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The shortest month of the year has come and gone. Learn more about February in Thailand.
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FEBRUARY IN THAILAND

we hear it's snowing in other parts of the world


The "Cool Season" is starting to give way and the temperature is beginning to move into sweat-drenched territory. We're about to transition into Thailand's longest season - the Hot Season. Deodorant and water bottles will be our faithful friends.

LANGUAGE SCHOOL || This month we began learning how to read and write in Thai. The characters are intricate and the rules governing writing are quite different from the spoken rules. We wrote our final test 2 days ago and our teacher gave us the green light to move onto Level 2 of Reading and Writing. There's a lot more to learn and we're told that by the end of Level 2 we should be able to read everything - even if we don't know the meaning of the words. We've had so many Thai people tell us just to learn how to speak, but understanding just a few of the "squiggles" that we see all around us has opened up a whole new world of understanding. As Daxon is bringing home his beginners books from school, it has been comical and humbling as we all read at about the same level in English and Thai respectively!

RICH RELATIONSHIPS || February has filled our life and our home with wonderful people. We've had lunch with a pastor from a partner church, reconnected with an old church friend, had Amber's cousin come, made a Vancouver-Texas-Bangkok connection, had one of Amber's best friends come, participated in a meeting for all of the PAOC workers in Thailand, and currently we have 4 students from Summit Pacific College visiting the Wylies and us. It has been a strong reminder of how being part of the community here bridges it to the communities we have been a part of in the past. Serving as a connection is exciting, encouraging, and eye-opening.
MAKHA BUCHA DAY || The more time we are here, the more we learn. This month we learned about Makha Bucha Day. This is a significant holiday for Buddhists and Thailand marks it as a national holiday. Thais go to their local temple to perform the Candle Ceremony. Much like the Catholic holidays in Poland (which often closed banks and grocery stores), these religious days turned national holidays give us insight into the culture around us and demand of us to learn more about the place we now call home.

Imagine Thailand is partnered with Entrance Coffeehouse and Studio which is a student ministry to the campus of Chulalongkorn University (Thailand's oldest and arguably most prestigious university). This year "Chula" is celebrating 100 years and we're engaging in 100 Days of Prayer for the university. We're almost through the 70's now. If you'd like to receive a daily prayer email, please let us know and we will see that you get them.

LIGHTHOUSE UPDATE

the Lighthouse Learning Centre continues to grow


Done and done! The modified shipping containers are now in place and serving as additional classroom space at the Lighthouse Learning Centre in Takua Pa. The Imagine Thailand team from Mae Sot went south to Takua Pa to lend their construction prowess (learned from many water installations) and it was great to see our team coming together to help in practical ways. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE THIS POSSIBLE. The Learning Centre continues to meet an expressed need within the community and we're thrilled to see it growing.

To read about the Learning Centre's Christmas Party click HERE.
Decking and an overhead cover create an outdoor space and protect against the sun and rain.
Windows and security bars were installed on each of the modular classroom units.
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  • at the risk of sounding repetitive, HEALTH continues to be a big challenge for our family and the Wylie family. So far our approach to immunity has been to contract everything. Pray for health.
  • we're taking March off of language school because it is packed with other commitments. We'll be doing lots of review but please pray we retain what we've learned throw diligent review and use.
  • there have been great things happening with Imagine Thailand in Mae Sot. This week alone we distributed 500 boxes of ManaRice to migrant schools and villages. Pray that these open doors would continue to point people to Jesus.

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