Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thailandtrip 7

     Hello again! We returned from our trip to one of the hill tribe churches last night. Our experiences up there were amazing! All the sights and the experiences would take me an extremely long time to try and share, and I do not think I could give the experience justice. Andy had the opportunity to spend some time with the pastor and also  go visiting with some of the men! We were privileged to be able to work side by side with some of the children from the home and some of the people that lived in the hill area where we were working! We worked on a home for the pastor and his family, poured concrete that was mixed by hand, hauled bricks, laughed at each other's attempt to pronounce one another's language and had a blast!!!
     The journey home was an experience in itself! We stopped for lunch and had pizza! We loved the Canadian bacon, bacon & corn pizza! Later we stopped for a piece of ice cream cake! Funny thing, it was called San Fransisco Golden Gate ice cream cake!! You just never know what you will find & where!!This shop had an interesting way to feed fish-will have to let kids tell you about that one! Last stop before coming back to the children's home - the home of the Ballou family where Alisa made an incredible enchilada dish. Best I have ever had!
     Today has been a day of relaxing before we begin to gear up for the next leg of our trip. We caught up on laundry and spent time together as a family! So thankful for that!! So easy to get busy and forget to take time! Everyone has remained healthy and doing well-except we did get a little to much sun the other day! Had sunscreen with us, but forgot to put it on! No serious sunburns-just a little toasty! Better today!
     Hope all is going well back home! Thinking of you all! Today Chris & Asleen are having their baby boy - hope the delivery went well! Looking forward to seeing the little guy!!  and it is my brother's birthday! Happy Birthday Adam! Hope you have a GREAT day! Never thought you would get birthday wishes from Thailand, huh? Looking forward to sharing pics and stories when we get home! Love to all!!!  .....Summer

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Thailand trip 6

         We are enjoying the northern part of Thailand and have been attending  services at Nongloam Baptist Church. We have been here for a few days, taking part in all that goes on at this busy place. What a blessing to sing God glorifying hymns with like minded Christians. It doesn't matter what language they are sung in, they are still wonderful. The people in Thailand are a beautiful people that are very kind and just generally nice to be around. I understand that some of this is their culture and such. The other night we had the opportunity to go to the market in town with the young people. I noticed that when I handed someone a tract, they kindly receved it and read it on the spot. We make sure there is an address on the tract so they can contact someone as we were not able to communicate with them. (And oh, how we desire to learn the language and be able to talk to them rather than just through an interpreter!) I know the tracts are just a seed planted as one missionary stated that usually there is an incredible amount of time involved in explaining the gospel before they understand and turn to Jesus Christ and trust Him as their savior. But it is worth it! We have been with three different missionaries now, and they have all been extremely helpful in multiple ways. Right now we are with the Ballou family and they have went way above and beyond what we expected! I have definatley come to appreciate missionaries much more. Today I was able to give my testimony and preach in the afternoon service. Tomorrow we will be heading out early to a hill tribe church if the weather holds; (we have been getting some rains and the roads on the mountains are not exactly solid when it rains!) Everyone is doing well and liking Thailand. We have been praying for you all and the work going on at home. Thank you for praying; please continue.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Thailand Trip 5

     Hello family and friends!! We have experienced many things since leaving Bangkok, sometimes it is hard to remember what day of the week it is or time of day! Sorry if I don't post much, I have been waking around 4 and after a busy day-fall asleep waiting for my turn in the shower!!!  We have been enjoying visiting with  some missionaries that have been here working in different ministries while they are working through language school. Language school would be a must for anyone wanting to reach the Thai people. There are no common words and in order to talk to them in any capacity, you would have to learn their language. We have picked up a few words and enjoy trying to use them and in right context!
     Chiang Mai is very different than Bangkok. City yes  but not near as chaotic! We have seen some sights and enjoyed some amazing food! Thais like their food hot & I have tasted a few bites of some pretty warm stuff! Andy & Haley are loving the hot, Chase likes it somewhat warm and Wyatt & I are on the lower end of the heat thermometer!!
     We are now enjoying getting to see another work in the northern part of Thailand.  The boys played soccer with some of the boys here and had a great time! Even though they could not speak the same language, they were able to enjoy a common bond - sports!! Tonight we went to an indoor
night market and saw a huge variety of goods! The children here learn English and so Haley was chatting away with a few of the girls in the van! Had a nice thunderstorm! Good to see & feel rain(that was not freezing)!!!   Have to be honest and say, I love this weather!! Love to all!! ....... Summer

