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Coats - International Ministries The latest from Scott and Aphiwan (Tan) Coats https://internationalministries.org/teams/58-coats.rss Praying Without Ceasing <p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%">Dear Praying Friends and Faithful Supporters,<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal">A little different format for you all this time—I hope you find it easier to read and more interesting.&nbsp;<br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">It’s just about two weeks since we returned to Thailand.&nbsp;&nbsp; Tan and I are both still a little under the weather with nasty coughs we think we brought with us from the US.&nbsp;&nbsp; Our time so far has been taken up with catching up with friends in Thailand and Myanmar (by phone, internet, and email), sorting out my Thai visa, and the building project of the Chiang Rai International Christian School (CRICS).&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Can you believe that after living in Thailand for 40 of my last 52 years I am still having visa troubles?&nbsp; I lost my ‘foreign spouse of a Thai wife Non-Immigrant’ visa since I was in the US when it was up for extension.&nbsp; So now, for the first time in my life, I am a ‘tourist’ in this country.&nbsp;&nbsp; I have submitted the paperwork to get a no-immigrant visa. <b>In the meantime, we are not allowed to travel abroad until the visa is approved toward the end of the month.&nbsp; That means we can’t get up to Eastern Shan State to see our friends or continue our work up there.</b>&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal">But it is probably OK since the building project at CRICS needs some special attention now.&nbsp; One of two new buildings is very close to completion, and we are ready to start a 3<sup>rd</sup>.&nbsp; We are busily trying to help get everything ready so a contract can be signed with the builder.&nbsp;&nbsp; Of course, we continue to move forward on Faith. <b>We are still over $200,000 short in raising the funds that are needed and yet we blindly, no… trustingly rather, continue to build because it has to get done!</b>&nbsp; The highway is coming and we have to have a place for these wonderful kids to go to school. <b>&nbsp;If anyone is interested in learning more about the school and this need please click here:&nbsp;&nbsp; </b><a href="http://crics.asia/"><b>http://crics.asia</b></a>&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal"><br></p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Cordia New&quot;;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:TH"><div><img alt="Large_photo_1__1_" src="http://www.internationalministries.org/uploads/picture/asset/61686/large_photo_1__1_.JPG?1459835395" style="border: 0px; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">&nbsp;</div><div><i>Annual Thai Thanksgiving Service<span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Cordia New&quot;;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:TH"><br></span></i></div><div><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Cordia New&quot;;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:TH"><br></span></div>It is our nature to stress out over the whole thing.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%;">The needs keep coming and we are compelled to keep building, yet we are completely unsure where the support will come from.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%;">But this past week, the Lord impressed upon me in two different worship services that in trials </span><b style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%;">it blesses the Lord when we thank Him, and oh do we have so much to thank the Lord for!</b><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%;"> Our little Thai church, just had their annual thanksgiving service this past Saturday. It was so nice to be a part of that.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%;">I love their practice of bringing ‘first fruits’ as a tithe to the Lord.</span>&nbsp;<p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><div><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Cordia New&quot;;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:TH">We so enjoyed visiting so many of you this time in the US.&nbsp; It was really a good time for us.&nbsp; We visited several of our faithful supporting churches, though we missed a number too.&nbsp; And we so loved seeing some of the retired missionaries on this trip.&nbsp; The Worleys, Dickersons, Dodges, Elders, and Dahlbergs.&nbsp; Such wonderful, faithful examples to us.</span><br></div><div><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Cordia New&quot;;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:TH"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Cordia New&quot;;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:TH"><br></span></div><div><img alt="Large_photo_1" src="http://www.internationalministries.org/uploads/picture/asset/61685/large_photo_1.JPG?1459835238" style="border: 0px; font-size: 12px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><i>Nita Stout and Tan</i></div><div><br></div><div><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Cordia New&quot;;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;mso-ansi-language: EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:TH">Lastly, we have a prayer request.</span></b><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"> Please pray for our dear friends, the Stouts. During our travels around the US we always see Kevin and Nita who live near Harrisburg, PA.&nbsp; We have known them since our graduate school days, almost 25 years ago.&nbsp; Nita, from Bangladesh, and Tan enjoyed their first experience in the snow together in Philadelphia in 1991.&nbsp; Two days before we left the US, Nita, only 45 years old, was tragically killed by a car while out on her morning walk.&nbsp; We know this is a very hard time for Kevin and his four boys.&nbsp; It has been very hard for Tan and I as well.</span></div><div><br></div><div>We thank God so much for each of you and your prayers for us and for our service here. Please continue to “pray without ceasing”. Thank you, thank you.&nbsp;<br></div><div><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Cordia New&quot;;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;mso-ansi-language: EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:TH">Scott and Tan</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Cordia New&quot;;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:TH"><br></span></div> Sun, 20 Mar 2016 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/61684-praying-without-ceasing https://internationalministries.org/read/61684-praying-without-ceasing The Nest is Empty <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:PixelsPerInch>120</o:PixelsPerInch> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana;letter-spacing:-.05pt;mso-fareast-language:EN-US; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">So the</span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana; letter-spacing:-.15pt;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> </span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">nest<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>is<span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">empty.</span><span style="letter-spacing:2.4pt"> </span>As<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">we write this</span><span style="letter-spacing:.