Third Year of Evangelism!

I just now knelt and prayed that the Lord would put into my mind the words to portray to you the glorious beauty of this last week.

It is no surprise that we had a lot of trouble, leading up to these meetings!  To mention one, I had invited a speaker from the Philippines 7 months ago with his team of singers to hold our evangelistic meetings this year, but at the last minute, due to circumstances of God’s leading hand in their lives, we found out they would be unable to come.

I then spoke to a lovely musical group of AFM missionaries here in Thailand.  They were more than happy to come, but we could not coordinate the dates.  (Happy to say we believe they can come later)!

Now, we are back to square #1.  On my knees, I cry out to God saying that this is His project. He is in charge of events and their results.  If He has another plan, He will lead me to it, and if I allow Him to lead, then I know He always brings success – evangelism or no evangelism!

I became unusually assertive and sent messages to several wonderful pastors that I respect so much.  One of them suggested that I contact Pastor Jason Sliger. He and I had been speakers at PYC (Philippine Youth for Christ) two years ago.  To my astonished amazement, he did not express doubt, but excitement in asking for Gods will that night!!

…. And it was a very short notice. The meetings would start in three weeks!!!  It was now November 6, and the meetings would begin November 26!

Next came the affirmative reply that they felt God had given them an opening in their schedule so that he could come! When I asked if he could bring someone who could do special music, he told me that in his opinion his wife had the greatest singing voice!  It was agreed that she could come!  My joy felt no bounds!  When God orchestrates something it is rich, full, complete!

It was also a providential miracle that Mark and Jonalyn Martino could come.  They are JFA “Foreign video correspondents” in the Philippines – you guessed it, I met them also at PYC and other locations where I spoke in the Philippines!  Just like Pastor Sliger, they too were in a perfect opening in their schedule, and could come and make a video of the meetings, the special baptism and our work in BYT!

Harvey and Brenda Steck, JFA missionaries, from Chiang Mai were also available to come and help us out with music.  Brenda brought her keyboard and provided piano accompaniment for song service and they sang duets during the meetings!  As you know, Harvey is excellent at trouble-shooting the many problems we had.  He worked diligently until he solved every one of them!

BletJhaw’s wife and sister came to do all the cooking!  They prepared really beautiful and delicious food every day and received well earned compliments from the visitors!

It was Monday, November 25, 10:15a.m, when the Stecks, and BletJhaw and myself met these two couples at the MaeSot airport!  My feet could hardly stay on the ground, with the joy of knowing that the Lord had brought us all together for the sole purpose of saving our people in the jungle!!

An average of 70 people attended the meetings every night!  Pastor Sliger was so energetic and clear in presenting Jesus, salvation, the cross, how to overcome, and heaven, to the people.  His wife resembles an angel and has an angel’s voice!!  If you can go to my post on FB you can be blessed to listen to one of her songs!

I so admire BletJhaw who worked in all directions to take care of everybody and everything.  He interpreted every sermon to the best of his ability to bring a clear understand of these valuable truths to our people!

This is all too good. It is over-the-top!  I can’t hold any more joy!  But wait!  There’s more!

Remember Bli?  He was the Baptist leader in MooDooKey village who was converted to Adventism through his personal searching of the scriptures.  Nobody gets credit. All glory to God!! It was the Holy Spirit convicting his heart, even if his reading skills were minimal!  He obeyed everything that he learned and was such a strong witness to his family, that they all joined him in baptism after the final evangelistic sermon on Sabbath.  There was Bli, his wife, oldest daughter and her husband, and the youngest daughter!

Bli is over 70 years old and is quite deaf.  We felt bad that he could not hear the sermons at all.  Mark and Jonalyn were able to let him use their hearing device, which is wireless and communicates with a device that BletJhaw wore as he interpreted the sermons.  Bli was so excited that he could hear every word! Just look at his smile! I will explore getting him hearing aids.

Now that meetings have ended and everyone has already left us, the glory of heaven remains in my heart!  The prayers we shared in a circle every morning, the love, hugs, delicious food that BletJhaw’s wife and sister lovingly cooked every day, the smiles and companionship, will always linger in my memory till Jesus comes.  And in that glorious day of His appearing, I am planning to see these Karen people, who have been touched by Pastor Sliger’s inspirational, and appealing sermons, the music, prayers, and combined effort of each team member!

