraged and not knowing what to do, we come and encourage them in the Lord! My joy knows no bounds!

November 10, 2014 is a day I shall never forget. We are taken to the Toyota dealer to get our truck. I have no paperwork to do, no money to pass through my hands. (It has already gone to Kanisorn). I only stare at the new truck. It is a “G” model, meaning it has all the fancy stuff on it. Steel wheels, navigator computer, back up camera, and things I cannot list here, and have never experienced before. Surely this is a state of the art vehicle.

I watch as it is driven off the show room floor – – – Am I dreaming? Is this real? I tremblingly slide in behind the steering wheel. Surely somebody else should be doing this, not me. But there is nobody else. I drive out into heavy rush hour traffic.

 

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First drive! Tucker captured the moment. I don’t think my eyes stayed closed however!

 

As always I can hear God’s voice telling me:  “Go Forward!”  How sweet and all-together-glorious is God?!

“Have not I commanded thee?  Be strong and of a good courage, be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed, for the Lord thy God is with the whithersoever thou goest.”  Joshua 1:9  I know this truck will go many places and save many lives.

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Kanisorn and I outside the Toyota showroom.   She told Sheany later that she is so inspired by my story.  It is awesome to her that it came just at the right time, to show them that God really can take care of them too in all their troubles and problems.

 

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That night Danny and Sheany invited the AFM missionaries to their house for me to show them my pictures and explain my work in BYT.  They ended by praying for us outside by the new truck and dedicating it to God’s work!

 

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Out by the new truck at night

 

These AFM missionaries asked me to have the divine worship in their church on Sabbath.  This is the first time that I got to preach in a Thai church – How delightful!

The next day, Kanisorn, Danny and Sheany took us to the off road mechanic.  We were able to order the parts and accessories that we needed, get good advice from the mechanic, and receive explanations about everything.  We have to wait 4 days.  There was no problem with communication because they all speak English.  Praise the Lord! He has just placed everything in my lap, and answered all 3 parts of my prayer:  For the truck, the off-road modifications, and we did not go to Bangkok! 

Further-more, guess what?!  The total price for everything to do with this truck, off-road stuff and all, is less than the amount that was budgeted and donated for it.  How good is God?  —Past finding out!

Danny and Sheany had to go to Bangkok again.  They graciously gave us their home while we were waiting for our truck, and made sure there was plenty of food.  I cannot adequately explain their kindness to us in words!  

Kanisorn and her family are the reason that we can have this truck!  Thank you so much all of you.  My heart overflows!  

Thank you Kanisorn for all the time, work and sacrifice that you did for me.  I will love you always.  You and your family are now in my prayers routinely!

Thank you Kanisorn, for all the time, work and sacrifice that you did for me. I will love you always. You and your family are now in my prayers routinely!

 

Stay tuned:  Coming up next:  A picture of the modified truck!  We don’t really know what to expect it will look like!!

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Pictures

November 7, 2014

 

People have requested more pictures.  Right now that is easy for me because Tucker takes loads of pictures everywhere he goes with his lovely, gigantic camera which takes terrific pictures. He is so generous to share them!

That reminds me to give you a link to his blog: http://andersontucker.blogspot.com

He has a brand new view of our work here in the mountains.  It is interesting to hear his views!  I noticed that he is also a prolific writer!

 

BletJaw with his wife, WaNayPaw and Jonathan!

BletJaw with his wife, WaNayPaw and Jonathan!

 

Jonathan is Mr. personality

Jonathan is Mr. personality

 

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Jonathan is clean, he knows God and has god-fearing parents. This is not the case with the children we visit in our surrounding villages. My whole heart goes out to all of them- all the time.

 

Tucker with some of his friends.

Tucker with some of his BYT friends.

 

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“Refreshing” swim on a hot day in a glorified mud-puddle in LaGlah village.

 

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Complete with mud slide and cow dung.

 

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BletJaw skillfully ran over this wicked looking one with the truck. Better than meeting it camoflaged on the trail!

 

Happy lady in MeDeLeeGwee village

Happy lady in MeDeLeeGwee village

 

Another audio Bible in the hands of a seeker after truth!

Another audio Bible in the hands of a seeker after truth!

