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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

Kitchen

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




Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas in the US

Nana and Hannah Grace at Lake Junaluska
Merry Christmas to you all.

We have spent the past 2 months in the US visiting friends and family and speaking at churches about life in Thailand and how people can pray for and partner with the Thai people.  God has blessed our time here, we have spent quality time with folks which has been a tremendous blessing to us.  We have enjoyed familiar foods and all of the Christmas events.  We are so appreciative of our host family the Robinsons and many who have loved on us during our time here.

Time with Sidney
Christmas time with Ashley
Granmama and Noah
Time with Aunt Carolyn

Pop pop and Hannah Grace


Hannah Grace speaking to Good News Club
The people we have reconnected with at supporting churches and new people we have met who have an interest and heart for what God is doing across the world has been incredible.  So many have a heart for Asia and want to be part of bringing the love and hope of Jesus to Thailand.  They have committed to stay connected and to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ in Thailand and also for those who do not yet know him.


Roi Et Rural Roads
We will head back Jan 7 and plan to begin searching for a location for an after school program and make arrangements to take the English club to the rural schools.  We still will need to purchase a ministry vehicle when we return to be able to get to the rural schools, so far we have raised about $5000.  The projected cost of a certified used vehicle that will be adequate to transfer kids is $10,000 to $15,000.  If you can help with this special need there is a give now tab on our blog that is designated for the ministry vehicle.

We thank you all so much for your love and support to our family.   We could not answer this call on our lives without you.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers and we will do the same for you.

Peace and Love,
The Attaways

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Life in Roi Et

Hello from the Attaways!

The adjustment in Roi Et has gone fairly smoothly these first couple of months. Our largest hurdle has been a re-adjustment to the food in the Northeast. Although it is similar to Bangkok our stomachs have identified some things that are different.  We are getting out and meeting the people in the area and have begun building relationships now that they have seen us visit their restaurant and shops several times. We have also made friends with one of the night watchmen at our apartment complex. We try to go by and speak with him every night. Without a doubt the first thing we discuss with him is; have you eaten yet? and what will you eat? This is a common early question in Thai culture. Many times after this they they will invite you to eat if you have not already. This routine has helped us work on our hearing and speaking of the Thai language in a relaxed setting. We look forward to building more an more of these relationships as we come to know the people of Roi Et.
Visiting a Temple in Chiang Mai
Corn is considered a dessert in Thailand

Fried frogs
Fried crickets


NO we don't eat the frogs and crickets…..yet!!

We are currently back in the US where we will be sharing our life and ministry with some of our supporting churches and potential new supporters. This is a special time for us as we share and hopefully provide a deeper insight into what life for us is like in Thailand and how we plan to expand our mission goals. We are looking for a place to provide a after school program. We will meet with a city Director to discuss opportunities we may can be involved in with an after school program.
Rural  Roi Et
 In addition, we are developing an English Club to take into the rural schools outside of Roi Et. With that we need to purchase a ministry vehicle to reach these areas. Most of the village schools are located 20 to 45 minutes outside of the city. We have priced Toyota certified vehicles, small pick-ups and vans, and they range from $10,000 to 15,000.  We can hopefully find a quality vehicle for less, but this provides us a target to aim for.  If you or any group you know of would like to help meet this need, a contribution can be made by clicking the "Donate" link on the left side of this blog.  It will take you to the contribution page. Select the vehicle link to make your contribution.
Sunday Stories and English

Thai Student Leaders
                                                   
                                                                Learning at Banon
                                           

We thank you for all the support of prayers, care packages, calls, notes and finances. We hope you all feel a part of this ministry and can feel the blessings that you are to us and the Thai people we come in contact.

Prayer Requests:
For continued support and funding for a ministry vehicle
Please pray for our time as we speak with each group over the next couple of months.
Our time with family and friends.
The English Club as we go out to these schools when we return to Thailand.
A place for after school meetings.

Many blessings and thank you for staying with us on this journey!

The Attaways

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Leaving Bangkok for Roi Et

Greetings everyone,

We have had a busy couple of weeks, we have moved from our apartment at the church in Bangkok to the city of Roi Et, seven hours NorthEast.  We felt the Lord prompting us to continue our language and culture study here where we plan on serving him for our remaining time in Thailand.  The Isan area where we now live is primarily rural, with rice farming being the main source of income here.  We found an apartment in the city of Roi Et which is a larger city here, about 40,000 people.  There are shops, restaurants, businesses, schools and temples all around.  There are a few restaurants that serve Western food so that has been a blessing!  It is much quieter here, less traffic and a breeze.  We get a lot of looks as we walk around the town, since there are few Westerners here. Noah and Hannah Grace get most of the stares, we try to greet folks and smile.  Having eyes on you is definitely an adjustment for all of us, but at least they are noticing we are here.  We try to be ourselves and pray that God is using our presence here somehow for his glory.  Now we just have to get to know them and to be able to speak with them.
Getting ready to board the bus to Roi Et
Our belongings
 There is a beautiful park in the center of the city where many people go to walk, play basketball, play on the playground and just hang out.  We are in walking distance of most of the things we need, which is important since we haven't yet purchased a ministry vehicle.  We go to the park about everyday to try to meet and greet Thai people.





The other team members live 10 to 15 minutes from us so we have been blessed by their company and presence since arriving.  Some of the students we got to know at camp this summer were at their home last Wednesday night for worship, so we had the chance to reconnect. with them.  Noah picked right up with a friend he made named Biw.  Although they have to speak with broken Thai and English the two seem to find a way to make it work.
We felt the Lord encouraging us to host a worship night in English in our home, so that those on the team and others serving here who speak English could have an opportunity to worship in their native tongue.  We had worship here in our apartment Saturday night from 6 to 9.  We ate dinner together (we made spaghetti) read scripture, sang praise songs and watched a recorded sermon about Listening to God.  After the sermon we had small group time and prayed for each other.  We had 10 people here to worship,  Noah and Hannah Grace participated as well.  God blessed our time and we believe offering church in our home each week is something we feel led to do.  Please join us in prayer for our group to grow, for this to be an opportunity for team members and others to be fed spiritually and for God to be shone glory.
New apartment, main room

One of the bedrooms

Our apartment in Roi Et, Second floor
Please continue to pray for our transition here and for us to begin to make relationships with Thai nationals.  We live in a 2 bedroom apartment where we are comfortable.  The apartment complex is full of high school students who live here and attend school right down the street.  We are living in the middle of students and believe the Lord has brought us here for a reason.  Join us in prayer in how we can serve him and bring his name and hope to so many who do not know him.

We love you all and pray for you, please continue to stay with us on this journey.  Blessings.
Our family with our Thai Tutor, Nid in Bangkok


Todd at the Barber shop in Roi Et