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Full, fun, tiring - are all words our family has used to describe November. Read all about it here.
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NOVEMBER IN THAILAND

THE MONTH IN HIGHLIGHTS

November always starts with celebration as Amber's birthday kicks-off the month. The kids were a big help in bringing it all together.

With all that is happening in the world, Remembrance Day felt especially poignant this year. We read John McCrae's poem, we watched last year's service in Ottawa (time change kept us from watching this year's ceremony), and we talked through a lof of things with our kids. There were tears at points. It contrasts greatly with Singles Day here in Thailand (11.11 is all ones) which is similar to Cyber Monday / Black Friday with shoppers looking for deals.

The political situation here remains unbalanced and mass demonstrations now happen every so many days. For the most part, the city keeps on going and you could forget that these are happening, but in the news there are reports of both sides growing more bold. There is a larger cycle of unrest that has repeated for decades here and we don't know enough to know if this is another lap or something different. We continue to pray for the peace of Thailand and her people.
9 months old and Izelle is flexing her independence - like being able to slide open the balcony screen door.
27 attempts at a decent photo and this is the best of the bunch.
As a family, we are doing well and counting down to Christmas. Daxon and Zala enjoy school, have a number of extracurriculars, and have growing social lives. Wren is unapologetically steeped in personality and she brings laughter to each day. Izelle is by far our calmest child - perhaps by necessity as number 4. She is keen to keep up with her siblings. This time of year is always busy as our personal, work, and family lives kick into a higher gear. We can see the genuine enjoyment and tiredness that comes with this on our kids (just this morning we adults were awake before any of them - this has never happened before). Between Christmas and New Years we plan to take a few days to recoup, but until then it is full, but fun, days.
kids at our church drawing out a larger than life Goliath
HOPE - the first Sunday of Advent celebrated with the kids at church
It continues to be a privilege to connect to faith communities near and far. Whether it was prayer meetings in Pickering, a digital tour of Bangkok for Ottawa, an update in Vancouver, or a "5 for 5" challenge in Abbotsford,  this month was full of connection and we're so grateful for that. Here in Bangkok, we are celebrating Advent with the kids ministry and Matthew only burned himself twice hot gluing the wreath together. Matthew also spoke on Orphan Sunday at OASIS. It was an extra special day as OASIS was turning 2 years old. There were an impressive amount of balloons and a true sense of community.
happy 2nd anniversary OASIS - the English service of Jaisamarn Church Soi 6
no event is complete without a picture / selfie wall
5 for 5 where 5 people have 5 minutes to share. It's always made more unique as friends then send you shots of how they watched.
a prayer meeting focused on missions was a huge honour to be part of. Not just to share, but to hear from fellow Global Workers.

A TIME TO INVEST

"It's that time of year again" is a tired refrain when it comes to end-of-year giving. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are a time when our collective thoughts turn further towards generosity, but it's not simply a time to give. Giving at this time of year isn't another seasonal tradition, but an investment into supporting others to finish they year well and set the foundation for 2021. We know that 2020 has strained resources, finances included, and so there are no demands and expectations here. Rather, if you are able to invest and want to be strategic with us, here are some of the areas we're focusing on as we head into the home stretch of 2020.
With no legal standing, refugees are detained in the Immigration Detention Center (IDC). Living conditions are harsh and detainees must be bailed out. $2,200 covers bail for a refugee allowing them to reunite with family and work towards resettlement.
Through ChildCARE Plus (CCP), you can sponsor a child connecting them to education and an opportunity to know Jesus. For $41/month, you can create lasting change in the life of a child and their family. CCP Thailand works in 20 communities across the country.
CCP partners with a boarding house in northern Thailand where Hmong (hill tribe) children live to be able to go to school. Normally their parents sell their crops to restaurants and hotels in the city, but COVID has ended that. With little income, the parents are unable to pay the boarding house. The children's meals need a boost. $22 provides one child with a month of nutritious food. There are 150 children at the home.
The Full Gospel Assemblies of Thailand (FGAT) is our national church partner. Many of the pastors have day jobs in addition to pastoring. Working in small communities means that their church salary is low. Because of COVID, many churches are unable to pay pastors. The larger economic downturn has also left some pastors without their day jobs. FGAT has an assistance fund to support these pastors. $640/month supports a couple in ministry and $340/month supports a single person in ministry.

WITH REFUGEES

Last month we shared with you about a man named "Paul". He was the first refugee detainee Matthew ever met inside the detention center and his family is connected to our church. We shared a funding page to help raise his bail and we asked for prayers. We're thrilled to let you know that the needed funds were raised and that Paul was released from detention on the Saturday of a long-weekend (totally unheard of). After years of separation, he is with his family. Please continue to pray for them as they now take steps towards resettlement.

Over the last 2 weeks, we've been helping a friend complete his asylum application. We've spent hours together in conversation about their life to fill in the blanks of these documents. Sometimes there was laughter. Sometimes there were long pauses. All of the time there was a deep admiration for everything this person has pushed through and overcome. To see someone's life put on paper is an odd experience. So much of their life happened in the grey - informal employment, documents left behind, unclear legal standings. As Canadians, our lives are well documented and we're just now realizing what an immense privilege this is.
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November is report writing season at CCP. Admittedly, it does not sound glamorous, but when it is all done, it is always encouraging. Going through the year, we can lose track of the cumulative impact and reach that CCP has. When you take the time to put it all together, it's humbling, exciting, and encouraging. As we all know, 2020 has been an unusual year, but God has been so faithful and we have a lot to celebrate.
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PRAY WITH US

we believe there is strength in numbers

  • Jade Kenyamanyara, a fellow Global Worker whom we've only met a few times, has suffered 2 strokes. She was airlifted from Tanzania to Kenya but doctors have been unable to find brain activity. She's a mom of 3 young boys and her husband Julius is asking for our prayers. Please pause right now and pray for her divine healing.
  • join us in praying for our friend who has submitted their asylum application.
  • Thailand is heading into a season of terrible air quality as farmers burn fields and low pressure keeps industrial pollution over the cities. Pray for health and protection for the young, old, and those with respiratory challenges
  • major storms this month brought flooding to parts of Thailand and neighbouring countries. While Bangkok went relatively untouched, please pray for those impacted by these storms.
  • the political rift seems to be growing and we are praying for calm heads and open hearts as the Thai people search for a way forward.

CANADIAN residents can partner with us through the International Missions department of the PAOC to receive a tax receipt.
AMERICAN residents can partner with us through our American sister organization to receive a tax receipt.
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