Revival Meetings in BYT part 3 of 3

“WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE”

“We should be in a position where we may believe that God is willing to do for us more than we can ask or think.  ST May 7, 1896

Here are a few examples of the Holy Spirit at work amongst us!

  1.  At the beginning of the Friday evening meeting on health, a young lady from WaSuTa caught my arm and earnestly told me that her father, TeePo wanted to quit drinking.  We know him well.  He is the village drunk!  Never sober, always tottering around looking haggard and wasted.  He had come to the meeting!  I looked at him  sitting in the back against the wall – even now he appeared drunk, but I am so delighted that he was there!  After the meeting this man came to us asking for us to pray for him because he had decided to stop drinking.  He also told us that he had been in debt for 1000 baht and had just paid off that debt.  I was amazed, as this man still smelled strongly of alcohol, his gate was uncertain and unsteady, yet I marveled at the 3 wonderful steps he had already taken toward Jesus.  One:  He desired to quit drinking.  Two: He had paid off his debt.  And Three:  He had come to our meetings and was requesting help!  We placed him in the middle of our prayer circle, laid our hands upon him, pleading with God for him to obtain the complete victory over alcohol.  The next morning BletJhaw and I visited him in his home.  He was sober and his hands were trembling.  I was so happy because I knew that meant he had not taken a drink. We gave him our package of remedies for detoxing and explained that he must take all traces of drink out of his house.  Also it is best to stop smoking at the same time and get the misery over all in one go, if not he would have to go through the ordeal again!  We found out that he and his wife smoke, however the wife told us that she did not want to quit smoking.  We told her that this would make it really hard on him because smoking triggers alcohol and visa versa.  We explained the importance of prayer to him and told him a simple Bible promise to claim.  He said he could do that.  Finally we prayed and I poured out my heart in prayer for this poor man who was going to face quite a struggle and needed Jesus.  As soon as the prayer was finished, the wife quietly got up and went to the corner of the house coming out with her plastic bag full of tobacco. Her eyes were wet with unshed tears, as she handed it over to me!  This was a moment I will never forget – a moment when I felt the power of the Holy Spirit in that home in answer to earnest prayer.

2.  Another man, ChaPoe, in that village had been baptized last December. He was the one who had invited TeePo, the alcoholic and his wife and children to the meetings.  He was embarrassed to tell us but he too had picked up smoking again. (We had helped him to quite about 6 years ago).  Now he is determined to quite again.  He came to all of the early morning united prayer meetings and requested prayer each time.

3.  Now here is a sweet story of a woman who has my heart!  This lady, TreeAu, used to come to our church regularly.  She was a pillar in our church.  She has 5 children, and the 3 married girls that live in BYT, always came to church.  However one day about 5 years ago this lady got her feelings hurt and quit coming to church, in fact she and her daughters attended the Baptist church in WaSuTa instead.  We were heartbroken and since that time didn’t miss an opportunity to invite her back almost every time she came to our clinic for treatment, and also when we visited in her home, but she would not come. So you can imagine our joyful surprise to see her attend our last 3 meetings!  I was so overjoyed to see her come that I gave her a big hug and a kiss.  After the powerful Sabbath sermon, entitled Full Surrender, our entire group got up to sing the closing special music: “I Surrender All,” in Karen.  I was singing in the center of the group.  Because I was singing high alto in Karen, I was concentrating a little bit, however I know the chorus very well and was able to look out at the beautiful people before me.  My eye caught this lady sitting in the middle of the women’s section.  As I was singing I Surrender All, and looking at her.  She smiled a wonderful smile at me and nodded her head while raising her hand.  It was a wonderful moment because I sensed a commitment in her eyes. Tears came to my eyes and it was hard to keep singing because I feel she will return to the Seventh-day Adventist church!

