Sad but wonderful!

August 18, 2016

Today is Monday, August 15 – a sad sad day for me! You see it is the last day for us to be in BYT before I go to America. I have preached my last sermon, we have gone to all the villages we possibly can to give our last worship and encourage the people to please remember Jesus! Today we will hike to MeDeLeGwee village where the people never seem to remember any of our worship talks about God! It is a long ways away and it is raining. However I am so happy to get to see these people one last time. I am also happy because I have rubber boots instead of flip flops. They have better traction, and you don’t mind slushing through all the mud and water, but they are too big for me, even with large socks.

Our back packs feel heavy as we start out, but the rain is slowing down. We go through the flat rice paddy and then head straight up the mountain.

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It is so very steep, and the ground being this wet is more slippery than ice.

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The pathway splits in 2 different directions, confusing us, because it wasn’t like this last time we came. We chose the wrong way, and ended up needlessly climbing another huge mountain.

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Things did not look right – we have lost our way! After several more wrong turns on the jungle pathways, we found out that we were going halfway to MooDooKey village!

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(So far out of our way). Neither of us have watches, so we had no idea how long we walked, but our shoulders, backs, and legs told us that we went a really long way!

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At one point during the walk out, I walked into a big mud bog which suctioned onto my feet and I walked right out of my large boots! Now my walk is exceptionally uncomfortable!

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Praise the Lord. It was all worth it and more!

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Even though it is a small village, we were able to have worship in 2 different homes after treating the patients! I told the creation story with the small pictures from ‘My Bible First’ If you could only have been present to see the people enthralled by the pictures, and struggling to understand the whole thing. Then to watch them fold their hands, bow their heads, still trying to understand the prayer. I know God can bring understanding and bless these people during our absence.

The walk home was much quicker because we made no wrong turns and it is mostly downhill, even though it is too straight-down for comfort! Nothing comfortable about this walk in the mud and in the rain!

We didn’t have much time to clean up and get ready for our Monday night Bible study at DuPe’s house. I am wondering in my heart, if these people will miss me as much as I will miss them. My heart is indeed heavy I am wondering if all they will miss is the convenient medical care –but – away with these thoughts, because tonight I will tell the crucifixion story, and tell them at the end that Jesus still feels the pain when we disobey him. It was a lovely group of people tonight! Even BeeHtu and his wife came and many others. The Holy Spirit took control of that meeting and I am sure hearts were touched. I know my heart was even more touched as DuPe and his wife held onto my hands for the group photo afterwards, and they hugged and hugged me, crying on my neck, saying how much they will miss me. I was so surprised and so elated because this tells me they are hungering and thirsting after Jesus. He is the One that has given them this love!

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After this study another man asked us to go to his house. He wanted us to do a worship for them too! What a blessing! Some of the others came also. Even though we have struggled all day in the mud and rain, and feel very tired, my heart is singing. I know that it is God’s will for me to go to America at this time, therefore I know He will take care of my dear mountain people until we meet again!

It is late when we sleep, but we must leave at the crack of dawn – the first leg of my journey to America!  This story next.

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Gone Crazy

August 2, 2016

 

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Someone has just had a very close brush with death. His name is QueeDee, a BYT man – we know him well. He is 36 years old and he has gone crazy. But why?

Sabbath morning, July 23, BletJhaw went through the village of BYT and felt something was not right. People were on the pathway going this way and that. Tragedy was in the air. There was an ominous sense that something had gone terribly wrong. What was it? What happened?

That evening we found out that QueeDee had taken an overdose of the dreadful “Horse medicine!” The people in all the villages have this drug. When taken in small doses it gives them super human strength and enduring energy. They can work all day and all night and not get weary. When too much is taken, or combined with drinking and opium, this drug becomes fatal or ‘fries the brain,’ giving life-time disabilities. We know people who have become terminally crazy.

QueeDee had mixed alcohol, opium and horse medicine on that fateful Friday night. He had experienced a sudden explosive reaction and taken off racing through the jungle, naked, and in a mad, frenzied attempt to commit suicide. Some men in the village tried to grab him and stop him, but he was much too strong for their combined efforts. He ran so fast nobody could possibly stop him. He hung himself on 2 different trees in the jungle that night, but miraculously and providentially the trees were both young and bent under his weight – he did not die!

QueeDee is still alive. He came back home that Sabbath morning. Late Monday night he came to our house asking for sleeping medicine. He had not slept a wink since this episode. He was nervous, jerky and only half dressed. He looked horrible I studied his face, it was haggard the lines deepened, his skin dry, and eyes glassy. I asked questions but could not tell how this had effected his mind. I do not have sleeping medicine, but I have direct access to the God of Heaven who is alone able to dispel the demons of darkness and free a person from the iron grip of the enemy of souls, giving peace and joy in return. My mind went to the lovely story of the 2 demoniacs in the land of the Gadarenes in Mark chapter 5. Those 2 men had over 6000 demons in them, but with a word from Jesus they all went instantly into the pigs.

God has saved QueeDee’s life so that he can have another chance to find Jesus.

Oh that all my people of the mountains would be set free by Jesus, their bad habits disappearing with the pigs! Oh that they may be found, sitting and clothed and in their right minds at Jesus feet, rejoicing in a brand new life that only He can give. Oh that they would then go back to their villages and tell how great things God hath done for them!!!

This is my prayer today!

Won’t you please pray for QueeDee?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bright Light in the Darkness!

