Akha Ministry 阿卡部落

Wendy was born in Hong Kong but responded to God's calling at a young age to live for 10 months in an Akha village to discern God's will in her life. After confirmation of the call she studied at the Christian Alliance seminary in Hong Kong, and moved to Thailand to serve the hill tribe minority Akha people, even marrying an Akha minister, Anawin. She now lives incarnationally as an Akha wife, mom and minister/teacher to teach and help needy Akha children and adults. They have set up 4 churches and are running two Chinese schools and a student hostel to bring up people to know Christ by HIS grace.

Donations

For donations, please visit:
https://www.daybreakdev.org/donations
Under 'Campaign', please select Akha Project 2024.

You can also mail a check to:
Daybreak Development Corp
PO Box 14
Woodstock, GA 30188
Please put a note with the check saying "Akha Project"

Ministry Updates

Dear supporting friends

Happy Christmas!

There’s a great deal of activity for all our Christmas celebrations which are coming up very soon. Lots of performances to practice and prepare. There will be lots of people coming as usual.

The Thai Christian Plan to Reach Thailand for Jesus is based on the fact that there are only 600,000 registered Protestants in Thailand. So the Target is totally 1 million. Of the 600,000 10% or 60,000 are in Chiang Rai So ChiangRai is taking over 10% of the target

The overall target is 1 million Christians, from 600k. (10,000 pastors from 6,000, and 10,000 churches from 6,000), Chiang Rai will take 10% of these numbers

There are 77 provinces but Chang Rai now is the most Christianized actually. Of course it’s still a very small number in total. But CR has much more than Bangkok. Tribal Minorities are a big percentage in different places. In Chiang Rai 70% of the Christians are minorities

I am now pretty multi-lingual Akha, English, Chinese, plus Cantonese, so I have to be pulled to do many things. I’m part of the organizing committee and even treasurer of this United Christian effort in Chianng Rai. So I’m kept very busy organizing and distributing funds etc

Friday there is a big parade going on, closing five streets and our two churches supply 100 students to help out so there’s a lot of preparation of props and exhibits .

Actually I have a problem with being totally fluent in Thai so since all the discussions and plannings are in Thai, I have to work really focused, but I feel that God has put me in this position for training and cross-cultural interactions, being the only female pastor in the Thai speaking committee and not even of Thai citizenship. Good training, including Zooming for international participants involved in fundraising

Three churches in Hong Kong have invited me to go back to speak but I really cannot leave probably until the fall of 2024 .

Jacob is still very dependent on mom, but Mercy is very independent at 12 years of age and goes to an active youth group at another church. Where she has a lot of peers that she interacts well with and she has some leadership position also. Her academic studies are going real well.

Pray for

1. The big event of the parade. Hoping that there won’t be heavy rain which has happened recently. Uniting 30 churches is really good to do this. But half the kids in the Youth Center are sick. They are in charge of three performances so please remember that

2. Blossom Village: a couple of ministers out of the five will be leaving because their home church has asked him to start a new orphanage. They have done excellent Children’s ministry work, James and Nud have been there for 5 years and built up the program tremendously so that it’s a thriving program now so it’s difficult to find a substitute who ideally would be fluent in Chinese and Akha and can handle the music and administration also because they were in charge of all of that in the children’s program.

Charles and Suk are the other couple but they mostly take care of the church and Charles doesn’t speak Chinese anyway … it’s really very difficult to find new workers that are so capable

3. Carrot village needs a new toilet facility which they do not have now and since there are regularly 25 people that come it’s too much to work with, without the toilet. So they are trying to raise US$2,000 to build that .

4. The road is finished to go to Blossom Village. Praise the Lord. The inside of the church is also being finished and the next project would be to finish the fence. One month ago there was an earthquake which damaged a lot of property and so the new laws are more strict and require more time to deal with. Even the hospital was damaged. It’s a big news item.

5.The Christmas services in Carrot and Blossom will need about $1,500 to cover the gifts, the food, the tools and the bamboo stages which will be temporary to accommodate the hundreds of people coming.

Happy Christmas!