4.  SawSay met us Sabbath evening after the AY program. His voice was shaky and his eyes looked like tears were beginning.  He requested prayers after his baptism.  We wondered if the Buddhist in-laws were upset and persecuting them for this decision. We encircled him and laid our hands on him, praying for his victory and for continued growth with Jesus in the truth and the love of the truth.  SawSay said he was not being persecuted at all, he just was so thankful for what we had taught him and for the joy of his baptism.  He thanked us again and again.  So sincere and happy that the things he once did that was wrong, he now does not do them!

Lovely family doing all that they know is right

5.  Pastor Martin had a real longing for the Baptist pastor from WaSuTa to attend the meetings.  He had been invited two times.  He came on Friday with several people from his church.  At the close of the meeting Pastor Martin asked for those who wanted to learn about the Bible and get baptized.  A young man that he had brought from WaSuTa raised his hand to join our church. He said his wife also wants to join! We continue to pray for the Baptist pastor.

  1. A 60 year old man in WaSuTa, BeeHtu, used to be very interested in our church. He attended all the Bible studies we did in WaSuTa, he attended all our church meetings.  His face always showed intense interest, which thrilled me, but suddenly he stopped coming. When we visited him he said that his children and son-in-law are against it.  But he attended our meetings and afterward BletJhaw was able to read him the verses in Matthew 10:37 and Luke 14:26 and encouraged him to come back to church and put God first!

So you see God has certainly given us more than we could ask or think!  Praise His name!

Now that the meetings are over, we have a responsibility to keep the fire burning and keep the people attending church and growing in faith. We really miss Pastor Martin – we are incapable of ministering to all these people properly, but God is capable and will help us. The Pastor advised us to continue the united prayer on Wednesday evening and the 6:30 Sabbath morning meeting.  This will bring power and unity into our church.

He asked us to do a 21-day Daniel challenge for our people where they will do the following for the next 21 days:

*Keep the 10 commandments with emphasis on the 4th and 8th     (Sabbath and tithing)

*Eat only clean meat – no coffee

*Drink 6 cups of water a day

*No TV, radio, or phone videos

*Take time in prayer and Bible

Also we want to encourage the church members to share their faith and invite others to church. They can take the audio Bibles with the messages on them and give them out.

Please pray for our people and for us as we are extra busy now spreading the gospel and giving the trumpet a certain sound!!

 

 

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Revival Meetings in BYT Part 2 of 3

“WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE”

“We should be in a position where we may believe that God is willing to do for us more than we can ask or think.  ST May 7, 1896

Prior to the BYT revival we had a series of problems, as you would expect.

  1. First of all our truck broke at the CV axel twice in a row.  The second time it seemed the new part was too short, but it was the same size as they have put in before – mystery.  Every time we thought it was fixed and drove back to BYT, the 4-wheel drive went out.  Other large things were broken. Finally our mechanic discovered it also had an electrical problem, so we took it to a different shop and they found water and mud in the electrical box.  They got that fixed in the nick of time just before we needed to drive people into BYT.

What in the world is it? They say they cannot weld it because it is not steel, but it is very heavy!

First trip back into BYT with the 4WD working! In God’s timing just before the meetings!

  1. What complicated everything was RAIN!  Yes, RAIN every day right up until the Pastor came, and not just a little rain – it started to look like rainy season, we had to drive the long way with great difficulty.
  2. It was time for the YiPeng festival when Thailand, and the school next door released    many paper hot air balloons into the air for good luck and Buddhist merit.  Sometimes many monks drive into BYT for the occasion and it is a very loud time with chanting of monks into booming microphones, big fireworks, and loud music.  The full moon night they would do this was Thursday evening – the exact evening when pastor Martin would have his  most important sermon on the Sabbath!!
  1. Another thing we were praying about was rice harvesting.  Many people were not yet finished harvesting their rice.  The meetings were a little too early to allow everyone to attend the meetings, because we all know that they would never come if the rice was lying ripe in the field.  How we longed for a huge attendance.  BletJhaw helped a lady harvest and we paid other workers to help so she could get finished and attend the meetings.  We knew God would push Satan back and work everything out so we just put it all in His hands.

