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Life is feeling increasingly normal-ish as Thailand continues to open domestically while leaving the international borders closed. It's been a good month with much to celebrate.
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AUGUST IN THAILAND

THE MONTH IN HIGHLIGHTS

FOUR YEARS AND COUNTING! This month we celebrated 4 years living in The Big Mango - the capital of The Land of Smiles! It's actually the longest that Matthew has lived anywhere in his life. We're humbled to call this place home. We've learned a lot, but there is more ahead of us than behind. Thank you for being part of this journey and helping to make it possible.

At the end of the month, Daxon and Zala returned to school in the classroom. Thailand's low COVID numbers have made this possible, though masks and social distancing are still required. We all shared a mix of feelings with school reopening, but full disclosure, after 6 months together, it is awesome to rediscover missing our children!

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As we partner deeper with Life Raft, Matthew participated in his first team meeting. There is a diverse group of people working together to support urban refugees both inside and outside of the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) system. Separate to Matthew's involvement with Life Raft and the IDC, we as a family are Life Raft Advocates for a refugee here in Bangkok. Part of that is accountability for the funds from Life Raft, but it is far more relational. This month there was a training on healthy helping and it was great to learn alongside other Advocates who are volunteering to walk alongside refugees. We continue to visit detainees in the IDC and are trying to find more people to be bail guarantors to help mothers and children leave the IDC. 
imagine if they took Muay Thai lessons?! These two are partners and would try to fight crime!
First day back at school: Zala in Year 3, Daxon in Year 4, Wren sad to see everyone go, and Izelle is cute.
OASIS, an English service at a Thai church, is without their pastors as COVID has them stuck abroad. Matthew spoke there twice this month. Both times he was the only foreigner present, but there were Thai Christians wanting to know God more and practice their English. There is such a desire to pray together and our altar times would cover everything from grief to what kind of food should be cooked at a food cart to attract customers. God is faithful and good and there was physical healing and an older gentleman made a decision to follow Jesus.

Our home church celebrated the re-opening of our downtown location this month. The main church, on the edge of Bangkok, reopened last month after being online only. Our downtown plant meets in a theatre and had to wait for permission from the venue. The numbers are limited, the seats are spaced out, the masks are on, but it is wonderful to reconnect with people in person. Thailand's COVID lockdown was more extreme than other parts of the world, but we are seeing the results and that has made it possible for us to take this step. Matthew has been running the kids ministry through this COVID season and now we enter a time to regrow our children's ministry team at LifeChurch Siam.
it's not an event in Thailand unless it ends with a group picture - Sunday night service at OASIS included.
we do our kids' church program in a storage room. It's part of church-plant life and the kids do not mind.
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CHILDCARE PLUS


CCP Thailand believes in the local church as an agent for change on a community level. We work closely with the Full Gospel Assemblies of Thailand (FGAT). Many of our CCP team members attend or minister in an FGAT church. Participation or attendance at church is not a requirement of CCP sponsorship, but we want every child and their family to have a faith community accessible. A colleague shared that across Thailand, FGAT has 65 churches and 19 preaching points. The goal is to grow beyond these 84 locations and have 100 sites by 2025. Partnership with CCP is one avenue through which FGAT churches invest in the lives of children and their community. It opens relational doors to parents, to schools, and to local governments. We're thankful that our efforts are made that much more effective through the joint investment made by CCP and FGAT.
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PRAY WITH US

we believe there is strength in numbers

  • pray for health and strength as our children return to school. Physical protection is needed, but this is also an emotional step as our kids have been home with us for months.
  • the political situation in Thailand has shifted quickly over the last number of weeks. Please Google some of the headlines coming from Thailand. Join us in praying for a peaceful and productive way forward.
  • we are continuing to pray for one of our CCP Program Managers who is battling cancer.
  • the COVID lock down plunged millions of Thais into unemployment and under-employment. The needs are significant and growing. Join us in praying for creative solutions, generosity, and divine provision.

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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