Hello Dear friends– and Happy Thanksgiving!
“Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.” (Psalm 105:1)
At Home of Faith the girls were showing off the holiday skirts that their house mother, Nice, had sewn for them.
(Left to right are: Robin, Rachel, Rebecca, Raina, Ruth, and Rhoda) “I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God!
For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness.” (Isaiah 61:10)
At Home of Comfort, the whole group spent an evening making Christmas cards for their sponsors. That is Andy, our new volunteer at top left. “For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands” (Deut 2:7)
The fall rice harvest has been completed after several long days of work. Even the dogs spent time in the field.
“Those who work their land will have plenty of food,” (Prov 28:19)
After the harvest, the boys at Home of Comfort enjoyed a field-trip to a beautiful resort. “You see me, whether I am working or resting;
you know all my actions.” (Psalm 139:3)
After many days of rain earlier this month, reaching mountain villages was only possible by motorcycle. We’re thankful for dryer weather.
“Praise God forever and ever, because he has wisdom and power. He changes the times and seasons of the year.” (Dan 2:20-21)
Though the rains have stopped, roads in Thailand can still be dangerous. Here a military truck smashed a small pickup in the road beside our boys dorm. “I will say to the LORD, ‘You are my place of safety and protection. You are my God and I trust you.’” (Psalm 91:2)
Please pray for one another during these busy holidays. Pray for safe travels and joyful celebrations. May God bless you even more generously than you have blessed us with your friendship.
Special note: Though Shirley & I will continue to be involved as mentors and supporters, the daily management-leadership of Faithful Heart ministries is being entrusted to Matthew Pound—Please pray for him. He and his family have become very dear to us as we’ve worked together the past 4 years.
Also, Shirley & I are wrestling with practical/logistical questions about relocating to the USA. Because shipping is so expensive, we’re repeating the process we went through coming to Thailand: sorting through our belongings to see what we can take back and what must be left behind. Pray that God will give us clear heads and clean hearts to do this “sorting”.
Blessed are you in Christ
Hello dear friends,
We’ve enjoyed the past few months, but now its time to finish our work here in the US and head back to Thailand. Many people there are eager for us to return.
We’ve missed a few birthdays—but the families celebrated each one’s special day. “it is a time to celebrate with a hearty meal and to send presents…” (Neh 8:10)
Several of our college-dorm girls enjoyed a “cook-out” while the guard dog, Dingo, helped with clean-up. (L-R: Pring, Ploi, and Tiida) “On Saturday evening we gathered together for the fellowship meal.” (Acts 20:7)
At Home of Promise, the children were happy to help put down some patio-blocks –changing a muddy spot into a new play area. “You will again be happy and dance merrily” ((Jerem 31:4)
Now, about this photo of the boys at Home of Light…uhm…I don’t know what to say. Haircut Day? At least everyone looks happy. “He cut his hair only once a year…” (2 Sam 14:26)
This is little Joseph, building his arm muscles. Check the inset to see where his inspiration comes from. “The Lord gives me power and strength” (Isaiah 12:2)
God bless you all.
Please keep praying for the physical & spiritual wellness of all the children & families.
Hello dear friends,
Yes, we are anticipating some rough weather. As you see on this map, the huge storm is slowly approaching us (we’re at the tiny red star). “You rule the oceans when their waves arise in fearful storms; you speak, and they lie still.” (Psalm 89:9)
Hello Dear Friends,
Labor Day is, “a yearly tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country”. Today we can also appreciate the hard work being done in Faithful Heart ministries. “Do your best to live a quiet life. Learn to do your own work well. By doing this, you will be respected by those who are not Christians.” (1 Thess 4:11-12)
The house fathers received special “fire emergency” training, and then gathered all the children for a day of safety training. Here Adjan Wep, of Home of Promise is explaining how to use a fire extinguisher. “I will teach you what is good and right for you to do. Obey the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart.” (1 Sam 12:23-4)
Hmong watches as Raina bravely takes her turn using a fire extinguisher—pretty exciting stuff!