What a treat to have Pastor Martin in our midst.  I can tell you that he did not waste a minute, but was praying, studying and working on his sermons.  I never saw anybody work for the good of my people as diligently as he did. I felt like a parent when somebody loves and tries to help their children!  I felt such joy that this pastor would spend and be spent for our people in these isolated villages!

We had a beautiful united prayer group in the church every morning.  Pastor Martin invited the village people to join us.  If the people needed special prayer we would surround them, lay hands on them and pray for them.

 

As our own hearts became cemented together through prayer, things began to happen!  An all time record was reached in attendance.  Every night around 60 people came.

They sat in perfect attention for almost 2 hours!  There was beautiful special music before and after every sermon.

 

 

Brenda Steck played her beautiful electric piano!

Pastor Martin illustrated his theme: “With God all things are Possible,” by performing magical tricks and work on paper, and with fire that seemed impossible to perform.  He used a balloon that did not pop when he stuck 2 pins in it. He would not explain how he did these things, but simply said, “If you want to know how I did this – come tomorrow evening!”

Every night the people came pouring in.  Thursday evening was to be the most important meeting because the truth of the Sabbath and the deceit of the devil would be clearly presented. There would be an answer to the question, who are you worshiping, that would be shocking to many of the people.  So on Thursday morning we again visited all the homes inviting the people to come. We told them this evening was the most important meeting that they would not want to miss it, and we prayed in their homes.

That evening was our greatest attendance of all times!  The bell was rung and BletJhaw and I stood at the door of the church to shake hands with the people and welcome them in.

Unrestrained tears rolled down my cheeks as I watched with amazement the steady stream of people coming up the hill, through the gate and into the church.  It was like I was in a dream that was too good to be true – they kept coming – they came – they filled the church!  Half of them were not church members and many of them had never entered our church, or any other church before.  Some of them were Baptist church members from WaSuTa. There were close to 80 people in our church that evening, and you should have heard the loving, yet cutting truth of our pastor’s sermon.  The people seemed to be riveted in attention, there were no distractions and the Holy Spirit flowed in and among us.  At the end of the sermon Pastor Martin made a call to all who wanted to follow all of God’s commandments including the 4th, to stand up.  Though I could not turn around and look, it seemed like most of the people stood up.  (By the way the LiPeng Festival did not take place that night – the teachers decided to go home and celebrate)!  Praise the Lord forever!

BletJhaw faithfully interpreted every sermon night after night in an appealing way that the people could best understand.

The next evening was on diet and health. That night clean meats were described along with drinking water and a full message on the importance of good health for communion with God.  There was a call to abandon the habits of drinking, smoking, and opium.

Then came the Sabbath with a call to surrender all to Jesus. These sermons are all recorded and I cannot wait to listen to them again.  The good news is that not only will the media team will produce these sermons on video so we can show them to others, but they can cut out the English and record only the Karen part of the sermon for our audio Bibles so the people can listen to these great truths again and again and share with their friends!

At the end of the Sabbath sermon we went to the river for a baptism.  SawSay and his wife were baptized who had been coming to church for a long time.  SawSay is DJ’s son from BYT.  He had married a girl from another village who was strong Buddhist.  We felt bad about that because in the Karen culture the boy lives with the wife’s family, so this took him away from church and placed him with Buddhist worshipers, and he did not appear to really care about coming to our church services.  We prayed a lot for SawSay.  Almost two years later SawSay told us that when he moved back to BYT he wanted to be baptized.  Now they are living in BYT and what joy to see them both get baptized on that beautiful Sabbath day!

Reaching the unreached is the most precious work us humans can experience!   Let’s reach out as far as we can all around us because indeed with God all things are possible!