 

A curious bull on the mountainside

A curious bufallo on the mountainside

 

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Precious one from GeGhah village

 

Sweet children!

A BYT girl.  All the children are  sweet!

 

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A LaGlah village sweetheart

 

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SoRaChi

 

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WaSuTa boy in my clinic with bronchitis

 

 

I am not overwhelmed with paper work.  No Joint Commission comes to inspect my policies and procedures and write up recommendations!  NO! All I do is keep a log book and then file individual cards on each patient.  The cards are filed alphabetically under the village name.  Blue cards = men, pink = women and yellow = children.

I am not overwhelmed with paper work. No!  There is no Joint Commission to come and inspect my policies and procedures and write up recommendations! NO! All I do is keep a log book and then file individual cards on each patient. The cards are filed alphabetically under the village name. Blue cards = men, pink = women, and yellow = children, making it easy for me to find when I need them.

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The Last Trip

November 7, 2014

(If I started to really write down all my blessings it would fill a book and then I may have to have a second and third volume)!!

 

Last trip in with the old truck:

Here is the news.  We took the old truck into BYT for a second time.  It was a risky thing to do because it started raining in the beginning!  Oh what a chore!  We drove 4 hours on the most deplorable roads and just when we had only 1 hour 15 minutes left to get to BYT, we came across a new wet concrete section that people were working on.  There was no room to pass by it.  There was a drop off on the right and a tall bank on the left. They said that in 4 days it would be ready to use.  We had to drive all the way back out.  That is approximately 8  hours of driving today.  Poor BletJaw!  He loves to drive and is an excellent driver, but these roads wear you out just to sit and bounce around in the truck, let alone drive it!  There is an alternate way that we know about, leaving from MaeUsU, but we don’t like it.  If we travelled back that way today we would not arrive in BYT until 10p.m. or later! We wanted to go back today, but it is too late. One thing worse than driving on those bad roads in the daytime, is driving on them at night!  Plus it would be over 13 hours of driving in one day – – -IMPOSSIBLE!

I took some videos out the window of the truck lurching through the mud at the edge of cliffs and over the rocks and high ruts, but I cannot make them work on this web page.

 

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Wet cement on the left

 

 

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I think about the trucks that come into our area just one time for fun. For one day’s driving only, they have good new high trucks with straight axels, skid plates, steel bumpers, wench, roll bars, huge tread tires and snorkels!! In comparison, we LIVE here and drive constantly in all different weather conditions. My “Driveway,” meaning the distance from my house to the main road is approximately 64 kilometers without having to take any detours! This is all on extremely bad roads. No wonder my small fourteen-year-old 2.8 diesel Mitsubishi 4WD pick-up truck cannot handle it any more!

This  also is clear evidence and proof of God’s love and total care!

 

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We ventured out again the following morning to go the MaeUsU  way.   Now going this way takes you up 5 steep places that seem to us to be straighter than straight up! It is worse than the other way. It is breathtaking to feel the pull on your neck as you try to hold it up against such an incline, to say nothing about the straining pick-up truck! However there is also a breathtaking view!!

Because it was so breath-takingly steep, we also had a breath-taking view!

Because it was so breath-takingly steep, we also had a breath-taking view!

 

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We are up in the clouds

We are up in the clouds.  It is so close to God up here!

 

All I know is that God is with us as usual, all the wearysome way. We high centered a couple of times and struck rocks up under the truck many times. This makes it clear to me that we need a straight axel, high truck.

I thank God over and over again because so many times I think that someone else could do so much better than me at everything. I think I need an evangelist to preach, I think I need a real medical doctor to treat the sick, I feel I need a real good mechanic to advise me about what off road stuff I need, but I do not have these things and every time as I cry out to God about them, I hear God telling me that He will show me, He will help me do it.  He is my help in every situation.  I can depend on Him!  It is so true! He brings me through every thing every time!  What a wonderful Saviour!

 

Last trip out with the old truck

Now on our last trip out of BYT the truck seemed to just give up again!  We hear the same loud, ominous, noises and know the 4WD is going out!  What a wonderful God we serve!  He held this truck up for 2 more trips into BYT! We really needed to bring supplies in and be there to take care of the sick and preach and do worships.   It did not totally brake down on us in the jungle roads either!

