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HSFC September Update

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Thank God for this month! At this time the farmers of Bala village are very excited to see effects of rain on their crops. The rice we planted back in July is almost ready to be harvested. However, we must pay close attention to the water levels in the rice field. If for some reason our irrigation has an issue and water doesn’t flow to the fields then our rice will have a smaller yield. For the farmers who planted corn, their crop is almost ready to harvest. Yet, the heavy rains have kept farmers from trying to overuse the roads.

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Our family is very excited that our sister has returned from her 4 month stay in the USA.We are extremely greatful to Professors Mike and Ann Leming and everyone else involved in providing Daraporn a place to stay and a meaningful experience.Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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I myself am excited to plant cocoa beans this year. This will be a new and challenging experience for me, because no one has planting this crop in our area. Please pray for me as I try to introduce something new to this community. If the crop is successful it could give villagers another opportunity for income generation in our integrated farm system. It is always my hope and vision that villagers will pursue sustainable agricultural methods on their farms. I am very excited about the possibilities! May God continue to bless all those who have been involved in this process. May God grant you good health and strength for the coming days ahead!

Love in the Lord,

Witoon and Nayu

The Life Center September Update

This month I spent most of my time with students. I have had the opportunity to teach them every week, Monday- Friday.  On Sunday we usually go join worship with churches in our general area. This week, for example, we went to go worship at Nong Dang Church in Nong Dang village.

We had so much fun worshiping with other villagers. There were many members of the community present, we were surprised to see so many community members come worship in spite of the recent heavy rains. I had the opportunity to preach and my students performed a special song and shared testimonies for the congregation. I believe the congregation enjoyed our presence; every year we try to visit and encourage them. Because we have different students every year, there is always variety in our visits and reception. After worship, the pastor and village elders invited us to join them for a delicious and well prepared meal. On top of the great eating, villagers came by to visit and send us off with 3 bags of rice, and 100 kilos of pumpkins. We were so incredibly blessed by the kindness of the Nong Dang Church community and their great love for my students.

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This month I also had the opportunity to meet with leaders of 11 churches in the Musikee area in regards to local evangelization. The event was held at The Life Center, so Tatumo and her good friend Jitramo helped prepare food. Later in the week, my students and I went to go cut grass in the rice field. Of course, we couldn’t go to the rice field without fishing! So, we spent the rest of the afternoon catching river eels in the mud terraces. We also spent time cutting grass and planting plants and vegetables at The Life Center. I am so proud of my students. After months of practicing, I am confident in their ability to both preach and share the Word of God. Sometimes we go out and practice encouraging other members of the village. Other times we go up to the mountain of prayer and spend time in worship as a group.

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Please keep all of us in your prayers. We are currently in need of a projector for use in our classroom at The Life Center.

With much love and prayer,
Tatupa and Tatumo

The Life Center August Update

Throughout the month of August I have had the opportunity to live with and teach the Bible to three returning students, Nikomwee, Fah and Worachai. They have excelled in the program and hope to practice what they are learning in the schools, dormitories and villages in the surrounding areas. I can already see our students gaining confidence in sharing the Word of God with others.

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In recent years, we have sought to integrate sustainable economic principles and practice into our program. We are growing vegetables, herbs and engaging in small scale animal husbandry. Because this is rice cultivation season, we have spent time in my rice field. But it’s not all work! We also have fun catching river eel that make a home in the mud throughout our ricefield. My students have little prior experience in catching eels, so I jumped on the opportunity to teach them and give them some eel catching tips. One day, my students returned to The Life Center with over 1 kilo of Eel! Then, together we cooked the Eel, added spices and chilies and had a feast! Unfortunately, we don’t have too much free time, but the students are excited and have been talking about fishing eel.

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The other day, I had the opportunity to go preach at MaeLaOop Church. Due to the fact the village is more remote, many in attendance came from other areas. The topic was mother’s day, and we had a gift exchange. Please continue to pray for us in our small scale sustainable agricultural initiatives, as well as the new cohort of students arriving in mid- December.

Thank you and God bless you all!

Tatupa and Tatumo

“Talk Doesn’t Cook Rice!”

We are so thankful rain this month. The rains have allowed for the villagers to plant according to the annual cultivation period. At times, Thailand can be inconsistent in terms of when and how long the rains will fall. We are excited to watch our crop begin to grow, whether that be corn or any other produce we have planted over the month of June. With all the rain and abundance, maintaining our banana groves has kept us very busy. Due to the weather and the heavy workload, villagers must wake up very early in the morning to go out to their fields. Some villagers live fairly far away from their fields and must adjust their home life to be able to stay in their field in order to keep up with the demands of the season. Everyone is very excited and thankful for the rains, but tired at the same time.