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">(20 August</span><span style="letter-spacing: -.2pt"> </span>2015),<span style="letter-spacing:2.45pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">our two</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">older ones, </span>Alisa<span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">and</span><span style="letter-spacing:2.25pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">Silas,</span><span style="letter-spacing:2.6pt"> </span>are<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">taking</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">their</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">little brother,</span><span style="letter-spacing: -.15pt"> </span>our<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">youngest,</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">Sam,</span><span style="letter-spacing: -.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">over to</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">Virginia</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">from Indiana</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span>to<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> get</span><span style="letter-spacing:3.55pt; mso-font-width:99%"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">settled</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> into</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> college.</span><span style="letter-spacing:2.2pt"> </span>Tan<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span>and<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>I<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">(Scott)</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>are<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">cheering</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>from<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing: -.05pt">10,000</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span>miles&nbsp;<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">away. Though</span><span style="letter-spacing: -.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">we</span><span style="letter-spacing:2.95pt;mso-font-width:99%"> </span></span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">can’t<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> connect</span> so<span style="letter-spacing: -.15pt"> </span>easy<span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">when</span><span style="letter-spacing:.05pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">we are</span><span style="letter-spacing:.05pt"> </span></span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">here<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> </span>in <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"></span></span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">Kengtung</span><span style="letter-spacing:.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">(Eastern</span><span style="letter-spacing:1.75pt"> </span>Shan<span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> State</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> of</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>Myanmar)</span></span>,<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> when</span><span style="letter-spacing:1.35pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">we </span>are<span style="letter-spacing:.05pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">back</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>in<span style="letter-spacing:.05pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">Thailand,</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span>it is<span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">such</span> a<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">blessing to</span><span style="letter-spacing: -.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">have</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span>all<span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span>this<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">technology</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> at </span>our<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">finger</span> <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">tips</span><span style="letter-spacing:2.75pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">where</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">we</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">can</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">communicate</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">instantly</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt">at </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">any</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.3pt"> </span>time.</span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">It<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> </span>is<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>fair<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>to <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">say</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">that</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span>Tan<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">and</span> I<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span>have<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">not</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">been</span> <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">looking</span><span style="letter-spacing: -.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">forward</span><span style="letter-spacing:.2pt"> </span>to<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>this<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">time.</span><span style="letter-spacing:2.5pt"> </span>We<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> </span>miss<span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span>them<span style="letter-spacing:1.35pt; mso-font-width:99%"> </span></span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; letter-spacing:-.05pt;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">terribly.</span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;letter-spacing:2.6pt;mso-fareast-language:EN-US; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> </span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">It’s<span style="letter-spacing: -.1pt"> </span></span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana;letter-spacing:-.05pt; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">the</span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">start</span><span style="letter-spacing: -.1pt"> </span>of<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span>a<span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span>new<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span>phase<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span>of<span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">life </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt">that </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">will</span><span style="letter-spacing: -.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">require</span> <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">lots</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">of</span> adjustment,<span style="letter-spacing: 2.5pt"> </span>as<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>I<span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span>am<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> sure</span><span style="letter-spacing:2.35pt;mso-font-width:99%"> </span>many<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">of </span>you<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>have<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">experienced.