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:




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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Bli Story Update

This is an updated report on Bli from MooDooKey village.  This story proves that it is nothing to do with us and everything to bring glory to the greatness of God!

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable!”  Psalm 145:3
Two Sabbaths ago we visited Bli after church again.  This time 4 others came with us – three motorbikes – 6 people.  It was a wonderful visit once again because we can feel the holy spirit working upon the hearts of the people in this home!   I was privileged to do the worship service that day on:  “Taste and See that the Lord is Good!”  Very powerful.

BletJhaw interpreting and explaining

Bli told us that he had quit smoking.  He said that after he quit, he wanted to try just a few puffs again, but he had already told his daughters that he had quit, so he didn’t want them to see him!   Later he snuck out and had a few puffs on the cigarette.  To his surprise it tasted terrible!  He did not want to touch it again.  The complete victory is his!  –And please note that he has been smoking since he was a young boy. Now he is over 70 years old!!
He said that in the past when he quit eating pig and rat, the same thing had happened, it tasted terrible after he gave that habit to God.  Now he almost feels the same way about any meat product!  Surely the Holy Spirit is working with this man and blessing abundantly because he is doing all that he knows to be right out of love for God.  The verse in 1Samuel 2:30 “Them that honor Me, I will honor,” is being played out right before our eyes in this humble little MooDooKey home!
This is a very encouraging story to share with people you know who are struggling to stop some addiction or bad habit.  Only because Jesus sacrificed everything for us, can He help us to sacrifice everything for His name sake!!  “What He’s done for others, He’ll do for you!”
Bli went on to tell us that his 2 daughters had made their decision to follow their father into the SDA church.  They know for sure that is the right thing to do, and want to be ready for heaven.  They said that even after their father dies, and if their mother never accepts it, they will continue on in this religion!
So this has me really praying for that mother, WeeMu.  I love her so much!  Right now we need your prayers because she is in the valley of decision.  She seems so broken hearted about her family leaving the Baptist church, because all her family and friends are Baptist or Buddhist.  However, last Sabbath BletJhaw and 2 other motorbikes drove to MooDooKey and brought Bli, his wife, and youngest daughter to church with us in BYT!  My sermon title was:  “Jesus, Our Only Hope.”  I noticed that WeeMu sat in the back, but listened to everything.  We had a nice dinner together and then the motorbikes drove them back home.

WeeMu on the right of course

We are asking for your intercessory prayers for WeeMu, and praise!

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Yesterday a boy brought his grandpa to our clinic on the back of his motorbike.  They had come a very long way, all the way from DaGwaDay village.  Of course you do not know where that village is, but the roads are very steep and difficult as you can imagine.

The day was super hot.  Not many patients came because of the intense heat I suppose, yet I see this motorbike with 2 people on it, go past our gate and stop.  They got off the bike and opened the gate surveying  the steep crooked driveway and decided to walk up.  How old could this man be, I wondered out loud, as I watched the young man help his grandfather struggle up our steps.  Why would they come way over here, when they could have gone to other closer clinics?  Once on our porch, the poor old man crumpled onto the floor of our porch and struggled to catch his breath.

Here’s what we found out:

I don’t know how to word this in English, but he is a devil, witchcraft, worship, leader.  He is 110 years old, he eats pig and rat, and never takes a bath!  As I see it, none of these things add up to a long life?  But here he is on my front porch.  I don’t even want to make him come inside to treat him, because he is so tired.  I bring my vitamin shot, and supplies to him.  To my horror, he suddenly goes into a 30 second seizure-type convulsion, – shaking, incontinent, and unresponsive.  This was followed by 2 more similar episodes.  The grandson looked on, smiling and unperturbed, saying: “He gets these all the time, especially when it’s hot like this!”

I felt so sorry for this man, not so much his age and health, but the devil part!  Obviously there is nothing substantial that I can do for him to make a difference in the quality of his life, but I say to BletJhaw, “We need to talk to him about Jesus, heaven and prayer, because this man cannot live much longer.  God sent him here for a reason.  He must be told.”

