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Today we set off from Chiang Mai City to head north with Dn Hwee Lee, Auntie Jeannie. After about several hours drive, we were at Fang to visit Rev Robert Peh and his wife Dara at their farm orphanage.

Nelson began to experience an onset of fever at this time. Perhaps due to fatigue from the activities in the past few days. Nonetheless, we had a good time interacting with the children there as well as having Rev Peh show us around the orphanage. They reared cows, pigs and even grew rice. After 6 years there, they were able to built many new structures on their own. Such as the 2 storey bamboo house for guests.

While we were there, we met Teck Hiow from Calvary, who as a retired naval service men had come to teach the children english. He was planning to use his english teaching diploma to go into the mission field to tell the gospel. His “post-retirement” 2nd career. Praise God! We also saw 3 christian university young adults from Singapore who have decided to come up to Fang to help Rev Peh out with the ministry to the children. As university students ourselves, it was heartening to see student from other universities like SMU and NTU come to the mission field too. And some of them were only 1st year students. Perhaps yet another encouragement for tertiary students who have the luxury of an extended break to go out to preach the gospel to the many souls who have not heard the news of Salvation, of loosening the bonds of sin, of peace that surpasseth all understanding, of love unconditional.

Interestingly enough, Nelson found his ex-economics jc lecturer, Elder Victor Wee in virtually all the photos there. Elder Victor Wee is the resident/”borrowed” Elder since his retirement and has been staying in the orphanage for alternate months. Thank God for him. Nelson remembers him as always being a caring, jovial teacher and one of the few who were zealous for the Lord in his time in teaching service at Saint Andrews’ Junior College.

Later we headed towards our hotel in Chiang Rai. Nelson’s fever continued, as he took medicine and had an early night. Prayed that God would heal him or at least sustain him to see all that He had instore for us in the coming days of visiting some of the other mission work by Singaporeans in Northen Thailand.

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This morning is what we’ve spent the past 2 weeks planning, shopping, arranging, practicing, tracting for the 1st church service of Lighthouse BP!

Worship Leader P’Gade
Worship Leader P’Gade.

Thanksgivings and worship
Thanksgiving and worship

Musicians
Musicians!

Preaching of The Word
Preaching of The Word

Who were at the Service…
Brother Nathaniel (Preacher/Pianists/Translator)
P’Gade (Worship Leader/Scripture Reading)
Koi (Guitarist, though the guitar did not work out eventually)
Ying (Offering)
Sister Patricia
John, Geoff, Christy
Nelson Lim, David Cher
Auntie Hwee Lee
Auntie Jeannie
Ruth and Ilona
Aruni, Gina and friend.
P’Ploy and her son Zack
Timothy Chen
P’Took and her daughter Aor
Apple, Apple’s Mum and sister

What a sizable number. Thank God for allowing the service to proceed smoothly. We had a time of thanksgiving as Auntie Jeannie, Nelson, Sis Pat, P’Gade and Auntie Hwee Lee gave thanks for 2006. Followed which, Brother Nathaniel gave a message on giving thanks to God at all times. In all things give thanks, for that is the will of God in Christ Jesus.

After the service, we had fellowship and lunch. Nice fruit cake from Mrs Heng. The lunch packets were very spicy though. Even P’Gade and Ying said it was too spicy.

We were really thankful that Apple’s mother and sister came. The sudden death of Apple’s father came as a mystery to us. I was not sure why would God take his life so suddenly and have it occur as we were planning to start the church. But God really did make all things work together for the good of those who love Him. If not for the funeral and our outpouring of love and concern for Apple, her mother would not have been touched and come for the church service. She even expressed a desire to want to come again next week. Praise God!
Michel was not able to make it for the service as he had to visit John(Gina’s dad had suffered a stroke and was in critical condition) in the hospital. Aruni also made a request that the church pray for Gina’s dad together, which we did.

Everything ended by about 2pm. Praise God for His mercies and blessings.

We’ve had new additions this morning! Thank God, Deaconess Hwee Lee and Auntie Jeannie have arrived safely in Chiang Mai. We had a good time of fellowship over lunch today at Central’s foodcourt.

