Nearing the end of a full year here in Thailand, and I‘m amazed at how quickly it has passed. There have been some moments that have not surprised me: the promise my children will wake up at the crack of dawn, the 2″ cockroach glaring at me from my bathroom almost every morning, and most recently, when a nurse at a local hospital injected a dirty needle into my one year old. It seems these situations would typically create a surprised reaction, but in my current environment, they feel almost… expected.
On the other hand, there have been so many moments in the last year that have knocked my socks off. After accepting our mission to Thailand, I instantly began experiencing the surprises God had planned for our lives.
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
Becoming a missionary was never in my plans, but God knows the desires of my heart, and soon after we moved here I realized how suited we were for this mission. Several months ago I began designing a two-bedroom safe home for Life Impact International (LII), and in March, construction on that house was completed. A family of 11 moved in, and I’m elated to know how happy the mother is with her new home. She’s so proud she can manage the household while also raising nine young children. After tweaking the two-bedroom house into a three-bedroom design, it was approved for mass production. We are now midway through construction on the first, three-bedroom home, and in two weeks we will break ground for the next. For many years, it has been my desire to design and build housing for families in need, and I truly could not imagine how quickly God has put that desire into production.
Currently, the Thai government is aligning in a partnership with LII, and as of last week arrangements were being made for the urgent placement of a 10 or 11 year old boy who has been trafficked since he was four years old. It’s abundantly evident that God has enormous plans for growing our LII family, and our role is to help make room for the rescued. Ryan and I have been helping map out the placement of over 18 more houses, which will be built in the near future, and as donations for the homes are provided, we know He will also provide the children and parents to live in them.
As this first year comes to an end, we begin looking forward to our second year here with the development of many more housing projects, a community worship center/ church, and most importantly the receiving of many more rescued children.
What an exciting time to be serving in this ministry!