At the end of January, we had an US-Korean vision team of six that came to visit Thailand for the first time. Their mission is to visit some ministries in Thailand and see God's guidance in their possible involvement. The Korean missionary couple rented a van and all nine of us headed north to Chiang Rai to visit a hill tribe church out side ot town. I came along as an interpretor and amateur tour guide.
Three hours later, we reached the Ahka Village that has a new church building for this hill tribe people. This picture is taken from the top floor of their new church.
As we were getting out of the van, we were greeted with a welcoming dance by some of the tribal women. The lady with the drum is the pastor's wife.
The pastor from a Korean church in Hawaii lead in praying for the local church.
We also prayed for the elderly and the sick, trusting God for complete healing.
Pastor Pichai and his dear wife, Chanida are very happy about their new church building sponsored by a church in America. Church services will be held upstairs while the Pastor and his family will have a nice house downstairs. I have translated for this Pastor a few times and understand his heart for his people to know God's word. Most of the young people know the Thai language and can read and write. While the other people use only their tribal language. He is teaching them to read and write the Ahka language so that they can understand the Bible.
Thank you for all of you who support my work in Thailand with your giving and your prayers. You help me make a difference to people all around me who have never heard the saving power of The Lord Jesus Christ. I am looking forward to an exciting new adventure in 2013. I have moved from being a volunteer teacher at Grace International School to being a Grace Parent, with my daughter attending the 10th grade. Now, I have day time freedom to do volunteer work in the Thai school where our orphan girls attend and also continue with helping the work with the indiginous churches in Thailand. There are currently seven churches in Bangkok, Pattaya, Korat, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai that I serve in translating and interpreting for the pastors. Praise God for such a privileged service.
Wilai Wilkerson, Missionary