There are other obstacles too this time!  I would like to know why it is still raining in the month of November!  This 3 trunked tree fell across the road just a little way out of BYT.  We backed up and walked back to BYT to get help.  These men sawed with the long saw blade, and chopped with machetes until they dropped it and pushed it out of the way!  Many trees fall across our path like this especially during the rain, sometimes we can just use the machete because they are smaller, but not today.

 

 

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Tucker looked at me today and said these words exactly.  In fact he took my computer just now and wrote the next paragraph himself!

“It’s a complete miracle that you haven’t died yet. You’ve been doing this for almost 5 years, driving these roads that shouldn’t be driven on. It’s crazy, no one would understand unless they had a firsthand experience. The trucks tires are literally sliding alongside the edge of loose, muddy cliffs that fall hundreds of feet down. It’s a miracle.”

That is true, but doesn’t that make you so happy because you know it is God that carries you through in His arms every time!

“The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.” Psalms 121:8

 

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CoDeJo

November 6, 2014

Do you remember this village?  I never will forget it as long as I live, because you climb up an entire mountain-straight up to get there.  Steeper and straighter than straight up!  Then once you arrive there are just 5 houses!  It used to be 3 houses but now 2 more families have joined them.  Tucker and I went ahead on the last leg of the journey because BletJaw stopped to make a phone call.  We discovered that there is a certain spot on the mountainside where you can make a phone call!

Closer to CoDeJo, I get confused as to which small pathway to follow.  I always do this because my sense of direction is not too good at all.  I always follow BletJaw and don’t worry about which way.  I choose what I think is correct.  We walk a long way, but end up on a mountainside of rice.  There were pathways going in all directions up there.  Fortunately I see NaCher and another lady working to harvest the rice.  She is the grandma that broke her left wrist so badly 2 years ago and refused to go to the hospital.  I could not set it or do anything with it because it was already 3 weeks old.  It is now crooked, but she can use it.

I was sure glad NaCher came over to us and led us through the rice field maze or I never would have gone the right way.  She took us all the way to her house where we found her husband, PahKee smoking away on his long, home made cigarette.

It took quite a while for BletJaw to enter.  He knows the right path to take, and never gets lost.  He had come the usual way, but the people did not keep that path up through the rainy season, and he found he could not follow it, so he backtracked and took another path.  I don’t know how he found us because he did not have NaCher!

It does not take us long to treat all the patients because the village is so small.  The people are strangely quiet and seem shy.  I long to tell them about Jesus.  BletJaw asks them all to stay because I have a story from the Bible that I want to tell them.  Though we have had worships with them before, they do not remember anything.  Today I tell them the creation story.  I tell them what was made each day of the week.  I have a picture from ‘My Bible First’ of every day of creation.  It was so glorious because when I showed each picture, they eagerly snatched  it out of my hand and studied it.  They turned it over and found another picture.  They gasped and talked among themselves so much that I could not continue the story.  They then asked questions about the pictures. These quiet and seemingly shy people were the most responsive to the Bible stories than anyone else!   The story was told, but kind of through their questions.  I loved the interaction.  It showed their interest and perhaps they will not forget it.  Finally I ended with the 7th day Sabbath, the day that God gave us to rest and worship Him.  The best day of all the week.  Oh how they loved the pictures.

 

Precious Moments

Precious Moments

 

We prayed in closing.  PahKee studied his wife, NaCher, to find out what to do with his hands.  NaCher studied me to find out what I did with my hands.  Finally they both got it right and bowed their heads and closed their eyes.  What a delight and high honor to be here!!   God can and will save these people in heaven at last.

 

Please pray for these dearly loved people.

Please pray for these dearly loved people.

 

 

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Hang on to your seat belts!

October 29, 2014

Oh please hang onto your seat belts everyone because things are happening fast!  This is very good news!

A TRUCK – A TRUCK, very soon we will have a new truck!!

I just had to send my love to you all today! And even though it is late for me here, I simply must tell you about today!! It is October 28, 2014 and I shall always remember this date.

Tucker and I had travelled to MaeSot yesterday because in our search for a truck, I had contacted a lot of people both in Chaing Mai and Bangkok, and needed a quiet place to use the computer and phone. I did not want to miss anything. BletJaw, Tucker and I had been praying earnestly every day for God to direct us to the truck He had planned for us. I know others in Thailand have spent weeks and months locating a good truck, so I thought I may have to wait quite a while.

