Today we are excited to have Thai high school students from a near by community centre run a program for our drop in centre children & when all the children have left I will have my 1st English as a Foreign Language class to the village adults. I studied TESL/TEFL 19 years ago at a Canadian university & have never used it.
Tuesday, 14 August 2018
Saturday, 4 August 2018
So many times I have said to people that I really don't know what I am doing & am not qualifed. I read my Bible, pray, seek God's guidance & the guidance of my trusted people. But just keep walking forward.
God is challenging me today with this...
On a side note I will be starting English classes to the adults in the village in 2 weeks. They have personally asked me for months now & feel I need to start. I laugh as I write this because English was the consistant class my whole life that I barely passed in my schooling years. I still miss spell words, mess up the grammer & after living overseas speak like English is not my 1st langauge.
...But I need to keep walking forward.
Posted by matt&teresa at 22:30
Monday, 4 June 2018
Here is the test bake of a new cake recipe for the kids...in the rice cooker. These kids caregivers usually only have a small gas or electric wok & a rice cooker. Got to make baking contextual. All of my cake recipes have been in a rice cooker thus far.
Also I have been blessed to have a YWAM team of 10 students from YWAM Kansas City helping last week & this week. They are a great group of servants. The cool thing is that there is a Ukrainian lady & a Mongolian lady who's home is not far from where we used to life in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia.
Please pray as I am hoping to be able to hire/pay a local mother to help us when we are open. This family is very poor & want to help them. Her husband is a faithful hard worker, working 12-14hr days 6 days a week. I have been told that he has no post secondary education & feel by hiring the local mother we can start to build a closer relationship with all their family & help them out at the same time.
Posted by matt&teresa at 09:34
Monday, 23 April 2018
Thank-you all for praying for our Songkran water party at the drop in centre. We were able to honour & bless the elders of the community & the parents/caregivers of the kids. We had 25 kids come from the community to have fun. Please pray that they continue to come during the days we are open. I am so thankful for our Thai staff/volunteers & our foreign staff. They did an amazing job!
Posted by matt&teresa at 09:59
Saturday, 21 April 2018
Hi everyone. I would ask for your prayers. Sunday evening my time we will be having a Songkran (Thai New Year) water party at our drop in centre for our community kids. I am hopeful that their parents/family members/caregivers also come.
I have noticed a change in the community over the last few months. Many of the men & women are high on drugs when I am walking in & out of the community. One of our kids grandmother's both times I have seen her this week has been high. I am thankful that her grandfather I have never seen high. I think drug use is increasing. Please pray for our kids, their families & the community.
Posted by matt&teresa at 10:14
Tuesday, 3 April 2018
Hi Everyone. I want to give a little info about the drop in centre. Great news was that last Sunday evening I was very sick & not able to open the drop in centre. But, my female staff & a Thai Christian volunteer was able to open the centre & be there for the kids.
The challenges we are facing is that one of the old lady's in the community that lives next to our drop has chronic headaches & is yelling at the kids if they are any louder than a quiet conversation. I have talked to her when the drop in has not been open & asked if I could place my hand near her head & pray for her. First she looked at me what looked with some sadness saying "no thank-you." But weeks later I asked again when we were having a nice normal conversation & she said no in frustration. Please join with me in praying that Jesus would heal this lady's chronic headaches.
Also we are approaching the Thai New Year, Songkran the "Thai Water Festival." This means that many of the kids are not able to come when we are opened because they have to help their parents make products to sell at the many Thai markets. Many of the kids parents have small stalls selling to the tourists & only have free labour, their kids. Reality of a poor family trying to make a living.
I also have my foreign female staff leaving for 3 months & thankfully have a new temporary foreign female staff coming for 3 months. Please pray for that this lady would be a good team member & the transition for the kids would be smooth.
Please pray for the two Thai volunteers that have been able to work with us off & on for the last month. Please pray that they would be able to volunteer regularly (that their work schedules would not be constantly changing) with us & that we would be able to develop a small working program for the kids.
Posted by matt&teresa at 21:47