 

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Revival Part 1 of 3

Revival Meetings in BYT

“WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE”

 

“We should be in a position where we may believe that God is willing to do for us more than we can ask or think.  ST May 7, 1896

It is hard for me to believe that this is actually happening!! Pastor Martin Kim arrived at the MaeSot airport, Wednesday, November 14, 2018.  You see I met Pastor Martin at Faith Camp in America last July.  I was one of the speakers there and so was he.  After my third presentation he came to me and asked if he could come and visit in my village! He had heard about the wild elephants, cobras, bad roads and stories about the people there and wanted to see it for himself.  I was very excited to hear this because I had really enjoyed his sermons also, and felt this was providential, because ever since we had Pastor Jimmy do a wonderful series in December 2017, I had been praying for another weeklong revival series this year. Pastor Martin decided that he could come the last part of November. My heart raced with excitement and thankfulness to God!

 

Pastor Martin told us later that he planned to just pull down a few old sermons to use in BYT that he had preached before, however as we continued to correspond through messenger, he learned that I was going all-out calling in the media team from Chiang Mai to record all of it and also I had invited people to do special music because I wanted to really make an appeal to my people.  That was the time he told us that he fell on his knees and prayed about what to present.  He is a man of prayer and a man of faith.  God really had a plan for him in our mountain village!

 

The following Sunday we needed to go to the airport again to pick up Alelee, a Philippine girl who would play her guitar and sing for our meetings.  I was so happy to meet her for the first time.  I thought she was pretty courageous to come by herself all the way to BYT.  Before she arrived, Pastor Martin and I went to the market to buy food.  It was great fun going through all the venders and picking out the best vegetables and fruit.  We had a great time riding on the tricycle cart with the food piled up on it. Pastor Martin rode behind and I sat in the front. We had a good driver who pedaled us through the busy market roads to our truck.  The best thing about the food was that I did not have to cook!  DaguaMo had consented to come and do all the cooking!

Yes, let’s get this

Yes. Let’s get this

Raw peanuts! Good idea!

No. None of these!

 

 

Sweet DaguaMo did all our cooking – Delicious!

That same Sunday all the guests arrived: Harvey Steck and his wife, Brenda, would sing and Brenda brought her quality electric piano!  Hannah and Jonathan Hill would sing and work on media.  Alelee would sing, and Suwit and Noom from Chaing Mai, were our media team to run the cameras along with DJ’s daughter Sabathip, (Sa).   And so the week began.  We would start the meetings at 5:30p.m. Monday evening.

 

We divided into two teams and visited every house in BYT and WaSuTa Monday morning, inviting the people to the meetings and praying with them.  I sensed that God had something special in store for our people that week. My heart thrilled and my prayers doubled.

 

“Oh, Lord.”  I cried out.  “Please do something big this week for my people – much bigger than I could ask or think! Pour out your Spirit as never before Father please prepare them for heaven.”

 

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My Aching,Breaking Heart!

Longing to help!

* She hasn’t known soap, bathing, or clean clothes

*She hasn’t known washed hair and brushed teeth

*She hasn’t known toys and happy laughter

*She hasn’t known a solid house and a firm roof

*She hasn’t known love from her Mother or Father

*She hasn’t known any good nutritious food

*She hasn’t known about Sabbath School, or any sweet Jesus songs.

*She hasn’t known anything about her loving Heavenly Father,

But she is known and loved by Him, and His tender heart breaks more than mine does to see the white dress which is now black and watch her father walk her past the people eating rice and curry, when I know she would like to eat too.   I know He has a thousand ways to reach down, touch this little girl and help her.

Sadly there are many children like this.

 

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This little girl is almost 4 years old.  She has two older brothers.  Her Mother left her family a couple of years ago for another man and only sees the little girl occasionally.  The Father is deeply addicted to opium which he mainlines three times a day.  Because of this he is always wondering from village to village to find a few odd jobs that will pay him enough to buy opium.  An opium addict will never touch water or take a bath, is not hungry or interested in food, and may wander around the jungle the whole night long. His first and only love is opium, while his little girl wanders around living like him with no idea of love or that there could be a better way of life.