Thereafter they returned to the hotel while we went off to start tracting the neighbourhood at 3pm. Many were rather receptive of the tracts we gave out today. Perhaps, because of the Christmas season that people are more receptive. We pray that the tracts given out will speak to the hearts of those reading them and perhaps bring them to church. Looks like we need to look into proper signs as some have mistaken our new church with Grace church which is nearby too. We walked into a sort of bakery cafe chain that is from Bang Kok during our prayer walk and the son of the owner of the chain cafe actually treated 5 of us to a meal of hot chocolate, milk and toast with kaya, chocolate and lemon jam! He was so friendly we were at a little lost. It turns out he and Bro Nat had children of the same age too. He even allowed us to give the tracts to his customers! And when Bro Nat mentioned that he was setting up a new church, he actually gave to the church! Praise God! So encouraged!

Please pray for him, he said he believed that there is a God, but his ic says buddhism as his religion. He is very open and I believe the Lord has spent time tilling this ground to be ready to recieve Him into his heart.

In the evening we went out for dinner with Aunt Hwee Lee and Aunt Jeannie with P’ Gade and Ying to black canyon and later we drove to the night bazaar where the vehicle and human traffic was really unlike anything in Singapore.

Continue to pray as the new church service is starting soon. Pray for wisdom and diligence for the people starting the church. And the Holy Spirit to open the hearts of the blind and lost to want to seek His light at Lighthouse BP.

Today, we resumed meeting for the new church. We made up measurements and went out to search for linoleum for the flooring(as we did not want to scratch the parquet flooring) as well as cushions. We found the linoleum, but the cushions were either too expensive or not suitable.

We are still planning the order of worship and much discussions needed even as we have finished stamping the hymnbooks and tracts that we’ve got with our address of the new church. There are plans for illuminated sign posts to direct people into the church from the beginning of the Soi (street). These are just some of the logistics.

The death of Apple’s dad, being the 3rd such death in a year, as really gotten us thinking about our own unsaved parents. Nelson, Koi, Ying and P ‘Gade all have parents who have yet to recieve the Lord. Koi and Ying have started calling their fathers more often due to this incident. Bro Nat talked about how he would desire that reaching out to whole families will be a hallmark or distinctive of the Lighthouse BP, just like Galilee. Here in Thailand whole families are less likely to come to Christ then in Singapore, as those who recieve Christ often are ostracised in the family. How much time do we have to do the Lord’s work? to reach out to our loved ones? to be good stewards of the time God has given us all. Do we live lifes that are effective for the Lord? or do we simply take things as they come and allow the tide of time, season, fashion and fad to blur our ultimate purposes and objectives in life… emerging out of mid-life or in retirement realising we have not been what we could have been for the Lord? This isn’t talk about full-time ministry, for we are all called to be full-time workers for the Lord(no part-time Christians). It’s about prudence in following the will of God, considering every step that we desire to always be in the will of God.

We also heard news that the gay student whom we invited is going back home and so will not be able to make it for the service on the 31st. We’ve invited at least one other student, pray that they will be able to come.

Prayer requests remain pretty much the same with some additions

Prayer Requests:

  1. A late thanks-giving but we thank God for allowing our stomaches to adapt here. No more flatulence. Continue to pray that God will keep us in good health to do His work!
  2. Pray for the safe arrival of Deaconess Hwee Lee and Auntie Jeannie as they are scheduled to arrive at 8am on the 28th.
  3. Pray for the Lord’s guidance as Nelson bids for his modules for next semester(in particular, if the Lord will lead him to take Japanese 4 the next semester or wait a semester due to the heavy workload). For David, please pray for prudence and wisdom as he files for graduation.
  4. Pray for the continual planning of the church. We will meet again tomorrow. Pray that the Satan and his minions will not be able to disrupt the activities. That God’s hand of protection will be upon us, who seek to do His will. Pray that this new church will be a Lighthouse to this area, that it will be pleasing in the sight of the Lord and that He will add to the numbers so that lighthouse BP will continue to expect great things from the Lord attempt great things for Him too.
  5. Pray for the people who will come to this new church that God will free up their schedule and prepare their hearts for His love.
  6. Pray for Brother Nat, as he seeks the Lord with regards to decisions on how to support his family and work in Chiang Mai as well as important decisions to how the Lord leads in his ministry that it may be well-established and fruitful because the Lord will give rise and support to those whose hearts are completely His (2 Chron16:9a).
  7. Pray for Bro Nat as we talk more about how he will fund raise for his ministry’s work here in Chiang Mai.
  8. Thank God that we hear that some of the Church youths are interested in the proposed missions sub committee to look into youth missions in Chiang mai. Pray for the Lord to work in the hearts for young Galileans who are willing to sacrifice their time for the Lord’s work in missions where we have all been called to make disciples of all nations(Matt 28:19). Pray also for wisdom as we continue to discuss and plan for establishing an avenue for youth missions as well as for God to provide the right people to come together to establish God’s work. We cannot do this alone, and God knows who He has purposed to do His work.