As for our field, we have finally finished planting rice. We thank God that this year we have had no issues with rice cultivation. The color of our field has changed from yellow to lush green. My primary work has been preparing the rice field for cultivation. This month, we hosted two volunteers from America at the center. We are pleased and thankful for their great help with many things at the center, including fixing the main road. But most of all, I am excited that our two volunteers taught my wife, Nayu, some English phrases! As we get ready to move into the month of August, please continue to pray for us as we work to be a good steward of our opportunities and in our capacity to build relationships with those around us.

Love in Christ,
Witoon Daleethong

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Transition is Bittersweet…

Firstly, we want to give thanks to the Lord for everything He has done this month. I am having mixed feelings as I write this update, both sad and happy. I am very happy that Jonathan has had the opportunity to return to the United States, to both grow and develop as a man. We know that he will have a wonderful time among both family and friends. His departure is bittersweet, we love him and enjoy him as one of our own. We will miss him dearly.

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Second, we as a community are rejoicing regarding the rains. We have not seen rain in abundance like this in years. Thailand often has an inconsistent rainfall, leading to drought. In fact, this year was so dry that our village water supply depleted. The Bala village community had to spend 2-3 days implementing a new water system for villagers to have adequate water for their families. Farmers are taking advantage of the rains and hastily planting rice, and corn. We are very happy to see our banana and fruits trees both green, and healthy. Our center and our family miss Jonathan very much, so this is an adjustment period for us, but we must continue to press on. This week we have to cut bananas for our Chiang Mai markets. We sell bananas about 2 times a month. In June, the main task is plowing our ricefield and cutting grass. We are so thankful for the rain, and reminded that God is always on time. We are very grateful for both the prayers and support. Please continue to pray for us through this tough season of transition, for both our family and for Jonathan as he transitions back to America. God bless and keep you all.

 

With great love in the Lord,
Witoon Daleethong

Planters of men…

This week, I spent much of my time cutting grass at The Life Center. Due to the fact that we have so much land, it takes a while to actually cut the grass. Because it is rainy season, we have planted many kinds of fruit such as avocado, plum, and mango. We have planted flowers and continued to raise our animals. It has been raining almost everyday, so we have begun plowing our rice field for cultivation.

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Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to be a guest speaker and trainer on the topic of the Christian family at a nearby church in Huay Thong Village, about 45 minutes from The Life Center. Approximately 60 people joined the seminar, and we spent time talking with each family. We had alot of fun and everyone was challenged! Last Sunday, I had the opportunity to preach at my home church of Nong Jet Nuay. About 300 people from our village showed up for worship. The church members were very active in the service, and we all laughed and had a wonderful time together. We could definitely feel the presence of the Holy Spirit throughout the service.

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Tatumo and I have been busy on our farm and at the center. Please remember us in your prayers as we plan to open up The Life Center for a special program this July. Some students from our previous program would like to spend some additional time together. So, I will be teaching the Bible, but at a little more advanced level for these students. Pray for us, as we cultivate men.

Current Needs:

At the moment, we don’t have very good chairs, so we are hoping to purchase at least 100 new chairs for The Life Center.

We are blessed to serve together! Continue to pray for us as we pray for you!

Tatupa and Tatumo

And then came the rain…

Its June, and the villagers are preparing their lands to cultivate corn on the steep mountain sides. For those of us who have fruit trees, we are enjoying an excellent harvest of Cherries this year. They sell at market for between 7-15b per kilo. Sale from Cherries have allowed villagers to be able to make a small income in another way. At this time our bananas are not very beautiful due to the intense heat of April and May. In fact, many of our bananas burned and few trees actually toppled over under their own weight. This month we spent alot of time and money cutting grass in our field. We have many acres of land to care for, so this was a full time job for a number of days. We also have began plowing our rice fields to prepare for rice cultivation. This year, the rain has begun to fall early, so we have adjusted to the rains. Our pond and newly dug out reservoir are beginning to collect rainwater from our mountain water source.

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We thank God that although this year was hotter than most, the rain came early. Villagers in our banana cooperative were excited to be able to sell our bananas, even though our bananas are not very beautiful this time of year. The villagers say that although their incomes may be low, they are glad to know they can have at least one consistent stream of income through bananas. They can use this income to help pay off the electric bill and cover monthly food expenses.

This month we have watched our rabbits grow, and our aquaponics lab thrive. We also had a chance, this past weekend, to welcome and enjoy two Interns from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia to our farm, Katie and Emily.  We are very grateful for their visit and to Abigail for connecting us!

Finally, we would like to thank God for His perfect plan. We are growing confident day by day in seeing His plan unfold. We believe that God has, and will continue to bless both our family and our neighbors around us. May God bless each and every one of you.

 
Witoon and Nayu