Sunday, August 23, 2015

Summer in Thailand

On our 29th wedding Anniversary, August 16th

Greetings to you all!

We wanted to update you on the past 2 months in Thailand.  On August 16th we celebrated our 29th Wedding Anniversary at a beautiful spot in the Kao Yai mountains.   We feel blessed and fortunate for this time together.  Hannah Grace told people she and Noah were getting to go on their first anniversary!

Gary and Sean Hughes with the Roi Et team celebrating Thai teammate Patdy's birthday

 In July we were blessed to have two small teams come to visit us in Thailand.  Gary and Sean Hughes came for a couple of weeks, followed by Lee and Bobby Gettys and Caroline Spangler.  It was a tremendous encouragement and blessing for us to host both groups.  We were able to introduce them to Thai culture in the city, the coast and in Roi Et.  They were able to spend time meeting our Thai students and joining the current Thai team with activities.

Introductions at Banon for first time guests which included a dance move!

We had spoken with both teams about this mission trip, that they would not be physically "doing work" here, but that the way they could serve was by being open to the culture and relationship building.  It was a beautiful exchange of cultures on both sides.  The teams from America were able to offer encouragement and love to the Thai people, the Thai people opened their lives and hearts to the Americans.  It was a beautiful exchange and we believe appreciation of both sides.  God is good and we believe this time will forever change hearts and minds.  It is interesting as people realize that as human beings created in the image of God we are all more alike than we are different.  

The Attaways, Hughes and Cheryl Moye, from TMS coming to serve in Thailand in the future

Personal Thai Tour guides at a Wat

Each of our guests has relayed to us that this trip was meaningful for them and created a love and burden for the Thai people and the needs here.  This week at our home church in Greenville SC a group that visited will be speaking about the trip to combined Sunday School classes to increase awareness about Thailand and to share how they can be praying.  It is perfect timing we believe, especially in light of the recent bombings in Bangkok.  We ask you too, please pray for this country and the Thai people especially.  We pray for the Lord to be glorified in all things here, that his name will be known.

Showing the beauty of Thailand
Meeting Thai friends at the park in Roi Et

August has included having after school activities at our home, doing conversational English and building relationships with students in the park, teaching English classes in a couple of schools, and working with team on Wednesday nights and Sunday's at Banon.  We are continuing to learn Thai language and culture, praying for God's presence and help in these areas.  We make plenty of mistakes, but hope the genuine love we have for the Lord and the Thai people will overcome barriers.  Noah recently had the opportunity to go with Life to Ranong to teach English for a camp.  It was an incredible experience for him, we are grateful his willingness to serve.

Students in English Camp in Ranong

Please join us in prayer for Thailand and the victims and families of the recent bombing,  for the Muang Thai Church and for Pastor Life and his family as he has left his job in the school for full-time ministry, for the Roi Et Ministry and for the Ranong ministry led by the Mejudhons.  We count each of your as partners and cannot be on this journey without you.

Many Blessings.

Todd, Pam, Noah and Hannah Grace

Mountains of Kao Yai

Thursday, June 25, 2015

June in Rot Et

Teaching English

Conversational English- How to Order at Pizza Hut

Our mailing address:

Todd Attaway
27/1 Ronnachaicharnyut
Soi 14
Muang Roi Et
Thailand,  45000 

Sawadee Ka (Hello) from Thailand,

We have settled back in Roi Et and have been with getting to know students better and helping them with their conversational English skills.  We are using a dialogue teaching method where the students participate in role play, using scripts in English.  These pictures are students ordering pizza from a restaurant.  The students did a great job and seemed to enjoy learning new English phrases.

Learning English with Dialogues
Sunday morning in Banon
Sunday mornings at Banon we are helping teach English after the worship time.  Kat, the Thai teammate has been teaching from the Old Testament with stories about Abraham.  Patdy, another Thai teammate has be leading with worship songs. Last week there were over 60 students present!

English Club

English Club on Tuesdays at our Home

On Tuesdays students come to our home after school for a time to practice their English conversation and hang out with us.  It has been a huge blessing getting to know them better and also having the opportunity to meet their families.  Please pray this group continues to grow and that the students will benefit from their time with us.  We are also going to the park in town and trying to meet students there to practice English.  It is great getting to meet them and talk to them in everyday life situation

English Lesson- Making Paper Airplanes
Please continue to pray for our ministry here, that we can love students and show them the love of the Father.  We are very blessed with our home here and are also making deeper relationships with our neighbors.  They are very generous and loving to us, bringing us fruit and helping us out in anyway they can.  The language is a barrier, but it is helping us learn Thai!  We plan to have a cookout when our friends from the US visit next month.

We appreciate your love and support for us and for the Thai people.  Please continue to lift up prayers for all of us.  We have friends from our home church coming over during the month of July.  We hope this will be a great time of cultural exchange and awareness for both them and the Thai people.  Please lift them up for the trip, Gary and Sean Hughes, Lee and Bobby Gettys, and Caroline Spangler.