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Heart-Rending Beggar!

 

It happened while returning from a long trip on the motorbike.  The day was beautiful and my heart sang with joy at the result of our visit in DayBooSayTa village!  It was worth the long trip because we were able to help the sick and pray with them.

As we rapidly descended a steep road which passed through a small village, my ears picked up a sound.  Was someone shouting behind us?  Or was it just someone yelling at the cows, pigs, chickens or goats?  I couldn’t distinguish the sound as I bounced along on the back of the motorbike.  Suddenly I heard it again fainter and at a greater distance.  I felt impressed to swivel around on my little perch and satisfy my curiosity.
Sure enough, a man was in the middle of the small roadway, waving his arms and gesturing for us to come back.
“Turn around!”  I called to BletJhaw, “Someone is calling us.”
Back we go, but before BletJhaw even stopped the motorbike, this man had fallen down on his knees at our feet!  He lost his balance and sat down in the dirt.  One quick glance and my heart broke right in half.  This poor man was a wretched shrivel of humanity!  This poor man has had a long life of misery.  His expression was pleading and bore the lines of suffering and agony. This man needs so much help!  I am instantly loving this man and wanting to do whatever it takes to bring relief – but we are a very long way from BYT.
I think of blind Bartimaeus who sat by the way side begging.  He called to Jesus in a loud voice, “Jesus Thou son of David, have mercy on me!”  He received the help that he longed for.  His faith saved him.  Luke 18:35-43
In that moment, I cried out to God for that man, who knew nothing about the great God in heaven, and how he could call out to Him.
We all have a great work to do in this world!  The time is so short!
“All who would bring forth fruit as workers together with Christ, must first fall into the ground and die.  The life must be cast into the furrow of the world’s need.  Self-love, self-interest, must perish.   And the law of self sacrifice is the law of self-preservation.  The husbandman preserves his grain by casting it away.  So in the human life to give is to live.  The life that will be preserved is the one that is freely given in service to God and man.  Those who for Christs sake sacrifice their life in this world, will keep it unto life eternal. DA 623, 624
Yes, this world is full of people like this heart-rending beggar!  Cast your life into the furrow of this world’s great need now!!!
(Later this man was brought to our clinic and we cared for him).
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Operation Smile

A group of excellent plastic surgeons and other specialists from India began this foundation years ago, but now Physicians from many different countries volunteer to join them and donate their time and skills to help the poor.  They come to MaeSot the first Sunday of every November to do free transformation surgeries on any and all the poor people of Myanmar, Thailand and beyond.  Several NGO groups are merged into a foundation called: “Operation Smile!”  It is a huge endeavor, costing millions of dollars!  Volunteers from Bangkok, United Nations, America and Thailand, and all over the world come to participate, making it a beautiful time for all the patients that come crowding into the host medical facility.  This year it was at the Ram MaeSot General Hospital.  They tell us that there were over 175 surgeries already scheduled and the day was not over yet!

Cleft Palate repair comprises most of the surgeries, but so many anomalies are taken care of like burn contractors, extra fingers or toes removed, growths and lumps excised, and grotesque birth defects corrected to name a few!

The day before this event we set out to find the patients that needed help. We jumped on the motorbike and took off to 2 different villages in opposite directions.  We totaled over 3 hours on that bike, but the day was beautiful!  The first home we entered was in a village called ClerGaChaTah. We had never stepped foot in this place before, and it took several inquiries from passers-by to retrieve directions.  PaJaDa, age 29, has a boney deformation on and around his nose, stopping him from ever breathing through his nose.  His right eye is blind.

Last year this young man came into our clinic and we felt so sorry for him that we determined to find him and see if he’d be willing to go to Operation Smile this year.

This is his house

These 3 children greeted us at the door. Amazed and stricken with shock and sudden shyness to see me, a white person, climbing the bamboo ladder into their house!

So here is PaJaDa’s sad history.  His mother had died in childbirth.  When he was one year old, small bumps appeared on his nose which developed into infections.  For days pus drained from these bumps which had grown quite large.  Finally the infection spread to his eye, causing blindness, and disfiguring his nose.  Much more time went by and that eye was smelling really bad.  He didn’t have parents to take care of him and they lived in this village far away from medical help.  The people were all poor and ignorant, but somehow when he was 10 years old someone took him to the hospital where the rotten eye was removed, and the orbit filled with some yellow material.