The Lord is so good
Wendy and Anawin

亲爱的支持者朋友们,

圣诞快乐!

我们即将到来的圣诞庆祝活动有很多准备工作要做。有许多表演需要排练。像往常一样会有很多人来参加。

到泰国传播福音的计划,基于这样的事实:泰国仅有60万注册的新教徒。所以目标总数是100万。在这60万人中,10%,即6万人在清莱。所以清莱承担超过10%的目标。

 整体目标是将基督徒人数从60万增长到100万。(将牧师人数从6000增长到1万,将教堂数从6000增长到1万)。清莱将承担这些数字的10%。

泰国有77个省,但事实上清莱是信奉基督教人口比例最高的省份。当然无论如何这个绝对数字仍然很小。但是与曼谷相比,清莱的基督教人口更多。 在泰国的不同地区,少数民族占很大的比例。在清莱,70%的基督教徒是少数民族 。

我现在是多语言通:阿卡、英语、中文, 还有粤语  。所以经常需要投身于不同的事务。我是清莱这场联合基督教活动的组织委员会的一员,更是出任财务主管  。因此,我忙于组织和分发资金等工作。

星期五将有一个大型游行,会封闭5条街道。我们的两个教会会派出100名学生前去协助。所以现在有很多道具和展品需要准备。

事实上,我的泰语不是很流利,而所有的讨论和计划都用泰语进行。所以我需要非常集中精力,但我觉得神安排我这个位置是为了训练和跨文化交流。作为委员会里唯一的女性泰语牧师,且非泰国公民,这是很好的训练,包括为国际筹款参与者主持Zoom会议。

香港的三个教堂邀请我回去讲道,但我可能要等到2024年秋季才能离开。

Jacob还很依赖妈妈,但12岁的Mercy已经很独立了,她参加了另一个教会的一个非常活跃的青年团契。她在那里有很多她相处愉快的朋友,而且她还担任些领导角色。她的学业也进展很顺利。

请为以下事项祈祷:

  1. 大型游行活动。希望不会突然降大雨,最近确实下雨比较多。30家教会联合举办这项活动,效果很好。但是青年中心里一半儿童生病了。他们负责三场演出,所以请记念这件事。
  2. Blossom 興旺村:五名牧师中会有一对夫妇离开,因为他们的主教会请求他们开办新的孤儿院。James和Nud在那里服事儿童事工有5年时间,极大地发展了这个事工,现在是蓬勃发展的事工,很难找到替代者。理想状况是可以流利地说中文和阿卡语,并能处理音乐和行政事务,因为他们之前就是负责儿童事工中的所有这些工作。

Charles 和Suk主要负责教会事务,而查尔斯也不会说中文。要找到才能兼备的新同工确实非常困难。

  1. Carrot 萝卜村需要新的厕所设施, 目前还没有,而且经常会来25个人来,没有厕所设施很难应对。所以他们正在募集2000美元用来建设厕所。
  2. 興旺村的道路终于修好了,感谢主!教堂内部也正在完工,下一个项目是完成围栏。一个月前发生了地震,损坏了很多财产,所以新的法规更加严格,需要更多时间来处理。甚至医院也受损。这是个大新闻。  
  3. 萝卜村和興旺村的圣诞崇拜需要约1500美元,用于礼物、食物、工具和临时竹台,,以容纳数百名前来参加的人。

圣诞快乐!

上帝是如此信实。

瑜楓所文Wendy Anawin敬上

Happy 20242 everyone

James 光理 and Noot 淑英our faithful ministers, husband and wife team in Blossom Village興旺村, are leaving to start a new ministry! They have been faithfully serving with us for many years and they are going to be severely missed!

They are multilingual, they can teach Chinese very well, they preach and they lead singing and worship very well. They get along well with the village people and so everyone will certainly miss them but we wish them well as they go on to the next phase that God has put in their hands.

May God bless the remaining people that are serving there that they would rise to the occasion and become faithful servants like James and Noot!