Here she is 2 years ago when I gave her a bath in my clinic:

Her older brothers have been raised the same way.  They are in school, but the older one, 10 years old,  is always in trouble because he steals and does all sorts of bad things. The 8 year old is immoral and uses bad language. These children have a grampa who is a sorcerer and when we try to do anything to help them, he seeks to kill us and get rid of our influence.

 

 

 

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CPIPES, Cebu City, Philippines

 

“I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause.  Which doeth great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number.” Job 5:8,9

 

This is my prayer of thanksgiving to God for sending me to CPIPES by Faith, 2018 in the Philippines! Thank you so much Gregg Cornelius for inviting me.  Only in heaven will you see the results of all your toil, weariness, sleepless nights and earnest prayers.  I also thank all the officers who also served the Lord with all their hearts, souls, minds and strength!  (Mark 12:30).

I will never forget the beautiful Theme Song, the pianists, the vocal solos and extreme musical talents being used to glorify God alone!  Because music is not music to me unless the people themselves are living God in their hearts, then it becomes heavenly music and can bring you right into the very throne-room of God!

 

 

I was also drawn so close to all the speakers and so happy to feel the unity and prayers that we had for each other.  We had such an earnest desire for each young person hearing our voices to be drawn to the heart of God and give their lives in willing service to Him in full surrender.

The most overwhelming, intense joy that I experienced there was listening to the young people who shared their suffering, their trials, difficulties, doubts, fears, confusions, and indecisions with me and together through tears, and prayers I saw them making decisions for Jesus and overcoming by His grace their perplexities, dedicating their lives to Him for service!  This is the joy that makes all heaven ring, and causes our hearts to sense His divine presence so that together with the 2 disciples on the road to Emmaus can say:

 

“Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us y the way, and while He opened to us the scriptures?”  Luke 24:32

 

God’s actual palpable presence was upon us during united prayer in the early morning hours.  It grew more powerful as the days went by until Sunday morning with Gregg Cornelius; we sought the Lord’s presence with praise, with repentance, with petitions, with supplications, with thankfulness, with commitment – giving God our treasured idols and everything that separates us from Him.  Finally claiming our families, friends, cities, and country and all for Him!  It was a taste of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit the disciples experienced in the upper room!  Such tears and love filled our hearts that we did not notice 3 hours had already passed by!

 

I want to thank God first of all for this special time and next to all of you who blessed me so much!

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The Truck

This letter comes with my love and with prayer that you and I will not shrink at the trials and the dangers, but pick up our cross and follow Jesus completely!  May we stand together in that day with Jesus – the One who carried us through!!!
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Our truck has become a problem suddenly!  Again it doesn’t surprise me just before engaging in another powerful week of evangelism in BYT!  Everything that can go wrong will go wrong as we move forward with the Lord, but He always sees us through!  This is a time when the truck is of supreme importance as we transport visitors and supplies.

