He is so mighty and big there is nothing He can not do!
Below is an urgent prayer request we sent out recently
We Need Your Prayers
Our God is a mighty God and He sees the end from the beginning
Isaiah 49:16 "Behold I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands Thy walls are continually before me"
We have spent the last week in Chiang Mai, in parting with our little ones at home we told them we would be gone for three days...after almost one week we still had not been able to accomplish what we came to do. Each day I was somewhat upset that I was not able to go home. God had a plan and we had to be patient.
Sunday morning Anna, Emily and I headed out to find a place for them to stay while studying in Chiang Mai, we had found it impossible to find anything close to the school that was available and affordable. We asked over again at some places but without success. There was one place that we had not checked due to it looking very nice and saying luxury apartments having 24 hour guard and a swimming pool. Surely it was out of the question...out of desperation we decided to just check it out. The girls came back to the truck with huge smiles on their faces saying that this was it. It was cheaper than anything we had seen and they had one room available at $120 /month. My heart was singing God had again worked all things out for good! It was but a very short walk for Anna to get to the Thai language school. Thank you Jesus.
It was late in the day before Paul, Timothy, our new baby and I were on the road for the seven hour drive to home and the Thai Burma border.
Halfway we stopped at a guest house to sleep, monday morning we were again on our way, arriving home in the afternoon we were met by happy shrieks of laughter and lots of hugs, with everyone wanting our attention, for over an hour our ears were attentive, listening to everything they wanted to tell us...then I took them to the creek to take a bath, little Hser Hser Paw in my arms, Timothy, Talitha, Ku Ku Paw, Naw Bee Dah, Vah Ney Paw, Ningeh, Jojo, Moa wah and La La Moh. We had a happy time.
On returning the phone rang, it was Thara Ekganyaw wanting Paul and me to come right now...there was a meeting in a near by village and the headman was at his house asking that we come immediately.
Giving the baby to Mu Jel Htoo and the rest of the children's care to Thin Thin Aye our oldest girl, Paul quickly washed up while I bowed down in prayer.
God I know you are in charge, I know that with you all things are possible. Thank you for bringing us back just in time for this meeting...God I trust everything into your hands, I will not worry about what to say, for your promise says that the Holy Spirit will give us the words to say.
In perfect peace yet not without trembling, we left together with Ekganyaw, driving into Mae Salit Noi, Memories of days past flooded my mind, I saw people who we ministered to through the years...I remembered all the times Paul and I had entered this village being surrounded by people who needed medical help and how the busiest and yet most rewarding time in our lives were spent helping these dear people. We had spent day after day and even nights on the road and in hospitals for them, we had gone forward scheduling surgeries and committing to paying for their medical needs even when we had no money on hand and the ATM account said empty...God always provided.
Then Gayle Haberkam came and treated them on our porch and in our home, when she left for the mountains, I did my best to care for their needs on the "clinic on the porch" but we had been given babies, Maria saw my plight and came to the rescue, training the students to translate and care for them. Then Brenda Steck came and have since attended to the clinic on the porch, The numbers have dwindled from 40-70 a day to a handful but still the truck goes to the hospital almost everyday and often twice a day...Brenda, Hannah and Erick Reeve are the drivers. Anna was also very busy attending to the sick and visiting in their homes.
We were redirected to the Buddhist temple and meeting hall on a hill overlooking the village. Walking up the hill we each call upon God for wisdom and His power to intervene in this our time of need.
Looking at each face in the room I discerned a few who I knew but most I could not recall seeing before. Some were warm, others as hewed out in stone...here the women seemed to be the most vocal and the men quiet and somber. Would we be asked to speak, what were we expected to say...they discussed things like keeping things clean and village improvements. Then the subject of Sunshine Orchard was entered upon, we were asked to share who we are and what our plans are, I was asked to share...soon I was interrupted and told that they want us to ask the villagers if they have been blessed by Sunshine Orchards...Paul stood up, and softly and simply asked "have you been blessed by us?" The response were strong and positive, the villagers saying that they had been blessed by being helped with their medical needs. My tears were softly trickling down my cheeks as I felt very unworthy.
It dawned upon me how God all along had known that this hour would come and when He called us to minister to the people through the right arm of the gorspel, attending to their physical needs...He knew that one day our existence and the continuation of Sunshine Orchard would depend on it.
The village leaders told the people that they needed signatures of over half of all villagers saying that they want us to continue the work we are doing at Sunshine Orchards and for the school to stay...
They said that votes had already been made in Mae Salit, Doh Wah, on the mountain and that Mae Salit Noi had been left to make the final decision as they are our closest neighbors.
Paul simply asked them if they want us to stay, bowing my head in silent prayer not wanting to look and embarrass anyone not wanting to support us, It was clear that the whole crowd had raised their hands in favor and rushed to their feet to sign the papers.
Today while you our friends, family and partners in ministry get ready to settle down for the evening and a night of sleep the village heads are going door to door entering every home in this large village to give their answer for us or against us...will you please loose some sleep and join us in prayer?
On November 14, there will be a government meeting, the villagers votes will be presented to the government. We are told that there are two government leaders who do not like us and would like to see the school closed down. But if there are enough villagers who want us we will be able to stay and we will be able to do anything we choose on the river property, building etc. as well as carrying forth the work God has given us to do in peace.
Some in government say that we have too much land and that we don't need this much property for the school...
We need your prayers today and through the next few weeks.
The river property was originally set aside as a special project dedicated to be used for the benefit for the local people and if the local people do not think that the property is used to benefit them, it will be removed from us and given to the Buddhist community to use.
They can probably not take the whole property away from us but take possession of the original buildings that are in the heart of the property and they can have the school shut down.
Thank you for joining us in prayer!
Exodus 14:14 "The Lord shall fight for you and Ye shall hold your peace"
1 Timothy 2:1 "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."
We have confidence in that God will work all things out for good and that He has a plan and that in His plan there are to be many of the older generation added to His family in the near future. Will we be granted freedom to continue the school and ministry, we will need a new chapel. At this time we can not fit all into the chapel for worships and on Sabbaths latecomers have to stand on the stairs or listen from the outside. Please remember this need in prayer as well.
May God bless each of you with much love from the Adams family and team at Sunshine Orchards
Our God is so mighty and great and there is nothing He can not do!
We praise God for answered prayers. The local government leaders came to share the good news that we are loved, welcomed and wanted and have the government permission to use the land as the villagers voted for us!
The leaders actually went to all the homes in each nearby village asking if they wanted our school to remain here and if they had received a blessing by us being here. As they needed help in completing the huge task, our teachers were asked to assist them in going door to door getting signatures.
We are extremely grateful for your prayers and to God for His unfailing faithfulness.
May His love and peace be with you all,
Paul and Lena