Monday, November 26, 2007

The Yongbei

The Yongbei number 2.31 million, and have 0.35% of the population recorded as believers. They are currently being worked with and live, like the Hongshuihe, in Guangxi, China.

Please join us in prayer for the Yongbei.

Also, I apologize for the lack of posts recently. We have been very busy lately.


November Recap

November last year was an eventful month, and considering that I’ve missed out on writing for the past two weeks, this is the post to fill you in on what’s been going on.

As a repeat from last year two events were repeated: Music Mania (a.k.a. Battle of the Bands) and Loy Krathong, which were both posted about last year.

Music Mania came around this year without a band for me to play with, and so I teamed up with my friend Sam Walden to sing an acoustic song; with him on guitar and me singing. We didn’t place, but I had a lot of fun singing up there on stage.

Loy Krathong is a festival celebrated on the full moon of the 12th month on the traditional Thai calendar. The word ‘loy’ means float, and a ‘krathong’ is a raft about as big as your hand, which are floated for the forgiveness of sins.

This year we celebrated as a family by shooting off fireworks and firecrackers, and the night before I went down to the bridge to do the same with my friends. It was an exciting time, with explosions and lights, being both blinded and deafened by the festivities.

November also called for a lot of traveling on my father’s part, and he has gone to both Singapore and Malaysia this month on business. This Friday he will be going to Doi Inthanon, a nearby mountain, to spend time with his friend and to take a break.

The track meet is also this Wednesday, and Eric will be running the 400 metre dash, the 4 by 100 relay, and the 4 by 400 relay. He has gone to practice four days a week for this, and we know he will do well, both for himself and the school.

A lot of things have been going on, and God has been good to us in all of them. We thank you for your prayers for us, and ask that He would bless you in return, many times over.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The Hongshuihe

The Hongshuihe are a subgroup of the Zhuang. Both the Zhuang and the Yi people groups are in urgent need to assess ministry language questions (as I failed to point out in the last two posts). Please pray for answers in this area.

The Hongshuihe live in Guangxi, China, and number a whopping 3.26 million. Of this number 0.35% are believers, and they are being worked with.

Please pray with us for the Honshuihe, and the Zhuang and Yi people groups.

A Prayer for Safety

My father left this afternoon for a ‘restricted access country’. Generally this means that he is very strongly encouraged not to be there.

While in this country he will be part of an Accountability Group for a Vocational School. He will be there for two days for meetings and will fly back to Chiang Mai Sunday.

He hopes to connect with people while he is there.

Please pray for his safety and that his trip will be successful, that God would be with him and work through him.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Laluo/Mishaba

The Laluo/Mishaba, like the Nisu, are subgroups of the Yi. They also live in Yunnan, China.

There are less of them, numbering lonely 0.58 million, or, to be more specific, 580,000. However a higher percentage of them are believers, with 0.09% of the population.

Please join us in prayer for the Laluo/Mishaba.

He's Back!

My father only just having gotten back from Singapore yesterday, there wasn’t time to put up a blog posting. I did, however, sit down with him and jot down a brief summary of everything that he did during his trip.

First, and most importantly, he enjoyed himself. His overall highlight of the trip was running in the botanical gardens in the mornings. Unfortunately, he was unable to do this a lot, due to a lot of meetings that went on; it was also the rainy season.

One of the many meetings that my father attended was the IFC, or International Financial Conference. This took place over the course of three days.

The other highlight of his trip was taking the overnight bus to Malaysia and celebrating his mother’s birthday. This was the first time for him to celebrate with her for seven years. He was really glad that he was able to take the opportunity and turn what was supposed to be a business trip into a time to visit with his mother.

Another meeting that he attended was the AMB, or Asian Business Manager, meeting. This also took place over three days. After this there were two days of annual estimate review.

While visiting a church during his visit he was able to participate in a quiz. The question was to identify the theme song being played. It had barely even started playing when he knew the answer: the theme from Chariots of Fire. For answering this question he received a CD.

Following this was a CHANGE Management seminar that lasted a few more days. He really enjoyed it, and felt he learned a lot.

In closing he had a really good time in Singapore. He was able to eat a lot of different kinds of foods, and even meet old friends. We are all glad that he’s finally back with us here in Thailand, and that the Lord answered our prayers over his trip.