PaJaDa and his wife cooking our rice and making chili paste.

Their 3 year old son squatting on the low table eating his rice.

He and his wife cooked us some rice and chilies to eat, and his wife gave me a beautiful Karen bag that she had woven.  You won’t find sweeter, kinder, more appreciative people anywhere!

PaJaDa was eager to come with us to Operation Smile and would meet us early the next morning.

Our next patient is Bri’s wife, MeePo, in MooDooKey village. She has had a growth on the side of her neck for 7 years, but now it is a little larger and beginning to hurt.  I was worried when I examined it because it was a vessel, and seemed to be wrapped around the carotid artery, but what did I know about this type of thing?  She agreed to go also, so early the next morning we took off with our 2 precious patients, praying that they would receive the care they needed.

Operation Smile is amazing.  The crowd was so great that I wondered where to take my patients to begin the process.

Five different areas were crowded to capacity.

Because we had travelled so far, we were late to start.  However don’t worry, never fear!  There are helpers everywhere. They were all smiling and so happy to assist the people with anything.  You could never loose your way. Different color ‘smile’ T-shirts were all over the place, showing people where to go and ushering them to the right places. There was registration, vital signs, photographs and lots of waiting!  The patients all were seated, but we stood up all day!  During the waiting periods, volunteer students came around with all sorts of toys, blowing bubbles, coloring books, stuffed animals, balls and dolls.

Volunteers coloring with the children

They freely gave these things to the children and babies.  They brought tray after tray of different snacks, cookies, muffins, fruit, drinks, candy, you name it!  Later complete dinner bowels were given to anyone and everyone!  It was amazing.  Upon checking out, they give gifts of toys for children, and pillows for adults along with money according to how far they had to travel to get there.  MeePo got 800 THB ($26), and PaJaDa 700 THB ($23)

When our people were checked by the plastic surgeons, MeePo was told she needed to go to a bigger hospital and get an MRI etc.  The vessel was large and complicated and could not be done in their time frame. It is dangerous to leave alone, but also dangerous to remove the doctor said.  She does not want to do anything else about it.  She is thankful because during that day she saw so many people with worse problems than hers.  Some of the children and adults really looked terrible. (Ears all distorted and protruding out of the cheek!  A huge mass on a child’s nose that protruded 3 inches, hanging down and covering the mouth!  A man only in his late 30’s so badly burned from an explosion 2 years ago that his face and head has been melted down to his chest.  His arms are contracted and the burn scars cover his entire upper body.  He is unable to speak).

The poor dear burn patient. I am still praying for him. His ears are gone and he is deaf. He cannot straighten his arms. They have to stay like that. His mouth stays open and his lower lip is melted on his chest. I took this picture incognito.

PaJaDa could not be done there either because he needed extensive work done with more than one surgery.  He needs to go to ChiangMai.  However, they will pay for all his work!  We got referral papers for both our patients.  At the first of the year we will take PaJaDa to ChiangMai and take care of him whatever it takes!  You will hear more about him.

 

 

 

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The Devil’s Counter-Attack!

That old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, cannot tolerate the miracles and Divine interventions taking place in our villages.  He attacks with all vengeance.

