It actually happened, folks; Resurrection has a real, full-time choir! And if there’s one thing we love doing it’s singing praise to the Lamb—the Name above all Names! We all hope that in some small measure we have helped Resurrection worship this year.
“How precious is the name, brethren sing, brethren sing! How precious is the name of Christ, our paschal Lamb . .” It actually happened, folks; Resurrection has a real, full-time choir! And if there’s one thing we love doing it’s singing praise to the Lamb—the Name above all Names! We all hope that in some small measure we have helped Resurrection worship this ...Continue Reading
We arrived safely home from Thailand over the weekend after our 24 hour travels, thankful to be at home and in our own beds. We’re now trying to beat the Chicago heat and jetlag. Our trip flew by…I was most impressed with the staff at the Garden of Hope who live in the reality of a ministry that moves so slowly and on the engine of prayer–yours and mine. Helping women ...Continue Reading
On Sunday, a few days ago, we went as a team to the night market which surrounds a large Buddhist Temple, where monks with shaved heads and orange garments are constantly offering incense to gold statues. And along the thoroughfare, crowded with international shoppers looking for a good deal and yielding to the vendors many wily strategies for parting Westerners from their money, I saw every ...Continue Reading
It has been a joy for those of us volunteering with the Garden’s Women’s Resource Program (WRP) to be with the Thai woman who leads WRP. We loved her instantly! She became a Christian at age 9 by praying to the “Unknown God” before there were any Christian family, friends, or other Christian influences in her life. When she speaks about the Gospel, there is authority ...Continue Reading
Today the women on our team will accompany Maeko, the Japanese worker at the Center, on outreach to women in the bars. The workers are few here. The rule is you must go out two by two, never alone to do outreach in the bars. The spiritual battle is thick, and without prayer support it’s very dangerous, especially for missionaries and foreigners who are the most unaware and least ...Continue Reading
Yesterday our taxi driver unloaded us from his red covered pick-up in front of a gated Thai temple with curved golden horns reaching skyward. Directly across the street from this temple is the Garden of Hope’s Center. A four story yellow building with balconies on each floor, the center is only about 15 feet wide, each floor a long narrow unit reached by a steep staircase. The first ...Continue Reading
It’s 10 a.m. and I’m feeling like an elephant, stuffed with an omelet, fresh croissants, sweet watermelon, and two cups of earl gray tea. Our team dines on the open-air patio at the Hospitality Training Center, where Christa from the Garden of Hope directs a team of volunteers and Thai women to create these scrumptious treats each day. The three Thai women who serve us are in ...Continue Reading