</span><span style="letter-spacing: 2.55pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">Of</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">course,</span><span style="letter-spacing:2.45pt"> </span>I<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> </span>also<span style="letter-spacing:-.3pt"> </span>feel<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">the</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">tendency</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.25pt"> </span>to<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing: -.05pt">panic</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span>at<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>trying<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span>to <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">keep up</span> <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">with</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span>the<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span>bills<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>of<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">three </span>in<span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span>university. <span style="letter-spacing: -.05pt">But</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span>God <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">has been</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">good</span> <span style="letter-spacing: -.1pt">at</span> <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">every</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">turn.</span> <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">Sam</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>has<span style="letter-spacing:2.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing: -.05pt">received </span>a<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">full</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">tuition</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">scholarship</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>at<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">Liberty</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">University.</span><span style="letter-spacing:2.55pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">And Alisa</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing: -.05pt">and Silas</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span>have<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> done</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span>very<span style="letter-spacing:4.15pt;mso-font-width:99%"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">well with</span> <span style="letter-spacing: -.05pt">scholarships </span>as<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">well.</span> <span style="letter-spacing:2.55pt"><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">So</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">the</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span>bills<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> are</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing: -.05pt">not</span> <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">light,</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">but</span> <span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt">it</span> could<span style="letter-spacing: -.1pt"> </span>be<span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span>a<span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">lot</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span>heavier<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">than</span><span style="letter-spacing: -.1pt"> </span>it<span style="letter-spacing:2.75pt"> </span>is. <span style="letter-spacing:2.65pt"><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></span></span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;letter-spacing:-.05pt;mso-fareast-language:EN-US; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">You don’t</span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> <span style="letter-spacing: -.05pt">know </span>how<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span>much<span style="letter-spacing:.05pt"> </span>a<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">relief</span><span style="letter-spacing:.05pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt">it </span>has <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">been</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span>to<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> </span>us<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> that </span>so<span style="letter-spacing:.4pt"> </span></span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana;letter-spacing:-.05pt; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">many</span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">of</span> <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">you</span><span style="letter-spacing:.05pt"> </span>all<span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span>have<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> been</span><span style="letter-spacing:1.65pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">faithful</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">with</span><span style="letter-spacing: -.1pt"> </span>your<span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">support, keeping</span><span style="letter-spacing: -.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">our</span> <span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt">support</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> levels</span><span style="letter-spacing:.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing: -.05pt">steady.</span> <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">Thank</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span>you<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt">so</span> much.<span style="mso-no-proof:yes"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">We<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> </span>do<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span>have<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">much to</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing: -.05pt">thank</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">the Lord</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>for.<span style="letter-spacing:2.65pt"> </span>We<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> were blessed</span><span style="letter-spacing: -.1pt"> </span>to<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span>have<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> all</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">three </span>of<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">the kids</span><span style="letter-spacing:1.25pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">together </span>in<span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing: -.05pt">Chiang</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>Rai </span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;letter-spacing:-.1pt;mso-fareast-language:EN-US; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">for</span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> Sam’s<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>high <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">school graduation</span> <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">earlier </span></span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">this<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">summer.</span> <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">Then Alisa</span><span style="letter-spacing: -.