“Help me O Lord my God, O save me according to Thy mercy.”  
Psalm 109:26

It is my first week back in BYT with BletJhaw’s family.  First of all BletJhaw’s 2 boys get sick.  They have lung congestion, fever and sickness so often.  But now I had brought quite a lot of expensive SunRider products for them, and Juice-plus from America!  I thought that this was the answer – no more sickness!  But I was totally wrong.  Brayden, the younger one (Almost 4 years old), only grew worse every day.  I was so disappointed.  Nothing I did brought relief.
To make matters even worse, BletJhaw’s wife had severe flare-ups of her rheumatoid arthritis. She spent the nights crying.  I had brought Juice plus for her also to build her up after her near death experience with Dengue fever.  Also I had purchased the correct medicine for her from the MaeSot pharmacy, but that did not bring relief either.  We needed to take her out, but the rain persisted and don’t lets forget that our truck is still at the bottom of the hill – the 4 wheel drive is broken.
I cried out to the Lord for help.  How come the people in the villages are all being healed, but not the ones right here in our own household! They are only getting worse!  God’s ways are much higher than ours – we will trust in Him.  I feel His companionship and strength, closer and tighter each day!
Sabbath came and what a privilege for me to get up and preach again in BYT church!  As I got up and looked into the faces of a full congregation, I was overcome with emotion and had the sudden urge to cry for joy, but that must be suppressed because these people do not show emotion and would not understand my tears.  My sermon title:  “Hearing God’s voice.”
Now it is Sunday and It had not rained for 2 days.  The village folk all worked together to fix the worst places of the road.  BletJhaw had worked with them all day, then he drove the motorbike the long way all around the big loop, checking to see if there was any way our truck could make it out that way.  (No use even thinking about taking the short-cut which is much too steep).  He found many bad places, but worst of all, a huge tree had fallen down low over the road.  Our truck is high – would it be able to pass under?
We decided that with God’s help we would  try it – thus began a huge adventure for us!
The 4 wheel drive was broken, so all this had to be done in 2 wheel drive.  (Impossible on our own, but perfectly possible with God)! BletJhaw labored at the wheel for 5 hours.  We got stuck plenty of times and used the winch 3 times. I wish you could have seen those roads.  I was sitting in the front holding onto Brayden to keep him from cracking his head on the door and dash board the entire time. We were knocked about in that truck like we were in a giant blender!
One time the downhill rut was so deep and our truck was at such an angle that our back wheel came right up off the ground, making us feel like we would flip over!  Praise the Lord there was a tree to tie off on.
After 3 excruciating hours we came to the big fallen tree!  Wow, it was very low.  Would our truck be able to pass under it?  If not we would have to do the unthinkable – turn around and attempt to drive all the way back to BYT!
I got out to watch that truck move under the tree.  “STOP!”  Oh it is going to hit!  So close!  BletJhaw got out to see.  He inched forward, oh so slowly! There was only a hair’s bredth between the truck and tree!
“Praise the Lord we made it!” we all shouted, but then we got stuck again trying to pull through the other side in the mounds of mud. But every time there was a tree in the right place to tie the winch on.
“The Lord is my strength and my shield, my heart trusted in Him and I am helped.  Therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth, and with my song will I praise Him.”  Psalm 28:7
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Thirty Six Hours in BYT Looks Like This

May “God in all things be glorified!”  1Peter 4:11

Sabbath, October 19, after church we drove the motorbike to Bli’s house in MooDooKee village.  It is a long way to drive with mud and giant mountains to go over.  Worship with him and other villagers was extremely inspirational.  I spoke about faith and touching the hem of His garment.   Bli is a prime example of being led by the Spirit and accepting the truth by the Bible alone!  No human being can take any credit for his conversion!!  His two daughters are right with him, excited and eager to be baptized!  His wife even is slowly being drawn in by the Holy Spirit!

That night we visit a BYT young man bitten the day before by a green pit viper.  His leg was extremely swollen.  We knew he needed to receive in-hospital care for at least 3 days.  We have now taken 10 snakebite victims to the hospital recently – so we know!  He did not want to go to the hospital, but BletJhaw persuaded him to go.  It was late when we left BYT, but when we arrived at the hospital nobody came to help with a wheelchair; I went and got one myself.  The emergency room was not busy.  They drew his blood, but no nurse or doctor ever laid eyes on him or spoke to him.  Nurses were viewing their iPhones.   We all sat waiting for over2 hours.

He was in great pain and had to just sit in the wheelchair.  Finally the patient said he wanted to go home.  I thought we could persuade him to go to the next hospital in MaeRaMat, or even MaeSot, but he would not go.  We finally had to drive all the way back to BYT with a promise to take him to Omkoi in the other direction the next day.  It was near midnight p.m. and we were all extremely tired.  The next day someone else took him to MeDooGlow clinic.  They told him to go to Omkoi, but he did not want to go, so he went back home, now he is dealing with a huge build-up of poison in his body.

Early the next morning we went to do worship in DJ’s house next door.  His son, SawWah has enlisted himself in the army as a volunteer and will go for blood tests the next day.  He feels that if he volunteers, he only has to serve one year, but if they call him it would be 2 years, (Even though only 10% of eligible young men get chosen).  In the worship I spoke about God’s army and the importance to enlist in His army, to decide now to stay true to God, keeping His Sabbath-Day holy.  He must obey his superiors, but not if it goes against God’s commands. We must fight against the devil, because we are soldiers of the cross.   I pray this will make a difference for SawWah because I have seen him grow in the Lord.  He has been attending ChiangMai Adventist Academy and just last Sabbath he did a talk in SS about the importance of the Sabbath!! He needs our prayers.