Anawin所文 has become a good seminary student and has gotten used to being a student now so that he has enough rest and can dedicate his time to study. He even gave a final good sermon to the Bible School at his end of season. He is happy because he has learned a lot about the Bible and church organization. And he uses his skills well in practice. So he comes back on weekends to speak at the church to assume his normal role as the senior pastor for the church in Bawo Village, Chiang Rai 把握村(清萊市)

As for me I maintain my role as minister and assistant to the senior pastor doing a lot of executive work organizing and managing the household, the school, and teaching women and children especially. It’s pretty hectic work still. In fact some days it’s overwhelming and I usually I only get 5 hours of sleep.

Please forgive me if I cannot answer all your emails and even phone calls!

The only hours I can do quiet time and devotion and Bible teaching preparations is in the early morning before anything happens. There’s a lot of visitations of sick people or injured people from accidents and their relatives. Often it’s the relative of one of our members at church and we have to go and visit them which often takes half a day already. But it’s so wonderful to see these people being encouraged when we go and visit.

I thank the Lord that he has given me good skills to multitask through different things but I’m pretty exhausted so I pray that God will send a good assistant to help out. After college many of our members like to go to Chiang Mai or Bangkok for a better living experience so it’s difficult to recruit them to do a mission task, but Lord willing someone like that might be able to be willing to stay and help out. In the meantime God gave me student helpers who help with some things but they also are so busy. One day I’ll be able to train up my own children also to do something. They are still quite young and not as mature, but God give me patience and love!

Have a good year praising the Lord!

God is so faithful

Wendy瑜楓敬上


大家2024新年快乐!

我們忠實的事奉者景光和淑英夫婦,正準備離開莊園興旺村,開始他們新的事工!他們已在這裡忠心事奉多年,他們的離去將令我們傷心欲絕!

他們通晓多种语言,中文教得特別好,他們講道和帶領敬拜讚美都很出色。他們和村民們相處融洽,所以大家肯定都會懷念他們,但是我們衷心祝福他們開始上帝賜予他們的新旅程!

願上帝賜福那些留在這兒繼續事奉的人,使他們能夠挺身而出,成為像景光和淑英那樣忠心的僕人!

所文已經適應了神學院的生活,已经成为一名优秀的神学院学生,他現在有足夠得休息,可以專心投入學習。他甚至在學期末向圣经学校做了最后的讲道。他很高興自己在聖經和教會組織方面學到了很多,並且能够在实践中运用他的技能。所以他每個周末回到教會,擔任他在清萊市把握村的主任牧師角色。

我的角色是传道人和助理牧師,负责管理和組織家庭、學校的工作,尤其是教导婦女和兒童。工作依然相当繁忙,有时甚至让人不堪重负,我通常只能睡5个小时。

請原諒我無法回覆您所有郵件和電話!

我唯一有靜思、查經和講道預備時間的就是清晨。我们经常要去探望生病或事故受伤的人及其亲属。他們是我們教會人的親屬,我們会去看他們,往往花半天时间。看到他們受鼓勵倍感欣慰。

我感謝主給我處理多任務的技能,但我感到相当疲惫,所以祈求神差派好幫手。大學生常希望去清邁或曼谷過更好生活,所以很难招募他们来做传教的任务,但若主願意,也許有人願留下幫忙。神暫時給我一些學生幫手,但他們也非常忙碌。总有一天,我将能够培养出自己的孩子们去做一些事情。他们目前还很年轻,不够成熟,但上帝请赐给我耐心和爱心!

上帝是如此忠实

瑜楓 敬上

Dear brothers and sisters,

Happy Chinese New Year!

Anawin fell down while playing basketball at the Seminary School and fractured both wrists. He needed to wear plaster casts for two weeks. He had to stop school for two weeks. I have to take care of his daily life and diet every day. Please give me God’s strength.

Mercy’s Math scores were not ideal and she was ultimately unable to transfer to another school and at the moment the wish to her to be a doctor could not be fulfilled but I was not too disappointed. I prayed to the Lord to guide her in her future.

Last week, a Chinese New Year Festival was held in Blossom Village. We were grateful for the good weather and the good atmosphere. Everyone was very happy and felt the love of the Lord.