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">stayed</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">through</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">the summer</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">and</span><span style="letter-spacing:2.05pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">worked</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">after</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">the</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">boys</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">went</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span>back<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">to</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">work</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">with</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt">the </span>family<span style="letter-spacing:1.95pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">business</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span>of<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">one of</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>our<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing: -.05pt">MPT members,</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">Chris</span><span style="letter-spacing:.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">Albin,</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>in<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing: -.05pt">Danville.</span><span style="letter-spacing:2.55pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">One</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">special</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.25pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">event we</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.25pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">were</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">able</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">to</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span>do<span style="letter-spacing:-.25pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">together before</span><span style="letter-spacing: -.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">the</span><span style="letter-spacing:2.15pt;mso-font-width:99%"> </span>boys<span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">left,</span><span style="letter-spacing:2.6pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">was</span> to<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> </span></span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; letter-spacing:-.05pt;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">join</span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;letter-spacing:.05pt;mso-fareast-language:EN-US; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> </span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">a<span style="letter-spacing: -.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">family</span> <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">wedding of</span><span style="letter-spacing: .05pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">one</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span>of<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>Tan’s<span style="letter-spacing:1.55pt"> </span></span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana; letter-spacing:-.05pt;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">nephews.</span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana;letter-spacing:2.6pt;mso-fareast-language:EN-US; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> </span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Alisa<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> was </span>a<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">bridesmaid.<span style="mso-tab-count:1"> </span>You’re</span><span style="letter-spacing:.05pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">welcome</span><span style="letter-spacing:.05pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">to</span><span style="letter-spacing:.05pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">get</span><span style="letter-spacing:2.25pt"> </span>onto<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> Tan’s</span> <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">Facebook </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt">if</span><span style="letter-spacing:.05pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt">you</span><span style="letter-spacing:.05pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">want </span>to<span style="letter-spacing:.05pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">see</span><span style="letter-spacing: .05pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">more pictures</span> <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">of</span><span style="letter-spacing:.05pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">Coats</span><span style="letter-spacing:1.95pt"> </span></span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">family<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> life</span> <span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt">at</span><span style="letter-spacing:2.6pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">Aphiwan</span><span style="letter-spacing:.05pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">Scott Coats.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">As<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>you<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt">know,</span><span style="letter-spacing:2.5pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">we have</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">been coming</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span>up<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span>to<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">Kengtung</span><span style="letter-spacing:.2pt">&nbsp;</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.35pt"></span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">monthly</span><span style="letter-spacing:.05pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">since</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">the</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">beginning</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span>of<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">2015.</span><span style="letter-spacing:2.35pt"> </span>At<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">one</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">point</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span>this<span style="letter-spacing:-.25pt"> </span>year<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>we<span style="letter-spacing:-.25pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">were</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">given</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">great</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">hope</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">that</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">we</span><span style="letter-spacing:1.75pt; mso-font-width:99%"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">would receive</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">permission reside.</span><span style="letter-spacing:2.5pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">Since</span> <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">then,</span><span style="letter-spacing:2.45pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">though</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> we </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">found </span></span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-language:EN-US; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">out<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">that’s</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">not</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>the<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">case.