Stay with us!  Blessings to you all.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Life is Hope Camp

They say pictures speak for a thousand words so we have filled this blog post with pictures of Life in Hope Camp.  Thirty-nine Roi Et Students came to the Muang Thai Church for four weeks to attend academic and English Classes, devotions and worship, fellowship and fun.  It was a great time had by all.  We are grateful for the Lord's presence and grace during this camp.

Todd hanging out with the students

Noah leading worship each morning

Students before a trip out to the Children's Museum

On the MRT train

Practicing Reading English books

Todd and Milo


Reading the script of the Easter Story while listening to the story

On Bangkok street

At the Park

Students on the Open Air bus, back to Roi Et

Hannah Grace on Sports Day

Life is Hope

Mi, Bhume and Raff

Students singing at Church

Sports Day Fun

Camp Staff-Mot and Pure

Patdy-Ministry Team

Kat- Ministry Team

CJ and Hannah Grace getting in on the fun

Easter Sunday~ He is Risen

We feel grateful and fortunate to have been able to spend these past few weeks with these amazing students and staff.   Please join us in praying that these students will know the love and life that Christ offers them.  There were many opportunities for them to hear about God and his love for them.  Life is hope.

Thank you for your support for us and for being a part of the lives of the beautiful Thai people.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Showing Love

This first month back has been full in so many ways. We have had a lot of things to do just to get settled into our new home. One never really realizes how difficult it is to communicate some of the most basic things until you are on your own, one on one with the sales person, and they don't speak English.

While enduring a struggle it seems like time is standing still. You begin to perspire, you feel all the other Thai people watching, you know they understand exactly what the salesman is saying and you are the only one who does not get it. At one point we had about 15 people from the other departments just watching the show. However, with God's help, we have managed to purchase mattresses and a refrigerator and have them successfully delivered to our house.

 I always wonder what they think when they see us coming into the store.  We are probably on YouTube somewhere in one of our purchase adventures. It has all been mostly fun and it has helped us learn a few new words. We are however, thankful for God's provision of a house with lots of open space to host small groups and youth.

Large space for ministry


Even a Bathtub!
We found the house to rent and are excited about the possibility it brings for space for ministry and the gift of hospitality to the Thai people.

The other ways we have been filled is through spending time with the students, sharing English and giving and receiving love. This past week we talked about how Jesus loves us all no matter what our past is like. We told the story of Zacchaeus and even though he was a sinner Jesus came, loved him and was a guest in his house. We talked about people we love and with the upcoming Valentine's had the kids make cards for someone they love.
Making Cards for Jade

Sending a Valentine Message 

Ban Non Students being Creative

Happy Valentine's Day

Noah and Hannah Grace have shared their love and talents with the students. Noah seems to draw a crowd of boys when they begin to feel the beat of the djembe.

Hands On

Noah Teaching the Beat
Hannah Grace likes the singing, drama and dance. She expresses her love to the students by showing them that sometimes you just have to put yourself out there!

Teaching a Dance

Sharing Her Voice

We love you and thank you for your prayers and support. The Attaways

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Back in Thailand

Flying into Japan
Hello from Thailand!

We are back in Thailand, over jet lag and ready to begin ministry.  We were blessed to come back to mild temperatures, in the 80s.  It won't be long before it starts heating up, so we are enjoying it while its here!  We have been finalizing some work permit details and searching for a ministry vehicle while in Bangkok along with seeing our friends who live here.  We feel certain this is where the Lord needs us for this season of our lives.


Noah officially celebrated his 17th birthday in Thailand.  A couple from the church invited us to dinner  for a birthday celebration for Noah at their home, it was a wonderful night.  We are grateful for friends in Christ here.  He got a guitar for his birthday, so he has been practicing.  He has been able to play basketball with some teenagers from Life's school as well.  

Dinner with Friends in Thailand for Noah's 17th Birthday
At Sky Train 
Hannah Grace has been enjoying her time back with CJ and playing at the church.  God has blessed our transition back here, we cannot thank you enough of your support and prayers.  We feel the presence of God.

Hannah Grace in the Bangkok Mall at a Lego exhibition

Please continue to lift us up as we make the move to Roi Et next week, especially as we look for housing.  Our fellow mission family the Barbees will be on furlough for 5 months while they support raise for their second 5 year term.  We will be teaching several of their classes while they are away and assisting with Wednesday and Sunday worship activities with their students.  This is a great opportunity for us to get to know the students better and increase our Thai language ability.  Most students do not speak much English.  Please keep us in your prayers as we move into our new roles and also as we search for a location for an after school center in Roi Et.  

Meeting with fellow missionaries from China in Bangkok

We ask for special prayer requests for our brother in Christ, Jade.  Jade is a Christian who has lived his life in testimony to Christ.  Jade is 23 years old.  He has cancer and unable to receive more treatment.  Please pray for him and his family as well as all the people here who love him.   Jade has been a huge encouragement to our family and we love him dearly.

Jade with members of the Muang Thai Church

It was great to see as many of you as we did while in the US.  We will cherish all of our time spent with you.  We pray for you daily.  

Thank you again for loving us so well.  We could not serve Christ here without you.

Be strong and courageous.  Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.  Joshua 1:9