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Chinese new year

The roads were quiet as I drove to my language helpers shop and home on the eve of Chinese New Year. As I drove I noticed many shops and homes had Chinese lanterns and outside many Thai homes I [...]

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Christ over corruption

Over this past year, I have been wanting to do adventure ministry in the area where I live in order to reach local youth and young adults. A few kilometres from my house there is a small mountain [...]

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Broken by Gods grace

Mrs. Nuthiap (78), had in the past had Christian neighbours in Lopburi province, from whom she had heard about Jesus. But she did not want to be a Christian. When we went to her house to tell her [...]

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Unfinished

The video ends with the word – Unfinished! This word challenged both Trish and I as we watched a video that was made by a short-term team from Sydney that partnered with us during our Christmas [...]

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The dust on my feet

What do you do when people are not interested anymore in doing Bible study? What do you do when the first Christian contact in your village (the hoped for catalyst, the reason you moved exactly [...]

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National children’s day

Saturday, January 13th, was National Children’s Day in Thailand. It is a day to celebrate children and many places will sponsor special free events for children on that day. Our local church [...]

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The challenge of language learning

On a recent trip to South India, I watched my host communicate effortlessly using numerous Indian languages. When I asked him how many languages he knew, he pulled out a Rupee bank note and [...]

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Standing in the light

Last month, the parents of a local believer showed interest in learning more about Jesus. Praise God, that the mom has taken the step of faith and was baptized a few weeks ago! It is a joy to see [...]

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A new year’s resolution

The leader of the nearby church called me around Christmas, really discouraged and he sounded like he was close to giving up. An active and important church member left the church to live with an [...]

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Change from within

The task of clearly sharing the “evangel” (gospel) among Thai people is a difficult task. We found this out once again during a medical outreach a couple of weeks ago. Some of the evangelists [...]

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Choi

Choi became a member of our church when he took baptism in October 2016. Even before he took baptism, he attended church regularly for almost a year. He cannot read or write and his speech is [...]

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A wake-up call

We 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 [...]

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ฟรีทุกอย่าง!! – everything for free!!

Celebrating Christmas with Thai people is a wonderful opportunity to share and proclaim Gods love for the world. This season, we again went out to villages. Under the open sky we set up a stage, [...]

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The hammock spirit

  “There seem to be more of them than last time,” I was thinking out loud. We were passing a plot of land with many hammocks strung between the trees. It’s located next to a parking lot for [...]

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All power is given to Him!

Recently, I once again talked to Mrs. D. For about 3 years, she has been living in Sahatsakhan and making her living by selling grilled pork in the market. Therefore she has contact with many [...]

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“Aliens & Strangers” in Thailand

Since my marriage in 1978 I have lived in 30 houses. I just moved into my most recent domicile today after spending the last couple of months in a guest room at the top of the Bible school I [...]

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Graceful boredom

Sometimes life in a remote village in Isaan can be boring. For Isaan people too. What a grace for missionaries! I’m thinking about the hours in the afternoon at the market when there are no [...]

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Big encouragement from small talk

Two years ago we started a cell group at Baan Kohklam village. Phii Nii was one of the leading members of that group so we wanted to train her up to be the leader of that group. But after some [...]

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Three ladies on a bench

To take on a new role in church planting may sound like we have achieved something. “From now on we do not need to do ‘the work’, but we will coach our brothers and sisters from behind the [...]

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600 words well spoken

Back in 1980 the OMF Orientation Course in Singapore lasted a couple of months. Part of our training was in the LAMP method (Language Acquisition Made Practical), which included learning basic [...]

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Spirit worship in Thailand

A few weeks ago I was visiting a Thai friend on a Tuesday morning. I don’t generally go visiting in the morning, but this visit gave me a new insight into spirit worship in Thailand. Phi [...]

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Still bowing to spirit houses

One day, I was giving some of the new Christians a ride into town in our car. As I drove, I noticed that one of the elderly Christian ladies raised her hands and bowed as we passed a prominent [...]

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Changed by the gospel

After a long and painful battle with Asthma, Taa Soda was finally ushered into heaven. He, his wife and their granddaughter were the only believers in their family. And because all of their [...]

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Difference

It is the end of the afternoon. The sun goes slowly down and with that the temperature drops down as well. Time for the children to come out of their houses to play outside. Our children are now [...]

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Puii’s story

Puii is a 38-year-old lady, who we met through other Christians. She has lived near us for a couple of months. Before that time, she lived in Bangkok. One day, as we talked with her and her [...]

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“Wai” or “Wai” not?

Our house in Phrom Khiri is near the district office, and recently they held an installation service for a new Buddha statue/idol placed in the front (it is the black statue in the photo). Caleb, [...]

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A missed opportunity

“I am interested in Jesus. I will become a believer as soon as I am healed.” That was what she said to us the last time we visited her. She and her husband had come to our Sunday services for a [...]

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Two god village

There is a peculiar village outside of Chiang Mai called “House of Two gods”. At first I wondered if there had been some kind of mythical battle in the past between two rival gods … a kind of [...]

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At what cost?

During the last month I have had quite deep conversations with 2 different ladies who live in my area. Both of theses ladies are mums to young children and both have been considering working away [...]

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Waving hello

Thai culture is unique and wonderful, very different from my own warm South African upbringing. We first noticed this in 2014, when we first arrived in Thailand, and quickly learned about [...]

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