Prayer requests:

1) Tomorrow is Bro Nat’s Christmas party to reach out to his neighbours. Sister Pat is doing the cooking, so pray it won’t stress her out too much and that the right neighbours will come and hear the good news.

2) Continue to pray for David’s flu(getting better each day) and also his persistent cough. Also our bodies adapting to the climate and new environment. Also pray for good night’s rest.

3) Opportunity and favour to make friends and invite them to English camp. In specific, we hope for more men.

4) Pray, for the english resource camp. Venue is unconfirmed due to renovation works and the registration is also not so clear right now. Talks about combining refugee trip and ERC camp.

5) Pray for the proposed refugee trip this weekend.

6) Thank God, Christy is in fine condition.

7) 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).

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Payap FaunaWe reached Payap University at about 10:15 am today. There were no students waiting for us. Bro Nat then brought us to a lake within the campus for a time of sharing and prayer until 11:15 am when Bro Nat had to leave to meet his student for her Hotel and Tourism Oral Exam. We then went for a short prayer walk around the beautiful campus that had quite a lot of plants and flowers that God so wonderfully made to beautify the whole place. Thank God for a nice cooling morning by the lake and a refreshing time of prayer for each other. The need here indeed is great and it can get tiring to have to juggle work, family, finances and ministry.

At about 12 pm, we went for lunch with Bro Nat and Ying. At lunch we met some English and Chinese Major students and invited them to our English Camp. After lunch, we went back to the ERC. There were already students waiting to take their Oral Exam. However, there were no students meeting us for practice until much later in the afternoon.

When they started to come in, we had a good time of interacting and practising English with them until pretty late (about 6pm). We made many new friends today and even were invited to join them for their post-exams celebrations and dinner tonight! Wow, praise the Lord! We can really see how He has given us favour in the eyes of these students. We also met some Thai Chinese who spoke excellent mandarin 😛 We also met a guy called Ball, who said he’ll come for the English camp! Praise the Lord, I hope it’s true and not just a word to “please” us. We met many people today, including Yok, Tiraphorn, Tanyarat, Code, etc. More MSNs and emails were exchanged today then yesterday 🙂

Oral day 2 David, Xiao Ni, Jian Fang, Jick and Weaw, (bottom)Nelson & Sugar 😛

Also had the opportunity to meet fellow Thai Christians, Apple and Koi. Apple is in her last year of university and she hopes to serve the Lord full-time upon graduation. While Ying, is praying for the Lord’s leading if she is to go to full-time ministry. It’s amazing to hear how the Lord is calling people to His service and also the hearts of the Thai christians.

Then we were invited to join P’ Gade and Ying to a dinner hotplate buffet. We got there on their motorbikes 🙂

Hotplate Dinner spread
P’ Gade and hotplate dinner P’ Gade and what we ate for dinner, he ate a lot tonight! but he did have a tummyache just half an hour after dinner though.

Prayer requests:

1) Continue to pray for David’s flu(getting better each day) and also his persistent cough. Also our bodies adapting to the climate and new environment.

2) Opportunity and favour to make friends and invite them to English camp. In specific, we hope for more men.

3) Bro Nat’s Christmas party to reach out to his neighbours this Friday 15th. Sister Pat is doing the cooking, so pray it won’t stress her out too much and that the right neighbours will come and hear the good news. Planning to invite this chinese couple on exchange teaching in Payap. They are very nice folks who are open to the gospel. Pray that they will recieve the Lord as saviour.

4) Pray, for the english resource camp. Venue is unconfirmed due to renovation works and the registration is also not so clear right now. Talks about combining refugee trip and ERC camp.

5) Pray for the proposed refugee trip this weekend.

6) Thank God, Christy woke up less times last night and is on the whole much better this morning.

7) 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).

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

BREAKING NEWS

Chiang Mai earthquake damages dorms

(Bangkokpost.com)

A medium-sized earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale shook Chiang Mai and areas around the northern city early Wednesday, damaging some buildings and sending residents fleeing from their homes, officials and residents said.

There were no reports of injuries.

The quake struck at four minutes after midnight and was centered in in Mae Rim district north of the provincial city, the national meteorological center said in a statement.

There were eight after-shocks within 45 minutes of the first quake.

The quake damaged at least five dormitory buildings at Maejo University in San Sai district, and sent panicked students and faculty into the streets. More than 2,000 students were temporarily evacuated from their dorms.

In Muang district, around 50 Thai and foreign tourists staying at high-rise hotels such as Imperial Rim Ping and Lotus Pang Suan Kaew hotels fled their rooms and rushed to the ground, causing chaos for a short time.

Thank God, we are all safe. We were in our room at the 3rd level when we felt a thundering shockwave at about 12am in the morning for a brief moment and no more. We speculated that it may be an earthquake, but we weren’t so sure if Chiang Mai had earthquakes. It was until this morning when we heard some students talk about it that we realise that it was indeed an earthquake. Everything’s going on as usual with no visible destruction.