</span> </span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">We<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> </span>have<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">been</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">told</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>to<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span>try<span style="letter-spacing:-.25pt"> </span>again<span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">after</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>the<span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">Myanmar general</span><span style="letter-spacing: 2.55pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">elections this</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">November.</span><span style="letter-spacing:2.45pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">So we</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.2pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">continue</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>to<span style="letter-spacing:.05pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">work</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.25pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">mostly</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.25pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">out of Chiang</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span>Rai<span style="letter-spacing:-.25pt"> </span>and<span style="letter-spacing:.05pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">travel up</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>for<span style="letter-spacing: 3.35pt;mso-font-width:99%"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">short</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">visits </span></span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-language:EN-US; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">–<span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span></span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana;letter-spacing:-.05pt;mso-fareast-language:EN-US; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">praying</span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana; letter-spacing:-.1pt;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> </span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana;letter-spacing:-.05pt;mso-fareast-language:EN-US; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">and</span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana; letter-spacing:-.15pt;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> </span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana;letter-spacing:-.05pt;mso-fareast-language:EN-US; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">waiting.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Thanks<span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt"> again </span>for<span style="letter-spacing: .05pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">kee</span></span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;letter-spacing:-.05pt;mso-fareast-language:EN-US; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">ping</span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; letter-spacing:-.15pt;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> </span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">us <span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt">in</span><span style="letter-spacing:.05pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">your prayers.</span><span style="letter-spacing:2.65pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">Please</span> <span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">come</span> <span style="letter-spacing: -.05pt">visit</span><span style="letter-spacing:.05pt"> </span>some<span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">time.</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.15pt"> </span>It’s<span style="letter-spacing:.05pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">kind </span>of<span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">quiet</span><span style="letter-spacing: 3.05pt"> </span></span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana;mso-fareast-language:EN-US; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">in<span style="letter-spacing:-.1pt"> </span><span style="letter-spacing:-.05pt">our</span><span style="letter-spacing:-.25pt"> </span><span 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https://internationalministries.org/read/59693-the-nest-is-empty Ministry Changes in Chiang Rai <p style="text-align:right;font-size:12.0pt;font-family:verdana,sans-serif;">March/April 2015</p> <p style="font-size:16.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:verdana,sans-serif;">Dear Friends and Family,</p> <p style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:verdana,sans-serif;">I just don't understand how it is that it's almost the end of April.&nbsp; Didn't we just get through the Christmas Season?&nbsp; We enjoyed the cool weather but the hot season came almost overnight.</p> <p style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:verdana,sans-serif;">After our family came into 2015, we saw a bit of a change for our ministry here in Chiang Rai.</p> <p style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:verdana,sans-serif;">Tan has continued to work as a bookkeeper in Envisage, a business/ministry enterprise that seeks to bring about reform in Myanmar through providing a mapping service of important social, economic, and political information for concerned international organizations.&nbsp; The ministry, headed by another IM worker, Joel Hoefle, is growing with several new staff and a move to a new facility. Tan is enjoying the multi-cultural team. Please pray for a new co-worker of Tan's, Gift, a young Thai woman.&nbsp; Gift, a Buddhist from Northeastern Thailand, has begun going to church with us and shows real interest in becoming a believer.</p> <p style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:verdana,sans-serif;">As of January, I (Scott) moved over to work more fully to focus on enabling nationals with heart to serve in Eastern Shan State.&nbsp; Much of my current energy is going into helping the Bala Foundation.&nbsp; They are trying to simultaneously pursue three initiatives:&nbsp; a ministry to at-risk young people in Eastern Shan State, a counseling program in Chiang Rai, and an Akha Food and Coffee Shop.</p> <p style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:verdana,sans-serif;">But in this letter I wanted to share about a prayer need at the International Christian School. &nbsp;As you may know, our wonderful school campus, the latest building of which we only just completed in 2013, has to be almost entirely rebuilt due to the announcement that the Thai Highway Department will be constructing a bypass which will encroach on our school property and take 4 of our current 5 building structures.&nbsp; Since I was so heavily involved in getting the current campus built, it seems a waste not to use that experience to help the school with this REbuilding process. So for the past year, except for the Summer break, I have been rather heavily involved once again as we work together to come up with a new campus design and negotiate with the authorities on a settlement package.&nbsp; We are still a long ways from being ready to build, nor have we received word back from the authorities on our latest compensation request. &nbsp;Building costs have risen dramatically over the past few years, so we need favor from the government to compensate us generously.