the Vernon Journal

Serving the Kingdom in Southeast Asia

Hit the Mi Tsa Running

After a blur of a trip we are back in Thailand and have hit the ground running. Greg Ressler and a small team from Flatirons Community Church were here for the graduation and we spent some great time with them at Home of the Open Heart, House of Joy and just eating Mangos and Sticky Rice while looking forward to the big event.Akha Bible students gather in their graduation robes at Akha Outreach Foundation And what a big event it was! Although no invitations were sent out, over a thousand people arrived for the graduation and dedication ceremony - all from word of mouth! I saw more Akha Headdresses yesterday than I have ever seen in one place. Fifteen people from our village came down to see our Pastor graduate. It was wonderful to see our friends again! We really missed them, and are hoping to get back to Mae Salong as soon as our schedules allow.

It is amazing to look back a year ago when these students went into their internships; and now they are going into their ministries. We have had the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the hearts of many of these men and women and are very excited to see the Lord release them into the ministries and callings before them. The Akha Hilltribe, even the world, will be impacted by this group.

As far as our lives go: we are hoping to show the Jesus Film in an Akha village later this week and are hoping to unpack and get settled in again in the next few days - we also will be hammering out our schedule for the next two months. The Thai "summer break" is beginning, which means a busy time for us. Youth camps, kids coming home from school, and an enormous water fight are a few of the things we are looking forward to in the next couple of months. Please pray that we can take care of everything we need to before the "summer break" kicks in.

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