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A World Race Team a ministry of Adventures in Missions
 came to help us November 2010

They helped most every day with both weed cutting and teaching English. They helped with Kid's Club. We also had our first movie matinee on Sunday afternoon, showing Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  Please take the time to read some of their blogs below, you will be blessed

Imagine you are preparing your child for school. If your a parent this will be easy... If not a parent well then this is where the imagination portion if the exercise begins. Imagine they are dressed in a uniform. It's Tuesday so it's bright pink shirt day and black pants.
http://erinthames.theworldrace.org/?filename=who-am-i-to-say-this-situation-isnt-right

I made a short video depicting what it's like in the schools we visited.  It made me a little sad to be there actually. It was often frustrating to be teaching there.  The kids are fun and have so much joy.  They are wild and crazy though too!  Perhaps you'll say a prayer or two for them after you see this video.  Pray that God would send teachers to these schools who have a love for God and for the children of Thailand. 
See Michele's video at http://michellecook.theworldrace.org/?filename=on-and-in-over-and-under

I was able to ride the riding lawn mower. My favorite part about actually being on the mower was the view when I turned the corner. There's not much else like seeing the sun just after it's risen and nestled just above the mountain top. After cutting weeds and grass for a good hour and a half, it stopped working :( Every time I tried to engage the blade it died. I rode it over to where our contact was working and we quickly determined that I had mowed over a rope and it was now entangled and intertwined between the two blades. One of the ladies from the church was there talking to the pastor.
Find out what happened next.
http://michellecook.theworldrace.org/?filename=thachatchai-what

It's definitely strange to be in another country for the holidays!  A year ago I never would have imagined that I would be celebrating Thanksgiving in Thailand!  I wanted to share some of the details of how the ladies of team Habibi spent Thanksgiving
http://michellecook.theworldrace.org/?filename=a-lifetime-of-thanks

We went to a big festival / carnival the other night.  This celebration was to ask forgiveness for using and polluting the water.  It was amazing the amount of work and effort and planning and participation this whole thing caused.  The Buddhist made little flower "things" that had incense and candles in the center and they set them in the sea as their prayer ritual.
  See Aimee's video on the Loi Kratong celebration at http://aimeeholladay.theworldrace.org/?filename=how-god-how

The other night we had the opportunity to go into Patong.  The plan was to hand out tracts and dvds of the Jesus Film to anyone and everyone that would accept.  Patong is a place of restaurants, bars, massage parlors, stores, hotels, and a whole lot of tourist.  The main attraction to this area is not the food or the alcohol, but it is the women.  Beautiful Asian woman line the streets soliciting men to come into the parlor, restaurant, or bar where they "work".  more and her video on evangelism in Patong at http://aimeeholladay.theworldrace.org/?filename=im-pretty-sure-this-blog-is-rated-r-video 

I would spend some of my days helping to teach English at a couple of the local schools and other days weeding, raking, and picking up trash. It never failed that when I was out working in the scorching sun that I was given an ice cold beverage, on one of the days we were each even blessed to receive 4 drinks from 4 different strangers.

One afternoon while 3 of the girls were gone teaching Erin and I decided to go out and prayer walk around the Buddhist temple it was then that we stumbled upon one of the several "Spirit Houses" that are in the town For more check out Gina's blog here http://ginabeukelman.theworldrace.org/?filename=ive-been-given-the-drink-of-the-gods

 
Michelle on the tractor

Kid's Club

Kid's Club

students

students

We need your help with street cleanup, as the streets are overgrown with weeds and other vegetation and littered with trash. We do a lot of community service with a riding mower, a weed cutter, rakes, hoes, and shovels.  Your team can also do prayer walking.  You can help with Kids Club on Saturdays, a two and a half hour program teaching the Bible and teaching English.  You can also help teach English at two schools where Cindy teaches four days a week.  Plus we have a radio program, Gods Word for Today, on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, where you can share your testimony on the radio!  . We share the Gospel by giving out tracts, Bibles, and Jesus videos in the local market every Friday afternoon and at least once a month we share the Gospel with the bar girls and prostitutes in Patong, about an hour away. On Sunday your team can participate in church service by sharing testimonies, performing dramas, and proclaiming God in a part of Thailand that is coming to know Him more and more everyday!

Vision

We seek to see God build His church in the village of Thachatchai and the nearby communities in Phang Nga province. We want to give every person an opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel, and want to disciple existing believers. We would also like to network with all the churches of Phuket, and to offer training including YWAM-DTS, evangelism, childrens ministry, and hospital ministry.

Current Needs

bulletCommitted prayer partners
bulletMonthly financial supporters for Calvary Chapel at the Bridge (for our Thai staff as the church is not self supporting yet)
bulletVolunteers for community clean up, teaching English, youth ministry, childrens ministry, worship and evangelism
bulletShort term teams (no minimum stay)

YWAM Mahasarakham (NE Thailand)

A YWAM team that does outreach in an university in NE Thailand joined us in October 2009.  One member of the team could only stay a few days the others were here for ten. Three men and three women, one from India, one from Korea, and the others were Thai. They observed the Kid's Camp. They took turns each sharing their testimony on the radio program. They led worship on Sundays and Wednesdays. They helped with weed cutting and weed pulling. They cleaned the church. They painted the side of our house, where water has been seeping in during the heavy rains.. They repaired the wall around the health center. They went out on church visitation. They helped with children's ministry and evangelism.  