Today I caught up my web page with the 4 latest stories, then I fell on my knees once again to tell the Lord that this process of getting a truck could be a very long one, and I felt so helpless because the Thai people cannot speak English and it was so hard to go through other people. It seemed so impossible to actually make such a big transaction in this country. Also, if I could afford to put off road stuff on it, how would I go about doing that? … and where? “Oh please make this easy on me Lord, I cried. Because I do not know anything, and it seems so impossible!”

I so much wanted to get back to BYT to do God’s work. I told the Lord that I knew He could give me the right truck in a very short time if it was His will.

I spoke to BletJaw on the phone and he said that something so big and important should not be rushed. We decided that Tucker and I would wait here in MaeSot another 2 days and if nothing showed up in that time we would go back to BYT and try again in another 2 weeks.

WELL! It was 2:00 in the afternoon. I had just written the sentence on my webpage that was a comment from Kelly Bolton in NewYork.  She has worked unceasingly and untiringly for our work in BYT.  She said:

“You have a great team working with you all around the globe, so you’ll surely get what you need!”

How right she was, because just then my cell phone rang. My missionary friends in Bangkok had contacted their acquaintances, Danny and Sheany Pung. Danny was telling me they found a truck for us. Not a one or two year old truck at all, NO, -but a brand new one!! It is black!

A lady who is a dealer is giving us a new truck with her employee discount taken off! This means my truck is $3500 cheaper and it is a 2015 Toyota Viga, 3.0 engine, smart cab, diesel, manual, 4WD off road truck! It also has all the navigator blue tooth, touch screen computer dash, (Which I know nothing about, but Tucker does)! Some other discount was added until the actual price of this truck is cheaper for me than some of the same factory stock trucks that are 5 or 6 years old!!

I will travel to Khan Kaen next week and take care of all the paperwork and drive home in something awesome!! Khan Kaen is near the Laos border in North Thailand.

To make things even better, these people are SDA’s. They speak English, they treat me like family and have spent a long time helping me. They are so nice! They will pick us up at the bus station and help us. They seem delighted to do this.

I am not finished yet, there is more besides! These people own a car parts shop. They have all the off road stuff that my truck needs. They also have mechanics that put the stuff on and they will discount that stuff!

I am a perfect stranger to them. Now tell me something, is this a great big miracle from God or what?!!!! Nobody could have a shadow of a doubt that God has opened to us the windows of heaven, and poured us out a blessing that there is not room enough to receive it!! And don’t let’s forget that the first part of that verse is asking for all the tithes to be brought into the storehouse.

I often used to wondered what missionaries do about tithe, because to me my tithe in America seemed to go to places just like this to help people just like who I am helping. Other missionaries told me that they pay tithe only on the money they use for themselves.

Well I hardly buy anything for myself and as money comes in, I am in the habit of giving 10% on every penny of it! It is wonderful because that money goes into Burma and builds churches! Burma is worse off than Thailand for the Karen people. I need the joy of paying my tithe too. I notice all the time that the windows of heaven really do open up!!!!! God has thousands of ways to reward us for faithful service!

Praise the Lord! Again and Again! Over and Over!
Let’s serve Him with all of our hearts, and all of our souls and all of our might!

 

This picture is not our specific truck, but is just like it!!

 

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All my love,
Gayle

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A New Truck!!!

October 28, 2014

We can buy a new TRUCK!  I just heard from Natalie Wood and my Sister that enough money has come in so that we can make the purchase!!  I cannot help but shed a few tears of 100% joy!  I fall on my knees and thank the dear Saviour.  I go and tell BletJaw and Tucker – together we fall on our knees and give glory and thanksgiving to God.  Our faces are wreathed in smiles!

I know the statistics say that the average Seventh-Day Adventist only donates $21.00 per year to missions, but I can see clearly that YOU are an exception to that rule because we will now buy the much needed four-wheel drive truck and I am also continuing to run the clinic and keep my visa going!!  Praise the Lord!  He is pushing the work forward!!

