Saturday, 30 June 2012

Thailand: First half of 2012


Hi Ron,
We have been doing well and have been pretty busy since we have been back.
Blessings to all, 
Doug & FIona.
Doug's report on first half of 2012 follows the main prayer need is I think for Doug and Fiona's visa....
The Evangelical Fellowship of Thailand (EFT) are currently at odds with itself and the Thai government on a couple of issues.  About 200 missionary visas have not been renewed and may not be granted in the future.  This is a serious matter.  It is becoming more serious for us as our visa is due on August 27th.  If this situation is not resolved before then Fiona and I will lose our religious affairs visa.  We will need another type of visa.  Please pray for wisdom in this.  

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Specifically with the change for change aspect we have been focusing in a couple of areas.

1:  Meery.
Meery has had leukemia for some time now.  She has been going into Chiang Mai for regular checks at the hospital.
She has improved considerably since she has been diagnosed and doing monthly sessions in the hospital.
The medication she has been on has been able to be changed as she is improved.
The three children Meery was admitted to hospital with who were all in the same condition as her have all since died.

2:  Samuel
Samuel is a 5 year old boy who has been at the House of Dreams for about one year now.
He was under the care of his uncle who used to send him to the local pub to buy his alcohol.  If Samuel did not go the uncle would zap him with an electrified cattle prod.  Samuel had many light burn marks on his body when he came to the home.  He is doing well now and enjoys life at the HOD.

3: Joy (not real name)
Joy came to the HOD recently as her mothers younger brother was sleeping with her.  The local police contacted the HOD and asked would we take her in.  It was the only way to stop the abuse.  The house parents are working with Joy teaching her that she does not have to sleep with males in order to get things in life.  Joy is ten years old.



JANUARY:
2nd of January James married Twyla Byers.  A great day and where did that 21 years go?  James is our media and video man and now as a married man has his own budget requirements.  Please pray about partnering with James and Twyla.

Doug & FIona had a brilliant time in Perth at the Influencers conference.  We have attended this conference 3 times now and it continues to get better.  We also had the opportunity to catch up with friends and partnering churches in Perth.

FEBRUARY:
Ruth Prosser returned to Australia to fund raise.  Please pray about your possible participation in this.  She needs about $2,000 per month in order to get back to us.  Ruth is integral in what we do here.

February we also rekindled our relationship with Dim.  She has been a great worker over several years.  Pray for wisdom in helping Dim into the future, as her situation and the situation in Maesai is changing.

Doug went to Australia in late February to commence ten weeks of deputation.  I managed to drive 17,000 kilometres throughout S.E. Australia while there.  Pray for the fostering of great relationships.

MARCH:
Doug traveling and sharing about the work and the great things God is doing in Thailand.  Lots of travel, lots of meetings, lots of different beds in different cities.  Fiona arrived into Sydney for eight weeks in Australia.

APRIL:
More travel for Doug, Fiona has had some very necessary family time.  Doug also started studying his Masters Degree with Harvest Bible College.

MAY:
Doug managed 33 different beds across 3 states & 1 territory in the ten weeks in Australia.  Thanks to everyone who hosted me during this trip.  I am very grateful to you all.  It was wonderful to rekindle existing relationships and develop new ones as well.

We arrived back in Thailand the day before a team arrived.  May was a busy month for us in Australia and back in Thailand as well.

JUNE:
Compliance reports, quarterly reports, child sponsorship reports, small project reports, general reports, data entry, project proposal development, and general administration has been the theme of June.  We also had a medical team, a general ministry team and a compliance assessment team in June to round the month out.

HIGHLIGHTS
2011 was a big year for all of us.  It was productive as the team was able to get 5 houses completed at Doi Saket.  This brings to completion stage one of the Nail Poverty building project.  Thanks to everyone involved.

It has also meant Rod & Sue (building managers) have been able to relocate to Wiang Papao to commence building Ps Supote's house there.  This is scheduled to commence in July/August 2012.  We are also looking at building 2 boys dorms, another girls dorm, a laundry, a kitchen and dining room, a multi purpose building and a workshop as well. In addition to this we are preparing for the Big Build which will see up to 32 houses built this year at Mae Bu Lang, a village outside Wiang Papao.

A water bore has been commenced in Wiang Papao.  A submersible has just arrived from Singapore.  Once the project is completed this will service the site for drinking water, farming water and general domestic usage water as well.

In Phayao the team was able to get one water bore completed.  This meant in Phayao we were able to buy some coffee plants and start to become more self sustainable.  There are now pigs, chickens, ducks, geese and a variety of different types of vegetable being grown on site there.

This school year there are 28 students at the home in Wiang Papao and 37 students at the home in Phayao.  This is awesome, but it also means we need more sponsorship for them as well.  We also assist with 20 student scholarships and have been asked to help with other student scholarships as well.  If you are interested or able to help in this then please let us know.

The school in Doi Saket is moving ahead as well.  Thanks to a generous donation we were able to buy some computers.  The new kindergarten wing is also being built in a big step of faith.  Currently we are ten thousand dollars short on the Kindergarten.  If you are able to help in this area please let us know.  A children's playground area is also underway at Doi Saket.  If you are able to contribute financially to this please let us know.

Meery's health is generally improving.  She has leukemia.  3 other children were admitted to hospital into the same ward as her at a similar time.  They have since all died and Meey's health is improving.  PTL for Meery.

One of the boys in Phayao is physically and emotionally getting better all the time.  He came to the home from some horrific circumstances and now is a very confident 5 year old boy who is now living a healthy and safe life.

The Big Build is actually building a village. (up to 32 homes and the infrastructure).  If you are interested in sending a team in December for this please let us know.  We would love to have you here.  You don't need to be experienced, but you do need to decide soon and prepare $1,200 tax deductible and $700 non tax deductible, and you will need to let us know quickly as places are filling fast. The trip is scheduled for the 7th to the 21st of December.  Further details are available at the Big Build Website.

LOWLIGHTS
One of the most challenging things we face right now is a partnering organization in the U.S.A. has decided to refocus it's giving which has meant For Better Life foundation has lost $4,000 U.S. per month.  This is a huge blow and if you are able to help in this area at all please contact us.

The Evangelical Fellowship of Thailand (EFT) are currently at odds with itself and the Thai government on a couple of issues.  About 200 missionary visas have not been renewed and may not be granted in the future.  This is a serious matter.  It is becoming more serious for us as our visa is due on August 27th.  If this situation is not resolved before then Fiona and I will lose our religious affairs visa.  We will need another type of visa.  Please pray for wisdom in this.

A drunk on a motorcycle ran into the side of Doug's van and there was some damage done.  We have had trouble getting the insurance company to pay out on this.

PRAYER POINTS
Each of the following is a significant prayer point.
What is left of 2012 is going to be big in the life of Capacity.
Various types of teams are scheduled for most months this year.
Building homes, dorms, and various buildings is a focus for the year.
Meey's health.
EFT issues.
Continued and increasing funding for all aspects of the work.
James & Twyla's budget.
Ruth's budget.
The Big Build.
Church planting, leadership development, outreach strategies.
The Pan Asia conference runs in Phuket from 30 July until 2 August.  Pray for open doors and open hearts during this time.

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