“All you who put your hope in the LORD be strong and brave.” (Psalm 31:24)
Our families love to grow fruits and vegetables; it is work that yields delicious rewards. Here you see bananas and mangos. “Give honor to the Lord with your wealth, and with the first-fruits of your harvest.” (Prov 3:9)
May God bless all the workers today. Blessed is the Lord who gives us life and work.
Grace and peace to you,
Hello Dear friends,
Shirley & I have been in the USA for 10 weeks now, and though we’re very busy, we keep thinking & praying about the ministry back in Thailand. It isn’t easy to be so far away from the children and families who depend on us. (Philippians 4:6-7) “Do not worry. Learn to pray about everything. Give thanks to God as you ask Him for what you need.”
This is the family at our HOME of FAITH. House father Mong, is a spiritual leader in the home filled with sweet girls! We miss them all. “The work of being right and good will give peace. From the right and good work will come quiet trust forever.” (Isaiah 32:17)
House father Tom, at our HOME of GRACE, has loved, taught, and mentored these boys as they’ve grown into young men. “Christian brothers, we ask you, because of the Lord Jesus, to keep on living in a way that will please God. I have already told you how to grow in the Christian life.” (1 Thee 4:1)
At our HOME of COMFORT, house parents Yae and Moi have dedicated their lives to provide love and security to boys who need a safe Christian home. “He who wants to keep his life will have it taken away from him. He who loses his life because of Me will have it given back to him.” (Matt 10:49)
Our HOME of LIGHT house parents, Choom and Bpan, are building a sweet and stable Christian family home for these boys. “For I was hungry and you gave Me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave Me water to drink. I was a stranger and you took me into your home.” (Matt 25:35)
The five girls and two young boys at HOME of PROMISE, are growing under the loving care of house parents Wep and Nidt.
“You will feel safe because there is hope; you will look around and rest in safety. You will lie down, and no one will scare you, many people will want favors from you.” (Job 11:18-19)
Here you see boys of HOME of COMFORT praying with their house father before heading to school—a daily routine.
Please join us to pray often for the continued physical & spiritual health of all the orphaned, abandoned, or at-risk children who depend on Faithful Heart Foundation. “Then you will call my name. You will come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” (Jerem 29:12)
God bless all of you who’ve been generous and faithful to support this mission to “reach and rescue” the lost.
“For God will reward each of us according to what we have done.” (Rom 2:6)
Grace and Peace to you in Christ,
Hello dear friends,
We have some truly wonderful News…
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death, sadness, crying, or pain…” (Rev 21:4)
Benjamin has been dealing with kidney Failure and dialysis treatment 4 times a day for almost 2-years. Finally a kidney became available and Ben’s health was good enough to qualify him for the transplant surgery. Here he is right after the surgery. Now he’s released to go home and continue his recovery. Our sincere thanks to all of you who’ve been faithfully praying for Ben. “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.” (Jerem 29:12 The Message)
We also were proud to pose with Joshua as he finally received his college diploma in the mail. He is a good young man, strong in faith. “You need to keep on patiently doing God’s will if you want him to do for you all that he has promised.” (Heb 10:36)
On the eve of our departure for the US, Gawley and his fiancé, Tip visited us and prayed for our safe travel. Gawley is another good young man that we’re proud to have come through our ministry. He has also graduated college and now works at Compassion International. “But all who listen to me shall live in peace and safety, unafraid.” (Prov 1:33)
Just a few days before leaving for America, we drove north to the Thai-Laos border and spent a few days with Cherry, her husband Timmy, and their new baby boy named Sky. We think of her as family, and she calls us her “grandparents”. Here Shirley gets to help soothe the tiny fussing baby…a great blessing for both. “He is beloved of God, And lives in safety beside him. God surrounds him with his loving care, And preserves him from every harm.” (Deut 33:12)
Please remember to pray for Matt & Audrey, and the Thai caregivers of Faithful Heart while we’re in the US. “Come to me and I will give you rest–all of you who work so hard beneath a heavy yoke.” (Matt 11:28)
Great blessings to you in Christ,
Hello Dear Friends,
Though Shirley & I are still in the USA, we have some recent photos to share.