 

We treated an old man, Po Son, who did not really reside in any village.  He wanders around.  BletJhaw had a very meaningful conversation with him in the clinic that morning about God.  My heart went out to him in his ignorance and superstitions and homelessness!

After treating more patients we took the motorbike to MeDeLeeGwee village, mingled with the people, treated the sick, ate their food and prayed for them.

Sweet People in MeDeLeGwee

It was a full big day, and when we finally arrived back home we treated many patients, extracting teeth, and extracting a purple pencil lead out of a 5 year old’s left ear! What a challenge that was! We then looked forward to an early night’s rest, but that was not to be!  Just when a peaceful sleep took over the body, a loud voice came at the door.  A young man from WST said that his sister just had a baby and something is terribly wrong with the baby – it does not have a belly button!  Well – I never heard of that before!  It could mean anything from shocking, to normal, so we took off on the motorbike in the middle of the night, yawning all the way.

Upon entering the house and asking what the problem was with the baby, we got the answer that the baby is fine.  It was born one hour before.  I gave the mother and baby a physical exam and gave the usual advice that it’s OK for the Mother to lie down, and do not put heat to the stomach, and nurse the baby right away!  But they never listen to that advice.  No medication was needed.

“If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God.  If any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth – that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever!”  1Peter4:11

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Beyond Comprehension

How come is it Lord, that I feel so far from You at times, so worthless and unsuccessful. How come does loneliness come in the night, that I feel my prayers are too short and lifeless, that I feel I study my Bible too much on the surface, that I seem to lack the power to save souls, I don’t know much – can’t do much, and darkness shrouds my pathway?

. . .And yet here You are Lord, still answering my feeble prayers, still speaking to me simply yet clearly out of Your Word, still giving me words to say in worships and sermons and adding the power. My worthless state You change to value! What I do not know You teach and guide, and what I cannot do You perform a miracle! Many times You send immediate answers to my prayers. You are my companion during the night. Oh Lord the weaker I am, the greater the power I feel from You! As low as I am, You stoop to lift me up! As hopeless as I feel myself to be, the more inspiration You bring. I may be in the dark, but Your hand is always there and Your glory leads the way!

I need nothing more! I lack nothing! I have everything with You! Life is worth living with You! How can I thank you, how can I show my love, how can I wrap my arms around You?

“Thou hast beset me behind an before and laid Thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me. It is high, I cannot attain unto it” Psalm 139:5,6

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The Devil’s Counter-attack!

That old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, cannot tolerate the miracles and Divine interventions taking place in our villages.  He attacks with all vengeance.

