All of our children and their families and each of our staff continue to be healthy and well, for which we are deeply grateful to our loving God and Father. We are grateful for the extremely hot temperatures which have helped to restrict the impact of Covid-19 here. As I write this email, a total of 2,839 Thais have contracted the virus, and 50 have died from it.
The government has decided to reopen the schools and universities on July 1st. Our children, including the 17 new kids, will return to us by June 27th.
We are hoping that the nation-wide curfew from 10 pm to 4 am each day will be lifted sometime in May and that restrictions on travel will also be lifted. 10 of our precious children (including 8 who were caught here when the travel restrictions went into effect) are with us at present; we will arrange for them to return to their families at the first available opportunity.
We are proud of them for the way they have coped with the disappointment of not being able to spend time with their families. Four of them have written briefly about their feelings and experiences over the past month.
From the moment I realized that I was not able to spend time with my mother due to the travel restrictions, I decided to make the most of my time with Dad and Mum and the members of my “other family” here. I have been so impressed with P Yao and P Doi and little Rada in allowing five of us girls to live with them as part of their family. The love that I receive on a daily basis and the example of Christlike sacrificial love that I see all around me here inspires me to be the same.(Nice)
My dad left my mum when I was conceived, and my mum abandoned me when I was born. I have no home and no relatives. If I did not have Dad & Mum and the PP (staff; literally “older brothers and sisters”) here, I do not know where I would be or what I would do! P Yao and P Doi love me like I am their relative, and it is slowly opening my eyes and my heart to understand what love looks like. (D)
I was very disappointed at first at not being able to go home to my Mum and Dad and my family. But I can honestly say that I am so grateful to Mum and Dad and the PP here for loving us so well and for including us so fully in their own families. They love us so well and take care of us like their own. (Moey)
We have been confined to Krasang due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It would have been great to visit my mother and my siblings in my mountainside village as I have done every hot season break since I came to live at Grace eight years ago. On the other hand, it has been a time of rest and refreshment before I enter my final year of college. I reflect upon the extravagant goodness of the Lord in making it possible for me, a girl from an extremely poor family, to have not only a high school education, but a college education also. I am the first member of my entire family and one of the very few from my entire tribe to do so. The virus will pass, as has my initial disappointment in not being able to go home, but I will benefit from my wonderful education for my entire life.(Miew)
The new girls’ home is almost complete. How good is the God we adore!
We send each of you our love and our sincere gratitude for all that you have made possible amongst us.
Yao & Doi, Ewe & Witoon, Charles & Yoke Fong and all of us at Grace