Grand Opening Service
We had an absolutely fantastic weekend.
On Saturday, we spent the day at Nong Nooch Garden with Beth Coale, who is serving as a short term missionary at Blessing Home. Beth is a student at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and is training to be a missionary. She is spending her summer break working hard at Blessing Home and going to language school in the evening to learn some Thai language. We are very blessed to have Beth working with us this summer.
Beth uses Facebook and constantly writes about her experiences here in Thailand. Here is one of her articles in Facebook.
There are Buddhist temples in every village. There are shrines and idols with offerings outside buildings on every street. The smell of burning incense is everywhere. There are so many children, young girls, women, and men (some only former) everywhere in this city with the beach (where they sell their bodies) looming in the near distance. For a poor person (in Pattaya or in the outside regions) the tourism Pattaya is known for is always in the back of their minds as a last resort for money. Children are vulnerable to being sold while they are young and innocent and have no say.
“It makes you feel as if you couldn’t sit still. You must do something, try to do something, anything! … Oh to get into that stronger, calmer current, out of the feverishness of human haste. Do please, dear friends, ask that we may exchange the eagerness of the flesh of the Spirit and so move in the force of that Holy Wind that we shall be carried along by His great calm.” (-Amy Carmichael; Taken from A Chance to Die, pg 126)
Please pray this for the Thai Christians here and me. The circumstances here are so saddening and overwhelming. Ultimately, the purpose of Blessing Home is to keep as many children as possible away that. It's like the man who was throwing back starfish into the sea. Though there were so many and it didn't seem like he could even make a dent - each one mattered.
This past Sunday was the Grand Opening Service for the new Blessing Home building. We had a soft opening three months ago, but this service was very big, with Christians from other churches and ministries in the region attending to consecrate the new building. There were so many people in attendance, that most of the church members had to stand outside during the service to make room for all of the guests.
We were honored that special guests, Rev. Cherlue Vang, GBGM Thailand national director and Mrs. Mang Vang, blessed us with their presence and support.
Pastor Ahlung and members of the Pattaya Akha UMC also came to the Grand Opening. This church is a thriving church that struggles financially. They meet in a small building, packed together tightly as they worship the Lord each Sunday. The Thailand Methodist Mission purchased a video projector and screen for their church and gave it to them after the Blessing Home Grand Opening service.
Now for a prayer request, but it is not for Thailand. It is for a precious church in Kentucky. The members of Dennie Memorial UMC in Lebanon Junction, KY have been faithful and enthusiastic supporters of TMM. They have had many special events and regular monthly giving to support the mission, and they have given generously so that Blessing Home and the Life Center UMC in Pattaya can have a beautiful building. Last Wednesday, we received an encouraging card in the mail from the members of Dennie Memorial, who signed it and sent it with their prayers. On the same day, we received news that their church building had burnt to the ground.
The members of Life Center UMC in Pattaya and all of the Christians from other churches in this region of Thailand are praying for the members of Dennie Memorial, that the Lord will help them to rebuild and that they will grow stronger than ever before. Our hearts are burdened because they have given so generously so that we can have a building, and now they do not have one. Brothers and Sisters of Dennie Memorial UMC, you have hundreds of Thai Christians praying for you. God has great plans for you.
Mike and Sherri Morrissey