“Help me O Lord my God, O save me according to Thy mercy.”  Psalm 109:26

It is my first week back in BYT!  And BletJhaws family were able to come with us.  First of all BletJhaw’s 2 boys get sick.  They have lung congestion, fever and sickness so often.  But now I had brought quite a lot of expensive SunRider products for them, and Juice-plus from America!  I thought that this was the answer – no more sickness!  But I was totally wrong.  Brayden, the younger one (Almost 4 years old), only grew worse every day.  I was so disappointed.  Nothing I did brought relief.
To make matters even worse, BletJhaw’s wife had severe flare-ups of her rheumatoid arthritis. She spent the nights crying.  I had brought Juice plus for her also to build her up after her near death experience with Dengue fever.  Also I had purchased the correct medicine for her from the MaeSot pharmacy, but that did not bring relief either.  We needed to take her out, but the rain persisted and –  don’t let’s forget that our truck is still at the bottom of the hill – the 4 wheel drive is broken.
I cried out to the Lord for help.  How come the people in the villages are all being healed, but not the ones right here in our own household! They are only getting worse!  God’s ways are much higher than ours – we will trust in Him.  I feel His companionship and strength, closer and tighter each day!
Sabbath came and what a privilege for me to get up and preach again in BYT church!  As I got up and looked into the faces of a full congregation, I was overcome with emotion and had the sudden urge to cry for joy, but that must be suppressed because these people do not show emotion and would not understand my tears.  My sermon title:  “Hearing God’s voice.”
Now it is Sunday and It had not rained for 2 days.  The village folk all worked together to fix the worst places of the road.  BletJhaw had worked with them all day, then he drove the motorbike the long way all around the big loop, checking to see if there was any way our truck could make it out that way.  (No use even thinking about taking the short-cut which is much too steep).  He found many bad places, but worst of all, a huge tree had fallen down low over the road.  Our truck is high – would it be able to pass under?
We decided that with God’s help we would  try it – thus began a huge adventure for us!
The 4 wheel drive was broken, so all this had to be done in 2 wheel drive.  BletJhaw labored at the wheel for almost 5 hours.
We got stuck plenty of times and used the winch 3 times. I wish you could have seen those roads.  I was sitting in the front holding onto Brayden to keep him from cracking his head on the door and dash board the entire time. We were knocked about in that truck like we were in a giant blender! One time the downhill rut was so deep and our truck was at such an angle that our back wheel came right up off the ground, making us feel like we would flip over!  Praise the Lord there was a tree to tie off on.
After 3 excruciating hours we came to the big fallen tree!  Wow, it was very low.  Would our truck be able to pass under it?  If not we would have to do the unthinkable – turn around and attempt to drive all the way back to BYT!
I got out to watch that truck move under the tree.  “STOP!”  Oh it is going to hit!  So close!  BletJhaw got out to see.  He inched forward, oh so slowly! There was only a hair’s bredth between the truck and tree!
“Praise the Lord we made it!” we all shouted, but then we got stuck again trying to pull through the other side in the mounds of mud. But every time there was a tree in the right place to tie the winch on!
“The Lord is my strength and my shield, my heart trusted in Him and I am helped.  Therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth, and with my song will I praise Him.”  Psalm 28:7
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First Day Back!

Renewed Strength!

“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.”  Isaiah 40:31

Not much time for sleep and overcoming jet lag.  I was so excited to be back in Thailand and be reunited with BletJhaw, his family and all the people in our villages, that I jumped forward 13 hours, or do you say, lost 13 hours of time with no weariness!

BletJhaw had a man drive him to the Suvarnabahmi International Airport to meet me when I arrived close to ten p.m.  Then we drove all night to MaeSot, arriving at 6:30a.m.  I had lost 2 nights of sleep because I am never able to sleep a wink on those long flights.  By the grace of the Lord, the following day we drove to BYT.  BletJhaw’s entire family was able to come with us this time.  The weather was good until the last steep descent into our village when there was a sudden downpour of rain causing us to slide in all crazy angles and we were barely prevented from going over the cliff.  Before reaching home however, we slid into a deep ditch and were hopelessly stuck.  BletJhaw ran and borrowed a pick ax in the pouring rain and got us out.  Next we could not make it up the final climb to our house.  Lo and behold the 4-wheel drive had broken again.  The truck still sits at the bottom of that hill.

My first day back!

I don’t believe rainy season is over yet because it has poured with rain all the time. Right away we were thrown into our work!  Along with many patients coming for treatment, a young man from WST came asking us to please come and check his wife, JiYee.  She had delivered a baby 2 days prior and was experiencing severe abdominal pain.

JiYee’s husband leading us up the ladder into his small bamboo house

I examined her, and became concerned because she had 2 of the symptoms that could mean  dangerous infection of the uterus.  I must pray and make a major decision. There is a great possibility for an emergency trip to the hospital.  Once again that helpless feeling, because our truck did not have 4-wheel drive now and the road conditions would never allow us to pass through. Even the motorbike ride to WST and back had been a struggle in the crazy mud.

We prayed for JiYee, and treated her as best we could, telling the husband to come and get us if she got any worse at all.  That night we really prayed for God’s healing hand.  The next day we drove back to check on her and found her 60% better!

She smiled at me and it made me feel like the bright sunshine had broken through the dark clouds of my soul!!  Oh what relief and joy!  She will be fine now!

As we left her house the sunshine did break through the clouds and my heart was singing.  We stopped at the house of a girl from whom we had purchased many beautiful Karen skirts and tops.  We will mail them to Valerie Hunt in America as she feels people will want to buy them.