As you know, on the way out of BYT October 21, 2018, when I was on my way to the Philippines, our CV axel broke and we had to walk in the rain etc.  Well I went on to the Philippines, and BletJhaw met a mechanic out there who put a new one one.  As BletJhaw carefully drove, it broke after just 0.7 kms!  Now he had to drive out in 2 wheel drive.
When I returned from the Philippines November 5, we got that part replaced by my mechanic in MaeSot. They were perplexed because these parts are 2 cms shorter than our original factory part.  We have used the shorter size before because it has broken twice before, but they have lasted longer than this! Nobody has that original size it seems.  So because they ordered the most expensive and strongest part from Bangkok, they were sure it would work fine for us.
Sad to say right away on the bad roads, it broke.  We almost fell off the bank into the river at one point because we only had 2 wheel drive!  We spent several tense moments with the wench tied off onto flimsy trees, but finally made it all the way to our house in BYT in the dark on Friday night. At least we were there to preach and care for the sick.
 Please note the desperately injured left hand of a patient who had been touched by the hair of a very poisonous caterpillar.  It’s the worst I have seen! She only waited 2 days before going to the hospital and she already had to have one finger removed and now needs the next one removed! I believe she will eventually loose her whole hand.   Poor lady!  We prayed for her and sent her off with enough money to make the trip!
Now we needed to take the truck for repairs because this week we bring the pastor, Martin Kim, from South Korea plus we need supplies!
After the Sabbath sermon, we left with the truck and 2 wheel drive!  We simply had to get it out before it rained!  Yes RAIN!  Not fair!  Thunder and black clouds were rolling in.  We made it all the way out in 2 wheel drive, going the long way because of the rain and 2 WD.  Once again we thank God for pushing us through with the strength of the angels!  After we parked the truck in KenAJew, we borrowed an old motorbike and rode back to BYT that same day after dark!  It was a wild ride with slick tires and muddy roads.  The headlight was very weak, so BletJhaw struggled a lot to drive. The seat was extra hard and there was not much to hold onto in the back.  My body wanted to catapult off the back more than it wanted to stay put!  Finally we made it.
We had one day –  Sunday to work and prepare for visitors.  Things were in disrepair everywhere.  Weeds had grown up above my head and the house was damp and mildew.  So we worked, washed, cleaned and scrubbed.  BletJhaw used the weed eater and washed blankets!  (A big job by hand)!  We would leave on that old motor bike Monday morning early, and try to fix the truck again!!  Alas!  Thunder and lightening!  Alas!  Rain!  Lots of Rain!  It rained all afternoon and into the night! But early in the morning found us on that bike headed up the mountainside!
Alas, the back tire was leaking and flat, the mountain was muddy and slick.  I walked together with the leeches, (you have to be here to believe it), but every step got us further out!  Only God can find the right part that will last at least through these most important meetings!  So we prayed and we rode that motorbike.
When we got into phone service I called the mechanic.  Praise the Lord they had found a new part at the second hand parts shop!  It is new and is as long as the original one – 2 cms longer!  In answer to our prayers, God had prepared just what we needed.  So here we are at the shop with thankful hearts.  As soon as we are finished here we will drive again all the way into BYT.  I will report on everything that ensues after the meetings.
Please pray for our meetings, that hearts will respond to God’s call!  I long to see my people in heaven!  It is worth all the toil and hardships, trials and yes, the mud!!
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ROMBLON YOUTH FOR CHRIST (RYC)

I have been to the Philippines twice this year and have fallen in love with he Philippine people.  Last May/June I was one of the speakers for PYC, (Philippine Youth for Christ), in Iloilo where over 1000 youth meet yearly and fellowship with Jesus! Now I have just returned from a 2 week trip speaking at two different locations.   I know why God sent me, because the blessings and inspiration that I received from the leaders and youth, far exceeded the blessings that I gave!

 

 

 

My first location was in Romblon.  The main church that we gathered at was right on the beach.  The beauty of the location and the fellowship with the leaders and young people was incredible.  I had 5 presentations, and because this was their first time to introduce Romblon Youth for Christ, (RYC), there were less attending.  I therefore had more time to counsel with them and get to know them. Early mornings were spent in united prayer.

 

 

Friday is the day for outreach, I joined the medical group visiting in the hospital.  We wore our Romblon Youth for Christ T-shirts, and encouraged the people, singing and praying in the rooms.  Afterward we handed out tracks in the streets.

 

Sabbath was very special, the big church was full, and the Spirt of God moved upon the people. After my Sabbath School presentation they invited me to speak in the neighboring church which I was delighted to do.  Kyle Vincent, one of the leaders took me there on the motorbike and I meet many other wonderful Philippine church members.

 

Sabbath evening we had a very special communion service out on the beach!  Singing, praising God and praying for each other.  There was unity and love between us.  Hearts were moved and many youth dedicated their lives in service to God!  Praise the Lord!

 

 

Night songs on the beach

Preacious moments of prayer on the beach!

Romblon: You will always hold a special place in my heart!