&nbsp; We are asking them for over $1 million!&nbsp; Please pray that we will trust the Lord and allow Him to lead us and give us strength to do all that has yet to be done.&nbsp; And most importantly, that we will stay united as we work together.&nbsp; It's easy to get frustrated with each other.</p> <p style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:verdana,sans-serif;">Blessings and Thanks,&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Scott and Tan</p> Wed, 06 May 2015 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/58281-ministry-changes-in-chiang-rai https://internationalministries.org/read/58281-ministry-changes-in-chiang-rai Pray for Boon <p style="font-size:18px;font-family:verdana;">Greetings from Thailand! It's been a while since we've shared with you, and our latest newsletter is actually more of a prayer letter. Your prayers are sought after now as never before.</p> <div style="font-size:14px;font-family:verdana;"> <p>Dear Friends and Faithful,</p> <p>It’s been a long Summer with little communication from the Coats. We have returned from our two-plus months in the US Midwest a month already. It was a great time catching up with many of our supporting churches. Thanks so much to all of you who hosted and met with us. You have been so faithful with your support and your prayers.</p> <p>The time at the American Baptist International Ministries All Staff Gathering to celebrate 200 years was very special for my family. To worship and share with all our IM colleagues was an incredible first for us.</p> <p>Though we are still in transition and we are still seeking to discern His direction for what and/or how we will engage with ministry in Eastern Shan State, it’s hard not to get excited with some of the possibilities that are coming. So stay tuned to find out what God has cooking.</p> <p>Meanwhile, in our preparation for starting a new ministry, my Karen friend Boon who was planning to join us when we initiate something in Myanmar, and whom some of you have met, has been diagnosed with Leukemia. We came back to find him quite ill. He started his first of eight chemotherapy treatments this month. It almost killed him. He got very ill with bleeding and infection. But he seems to have recovered somewhat and wants to keep going with the treatment. His next treatment is next week. <strong>PLEASE PRAY FOR BOON’S HEALING. WE BELIEVE IN THE HEALING POWER OF PRAYER.</strong> I know God will heal him, if He chooses.</p> <p>Boon is such a good guy and has such a heart to serve. Please pray for his wife, Phanee, who has been living with Lupus for a couple years, and their 13 year old, daughter Ming Ming. Neither parent is working now. No income and two very serious diseases. Wow. It makes my heart cry out.</p> <p>Thanks! <br><br>Scott and Tan</p> </div> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/55706-pray-for-boon https://internationalministries.org/read/55706-pray-for-boon Snakes, Temples and Scholarships <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Dear Friends,</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%">Almost every week during the month of September,&nbsp; we found snake in our yard.&nbsp; One day a cobra was found curled up around some school bags in our living room!&nbsp; The silly thing was almost a yard long.&nbsp; &nbsp;We are living here in Northern Thailand with almost all the modern conveniences and looks of a Western country.&nbsp; But snakes in one’s living room is a stark reminder that things are not quite like America yet. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%">Another clear symbol that the Western world hasn’t completely overrun our Oriental culture are the Buddhist temples.&nbsp; We have them on almost every city block and in most villages.&nbsp;&nbsp; Though I have grown to appreciate them as something uniquely Thai,&nbsp; the temple are also a clear indication that the vast majority of Thai’s don’t know Jesus.&nbsp; &nbsp;My own mother-in-law, Tan’s mom,&nbsp;&nbsp; is a devout Buddhist who goes to the temple often. &nbsp;Since she’s a widow with free time, she will stay at the temple for several nights at a time.&nbsp; &nbsp;So please continue your prayers for this country.&nbsp; It is claimed 95% of Thai people claim to be Buddhist, but we are seeing change.&nbsp; More people are open to the Gospel than ever before.&nbsp; A large number of ethnic minority people are believers now and together with missionaries from all over the world, they are starting to see significant gains in the larger Buddhist society.&nbsp; And because of your partnership with us, you have been a part of the effort.&nbsp; &nbsp;Tan and I continue to live and serve here, and we seek to be witnesses to the love of Christ to the people around us - including Tan’s sweet mom.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%">Well, like we planned, Tan and I have begun work in our new roles at Envisage, the new ministry that serves the people of Burma through research and documentation. Tan has been really enjoying getting back into office finances 23 years after she graduated from college in accounting.&nbsp;&nbsp; The business of raising three children took precedence over a career,&nbsp; but now that Sam, our youngest, is in 11<sup>th</sup> grade, it’s time to see about serving the Lord in different way.&nbsp;&nbsp; As for me,&nbsp; I have been starting to research the issues around human trafficking in the region as my first significant assignment. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%">Even though Tan and I have been putting most of our recent efforts at this new ministry, you may have surmised, that we have been involved in a number of other interesting things as well.&nbsp;&nbsp; One that you may be interested in is an Akha Scholarship Project for Lao young people.&nbsp; I may have mentioned this one to you awhile ago.&nbsp; It all started over five years ago, when Dr. Paul Lewis,&nbsp; a former missionary to the Akha and Lahu ethnic minority peoples in Burma and Thailand,&nbsp; was visiting friends and leaders here in Chiang Rai. &nbsp;&nbsp;At the end of his visit, he challenged a few of us to see what we could do about helping young poor Akha in Laos to have access to education like so many Akha in Thailand have had over the past 40 years.&nbsp;&nbsp; To help make this a reality, he provided initial scholarship support the Elaine Lewis Memorial Fund which he set up in memory of his wife.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><!--[if gte vml 1]><v:shapetype id="_x0000_t202" coordsize="21600,21600" o:spt="202" path="m,l,21600r21600,l21600,xe"> <v:stroke joinstyle="miter"/> <v:path gradientshapeok="t" o:connecttype="rect"/> </v:shapetype><v:shape id="_x0000_s1026" type="#_x0000_t202" style='position:absolute; margin-left:223.1pt;margin-top:232.9pt;width:217.25pt;height:33.5pt;z-index:251663360; mso-width-relative:margin;mso-height-relative:margin'/><![endif]--><!--[if 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with this fund, International Ministries has set up an account called the <u>Akha Scholarship Fund</u>.&nbsp; Any support you provide will complement funds the Thai Akha leaders are raising amongst the Akha in Thailand to help support these poor young people.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%">Again, thanks so much for your partnership as we together seek to bring God’s Kingdom in Thailand, Burma,&nbsp; Laos and around the&nbsp; World.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%">Blessings,&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Scott and Tan Coats</span></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 19:00:00 -0500 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color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Dear Friends,</span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:ComicSansMS;color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-US; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">The last time I wrote, it was the hot season here in Thailand.