Blessed by YWAM Brisbane

Two teams came to help our church in January. One YWAM team was a Go team, of four women, and the other a regular DTS team with 6 women and 1 man.   They spent a week in Cambodia and a day in Bangkok before coming here.  Team members originated from Australia, Belgium, Norway, UK, and USA.  They helped in the Kids Club on Saturday, with worship on Sunday, and then during the week with community clean up, teaching English, visiting the sick, market evangelism, and building a platform for church.  The Go team left Wednesday night by bus to Bangkok and returned to Australia Friday morning.  The DTS team was picked up by Eagle's Rest in Phang Nga for two weeks of ministry there on Saturday morning.  They will later spend a month in Chiang Mai. 

The team on the platform

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market market wat
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Kid's Club

Cindy and On teach the Kid's Club every Saturday afternoon.   The team from YWAM Brisbane helped with it the Saturday they arrived from Bangkok by bus.   They had lots of other play time with the kids, as they had their lodging in the Community Center.  They also helped teach English to many of the same kids at the Thachatchai School

Kid's Club Kid's Club
Kid's Club YWAM Brisbane Go and DTS teams
Kid's Club Kid's Club
Kid's Club Kid's Club
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 Church on Sunday

Four team members led worship and two gave testimonies in the church service. 

Sunday worship testimony
Kale's testimony church

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Comments from the Team

Jenna, DTS team leader - What an incredible blessing you have been to our team!  You have been nothing but gracious and generous since we arrived and we are so grateful for your kindness and hospitality.  You are an incredible blessing to us, but more importantly, the Thachatchai community.  I pray God blesses you with an abundant harvest. ...Overall, this was a wonderful experience!  Honestly, you are some of the best contacts I've had out of five outreaches I've been on.  Thank you so much for creating such a great experience for us.  Great amount of rest/work (balance).  Hospitality.  Schedule.  Good variety of ministry/practical projects.  Simple things like smiles, singing, or cleaning up someone's yard can be a powerful witness.

Jolene, Go team leader and platform designer/builder  -  This part of our outreach was really good.  I really enjoyed being here.  You guys are amazing hosts!  Food and accommodations were great thanks for the beds.  I really enjoyed the variety of food.  New things are always good!  I really enjoyed building the stage.. as doing practical hands on stuff is my passion.  I really hope the stage works well for you.  Dana and Cindy you are great hosts.  I pray that God will bless you and your ministry here.  I will tell others about you and I pray that more teams will come.  God has been teaching me a lot about leadership..

Shelly - I really enjoyed the location on the beach.  Dana and Cindy are awesome, always willing to help and really happy.  The street clean up was good work - very hot but bearable.  I enjoy doing things where I can see the results.  God has taught me that even without being able to speak their language they understood why we were cleaning up and helping them out.  I think a lot of people in the village have now moved one step closer and are probably at the question asking stage now.

Sarah the platform designer/ builder - It has been really good to have opportunities to go to the beach and go to see the (tsunami) memorial.  I personally loved having an extra project I could do for you as I love to have something to show for the work that I did.  You have been really well organized and feel like our time has been both productive and enjoyable.  I loved the pineapple challenge and the chance to go to the markets.  The food has been great and your hospitality has been such a blessing - especially the use of your washing machine and internet.  It has been lovely to spend time with you and get to know you personally as well as the work you are doing here.  Keep it up!  (God taught me) that He loves to spend time with us but He also wants us to be ready to 'move out', therefore we have to be ready and in formation - as navy ships - and facing out, ready to go and supporting others around us. 

Anonymous -  I really enjoyed the street clean up every morning, it gave a good start to the day, and I think the neighborhood was blessed by what we did.  I also think your hospitality has been outstanding.  You really took us into your home, showed us the town and the restaurants, spent time with us ... Thank you for making this the best part of outreach so far.  I have learned a lot about Thai culture, and about the people here, but also from Dana and Cindy, I have learned a lot about how it is to live in another country, and about adaptability.

Emma - I liked how you took us to dinner at the beach with the sunset.  Also thank you so much for letting us try all these different foods.  House visits were good!  Pineapple competition - really good! Can be good as a team building game as well.  It was really good that you took us around the village the first day and told us your story.  Thank you for spending so much time with us as well.  It's been awesome to get to know you.  (God taught me) how He is in all the cultures and how we can learn new things about Him wherever we go.  The Thai people have a lot of His gentleness and joy.  I hope to come back here and it's exciting to see what's happening in this village.

Ruth - It has been such a wonderful week here in Thachatchai!  You have been such a blessing in every way, and I hope we've been a blessing for you too.  I pray God will do more great things in this village and that more YWAM teams will come and visit you! ... The kids are very nice, the people are so friendly, so amazing.  The fact that you live next to the beach is so much fun and such a blessing for us!  Every ministry we did was a very good experience, I really feel we made a difference.  God showed me more about His heart about the Thai people!  You can really find God in every culture, it's cool.   There is really something we can learn from them with their hospitality and positivity! God is really blessing this town!! I'm so excited for the future of Thachatchai

We welcome YWAM and church teams to come help us here.  Please see www.wdbydana.com/outreach.htm for additional outreach locations.  Our location number is 119. .

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Cindy at beach dinner beach dinner
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