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Mother

“Frequently the very best evidence that we can have that we are in the right way is that the least advance costs us effort and that darkness shrouds our pathway.  It has been my experience that the loftiest heights of faith we can only reach through darkness and clouds.”  This Day With God 212.2
This is so very true.  I will now open my entire  heart to you.
I have found myself undaunted by the difficulties and hardships that come my way just before taking another step forward.  Expecting it and satisfied in knowing that the harder Satan works to trip me up and stop my work, that means the greater will be the results for God, and more lofty heights of faith can be reached!
However I met the deepest darkest experience when I left America just one month ago –  October 7, 2018.  My Mother is just turning 95 years old.  She is losing her strength and I can see a big difference in her this year, in fact sometimes I wondered if she would make it through the night.  She seemed to need my help in everything.  I had been busy the first 2 months in America with speaking appointments and travel from West to East, North to South.  So I dedicated one extra month just for quality time with my Mother.  We have such a strong bond of love between us that it is beyond explanation.  She is precious beyond words! How we enjoyed out time together – making the most of every moment.  But soon I must leave and resume my work in BYT, and I felt that I would never see my beloved Mother again.  I pleaded with the Lord show me what to do.
“Oh Lord You know I want only to do Your perfect will.” I pleaded.  “Right now I feel I cannot go on, I am so torn, please help me!”
I asked the Lord that if I must leave her could He please help her rally and regain some strength.  How could I leave her like this?  The devil pushed and pushed me down until I felt oppression like I’ve never felt before.  I was so torn that I thought my leaving would cause the end of life for my Mother.
I quote Mrs. White’s comments about Elijah:
“Into the experience all there come times of keen disappointment and utter discouragement, days when sorrow is the portion, …days when troubles harass the soul, till death seems preferable to life.” PK 162
We are supposed to honor our dear parents.  I desperately sought the Lord with strong crying and tears.  Oh utter anguish. But Somebody was bending over me with love and tender compassion, and He softly and tenderly spoke to me:
 “He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me.” Matthew 10:37
and  “Whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be My disciple.”  Luke 14:27
It was the Lord saying to me, “What doest thou here Elijah (Gayle)”  Why are you utterly cast down?  Come and follow Me.  Put Me first.  Pick up your cross – Don’t lay it down – Be My disciple!”
I purchased my airline tickets to Thailand for October 7, this would give me 2 weeks back in my village before going to the Philippines where I had numerous speaking appointments and needed to be rested and close to the heart of Jesus in order to bring an appeal to the large groups of  young people, to surrender all and work for Jesus.
I can now teach them about full surrender because I have just surrendered my all once again to that sweet, still small voice!  And what a victory for the cause of Christ to speak to those Philippine young people! Only in heaven will we see the far-reaching results of our work here on this earth.
I must tell you that my Mother has rallied and once again she says to me:  “I am the happiest Mother in all the earth because my daughter is a missionary working for God!”
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Warm Welcome