We informed the grandson that we would drive this man home in our truck. I have no idea how he made it all the way here on the back that motorbike in his condition, but at least we could make it easier for him on the return trip.  As we were driving, BletJhw had a perfect opportunity to tell him about God!

Many people, including this young grandson, tell us that the reason they travel such a long way to come to us in BYT, is because word has gotten around that people get well when they come here.  They say that after being treated by us, the people can tell a big difference unlike any other clinic or hospital where they have gone before!  So more and more new patients are coming.  Our patient volume has gone up!  I notice I am buying much more supplies than ever before.  May God’s name continue to be proclaimed among the heathen!

“Sing unto the Lord, all the earth, show forth from day to day His salvation.  Declare His glory among the heathen, His marvelous work among all the nations.  For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.  He also is to be feared above all gods.  for all the gods of the people are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.”  1Chronicles 16:23-26


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Baptist Head Elder Converts to Adventist!

God is REAL!  The Holy Spirit is REAL!   I have seen the Lord’s hand this day. What an incredible day as we behold the power of God as it has been revealed in the life of a man! This is no ordinary day!  My heart is bursting with thankfulness and praise!  It is worth all the sacrifice and missionary work for the past 10 years, just to see this day!
Here’s the story:
ChaPoe, is 62 years old.  He lives in WaSuTa.  We worked with him 9 years ago to stop smoking.  Just one and a half years ago he left the Catholic church to be baptized into our Seventh-Day Adventist church!
During our revival meetings last November, he confessed to us that he was smoking again! We prayed with him and encouraged him again and he was able to stop smoking for good, and is a faithful member of our church now.
ChaPoe visited us yesterday, to say that his cousin’s husband in MooDooKey, (A distant village), wants us to come and have worship in his house, he wants to join our church!  ChaPoe could not answer the man’s questions, but told him that he would bring some people who could teach him.  What we found out the next day on our visit to MooDooKey is simply amazing – incredibly thrilling!
This man’s name is Bli.  He is over 70 years old.  He moved here from Burma 20 years ago.  His parents are Buddhists, but he never took to that religion, he even worked with some monks for 2 years.  He went through 6th grade in school, and during that time, learned to read and write Karen and Burmese.  He joined with the Karen soldiers for a while, but later ran away.  When he came to Thailand, he got baptized into the Baptist church in MooDooKey village.  Most of the small churches in these little villages get organized by foreigners from Australia or America, but the leaders do not live with the people, they put someone in charge and only visit occasionally, so Bli was put in charge of the Baptist church.  He was the only person who owned a Bible and was able to read it, so he led out in worship services and routine worships in people’s homes. He has been very popular and well respected among the people.
Bli told us that he has been thinking, thinking, thinking.  As he read his Bible, he found out that the 10 commandments are very important, then he read in James 2:10 that if you keep all the commandments, but break one, you are guilty of breaking all of them.  As kept reading the Bible he was convicted that he must keep the 7th day holy – not Sunday.  He became afraid that he would die before obeying all 10 commandments.  Because he is over 70 years old now, he decided that he better obey all God’s commands right away before he dies so he can be saved in heaven!  The Holy Spirit is convicting him, as he reads his Bible and prays!  He learned that it is wrong to eat pig and rat, so he does not eat those things!  He said he does not drink or do opiuim, but he does smoke and will quite smoking now.  He asked us many questions.  We were so surprised at how much Bli understands about the Bible.  We explained why he needs to get re-baptized into the SDA church.
Bli is not just a Baptist church member, he is the head elder and only leader in that church, in fact he has just completed building a Baptist church on the hill behind his house!  He has done most all the building by himself.  He used his own money from selling coffee beans to purchase the lumber.  The Baptist organization only purchased the tin roof, but Bli is so motivated and consecrated to the truth that he wants to be free of the entire thing, so he will pay them for the roofing material also.  He told us that the Baptist leaders can have it all – he is giving it all to them.
We stayed and talked to Bli all day long.  His daughter cooked us a lovely meal.
In the afternoon some people came requesting him to come to their usual Bible study.  Bli invited us to come with him.  These people did not really know about Bri’s conviction to join the SDA church.  They seemed shocked, because there we were with him as evidence of his change of religion. Bli told them that he would still do worships for them, but he would not join in their religion.
We told Bli that we would visit him on Sabbath afternoons for a worship service, as much as possible, because it is impossible for him to travel the distance to BYT for church.  Please pray for this dear man, as we know the devil is angry to loose his subject.

