As you receive this, I will have wrapped up the last interviews and caught the final photo opportunities before heading back down to the big city.
Saturday we took an eight-hour bus ride north from Chiang Mai to the very edge of Thailand in order to spend time with the team among the Prai people. Sunday morning we attended a church service in one village, and Sunday evening, an outreach to a village up in the mountains on the border.
Monday morning’s highlight was interviewing the three Prai young women who are teaching literacy. It was a highlight because of their vision for how important it is for people to be able to read God’s Word for themselves, and their burden for the many unreached among their own people. Teaching them to read and write their own language is a great way of getting them involved in Bible lessons.
One of them, Nit, was horribly carsick on the winding road to a village where she would be teaching – a trip she would have to take repeatedly. “I said, ‘Lord, does it have to be this way?’” she said. “But I thought, God has brought me here for this. I’m going to persevere.”
“I’m just really pressured inside,” said her co-worker, Nut, “to go up there and teach people to read,” because literacy will greatly help the church reach out to those who have not heard.
Would you pray for Nit, Nut and Nim as they persevere in teaching literacy in Prai villages? Pray that many will learn to read and write Prai well, and this will draw many to Bible lessons.
Pray also for me and my co-workers here, Jerry and April, as we head back home, first eight hours on a bus and then about 26 hours by plane.