I am so thankful to The Lord for allowing me to be a part of a wonderful ministry- translating the cartoon Children Bible into the Thai language. I began this project at the end of April, 2014. After several months of working on it after work or in the evenings, I finally finished the 240 pages of texts, consisted of some 75,000 English words and over 280,000 Thai scripts. The ministry of Compassion International will send it to be published, printing about 90,000 Bibles to be given out at their evangelical event in November!! Praise be to God! All glory and honor go to Him who works in us. . . for His good purpose! Philippians 2:13.
At the end of July,through a circumstance that now I know was a blessing in disguise. I have been living in town, or very close to town since I came to Chiang Mai, over three years ago. Each visit that I would take to Brianna's House of Joy had taken me over an hour's ride on my motor bike. A round trip was about 80 kilometers. But I did not mind the scenic country ride out to the children's home and have been doing it for months. But about this time last month, before my family's visit from the States, the landlord of my bungalow told me that I cannot have my sister staying with me. I was very upset and decided that I had to find new accommodations right away. I prayed for guidance and Praise God, the next day, God lead me to this cute house surrounded by bushes and rice fields.
It belonged to a friend who worked at the Christian school where I had volunteered. Now I am renting a room, living with a lovely Christian family. I wake up each morning to the chorus sound of birds and frogs. The grandmother stays home alone and is happy to have some company. The younger people in the house want to learn English and now they have a lived in English teacher. It was a good arrangement for both the family and me. The best part for me in living here is that now I am only ten minutes away from my place of ministry, Breanna's House. Instead of a long ride back and forth, I'm just minutes away from the orphan girls who are learning English and growing in their walk with God.
It was a very special time for me to minister to the orphan girls at Breanna's House of Joy with my sister, who came for a two week visit. Many of the girls had abandonment and insecurity issues. The girls got to hear a testimony of being raised in a broken home facing trials and childhood difficulties. We spoke to the girls of how we find restoration from any painful past and hope of better future by faith in Jesus Christ.
Our focus was to encourage the girls that God can turn any evil into good and that He has a special plan and purpose for each one of us that always turn out for our good.
While I was in Bangkok during the month of June, I took rush hour pictures at the local fresh market. Having a bird's eye view from the bridge over the street, I could see people coming and going. Buyers were bargaining for their fresh produce to cook at home or getting fresh cooked meal to bring to the dinner table. There were many public transportations available. For a trip home, one can usually find a public bus, blue taxis, (multiple colors, each color for a particular zone or area), and a tricycle taxis called "Tuk Tuk". There were also motorcycle taxis: (identifiable by an orange vest rider with a single passenger, right picture, very economical mode of transportation for a person going on a short trip to the market.) Thailand is a developing country with its own internal problems, like other countries. You may have heard of political unrest in Bangkok or in the southern borders. Very few people in Thailand are born again Christians. Please pray for open heart for them to know the love and forgiveness of The Savior. A friend from the States asked me recently if I am safe living in Thailand. My answer was absolutely! When God is with you, no matter where you are, it is the safest place!
Wilai Wilkerson, Missionary