I think about all the audiences of people that I spoke to during my ten weeks in America.  What precious people you all are!  How supportive you all were with your encouragement, your means and your prayers!!  

I am responsible to God for the way I use all my time, the way I spend all my money,  and all the places that I go. I know I am treading on holy ground here, because God has mercifully swung great big doors wide open right here in front of me and invited me to walk through!  My next work is to throw all my energy into searching out the truck God has planned for us.  As we are able to afford it, we will add the extras onto it that will make it into a stronger, safer and more durable truck for our needs.

Perhaps by the time I write another story here I will be showing you a picture of a beautiful Toyota Vigo 4WD truck!

 

God bless you all.  My heart is filled with love, warmth and gratitude to you all!

In His Care,

Gayle

 

 

 

 

 

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Clinic on the Pathway!

October 28, 2014

We are headed to LaGlah village again on foot.  We had donned our backpacks and told PeeWah, our beloved neighbor, where we were going in case other patients come looking for us.  Up, up ever upwards we climb. It is so hot and so sticky.  We had gone at least 4 kilometers up, when way down below we could hear some voices calling:  “BletJaw, TharaMu” (Respectful Karen word for female teacher),”wait, we are coming.  Don’t leave us.  We are sick!”  

We waited and the distant calling back and forth continued, “PeeWah told us you left for LaGlah, we are hurrying to catch up.” Then “We know TharaMu walks fast!” The loud calling steadily came closer and clearer until a worn out man appeared.  When he got closer he panted out the words, “I am about to die climbing these mountains.”  But he was in good humor.  Soon another panting man appeared, so glad that we had waited.

As we listened to their complaints we pulled the contents out of our backpacks and laid them out beside the steep path.  ‘Clinic on the pathway!’  We had everything we needed to take good care of their aliments, even two vitamin ‘B’ injections for the man with leg and arm pain.  These vitamins are so good for these ‘B’ deficient people. It is certainly another ‘first’ for Tucker to give IM injections on a steep dirt pathway in the midst of the jungle floor!  I don’t believe that is the setting that his nursing instructors at Southern University taught him to do it in!

 

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Here they are, so happy that they had found us. Now they have some lingering thoughts about God, and also some things that will help them get well.

 

We really enjoyed getting to know these men and spent quite a lot of time teaching them ways to take better care of their health.  After a beautiful prayer for them, their families, and their rice crops we said good-bye  and continued on to LaGlah village.

Once in LaGlah we received a warm welcome.  I received a wonderful hug from the girl that we had helped by building her a house.  We had not seen each other for a very long time.

 

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These are certainly beautiful people

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They need your prayers!

 

ChaDree is not feeling well now.  I do not know if the cancer is getting the best of him, or if he is just plain sick with a virus.  But he did not look good and spent his time lying on his mat in the back room.  We had worship with them all. Please pray for ChaDree!  He was well on our last visit just 8 days before.  

Please pray for the Karen people in the BYT mountains that they may understand the truth and love Jesus!

 

 

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Motorcycle Accident

October 28, 2014

“Thou hast kept me alive!”

 

Today, Friday, BletJaw left to see Jonathan, his son, who is sick. If all goes well he will return on Sunday.  We prayed together before he left.  I was so glad that he could take the motorbike and that it had not rained yet.

No sooner did he leave than a poor 18-year-old boy, SomPon, came to my door with a twisted and bent left wrist. He had wrecked his motorbike a little ways out of WahSueTah because his brakes went out on a steep descent! Consequently he went catapulting off the road and down a steep ravine! Indeed he was lucky to be alive, because later I saw the spot where it happened!

 

I go to work on the poor boy’s arm.  His radius, which is the bigger bone above the thumb, was broken and dislocated.  As if that was not enough it seems that the end of the radius had been driven down into his hand.  I was thankful that it was not an open fracture, but SomPon was in extreme pain. All I do is give a pain medicine and wrap his deformed arm with padding, then apply an ace bandage over 2 bamboo sticks that Tucker had prepared for me. This stabilized the arm for the rugged journey that would follow. My job now is to get him to MeDuGlow clinic, and what an amazing struggle lay ahead for us all!