Praise God for His mercies this Christmas season to Chiang Mai. It’s our 1st earthquake tremor experience. The things you experience on mission trips… haha

We woke up at 8:45 am (the antihistamine was too powerful) but thank God that Nelson has recovered from his flu. After eating good breakfast which Sis Pat prepared, we left for Payap University.

We met P’ Gade and Ying at the ERC and they took us for a tour of the campus. Ying was very outgoing and fun to be with. Along the way, we met Pain (pronounced as Pan) and Joy who were trying to study 1 hour before their English exam.

Therefore, we went for lunch with Bro Nat, P’ Gade and Ying. At lunch, we met some Campus Crusade staff: Nong, Mu, the Campus Crusade Director and his wife P’ Song.

After lunch, we headed back to the ERC with some students already waiting there for us. We started practising English with the students starting form 1 pm till about 5 pm. Thank God for the many students who came and granting us favour that some indicated that they would like to come again tomorrow. Also thank God for sustaining through the many hours of talking without even a toilet break. Also thank God to be able to connect, communicate and befriend them on our 2nd day here.

David’s Group

Nelsons’ Group Courtesy of Bro Nat, because we were too busy to remember to take photos!

Tomorrow we hope to invite them to the ERC Camp 🙂

After a long day, we went with Bro Nat to Rimping Market to get 4kg pork for Sis Pat, who is planning to cook some real delicious stuff for the Christmas party this Friday. Later we went home to have a nice dinner prepared by Sister Pat. Tom Yummm….. And headed out to prayer meeting.

Rimping Market’s Shelves

Prayer meeting was a cozy environment with many who are or were missionaries in different parts of the world. We had a good time of fellowship, prayer, sharing and encouragement. The Lord is indeed working in many parts of the world to seed and to grow His Gospel. We heard reports from Cambodia(Spiritual Revival), Myanmar(Ethnic Oppression), China(Bringing the gospel back to Jerusalem), and even a Thai girl called Jip who is planning to study in China and tell the gospel! What a joy, what an encouragement. We meditated upon the significance of “God became man”. The humility, sacrifice and unconditional love that was expressed in Christmas. This alone should stir every Christian to tell of His love and sacrifice for our sins to people who have yet to know. Also Allan and Joan celebrated their 47th Marriage Anniversary today!! and the secret to loving is “patiance and endurance”. Yes, love is patiant… The way God is patiant with all of us, that by His mercies we are not consumed.

Prayer requests:

1) Continue to pray for David’s flu and also his persisten cough. Also our bodies adapting to the climate and new environment. Thank God for healing Nelson’s flu.

2) Tomorrow, we intend to invite the students to the ERC Camp. Opportunity and favour to make friends.

3) Pray, for the english resource camp. Venue is unconfirmed due to renovation works and the registration is also not so clear right now. Talks about combining refugee trip and ERC camp.

4) Bro Nat’s Christmas party to reach out to his neighbours this Friday 15th. Sister Pat is doing the cooking, so pray it won’t stress her out too much and that the right neighbours will come and hear the good news.

5) Pray for the proposed refugee trip this weekend.

6) Pray for Christy who is a little sick today. Sis Pat is having a harder time taking care of her as a result also.

Thank God that we’ve arrived safely in Chiang Mai. The flight was smooth in general. We had some excess baggage of 4kg in the check-in luggage. And the Thai customs was particularly keen in finding food in the luggage to “tax” us, but thank God, they did not seem to find what they were looking for though it was really right infront of them at times. God’s grace 🙂

Tiger Airways 6am flight 6am flight via Tiger Airways

A glimpse of Heaven A glimpse of heaven?

Brother Nathaniel picked us up at the airport and we went out with the family to have breakfast at the newly opened joint “Kopitiam”. Opened by a Malaysian who married a Thai, it was familiar kopitiam half-boiled egg, toast and coffee sort of breakfast that Brother Nat treated us to. There we met a number of other Singaporeans from various churches in Singapore who were doing mission work in Chiang Mai and also a couple who just arrived yesterday to visit some missionary friends here. Praise the Lord, it was such an encouragement!

After that, we went to Payap University to help Brother Nat with his Hotel and Tourism listening paper. Had a chance to meet and to soak up the atmosphere of how students are like in Payap. And we also met Brother Gade at the English Resource Centre. Then we went for lunch at Carrefour and bought some neccessities. We came back and slept until 6 pm before heading out with Brother Nat and family at Black Canyon, Carrefour. We had first Thai meal for this trip, many thanks to Brother Nat and family again!

Prayer requests:

1) Down with slight flu due to our bodies adapting to the climate and new environment.

2) Tomorrow. we have a packed schedule of appointments with students to practice their oral exam. Also, proposed prayer walk in the neighbourhood in the morning.

3) Pray, for the english resource camp. Venue is unconfirmed due to renovation works and the registration is also not so clear right now.

4) Bro Nat’s Christmas party to reach out to his neighbours this Friday 15th. Sister Pat is doing the cooking, so pray it won’t stress her out too much and that the neighbours will come and hear the good news.

5) Pray for the proposed refugee trip this weekend.

John John ! Yup, they are more excited then we are right now.