After that we visited BeKey, who had a baby 8 days before.  She had lost her husband, DuPe to suicide two years ago, and now has remarried and delivered her 7th child.  Her life has been quite hard, but now she is radiantly happy and her baby girl is beautiful.  They named her PawEhCher meaning sweet love flower.

So much has changed after being gone for 3 ½  months!  How lovely to see how much the little children have grown.

But our day is not over yet!  We needed to walk down to the middle of the village to check a man who reportedly could not walk, and could not even sit up to try to eat.  Immediately BletJhaw and I could tell he had scrub typhus and were able to give him the correct medication that would pull him out of this deadly disease and give him relief in one and a half days.

Late at night when we thought we had time to rest, an excited voice came calling loudly at the door.  Please come and check a man, “Git,” whose truck just turned completely over after the river crossing!  He was hauling a big load of wood and the uphill right hand turn caused the heavy load to get unbalanced and roll the truck off the road.   Walking up to his house we passed the truck. All the village people together could not pull it out with their ropes.  They managed to get it off its roof and onto its side, but now the bank put gravity against them!  The angels must have stopped this truck from taking one more roll, plunging him into the rocks of the river below!  We went to the man’s house and saw the patient, his family, and many village folk in nervous excitement.  People were crying and Git was shaking with pain.  It had been a scary accident and the man was experiencing severe pain in his right shoulder and chest.

This man is a devil worshiper, and while I was examining him, I got interrupted by someone coming to give him a special cup of “Prayer water” to drink – supposed to have the healing power of the demon spirits.  I determined that he had no broken bones, but I needed to go back to the house and get him a shot for pain and medication to relax the muscles and stop inflammation.  At the end of our visit, I had the privilege of praying for that man, his family, and friends.  I thought about the prayer water he had just drunk, as a symbol of worshipping the devil, in comparison to this prayer to the all-powerful God of heaven that I was so in love with!  That prayer left no doubt in the people’s minds where the power comes from!  A hush came over the crowd.  I could feel the Holy Spirit throughout my being just then!  We went home and continued to pray for him.

Finally time to sleep!  But God had brought blessings my way and renewed my strength!

The next day I saw Git. The entire village had been successful to pull that truck back up the bank with ropes!  I shook Git’s hand and he thanked me for helping him. He had slept that night and now was so much better so quickly!  I believe that once again God had heard and answered our prayers for healing and brought glory to His name.

Git is the man with the black jacket and white shirt

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Hearing The Voice of God!

“My times are in Thy hand.” Psalm 31:15

 

This is a bit on the personal side, but I opt to post it because it may help people in their walk with Jesus.

 

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News came from my sister, Lynn this past June that I did not want to hear:

“You better come to America quickly dear sister, or you won’t see Mother again!”

My heart twisted, my throat dried, and my stomach churned.  I know you are supposed to expect such things when your Mother is almost 96 years old, but you must understand something about Mother, Lynn and I.

When Mother raised us two girls, she read the book “Child Guidance” seven times.  Only with prayer, can God’s miraculous power help a person apply the principles of that great book.  Our Mother allowed no situation, no person, and no persuasion to cause her to deviate from her devotion to God and from her responsibility in raising us girls.  I cannot thank her enough for all the sacrifices that she made.  Consequently the Lord has bound our hearts together with a very special cord of love that only heaven can bestow.  We have never had a fight, and never been angry or upset at each other.

I purchased my airline tickets quickly and in mid June I travelled to America.  I did not broadcast my trip, or plan to preach in various places as I usually do.  I would devote all my time to my Mother.   That was a good thing because three times we almost lost her, but she would always pull out of it.  I was gravitating between hope and despair.  As time rolled on like this I began to feel almost panic stricken about my return trip to Thailand.  How could I leave my Mother?  This will also put too much on my Sister.  Last year I knew God wanted me to return to Thailand, but when I left I was so oppressed by the devil that I even thought my leaving would cause the death of my Mother.  My hair began falling out my stress was so great. Now things were even worse.  Mother was so frail and weak.  She had declined so much.

I agonized with God for three days, opening my heart to Him.

“Lord, I am willing to do whatever Your will is for me.  I will stay here and never return to Thailand, I will go and then return any time, or I will go and stay.  Only show me what to do.  I cannot bear this burden alone.”

