September has been a challenging month for us health-wise. There is a new virus in Thailand transmitted by mosquitoes called “Chikungunya virus”. It causes very high temperatures and chronic pain in the head and joints. Seven of our family contracted it, including four of our boys and Yao, Doi and little Rada. Yao was unable to sit for her exams and will now do so in October. With much prayer and diligence from all 117 members of our family and excellent help from the staff of our local hospital, we have contained the problem for the past ten days. How good is the God we adore!
Yao and I were not able to go to the US this fall due to the Covid -19 virus, but we have had enjoyable and fruitful conversations on Zoom with some of our sponsors over there. We will continue to have such conversations with our partners and sponsors throughout October. Many thanks to Steve Pringle and Becky Gaslin for arranging them. We love and appreciate each one of our partners, and it is always a joy to visit with you whether face-to-face or online. We could not do what we do in the way that we do it without the invaluable prayer, encouragement and support we receive from our partners in many countries.
Our 102 children are lovable and vulnerable in equal measure, and we are privileged to be able to love them and open up opportunities for them that they could only have dreamed about before they came to Grace. Nine of our children are looking forward to graduating from high school and going to college next March. Each of them will be the first in their families to have a university education. We are very proud of them. Their parents and guardians are delighted with their achievement.
Heartfelt thanks to their sponsors for changing their lives forever.
Nice, Namchai and Lat-Da are looking forward to joining staff next April.
They will be a great addition to our team, and we look forward to mentoring them to become quality servant leaders who will love our God and Father and serve Thai underprivileged children for generations to come.
Our soccer and volleyball games continue to be eagerly contested on a daily basis. On weekends we have our meals together; the children sit together in their tribes, and these are really lovely times of fellowship in their own languages and in Thai.
We had 22 hours of consistent rain recently, which has left our rice healthy and strong.
Yoke Fong has just returned to Ireland to spend time with our children and with friends and sponsors of our ministry there. She is greatly missed!
Love to each one of you from all of us at Grace Ministries Thailand.