We had a fantastic buffet lunch treat at the Empress hotel from Auntie Lilian as they are going back to Singapore on the 28th.

After dinner we had swensen’s ice cream. 59 baht for 3 scoops!

swensens’ 59 baht!
swensens’ 59 baht ice-cream!

Bro Nat said we were “suffering for Jesus”. 😛 Okay, so mission trips aren’t all work and no play. Does this entice anyone to come the next time too? Or should we say, “seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…” 😛

Finally when we came home, we released some lanterns. The thai people make their wishes on these lanterns and release them into the night sky. We can frequently see lanterns like this dotting the night skies. We prayed instead of wish before we release the lanterns.

Lantern
Lanterns.

Up and Away!
Up and Away!

On Christmas eve, we had a nice candle-light Christmas dinner with Bro Nat, Sis Pat’s Sister’s(Auntie Lilian’s) family and with P’Gade, Koi and Ying. That was followed by some gift exchanges for everyone 🙂 We later headed for walking street. where we had this neat idea upon seeing so many baskers around that perhaps we should have carollers go down next year to invite people to come to church and bring some real Christmas truth out in the crowd.

Christmas Eve Candle Light Dinner
Christmas Eve Candle Light Dinner

John and Geoffery unwrapping Christmas Presents
John and Geoffery unwrapping Christmas Presents

Bro Nat, Christy and Sis Pat
Bro Nat, Christy and Sis Pat

Christmas day morning was spent at Doi Saket as we went to visit Koi’s grandmother and her extended family of uncles and aunties all living in the mountain with a coffee plantation. Life there is generally poorer and very different from what Singaporeans will experience. They virtually make everything on their own, from building their houses to even making gunpowder! They don’t even buy the materials needed for building houses they just take rocks and sand from the river to build them. When we arrived they were burning coffee plants to make way for new crops. They were really friendly and showed us the coffee plants even tried speaking to us when we did not understand a word. Nelson later had opportunity to drive us back to the temple to attend the cremation of Apple’s dad.

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Coffee Plant

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Koi’s Grandmother’s house.

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The River that runs through the village.

Apple is quite a strong girl. Being close to her father, she was really sad on the first 2 days, but was considerably better thereafter. Please continue to keep her in prayer. We believe that the Lord will use this sad experience and turn it for good.

After we left the temple, we headed to Doi Suthep, a mountain just near Brother Nat’s house. We arrived at the Doi Suthep temple near the top of the mountain. It was interesting to see how so many caucasians subscribe to the notion of all this oriental mysticism. We saw parents telling their children to ring all the bells to bring them good luck. And even the caucasion older man with his thai wife asking the monks to sprinkle blessings on them before they drop 20 baht into the donation box. The concept of being able to buy a blessing, perhaps appeals to the human psyche that requires to bring “perfection” or “godliness” down to level that we can control and manipulate. In retrospect after recieving the priceless gift of salvation from Christ and all the blessings that go with being a child of God, it is a notion that seems so ludicrious now. Interestingly enough, we saw a Singaporean by the name of Tan Ah Ngoh from Ang Mo Kio (yes his complete address and amount of contribution in baht is written) who contributed 2 bell pavillions(a picture of one of them is below).

Doi Suthep temple

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Mr Tan Ah Ngoh. Talk about singaporeans going global…

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Buddha and baht?!
Buddha and baht?

Tourists at Doi Suthep
Tourists at Doi Suthep

We were invited by one of Bro Nat’s student Nee to attend her church’s christmas outreach about 15mins drive out of Chiang Mai city. We went with Koi. There was about 200 people who were there and we met Beer also, Nee’s Thai Chinese friend who isn’t a believer. It turns out that Nee is the student of a missionary couple from Hong Kong that Bro Nat and Sis Pat knows. Praise God they are reaching out to the rural areas out of Chiang Mai city.

The night was really cold and we did not have dinner when we arrived. We left at about 9pm to have Mu Jum(basically it’s like hot pot) and gave Apple a call, she was feeling better. Thank God. Continue to uphold her in prayer.

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