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Well, less than two months later, our family traveled to the United States to visit many of you.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>And believe it or not, it was hotter in Midwestern America than here!</span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times 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Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">This trip to the US was very good.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Knowing that it would be our last time as a family of five, since our oldest, Alisa, is starting college in California this Fall, we decided to tie in a trip to an MMF* partner agency located in London with a visit to Germany and some neighboring countries.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Being missionaries, we mostly stayed with friends.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>One of our highlights was to stay several days at the farm of our friends Silke and A Baw who live near Frankfurt, Germany.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Guess what.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>It wasn't hot at all.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>In fact, it was much cooler than we are used to.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>A Baw is an Akha from Chiang Rai and represents just one more highly capable ethnic minority person from the Mekong sub-region.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>He successfully completed a doctorate only four years after arriving in that country.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I couldn't do it in 20.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>He now works for the German government's foreign aid agency, GTZ.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Here is a man from the mountains of Southeast Asia who loves Jesus and is able to bring a witness back to the country where the Protestant movement has its roots and where the church has been in steady decline for some time.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>God works in incredible ways. <br></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">I have been told that my newsletters are good, but too long.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>(Just like when I talk!)<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>So let me wrap up just by saying “thank you so much” to all our friends and supporters for hosting us and for continuing to make our service overseas possible.&nbsp; <br></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:ComicSansMS;color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-US; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Blessings,</span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"> <br></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="color: black;">Scott and Tan Coats <br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:ComicSansMS;color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-US; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Chiang Rai, Thailand</span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt"></span></p> <br><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"><!--?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /--><!--?xml:namespace prefix = o /--><o:p></o:p></span><font face="Times New Roman"><p> </p></font><p></p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 07:15:38 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/44449-back-in-chiang-rai https://internationalministries.org/read/44449-back-in-chiang-rai Blessings on Thai New Year <p>APRIL 2012<br>Happy Thai New Year Friends,<br><br>Most of you will remember that this is the time of year when the weather gets unbearably hot,&nbsp; work slows down - just because it's too hot to do otherwise, and Thai people celebrate the Thai New Year with water throwing.&nbsp;&nbsp; It's one of the wildest 3-5 days in the year.&nbsp; Our kids have gone out a time or two to participate.&nbsp; Tan and I prefer to hide in the shade. <br><br>Not only do Thai people have a beautiful tradition of blessing their parents like we do with Tan's mom (and Dad before he passed away last year) this time of year,&nbsp; but in our Thai church,&nbsp; the entire congregation blesses the elderly in a hand washing practice where we poor water over their hands and ask God to bless them.&nbsp; And they, in turn,&nbsp; ask God's blessing on us.&nbsp; <br><br>With the Thai New Year,&nbsp; the Mekong Minority Foundation (MMF) is coming into a new 'year' as well.&nbsp;&nbsp; Over the past six months,&nbsp; MMF has been trying to work out how it may be more effective in helping to mobilize local churches for ministry in their communities.&nbsp; As you know MMF has worked with denominational leaders in organizing events and seminars,&nbsp; but we have been looking for an effective approach that would help to motivate local churches to be ready to reach out to those in need in their communities.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br></p><p>Last month we arrived at a process&nbsp; which would invite groups in local churches to become involved in participatory Bible studies that&nbsp; are designed to ask the Lord to speak to them about what He may have them do to be salt and light in their own community.&nbsp;&nbsp; We are excited- and at the same time nervous - starting this new effort.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br></p><p>Finally, in the end we agreed that before we start down this track of encouraging churches to get involved in their communities,&nbsp; we ourselves in the MMF team,&nbsp; need to pray and seek God's leading in our own personal lives and as a team.&nbsp; Asking the question:&nbsp; How is He asking us to reach out to others in our community?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br><br>If any of you have experience in this area,&nbsp; we'd love to hear your stories. <br><br>Blessings,<br><br>Scott,&nbsp; Tan, Alisa, Silas and Sam Coats&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br><br><br></p> Thu, 03 May 2012 21:20:18 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/42716-blessings-on-thai-new-year https://internationalministries.org/read/42716-blessings-on-thai-new-year Chiang Rai International Christian School officially open! <p>January 2012<br><br>Happy New Year&nbsp; To You All,<br><br>It seems that 2012 isn't waiting for us at all.&nbsp; We barely just finished celebrating the new year and, already, we are almost to the end of the month of January.&nbsp;&nbsp; So I thought Id better get a quick letter of to you all to let you know we made it into 2012. &nbsp;<br><br>Our big news is that our Chiang Rai International Christian School is now officially open! We just had the Grand Opening on Friday, 20 January.&nbsp; Each of our three kids participated. &nbsp;<br><br>Though Tan and I are involved in the school, we thought we would be pretty much just observers at the event.&nbsp; But at the last moment, I was given the task of translation from Thai to English and English to Thai for several of the speeches.&nbsp; So, in the end most of the Coats family helped out at the event.&nbsp;&nbsp; Though we had some hiccups and I didn't do the best job,&nbsp; it worked out.<br><br>The best part was the students various performances.&nbsp;&nbsp; They did a great little drama,&nbsp; performed a few songs and danced in Thai outfits.<br><br>We thank God for each of you who have given so generously to make this place a reality.&nbsp; It s just a miracle.