Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Our Night with the Kims

Opportunities like this do not often come along, but when they do, we try as hard as we can to grab onto them. One such chance came along when Evan, our eldest son, made a new friend at Reunion who just so happened to have a family very, very similar to ours. The boys swiftly befriended their Korean counterparts, and were soon begging to have the family over for dinner. The Kim family also has four boys, with the eldest three, Young, Jeremy and Samuel being of near or equal age to Evan, Eric and Eli, and their youngest, Daniel, being four years older than Ethan. Hyun Joo became a good friend to Linda while Eng got to know Kwang better too.

Clockwise from top left are Young, Evan, Jeremy, Eric, Samuel, Eli, Daniel, & Ethan

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Northern Hua Miaos

The Northern Hua Miaos are from Yunnan, China. There are .59 million of them with .17% believers. Currently, some workers are there but they are praying for more to join them. The workers' prayer request is for the radio broadcasts to be effective in reaching out to the Miaos.

Let's pray for the Lord's mercy and grace on this people group, and for the .17% of them who believe, let's pray they'll be empowered to share about their faith.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Feet Washing

During the previous Holy Week, Eng decided to not wash everyone's feet during Maundy Thursday as he's always done. Instead, he washed Linda's feet, and got Linda to wash Evan's feet. Evan washed Eric's feet, Eric washed Eli's - as shown on right, Eli washed Ethan's feet, and then Ethan washed his feet. He encouraged us to serve one another and be an example, the way Jesus was. We were also asked to pray for the person as we were washing their feet.

It was a humbling and touching experience. I, Linda, had a flashback on how I used to wash Evan's feet as a baby and there I was again, washing his much, much bigger (Size 11) feet! Has it really been 15 years already? His response to the washing was to stifle his giggles. He's grown leaps and bounds but he's still our 'giggle head' (our affectionate term for him as an always giggling child).

As usual, 5 year old Ethan's prayer was short, but oh so sweet and Godly. "Dear Lord, please help Papa to glorify you and to love you, amen." Amen, Amen, Amen.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Brothers and Sisters

On March 16, it was a great privilege for us to host a short term missions group from Singapore for supper. Totalling 17 in all, plus us, and Nellie Tham (the worker who took them around), our house was packed! Still, it was a joy to have them and to be able to share what the Lord's done in our lives. It was an encouraging evening for all of us. They came as new friends but left as our brothers and sisters in Christ. The 9 kids in their group later serenaded us with Chinese worship songs which they sang beautifully and angelically.

The best part of the evening was being able to pray together. Notwithstanding our language barrier (since some of them speak only Chinese), we were all blessed nonetheless.

Southern Hua Miaos

The Southern Hua Miaos total 0.6 million in all. They are from Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and China. Most of them are farmers and their main religion is animism and ancestor worship. Roughly .10% of them are believers. Let's pray for the Lord's grace on the Hua Miaos and for favour for those currently working there.

Almost, But Not Quite!

The day hasn't come yet but Evan's certainly looking forward to when he'll surpass his Papa's height!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Who's Who?

'The Happy Kid', 'The Confident Youth', 'I am Batman! Bring it on!!' and 'The Shy Adolescent'

Family Time at Last!

It's been a long time since we've spent time together as a family on our own. This shot was taken during the kids' Spring break when we holed up in a hotel for a couple of nights right in Chiang Mai. No long driving for Eng, who being tired wasn't up to it. We enjoyed the airconditioning and easy access to restaurants, the bowling alley, and other forms of entertainment.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Lakkia Dongs

The Lakkia Dongs are from Guangxi, China. There are 11,000 of them and not even one believe in Jesus. Lets pray for more workers to work with the Dongs. Currently, 2 workers are on the Mekong Dong Team and their target group includes the Northern, Southern, Mulao, (please see previous posts for the other Dong groups) and Lakkia Dongs which total close to 3 million.

"The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." [Matthew 9:37]

Will you be one of the new workers?