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Yaow BWYesterday afternoon I wearily set off to visit Yow, a friend of mine who has cancer and has been diagnosed as terminal. She has been in hospital for over a month, she is in a fair amount of pain and she is unable to sit up anymore. Thailand does not have palliative care facilities, so she will probably be in hospital until either her family can't afford for her to stay any longer or she loses her battle with cancer. At the moment she is in a private room, relatively comfortable and her pain is being kept under control.

As church planters, we're trying to reach out to groups, not just individuals. And when we reach out to an individual, we want to connect with their family and friendship groups as well. In one family, I reached out to the father first and shared a number of gospel stories with him, but he hasn't shown interest to go deeper. As time has gone by, I've been able to connect with his 20 year old son as well.

And now God has opened the doors with his son's group of friends, through music. It turns out that the son may in fact be more interested in the gospel. And this past week, we told me, that when he was younger, he had gone to play music at a church and enjoyed it. 
This example also is part of a shift in my strategy. At first, I was trying harder to reach men who already have families. But as I see the example of Jesus, he chose mostly young guys around 20 as his disciples.
So, at this time, I am looking to focus most of my time on guys in their teens or early 20's, though at the same time investing enough time with the older ones to build trust. 

SAVE 20171130 130022The sounds of Christmas have begun in Thailand with all the familiar classic songs that we are used to back home, being played at our local mall. The feelings of nostalgia and excitement from my childhood days is seen in my kids who are taking in all the excitement of the trees, lights and reindeer’s. Santa is coming.. 

But wait…English music that we can finally hum along to in South East Asia? Are we still in Thailand, where the Christian population is under 1%? Apparently we are, where the Christmas decorations are some of the most elaborate I’ve ever seen in my life. A tree, spanning three floors high, dwarfing those passes by.

O that the message of Christ would ring loudly as the jingles in this land this Christmas. May the decorations and celebrations elaborate the wonderful good news of the God who came Himself to rescue the world by being crucified on a rugged tree.



caring250We began visiting people in the Phrom Khiri community on Wednesdays a couple months back. It's something I used to like to do with my dad when I was a child, probably because I would often be given tasty snacks:) In that case we visited people who were part of the churches my dad was pastoring, but in Phrom Khiri, the people we visit are generally not Christian since there are so few Christians in this district.