July 7, 2016

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There have been a lot of disheartening things going on lately. The devil has so many things sliding backwards. I even asked the Lord one day if He was indicting for me to change my location to another village – what did He want me to do – keep pressing on through the dark, stormy night?  Never-the-less, the Lord has His hand on me and I will not be discouraged I will not loose courage and my faith will not grow dim because His precious hand is on me! Encouragement came – a cup of blessing that He held to my lips!

It was Sabbath night. A lady, LaCher, came to see us from GeGhah village: “Please come and take my husband, DeeTee to the hospital. He has a lot of pain in his leg. Oh do come with the truck right now!” BletJhaw and I looked at each other. It has been raining, the pathways are mud, slime, very steep and it is dark. Some places have broken away right into the river. We do not know the true condition of this man until we see him. Sometimes it is no where near as bad as the people say, but sometimes it is much much worse. We decided we would take the motorbike early in the morning.

The man was indeed in extreme pain. I felt so sorry for him and determined after examination that he should be taken out for x-rays – probably a herniated disc from working on his house, hope it doesn’t rupture. Now we return home to get the truck. This was no small job we were tackling. The roads were worse because rainy season had begun, and the way the truck has to go is way further than the motorbike. It has to go in a huge circle all the way around just to get to GeGhah. It will take us 5 hours to get him to the hospital. I am so proud of BletJhaw, he is willing to drive even though the rain is coming and in our minds eye we can just see those dangerous areas and our hearts are shrinking from them!

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Finally we’re loaded and go. The whole trip and hospital visit was what you might call a nightmare and very wearing. However we were glad that we had helped the people.

Two weeks later, LaCher came to us again. Her husband is doing a little better, but this time she said they wanted us to come and have a worship in their home. They had heard the prayers and listened to what we said about our Living God during the time we spent together and wanted to know more!! That day was sweeter than all the dark days put together! I told the gospel story very simply and why we worship the true, living God in heaven. These people sincerely listened. LaCher brought scissors and asked us to please cut off their devil strings. They wanted to change and learn how to worship this true, living God in heaven.

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DeeTee

 

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LaCher

 

All the devil trinkets and Buddha idols were taken down and thrown away!

All the devil trinkets and Buddha idols were taken down and thrown away!

Please pray for them as we will begin Bible studies in their home as often as we can.

“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light. They that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.” Isaiah 9:2

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Where is Home for You?

July 6, 2016

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My real home is in BYT, but I feel like I really am not truly at home anywhere. There are no family members, no life-long friends, nobody to share my deepest thoughts and feelings with.  I am the only American in all my villages here.  I have laid my head down to sleep in so many different places since living in Thailand, that I couldn’t possibly count them all. Usually I am alone. Many times I have felt lonely and very homeless, but this world is not my home, I really don’t need to feel at home here. I am just passing through. Every time I have sadly reflected on the reality of my ‘ alone-ness’ the Lord has personally come to me!  He puts His arms around me and whispers into my ear. One time He said:

“I shall shortly see you and we shall speak face to face!!” 3John 14

Yet another time He said:

“I am your strong habitation, whereunto you may continually resort.” Psalm 71.

Instantly I am right at home – so at peace and filled with joy. How can I feel homeless or alone?  This is Jesus speaking to me personally!  I am right at home with Him!
Another time He came to me in a song by Christian Burdahl:

Though you are homeless, though you’re alone. I will be your home!
Whatever’s the matter, whatever’s been done, I will be your home!

Chorus:
I will be your home. I will be your home!
In this fearful fallen place. I will be your home!

Time reaches fulness when I move My hand. I will bring you home!
Home to your own place in a beautiful land. I will bring you home!

We are all really going home soon my friends. Let’s just look forward to that home more each day. All the people around us are our family. God is giving us precious little time right now to help them get ready to live with us forever! Let’s not just settle down comfortably in our own homes with our own family and our own friends and ignore the lost around us. Go and work more earnestly than ever before. Even if no one goes with you.  Your homelessness only will bring you more family in heaven!

So the question is:  Where is home for you?
Answer:  Anywhere is home, as long as you are in the center of His will.

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DayPaw

June 10, 2016

So this is AhTee’s little 2 year old Sister.

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The dirt just poured off of her.  This is her second scrubbing.

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I am so in love with all the children.  Especially the dirtiest and the saddest ones.

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I am treating her for sores around her mouth. As you can see she always has her little fingers in her mouth.

Thanks to the American people who have sent me children’s clothes!  Take a good look because the clean body and new clothes will not last over 1-2 hours at the most.

This little family pictured in the last post are a big problem.  BletJhaw’s wife was taking care of AhTee, 6 yrs old, but found that he was not respecting her.  He used bad language and did not respond to her discipline.  He sometimes kicked and bit Jonathan.  It was too much for TharaMu WahNeePaw to handle.

In addition to this, AhTee’s grampa is angry that we took AhTee.  He is like a socerer.  He made the comment:

“Seven day people always take our children and do bad things to them.”

People say he can do super-human things like put a curse on someone or even cause them to die.  He said threatening things to other people about what he will do to BletJhaw, like:  “I’m going to meet him on the side of the road.”

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This is a picture of AhTee with his grampa in 2015

With heavy hearts we returned AhTee to his parents who are still roaming all over the place looking for work so they can buy opium.  The village people are not happy to see them coming because they steal many things to sell for opium.  They just stole DJ’s fire wood and sold it before he could do anything about it.

Because of his time with TharaMu WahNeePaw, AhTee can now take his own bath, say a little prayer for his food and sing a little song.  How does heaven view the helpless condition of the little children here in the mountains?  What chance do they have of growing up to know the true God?  How can we help them live a better life?

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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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