The family is doing well. Mary’s rice farm for personal consumption and for feeding Christian workers in the area is almost ready for harvest. In the next few weeks, the new crops will be out. Praise God! Becky spent this month going over some English lesson planning and she taught a class to several kids at Huay Ko village in Chiang Dao. Mary and Becky went up to the village together to visit the Lisu people there and to encourage them. On the way back, Mary didn’t realize that the car’s tire had been badly punctured by a nail; praise God that Mary and Becky made it home safely. Isaac has been enjoying his break from school but he also misses his friends. This month, Nick has been going to several meetings in order to take a group on a trip to Myanmar at the beginning of November. He has also been doing counseling through using the bible to a non-Christian friend who has been struggling; praise God, this person is interested in Christ.
|Becky teaching English at Huay Ko|
|Wa army destroying the church|
|Churches being destroyed by Wa|
With these closed doors for the time being, Stephen spent most of his time in Myitkyina teaching and preaching at various churches and Bible training centers. He was very grateful for God’s protection and provision. As the psalmist sings “Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken… Thou wilt make known to me the path of life; Thy presence is fullness of joy; in Thy right hand there are pleasures forever” (Psalm 16:8-11 NASB), God always sends visible angels or messengers to help and be with him in times of need and in times when he’s a stranger in another country. All in all, he really enjoyed the fellowship with local Christians through teaching and preaching.
|Stephen teaching at the evangelist gathering|
in Shan state Myanmar
|Many evangelists and their families came to |
the Christian gathering
|Preaching at a church in Myitkyina, Myanmar|
|Stephen preaching at the women service |
in Wain Maw, Myanmar
Giving Hope to the Hopeless
Another child, a ten year old boy named Yemikai, also in 4th grade, has found refuge in our orphanage. At a young age, he lost his father and shortly after, his mother abandoned him. With no one else, he has to rely on this orphanage for shelter, food, education, and love. Now, he is a very happy boy who has a dream to become a general in the military. We asked him why he wanted to be a general, and he told us that if he were a general in the military he would be able to bring peace into his country so that many children will not have to go through war which brings hunger, sufferings and a broken families, of which he has faced.
Drugs have been one of the biggest problems in Southeast Asia. The Golden Triangle used to be one of the most famous hub for opium and heroin. Today, meth has become the number one problem among the young generation. Drug abuse invades into churches and many young Christians have been involved in this particular abuse. Because of drug problems, we are trying to set up many youth programs, sports, camps and even encouraging churches to have youth ministry (so far, it is still a foreign concept to the churches among the Lisu people in Myanmar, China and even in Thailand to fully accept youth ministries; almost all the churches lack a youth minister and youth ministry). We have partnered with our former students in setting up a rehab center in Myanmar in order to win and heal drug addicts with the Word and the power of God. Many have been transformed and totally given their lives to God and several now are serving the Living God and Lord as full time preachers and evangelists.
|Attending the Futsal sports event against drug abuse |
as an honored guest (Isaac loved watching
the futsal soccer game from up close)
|Taking a picture with one of the teams|
We are extremely blessed beyond words and comprehension that God has given us these ministries. Sometimes we can face problems and many times we have been discouraged, but God has always provided for us and guided us. When we feel down, God sends encouragement through our friends. When we lack something, God provides through friends and families like you. We are overjoyed to work for a God that loves even the outcasts and turn them from nothing into leaders to spread his love and the Gospel throughout Southeast Asia and China. Please pray for us and our missions as we continue to grow every day.