Here is Bli, his younger daughter and his wife.

Bli with his baby grandson

Please pray for Bli’s wife because she is “heartbroken” about this change in his life.  She has not gone along with it so far, but is very sad because all her family and friends are Baptists or Buddhist. They only have 2 daughters, they told us that their son at the age of 16 committed suicide.  He went out and hung himself.

This is the following Sabbath afternoon when we visited Bli for Sabbath worship and Bible study! Bli is an eager learner.  BletJhaw explained many things to him about the Bible.

Bli has no idea of the power of his witness in MooDooKey village and surrounding villages.  Please pray that his convictions and the witness of his changed life will be a catalyst to bring many people to the truth in these last days!
I compare this experience to Phillip, who God sent to teach the Ethiopian, and I am so encouraged!  Acts of the Apostles states:
“This Ethiopian represents a large class who need to be taught by such missionaries as Phillip.  Men who will hear the voice of God and go where He sends them.  There are many who are reading the scriptures who cannot understand their import.  All over the world men and women are looking wistfully to heaven.  …Many are on the verge of the kingdom, waiting only to be gathered in.  An angel guided Phillip to the one who was seekng the light and who was ready to receive the gospel.  And today, angels will guide the footsteps of those workers who will allow the Holy Spirit to sanctify their tongues and refine and noble their hearts.  …Such work calls for laborious effort, but it brings a rich reward.  Those who engage in it with sincerity of purpose will see souls won to the Saviour, for the influence that attends to the carrying out of the Divine commission is irresistible!”
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Heat, Dust, and Smoke

It is hot right now.  March and April bring the most heat – sizzling, suffocating, stifling, sweltering heat!  We drive the motorbike and oven-like temperatures hit us in the face making it hard to take your next breath, to say nothing of the constant smoke from burning rice gardens and mountainsides all over Thailand and surrounding countries.  This season it seems to me that all of Asia is burning up!

Have you ever heard that when there is a lot of smoke rising up into the air, that it causes rain?  I heard that when I first came here and laughed because I didn’t believe it, however after several years here I know it’s true!  At the height of the smoke comes rain for a day or two!  Waiting for that rain now, because it is so dry here that the earth is cracking open and turning into deep powdery dust, blowing in every direction and causing the ruts to grow deeper and these dirt roads to take on more difficult dimensions. Travel is so difficult!!

Now that being said, let me quickly add that this is my favorite season of the year!  The cold season brings no relief, and the rainy season lasting 4-5 months  is the most deplorable season!  But hot season brings dry roads, no jacket needed, no cold hands and feet, warm water for bathing, clothes dry in less than 30 minutes outside, and no need to carry warm clothes with you when you travel!  This season we often find ourselves chilling when the temperatures dip below 85 degrees!

Another precaution about the heat here however:

We call the 25 kilometer road to BYT “Our driveway,” because we travel it so much more than anybody else! This heat is very dangerous for vehicles and motorbikes traveling the steep mountainsides.  Just in the month of April alone, two trucks and 4 people have died on “Our driveway” due to brakes burning out,  causing them to plummet over the cliffs.  In the month of March there was one more death and 5 severely injured as the driver had to turn into the bank on a steep grade in order to stop when his brakes gave out. His truck flipped over and came to a halt just before the precipice.  This has made us a lot more cautious when we approach the steepest downhill grades.  When possible we stop and cool the brakes by throwing water on them in an attempt to cool them down. The motorbike in particular smells very bad as we brake our way down the mountainsides.

At such times I reach up and take the hand of God.  I can feel the angels holding us back as I recite Psalm 91:11, 12!

“For He shall give his angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways.  They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.”

What a comfort to know that the Saviour is at the helm!

By His grace alone!





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