Brothers and sisters from Bawo Village came to our house to visit and pray for us. I made Poon Choi (Cantonese mixed vegetables pan cai) for the first time to the church members. They said it was delicious, which made me feel very happy!

Recently we’ve had a few setbacks that were rather disappointing and even very discouraging. All the great busy activities of the Lunar New Year (after Christmas and New Year) were wonderful but there was the letdown right afterwards, when the kids became extra disobedient and unruly. Then Annawin’s mother had to go to hip surgery and his older brother had a heart artery block which required operation. And Anawin’s younger brother crashed our older car. This together with my backaches threw me into a bit of depression! Please pray for all this

Praise the Lord, we’re beginning to process to build the encircling protective wall for Blossom Village! Thank you! Funds are tight particularly because of the contract to finish the Blossom Village fence, toilets and baptism pool (~20k usd)

Pray for:

1. Ask the Lord to heal Anawin’s hands so that he can reduce his discomfort and trust in the Lord.

2. Ask the Lord to give me the patience to take care of all his daily needs. This is my first experience after marriage.

3. Ask the Lord to keep my visa application smooth.

4. Because I will be away from Chiang Rai to help in the Thailand evangelism campaign, at the end of the month and the beginning of the month for my ministry, I have to leave my children and my husband behind. Please ask the Lord to give me peace and stability so that I can cope with many work arrangements.

5. Please pray for all the recent trials and our ability to cope with it all!

Cast your cares on the LORD and HE will sustain you, he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalms 55:22

Wendy and Anawin

God is so faithful


For donations please visit:

https://www.daybreakdev.org/donations

Then select Akha Project 2024.

You can also mail a check to:

Daybreak Development Corp

PO Box 14

Woodstock, GA 30188

Put a note with check saying “Akha Project”


亲爱的弟兄姐妹们:

新年快乐!

Anawin(所文)在神学院打篮球时摔倒,双手腕骨折。他需要打上石膏两周。他不得不停学两周。我需要每天照顾他的生活和饮食。请赐予我上帝的力量。

Mercy润悯的数学成绩不理想,最终无法转学到另一所学校,目前她成为医生的愿望无法实现,但我并不太失望。我祈求主指引她未来的道路。

上周,在Blossom興旺村举办了一场中国新年庆祝活动。我们为天气晴朗和欢乐的氛围感到感恩。每个人都非常开心,感受到了主的爱。

Bawo村清萊永生浸信教會的弟兄姐妹们来到我们家探望并为我们祈祷。我第一次给教会成员做了盆菜,他们说很好吃,让我感到非常开心!

最近我们遇到了一些令人失望甚至非常沮丧的挫折。所有在农历新年期间(圣诞节和新年后)的繁忙活动都很美好,但紧接着就是让人沮丧的事情,孩子们变得格外不听话、难以控制。然后 Anawin 的母亲不得不接受髋部手术,他的哥哥心脏动脉阻塞需要手术。Anawin 的弟弟撞坏了我们的旧车。再加上我的背痛,这一切让我有点抑郁!请为这一切祈祷。

赞美主,我们开始筹备为Blossom興旺村建造围墙的工作!谢谢!由于要完成围墙、厕所和洗礼池的合同(约2万美元),资金有一点紧张。


代祷:

  1. 请主医治Anawin所文的手,让他能减少抱怨并信靠主。

  2. 请主赐我耐心照顾他的日常需求。这是我结婚后的第一次经历。

  3. 请主保佑我的签证申请顺利。

  4. 因为我将离开清莱去协助泰国的福音活动,在月底和月初的时间里,我必须把孩子和丈夫留在家里。请求主赐我平安和稳定,使我能够应对许多工作安排。

  5. 请为最近的所有考验和我们应对一切的能力祈祷!


你要把你的重担卸给耶和华,他必抚养你,他永不叫义人动摇。诗篇 55:22

瑜楓 所文 敬上

上帝是如此信实

奉獻支持请访问

https://www.daybreakdev.org/donations

然后选择Akha Project 2024

您还可以寄支票至:

Daybreak Development Corp

PO Box 14

Woodstock, GA 30188

在支票上附上注明“Akha Project”。