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Thailand trip 4

Heading from Bangkok to Chiang Mai....taking a bus (yeah I know...really? your taking a bus!) yes, taking a nice air conditioned, smooth riding, quiet comfortable motor coach bus for the roughly 10 hour trip to the north. After being in Bangkok for the past four days trying to soak in and process so many things... It is nice to sit back and ride and take a rest. As I ride along watching out the window I am hit by an overwhelming compassion for these people. It is hard to explain, but I have seen complete poverty beyond what I have ever viewed before (people in one room structures with almost nothing other than a broken couch and tv, to people with a sheet on the ground, their clothes hanging on a few tree limbs, and a few water bottles placed where water runoff would fill them, to lepers with no legs begging on the street) to wealth far beyond anything I've ever seen (luxury homes, Armani suites, Bentleys, Rolls Royce's, Porches, Lamborghinis) all mixed together...but what moves me wih compassion is 90 plus % of ALL these people, rich and poor alike, have never heard a clear presentation off the gospel; with many never hearing the name of Jesus Christ. We are so excited for the opportunity to be here, God is so amazing in his provision allowing us to come. We are very thankful for those that are praying for us, please continue. As one missionary that had been to other countries put it; Thailand has a unique spiritual darkness like no other place. I would have to definitely agree with that. Please pray for us to draw nearer to God in our relationship with Him, safety, health, ready hearts to receive the Truth, and so many other things... God is so good, He is so faithful. Psalm 36:5-10 Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgements are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast. How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O GOD! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light. O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy         righteousness to the upright in heart.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Thailand trip 3

We made it safely to Bangkok and have been busy exploring and meeting wanderful people here. Some of the day was traveling the river and canals of bangkok in a long tail boat. The other half was in small three wheeled contraptions called tuk-tuks.The great need for the gospel was very evident as we visited various temples and even everyday people with many false gods and different good luck charms. The thought that really struck me today is.... This is exactly where America is heading at breakneck speed as God is removed from so many things and man does that which is right in his own eyes. During devotion we talked about how God blesses in so many ways. For example, a tuk-tuk that Summer and Chase were in blew the motor as the man was pulling up to drop them off after we had been driving around Bangkok for half the day. What if that would have happened 30 minutes prior in heavy traffic with us in two different tuk-tuks? God is so good. Everyone is doing well and we are excited about the coming days to see what God will do. Thank you for praying.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Thailand trip 2

          March 11, sitting in Dallas Fort Worth eating Americas #1 staple! Our first leg went well, praise The Lord for decent connection times! Thank you all for praying, things have went smoothly getting gone and up to current. Have passed out some tracts and had positive reception. Excited about the coming days and thankful that God blesses and provides. A good friend shared an awesome quote about God providing that we shout a hearty AMEN! to and we will leave off with; "Depend on it. God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply. HE is too wise a God to frustrate His purposes for a lack of funds, and HE can just as easily supply them ahead of time as afterwards, and HE much prefers to do so." -J. Hudson Taylor

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Thailand Trip

          As many of you know, we are getting very close to our departure date for heading to Thailand. We will be flying out on March 11, with a brief layover in California, then heading on to Thailand. Our arrival date into Bangkok is March 15. This will be an adventure in itself, as none of our children have ever flown. (What a way to break them into the world of avionics; a 15 hour flight- 2 hour connection- then another 5 hours!). We are all quite excited, with new anticipation with each passing day. Please pray for safety, our health, direction, Thai souls, and most of all that Jesus Christ would be lifted up. Thank you! We will try to update. You can also follow us on twitter @aschafa7