All of our families, staff, a visiting family, and our college students took a Saturday to return to the small Buddhist school that we helped last year. Once again, we spent an entire day doing cleaning, yard-work, and trash-collection over the classrooms and school grounds. It is an opportunity for Faithful Heart to demonstrate our love, and be “Salt & Light” in that community.
“…you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and will praise your Father in heaven.” (MATT 5:16)
In the foreground, our new house mother and the boys from Home of Light, we happy to do their part in the school cleanup day.
“You will have the fruit of the work of your hands: happy will you be, and all will be well for you.” (Psalm 128:2)
Here are three of the new boys, already they are friends, acting like real “brothers”, as they have their picture taken.
“Whatever happens, dear friends, be glad in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you this,” (Philippians 3:1)
At home, the boys were busy with their homework as house mother Pahn tries to help & encourage them.
“So encourage each other and give each other strength, just as you are doing now.” (1 Thess 5:11)
Little Champion, from Home of Promise, celebrated his birthday as the boys wait for him to blow out candles on his cake. They grow so quickly!
Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe … Instead, we will lovingly follow the truth at all times–speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly–and so become more and more in every way like Christ.” (Eph 4:14-16 abridged)
Already, the new boys are learning to pray together, with their house parents, several times each day.
One time Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, his followers said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1)
We are praying for you: May God bless you with health, strength, spiritual wisdom, and all the resources you need to shine for Jesus each day!
Grace and peace in Christ,
Hello dear friends,
On Saturday we plan to leave South Carolina, and visit some friends & sponsors in both Alabama and Montana. The itinerary should take about 8-days, and we hope to have opportunities to tell folks about the “orphan rescue” ministry in Faithful Heart Foundation of Thailand. Shirley & I are looking forward to some good times with good people! “Then those who honored the LORD spoke with each other, and the LORD listened and heard them. The names of those who honored the LORD and respected him were written in his presence in a book to be remembered.” (Malachi 3:16)
Meanwhile, here are some more recent pictures from Thailand:
At Home of Comfort, the boys are raising ducks in one of the ponds. This provides some meat and eggs for the dorm.
“The birds nest beside the streams and sing among the branches of the trees.” (Psalm 104:12)
Johnathan looks pretty serious about the basket of eggs he collected before school. Many of these small projects are useful to teach the children basic “life-skills” and also develop confidence & discipline.
“Do your work in the fear of God; be dependable and honest in your duties.” (2 Chronicles 19:9)
Two of our young men are moving on into the next step of their Christian lives. On the left, Gawley, will soon begin a new job working at a tourist resort.
Bob, on the right, has graduated college and he is also about to begin his new job. Both of these fine young guys have been a blessing for our college dorm ministry.
“You are living a brand new kind of life that is continually learning more and more of what is right, and trying constantly to be more and more like Christ…” (Colossians 3:10)
Peter and Grit, from Home of Grace, were able to spend some time in a remote mountain village during school break. The only access (by foot or on motorcycle) is across this suspension bridge.
“He makes me sure-footed as a deer; he keeps me safe on the mountains.” (Psalm 18:33)
This is little Laura, from Home of Promise. I pray God will also bless us to sleep so peacefully during our travels.
“You will not be afraid when you go to bed, and you will sleep soundly through the night.” (Proverbs 3:24)
For all of you who pray for the Faithful Heart children—You have our deep appreciation and the devoted prayers of the families.
May God bless you and keep you and shine His face upon you.