 

Now to tell you the truth about our old truck: We had gotten it repaired in MaeSot last week to the point that it would drive. Though I was very hesitant about trying to drive it into BYT this time, we tried it anyway because we simply must have some more supplies. Some moments were very tense. It did make it in, but I concluded that it must have been presumption and our desperate need that pushed us to drive it. However, it is now my responsibility to get SomPon to MeDuGlow clinic!

 

It is 10:30 a.m. SomPon is sitting in the front seat with me. We have to cross two rivers just to leave our house. Even though it is mid October, it is still raining almost every day here, so for this reason we have trouble getting across the first riverbed. Next comes the mud hole, which resembles a swimming hole filled with very wet deep mud!  This stretches approximately 50 yards. On the far right side is a narrow dry strip, which is a little bit over 1 foot in width. I plant my right tires on that, but the left side has to sink deeply into mud. Right away we slid all four tires into the mud, as I tried to work the truck out it only sunk deeper in until it was high centered in the mud. I was not going anywhere. Oh how I wish BletJaw were here!

 

In a few minutes 3 men plus Tucker came on the scene and begin to push me backward. They are incredibly strong, and after rhythmically pushing and revving the engine, pushing and revving we finally got backed out of it. Now I must drive through again! This time my right tires must be as far out on that one-foot strip as possible. I failed to tell you that on the other side of that one-foot strip is a sheer drop off down a ravine!

 

I prayed and drove and prayed and drove with my tires spinning and the right tires just about hanging over the ravine! Tucker was standing in the back of the truck, and he said that he just couldn’t look for fear that we would fall over the edge because the truck was squirming and slipping and seemed like it would go over.

 

The rest of the way into MeDuGlow was very treacherous. The entire way was just plain terrible. At one point they were putting a strip of cement down. Now that in itself is great, but we must take a detour beside the wet concrete, going downhill on oozing RED mud, take a sharp turn to the left to avoid a tree and proceed to curve around. Most of the way is right on the edge of a cliff! I get out of the truck to inspect the supposed “Road!” That looks utterly and ridiculously impossible!!

 

“Oh, dear Lord,” I plead, “Send help because I am so exhausted of driving in such terrible conditions. There is always more rain and more mud. It looks so impossible – but not for You!  You know this young man needs to get to the hospital.”    I am so thankful for 1 Corinthians 10:13

 

A man working with a group on the cement saw me get out of my truck to survey the ugly scene.  He came up to talk to me, he asked me if I wanted him to drive. I said: “YES!” and silently breathed: “Thank-You Lord!”

 

He maneuvered that truck around in the oozing red mud right up next to the steep precipice. I asked him if he would still be there when I returned in about 2 hours because I knew that I could not drive back up  that dreadful place. He said that he would.

 

We stopped about 5 times because poor SomPon was so carsick. He finally got out and sat in the back of the truck. How hard that must have been on him because he was also in so much pain. All in all the trip in took us 3 hours.

 

Once at the clinic they just sent him on to Omkoi hospital without touching the beautiful splint that I had put on his arm. He will receive an x-ray there, and then he will have to go to Chiang Mai for surgery. My prayers are with him.

 

Now we are heading back.  Sure enough by the time I got to the dreadful place my friend was still there. I have no idea how he could maneuver that truck, straight up the oozing red stuff on the brink of the precipice. It seemed so impossible.  Once again Tucker could not look and I don’t blame him!

 

I have imagined that my friend today was an angel! In fact my angel was doing great things for me all the way today! Back we came to the next dreadful place with 50 yards of mud. Just as the man had brought us through the last bad place, this truck came through the 50 yards squirming the entire time and coming oh so breath-taking close to the precipice, but not going over!

 

How wonderful heaven will be without any bad roads!

 

Can you imagine my utter dismay when the very next day we had another patient to take to the same place! This lady was so sick she could not walk. She simply must be taken in. This time my friend was not there to help me. I drove that horrible place myself there and back! It is the utter truth to say that I myself could NOT have driven that part. It clearly was the power of God that took us through!

 

“Oh dear Lord,“ I cry in humble adoration!   “Thou hast kept me alive…by Thy favor Thou hast made my mountain to stand strong!” Psalms 30:3,7

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Laborers Together with God!

October 27, 2014

Jesus is coming soon!   Let’s help the people in every land to get ready!