Each day my prayers got more intense.  On the third day I cried out to God late into the night.  In the morning, (August 1), God answered my prayer through my Mother!  As we were eating breakfast she got up to read something to me from Oswald Chambers devotional for that morning.

I ask you to read carefully and understand the significance of each word:

 

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Something More About His Ways                        August 1

He comes where He commands us to leave.

“When Jesus had made an end of commanding his disciples, He departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.” Matthew 11:1

 If when God said, “Go,” you stayed because you were so concerned about your people at home, you robbed them of the teaching and preaching of Jesus Christ Himself.  When you obeyed and left all consequences to God, the Lord went into your city to teach.  As long as you would not obey, you were in the way.  Watch where you begin to debate and to put what you call duty in competition with your Lord’s commands.  “I knew He told me to go, but then my duty was here,” that means you do not believe that Jesus means what He says.

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 Immediately the heavy burden rolled off my shoulders!  The light from heaven shone down upon us so brightly that tears sprang out of my eyes.  What a God we serve!  What love!  What peace and joy!

Since that time, Mother has gotten better!  She is stronger, brighter, sleeps better at night, and communicates with all her former wisdom!  I am so privileged to spend this time with her.  She says to me:

“We have always had every indication that God wants you in Thailand.  Now when you go, we will not be sad, but rejoice!  I am the happiest Mother in the world because both my daughters are working for God!  There is no greater joy.”

I will leave my Mother in Tennessee September 29, fly to Montana and spend one week with my son, Micah and his wife, and then fly back to Thailand October 6 praising God the entire way because this answer to prayer means that God has more souls to save in the jungle mountains!  Eternity will reveal the results!       My times are in His hands!      

 

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Breaking News!

Two new, surprising developments are taking place for us in BYT.

  1.  The government is putting in hydropower that will give BYT and WST permanent electricity!   It will be the largest hydropower system in all these jungle mountains.  The big bulldozer and skilled workmen have been working every day lately on this project!  We are told we will have electricity in one year!

2.   The government is also building a tower for phone service in a   distant village, BlaBluGlow.  This village, though far away is expected to bring us phone service in BYT also.  Perhaps in one year this will be available.  It is exciting because I have a program on my phone that enables me to have internet when in phone service.  This would greatly assist me in the medical work!

3.  In other news, PaPe, age 11 broke her arm 2 weeks ago when she fell from her bicycle.  Initially someone brought her to the hospital, where they only put a splint on her arm and told her to return for surgery.  Well, they did not take her back to the hospital, but decided to do it the devil way.  They knew a  head devil magic man in BlaGlow who gave special water and “prayers.”  He told them about many people in the past that had bad fractures and they are all fine now because of his ceremonies, so they believed him.  They did not want to travel that far to the hospital anyway.

Last week we visited PaPe at her home in LaGlah.  She was still in a lot of pain.  I examined the arm and figured out it was both the ulnar and radius that were broken and in order for healing to take place those bones needed to be set.  I figured that if the other hospital said return for surgery, than those 2 bones must be displaced.  I was praying as I pleaded with them to let us take her to the hospital because it would not heal properly on its own like this.  Plus she needed relief from pain!

All day long they thought about it, and waited to make a decision.  We treated all the patients, ate what they cooked for us, and had worship in another home.  When we were ready to leave we asked for their decision – yes, they would let us take her to the hospital the next day.  How thankful I was to God for this decision.  See the x-ray?  See the sweet eleven-year old?  She is in surgery now.  May her arm be restored but he Great Restorer!

I took a crude picture of the x-ray hanging on the doctor’s view box! You can easily see the deformities!

4.  The last Breaking News!   We had to really work to get this man, TheyMu, to the hospital.  He has been sick for days now.  We have taken him to the hospital 3 times in the past!  Now he is in the worst condition that I have seen.  We finally get him into the truck, but the bumpy roads are too hard on him and he begs us to stop.  When he got out of the truck and lay on the side of the road with his son and daughter assisting him, I really thought we would loose him right there – seemed like he was dying!  He was in pain and could not breath.  His children were crying and asking us to take their father back home.  Because of prayer we finally got him back in the front seat, lay him back and prayed.  We yet had a long way to go, but God saw us through!  He was admitted and tests were run. Upon admission the doctor suspected scrub typhus, (Quite a killing tropical disease).  I hope soon to find out what the final diagnosis will be.

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