First of all, may God’s love, peace, and happiness be with your family and members at your church forever. Sewasdee Kha. Hello. How are you doing? How is Garry’s operation condition? Is he getting better now? As for me and family, everyone is doing well. I am delighted to know that you and your friends at the United Methodist Church are my sponsors and blessings from God. Would you tell me how the weather in America is right now? As for Thailand, it rains a lot, but sometimes it is hot. Well, I would like to tell you to hear about the story I have experienced during the past vacation.
During the past vacation, I was very happy and had so much fun. I returned home to help father and mother to work. I went to the farm and was very tired breaking the corn. It was very hot, but I had fun because I was accompanied by many friends. It is a pity we did not earn much money from the corn during the past vacation; we lose a lot, but, thank God very much that my father does God’s work because on Fridays and Saturdays my father goes up to Nu Go Ka village where he is serving God. Right now people who have returned to serve God are increasing. We ought to thank God so much because God has changed so many things in this village where younger people are stronger in their faith just the same as members of the church. And I also have the opportunity to teach what I have learned to the children at the church, too. From Monday to Friday I teach English to the children who do not have any basic knowledge at all. I already went to teach for a month and the children could begin to read and write. And now the teacher there wanted me to teach the children again. It is because God’s love and mercy that God gave me and I used them for the benefit of myself and other people.
And not many months in the past which was prior to the opening of the new semester, I went to the LDP camp. I had great fun and I was delighted I met my friends, my seniors and younger students. I am very happy for being part of this family. Before I came to the camp., I had an experience and I would like to share this testimony with you; that is, on Sunday before I went to Chiangmai and it was the Family Day of my church and my father did not want me to go, but I needed to go to the camp and so I went down to Mae Sod very late at night and there was not any transport to go to Tak province at all. I ought to thank God that God provided a van that was about to go to Tak, so I got in the van. By the time I arrive in Tak, there was the last bus to Chiangmai with the last seat, and many people wanted to go to Chiangmai as well, so, I rushed to buy a ticket before them, and I could go. I gave many thanks to God at that moment if God was not with me and if I did not pray to God I might have to go the next morning and it would be too late to take a photo. And I went by bus and arrived in Chiangmai safely. I think that God guided me and God is always in time. This is my testimony and my experience that I would like you to know. When I arrived at the camp I met with our seniors, younger students, and friends I was delighted. Each friend was much more beautiful and handsome. And this camp was very enjoyable and I was very happy. And the program on the last day of the camp was a graduation ceremony of the 7th LDP students. I saw that each senior was very happy and the parents of the seniors were very happy, too. A smile, every smile of the seniors meant a pride of their success. It was a great encouragement that strengthened me to step forward in order to make a success like this.
By the way, I would like to know if or how often your church has organized a camp or activity for members. And how many members are there in your church? As for my church we have a lot of members and the church organized activities for the members very often so that everyone will build a good relationship to each other and sing together as well. I have the opportunity to take part in the 2nd LDP camp which is the project of Tak zone. This camp was aimed at planting the leadership consciousness in younger students and the natural conservation awareness for the younger people to see the value of the nature God has created for all of us. Do you have a camp like this in your church?
By the way, I am going to tell you a story about the new semester. Right now I have moved out to stay with my elder sister who is my relatives in a rented townhouse. It is not very expensive, but a nice place to stay. Every day the two of us will worship God together every day, and every Wednesday we go to a cell group at my elder brother’s house. On Thursday I go to study the Bible with my mentor; and every Saturday I go to help teach younger people with the curriculum the LDP provided. Those young people are the grown up students in the TH-940 project and I help the mentor to teach them. In addition, I need to meet with my stepsister on Saturdays. She is a nice and lovely girl of good behavior. I always encouraged her and tried to keep her closer to God and to remain in the Lord even more. We were very close and could talk to each other in all topics. And from Mondays through Fridays I go to learn at the university with my friend who comes to pick me up because I have not had a transport. My friend will come every day and very early in the morning; sometimes she already arrived at my house, but I have not finished taking a bath. However, I ought to thank God for a nice friend God gave me.
And in the past two months, the university organized an English camp for us in the campus. It was great fun. We have gained much knowledge in the language, games, and we have studied about the ASEAN by divided into groups and each group had presented the countries they were in charge and all groups could do very well. We came to the 2nd camp. And every Thursday afternoon I and my friends gather together in a cell group, for we came to encourage each other, to worship God together, sing together, and pray for each other. This year we have 2 more people; they included one 1st year student and a person who has not known God. I think God has directed them and God has planned for everything in our lives. And for my cognitive outcome in the past, the average grade I got was 2.53 which I was not proud of at all. And I am sorry I promise to do better than this next time and I will pay much more actively attention to my study and depend on God even more and more than this. Please pray to the Lord for my study and my serving life, too.
And I like to extend my thankfulness to the LDP or the Leadership Development Program that has actively supported me in terms of my study and my serving life as well as provided the LDP curriculum for me to learn which enabled me to share what I have learned with younger students in the project and friends in cell groups.
Finally, God bless you and your church with both externally and spiritually growth. And please give my regards to Declan and Connor, too.
Love in Christ,
Miss Thiraporn Takham
Translated by Wiyada Jaroenkhan
Posted by Jane on December 2, 2012
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