 

Have you heard these words so often that they fall down dead at your feet? Well pick them up quickly and run with them. Run to the uttermost part of the world. Precious time is wasting. Don’t just take care of your own lives, because that will cause you to at last loose all! Please Oh please care about the needs of others!

 

Mrs. White says: “It is time that cities and villages everywhere were hearing the solemn note of warning, “Behold He cometh with clouds and every eye shall see Him.” Get ready that you may be found of Him in peace….I entreat you, whom God has favored with a knowledge of the truth, go to work! There is work to do everywhere. The fields are all white unto the harvest. Sowers and reapers are needed just now…Take hold of the work to communicate life to save perishing souls. Angels are waiting to bless the consecrated workers.

The divine presence will be with them to give strength and courage and faith and hope. The true-hearted workers will be laborers together with God.” TM 231, 232

 

What better things could you be doing in these last days? You will have the divine presence to go with you! What more do you want? What better way is there to spend your life than to be a laborer together with God!!

 

With all these words ringing in my ears, I take off to NeLeeGwee village. If you really want to have fun, if you really want to enjoy yourself and fill your life with satisfaction, then do what I am doing. I feel so sorry for everyone else who is not a laborer together with God in the field that God has chosen for you!

 

Tucker, BletJaw and I hike through the rice fields, through the vine covered jungles and streams, over bamboo and log river crossings, and finally up a steep long mountain. In an hour or more we arrive at NeLee Gwee village. As we slip off our backpacks in ShePaw’s house, the village sick people suddenly surround us.

 

Our procedure goes as follows: First we pray with all the people while they are gathered together in one place. Next we treat patients for almost 3 hours because many are very sick, and we must visit another home, to give an IV of vitamins to a lady.   Next we eat the food prepared for us. After eating it is time to D/C the IV.  I invite the lady and her husband to come and have worship with us at ShePaw’s house. I tell them that we have a good time because we sing, pray and tell a Bible story. They come!!

 

This time there are a lot of people filling the house for worship! I tell about Jesus birth and the visit of the shepherds. They are spellbound. The children are quiet. I have several pictures from ‘My Bible First.’ Oh the beauty of those pictures and the rapture of the people as they listen and stare. Then we pray and everybody folds their hands and close their eyes. I pray as never before for these dear people who have just heard this story for the very first time. God heard the prayer. God knows the hearts of the people who are bowing there before him under the broken leaf roof of the dilapidated, dirty bamboo hut. I feel at this moment that I can hear the angel choir singing melodiously. My heart is full of love.

 

 

She is captivated by the picture of baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph!  She gazes for a very long time!

She is captivated by the picture of baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph! She gazes for a very long time!

 

This may look to you like a normal every-day picture of somebody praying.  But not so here.  This is a result of many stories told in their house, and many earnest, agonizing personal prayers!

This may look to you like a normal every-day picture of somebody praying. But not so here. This is a result of many Bible stories told in this house along with many prayers and songs.  There has also been  my many earnest, agonizing personal prayers!

 

There are others in this family that are attracted to Jesus, but not like this dear lady.  She has learned to pray and knows something of a wonderful Saviour who loves her!

As we leave this house and make our way down the rugged pathway that leads through the village, I pause at the poor old lonely lady’s house – PeeYo.   She is still hanging onto life, though she seems to be so very wrinkled bent over and old. You remember her story don’t you? The one who killed her baby that she had out of wedlock because everyone accused her and she felt so guilty about it, then when she finally did get married she could not have any children. The villagers told her that it serves her right. Now she has no family and everybody still holds her past against her.  Nobody likes her or helps her.

 

PeeYo motions for me to come in and sit down. I notice that the bamboo floor in the front of her tiny house has broken away and the rest of it looks like it will crumble under the next footstep that presses upon it. Her bed is an old blanket, torn and black from years of dirt and waste and smoke from the fire. Her voice is so raspy, and her head is so shaky, that I can barely make out the words. She needs some medicine for her burning, itching eyes. Also her knees are painful. I find the much-needed medication and explain to her how to use it. I do not believe she will remember anything that I tell her. A young boy is at my side and I ask him to please come and put 2 drops of eye medicine in each of her eyes every day before going to school in the morning, and then 2 more drops when he returns from school in the afternoon. I have him try it out and he does an excellent job. He is happy with his newly assigned responsibility and assures me that he will remember.