God is the only One who can hold us together in these last days of earth’s history!  I am up and down in so many airplanes, back and forth across America and across the ocean, and clinging tightly to Jesus hand, my only sanity, as I say hello and then goodbye to my boys, my family and so many people both sides of the ocean.  Tears pour down my face as I part with my precious Mother, who has always stood by me with a love beyond explanation.  God is the only constant, the only One I never have to say goodbye to! The inner strength of my being!
As I enter BYT, my mission life swings sharply into focus.  It is Wednesday evening and we go to prayer meeting.  I get hugged so tight that I fall right over!  Such a warm welcome!
Patients pour into our little clinic. Young and old seek relief from so many ailments.  I am privileged to pray for the patients and again feel the utter joy as I watch them kneel, fold their hands and bow their heads with eyes closed.
My heart is filled with gratefulness to BletJhaw who has faithfully worked in BYT all by himself while I was away.  He visited villages, treated the sick, gave worships, and preached sermons.  His way on the motorbike was most difficult in the constant rain and mud.  Words cannot describe the difficulties, but he faithfully continues on in faith and courage!
My friend, LooPaw, from LaGlah came with a large abscess on her left temple. She had intense pain. The whole side of her face is swollen and red. She cannot open her mouth. Her right eye can barely open.  Another abscess is beginning on her neck.  This needs immediate attention because she has a high fever which indicates the infection has already spread to her blood stream.  This is dangerous.  We pray.  I carefully numb and drain the pus, and start her on antibiotics.  I must drain this abscess daily and place a wick inside to keep draining it.  We go to LaGlah two days in a row to repeat the process, and we pray.  In 3 days I must go to MaeSot and do my year-end visa.  In 3 days the fever, pus, swelling, and infection is gone!  LooPaw is so happy and has learned more about the God who heals us!  Me too – constantly amazed and praising Him!!
During our visit to LaGlah village we saw 44 patients.  It took us hours. People heard that I was back and they came from other far away villages. We used up most all our medicine. One girl cried because we had run out of medicine for her.  Tears just poured out of her eyes when she found out we had no more clotri/beta cream to treat the fungus infection on her shoulder.  We had used up all that cream on many little children who had terrible skin from never taking a bath.  One little girl BletJhaw took under the house and cut off all her hair so we could treat the fungus all over her body and on her scalp.
We had to return to that village the very next day with extra medicine, so everyone was treated properly and the poor girl who cried could be happy again!
I see groups of people from other villages expressing their gratefulness that I am back, as only the Karen people can do.  I see how the babies have grown over the last 3 months that I have been away.  PahJew’s family have a new baby already 2 months old that I get to see for the first time.  This family has become devoted Seventh-Day Adventists!  I am so thrilled and delighted because as we had worship with them yesterday, I talked about answers to prayer and making decisions.  PahJew tells us about the prayers he has had answered!  This is a huge thing for our Karen people of the jungle!  PahJew and his wife are living up to all the truths that they have learned! Praise the Lord with me – this is wonderful!
This Sabbath in the BYT Seventh-Day Adventist church, I am delighted to count 65 people in attendance!  (See photo).  I know the Holy Spirit is drawing the people!  My sermon title:  “Remember Me.”  How I love my work God has given me to do, deep in the jungle mountains!  Oh let’s work for the Master while it is yet day.  May heaven be filled with our prayers for lost souls to find the light!

Can you even imagine that for the first 4-5 years in BYT we only had 5 or 6 people attending church? Now just look!! This is why we must never be discouraged but press on with firmer faith and greater assurance from above!

This morning before leaving BYT to do my year-end visa, tears and sudden anguish wrenches my heart!  Another dying infant in its mother’s arms, so dehydrated from vomiting and diarrhea that the little body cannot sustain life.  Here in the jungle the people are ignorant of danger signs.  They have no idea that their baby is drawing its last few breaths. Oh, how to teach everyone?  How can Jesus bare so many heartaches as He watches His creation groaning?
Thank you dear friends for your prayers.  I also need more prayers for the upcoming meetings in the Philippines October 24 through November 4.  I begin that trip Monday, October 22.  I will do 10 presentations in 2 different locations. Pray that the hearts of the youth will respond to the call to work for God.
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Take Control

Oh dear Jesus take control

Of struggles, fears and doubts,

When life’s fierce storms oppress my soul

And I am tossed about.

 

Oh dear Jesus take control

My life is but a thread.

The skies are dark and billows roll,

And I am filled with dread.

 

Oh dear Jesus take control

I see You through my tears.

Your look of love!  You’re all-in-all!

Oh please forgive my fears.

 

Oh dear Jesus take control

This long night has an end.

You’re always here, You’re in control

On You I will depend.

 

Oh dear Jesus  — my control

The darkness You erase.

You guide my feet toward the goal.

You whisper, “By My grace!”

 

Oh dear Jesus – my control

Through fiery trials You trace,

Your work for good – Your future plan,

To see me face to face!

 

“Oh Lord, I love You!”

Gayle

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