 

The next part of my story, I tell with solemn and sacred reverence and awe!

I told PeeYo that before she died, she must know Jesus, that if she believed He was the only true God and asked Him to stay with her, He would. I told her how much He loves her and about the beautiful home that He is making for her and that He wants her to be there, if she only just believes in Him and asks Him to be with her now.

 

She told me that she does want that and she does know who Jesus is. She talks to Him every day, because we told her how! I prayed for her just then. Now her eyes meet mine as I say good-bye. I smile at her and say, “Remember, Jesus loves you!”

 

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Oh joy of joys! I am a laborer together with God!

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Five Loaves and Two Fishes

October 14, 2014

I am starkly reminded of the reality of living in a heathen land. Today the sun streams down with scorching heat. The people around me are sick – really sick. In every village the plaintive woes of the people greet my ears.

 

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It seems they have just sat at home, sick and waiting for me to return from America. They are so dirty. They need to make so many changes, but they are so steeped in the practices of their culture. It takes so long and so much work to see just a little tiny change in their lives.

 

Our first week back in BYT we are very busy.  Two men stagger into my clinic just now. One is drunk and holding a major abscess on his right jaw.

Abscesses to the jaw.  A charcoal/psyllium poultice along with an antibiotic will help.

Abscesses to the jaw. A charcoal/psyllium poultice along with an antibiotic will help.

 

The other man is just skin and bones. His temperature is 103 degrees.  He is septic. He fell twice just trying to make it to my front door. I recognize him as the one who almost died one year ago. He was bleeding out from everywhere at that time. We got to him just in time and His life was saved. But he continues to use heavy doses of opium. What will it be for him today?

 

He is so very sick.

He is so very sick.  He fell twice just trying to make it to my door!

 

I see the heinous results of sin. Smoking, alcohol, and opium seem to be at an all time high. I look into the sunken eyes and note the shaking arms and legs before me and want to weep. His blood pressure is around 80. To start an IV on him is very difficult because he is shaking badly, his veins are already hard and knotted from main lining heroin, and his blood pressure is so low.  I add vitamins to his IV.  We wait and pray.

 

Two other men enter with fevers, dysentery, loss of appetite and gastritis.  The smell of alcohol is strong.

 

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Many babies and children have asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia.  I used up almost all my salbutamal in breathing treatments this week.

Many babies and children have asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia. I used up almost all my salbutamal in breathing treatments this week.

 

This dear lady picks up a broom and sweeps our entire house out including the porch and the surrounding cement!  We treat her son for seizures and she is so very thankful.

This dear lady picks up a broom and sweeps our entire house out including the porch and the surrounding cement! We treat her son for seizures and she is so very thankful.

 

I want to be overwhelmed at the great need around me. Just tonight, after we retired for the night, we heard voices outside. A baby just 3 weeks old is septic.  Her breathing is irregular.  She breaths rapidly then nothing for 11 seconds.  She is septic and has a HUGE cough!  I tell them they MUST go to the hospital right away or she will die.  Fortunately they have a motorbike and they go.  (The baby lives)!

Also that same night, a small child was intensely sick with pneumonia and a temperature of 104.8 degrees. She has been sick a long time they tell me.  Her lungs sound frightful.

 

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104.8 degrees!

 

Now there are 4 people that I would have taken to the hospital immediately if only I could, but for the first time in my four years at BYT I have no truck. Here at my house are three workers, BletJaw, Tucker and myself. We have strong legs to walk and carry backpacks, and one motorbike, but what is that compared with so many desperately sick people?

 

My words here remind me of the story of Andrew in John 6:9. When Jesus asked, “Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” Andrew answered, “There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes, but what are they among so many?”

 

Mrs. White makes this comment: “He has bidden us: ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.’ Mark 16:15. But how often our hearts sink and faith fails us, as we see how great is the need, and how small the means in our hands. Like Andrew looking upon the five barley loaves and the two little fishes, we exclaim, “What are they among so many?”…But Jesus has bidden us, “Give ye them the eat, His command is a promise; and behind it is the same power that fed the multitude beside the sea.”

 

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