&nbsp;&nbsp; Chiang Rai now has a quality Christian&nbsp; English medium school that is legally approved by the Thai educational authorities.&nbsp; God is so good. &nbsp;<br><br>God Bless you all,&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Coats Family &nbsp;<br><br></p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 20:49:17 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/41700-chiang-rai-international-christian-school-officially-open- https://internationalministries.org/read/41700-chiang-rai-international-christian-school-officially-open- Jesus is Concerned About our Hearts <p><!--[if !mso]> <style> v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:shapedefaults v:ext="edit" spidmax="1027"/> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:shapelayout v:ext="edit"> <o:idmap v:ext="edit" data="1"/> </o:shapelayout></xml><![endif]--> </p><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:Verdana" lang="EN-GB">Dear Support Family, <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:Verdana" lang="EN-GB">Greetings to you all from soggy Chiang Rai.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>It’s been unbelievably wet this year. Rain, rain, and more rain.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Of course, flooding has struck in the central plains and to some degree in some of the Northern lowlands as you may have read.&nbsp; <span style="mso-spacerun:yes"></span>Though we here in Chiang Rai are not submerged yet, it feels like the river bank could overflow any moment.&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>Everything is slippery and mouldy and soggy.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>This year we went straight from the cool season in late February/early March to the rainy season with regular rains starting in late March.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The good news is that is has not been so hot – which these parts are known for in the months of April and May.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Also, the uncontrolled burning and smoky air typical of the dry season never took place.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>So we are thankful for that. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:Verdana" lang="EN-GB">One result of all this rain - or at least a partial result - is the slow pace of our building project at the Family Learning Center’s new campus.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>It was my hope, as part of the building committee team, that we would be essentially finished by now and spending the rest of the summer tidying up, finishing the driveways, planting flowers and trees, and moving in.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>As it turns out, three of four planned structures are just about finished, but we are a long ways from finishing the fourth which is an assembly hall/cafeteria that also houses the kitchen, kindergarten, and PE shower rooms.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Needless to say, the school will not move to the new location yet.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>So classes start this Fall in the same rented facility.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>But we plan to move into the new campus in time for the new semester in 2012.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:Verdana" lang="EN-GB">Actually, the delay in moving might be a good thing.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Funds have continued to come in from all over the world (some of you have been part of that blessing), but only just ahead of our payments.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>If we had been able to move any faster on the building, then we would not have had the funds to pay the builder.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Please continue to pray for us on this massive project.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The government officials say they are coming in early September to inspect the new facilities and we are still about US$60,000 short.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:Verdana" lang="EN-GB">As if keeping up with MMF ministry tasks and the Chiang Rai International Christian School (CRICS- FLC) wasn’t enough, I have found myself involved in a new situation.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>This, I brought onto myself with absolutely no outside catalyst. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Well, not quite. I am thinking it was probably God. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>It all started with a Sunday sermon a few weeks ago.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I had spoken on Matt 25: 13-24, the passage where Jesus talks about the separation of the sheep and the goats.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The message God gave me from this passage, wasn’t a message about judgement and doom.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>But about what it is that Christ looks for in his followers.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>All the things that the “sheep</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:Verdana;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">” were praised for in that passage had to do with compassion and love.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Jesus used examples of actions that clearly showed where their hearts were.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>He didn’t say, “Well done, you preached great sermons.”<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Nor “well done, you evangelized 100 people” or “cast out demons”.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>All of those are good things, but those are not the examples he used.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Instead Jesus said, “You clothed the naked, you gave drink to the thirsty, and shelter to the homeless”.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Wow.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Have you ever thought about that?<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Jesus is concerned about our hearts.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Do we truly love Him and do we care about his creation and his people?<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The other things can be done without hearts of compassion and love, but caring for the really destitute needs to be done from the heart.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>In preparation and delivery of that message, I felt pretty much like God had spoken to me. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>So it was kind of powerful - if not to anyone else, at least to me.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: Verdana;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">So what happened next?<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>On my way to work on my bicycle one day soon afterward, I felt compelled to stop and visit a homeless woman who has moved into a public shelter. This is a simple little 4-post structure with benches along the 2 sides for people to sit in while they wait for a bus or for the rain to stop.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>So one day, I asked Nit, MMF’s director, to go with me to make friends with the woman.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Verdana;" lang="EN-GB">After our first meeting, I have stopped in to visit probably 15 times now.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Na Bu is from the Red Lahu tribe. She obviously had experienced some serious trauma of some kind in the past.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>She may have been a prostitute and she shows signs of someone who has done drugs, though now I am pretty sure she doesn’t use anything other than coffee and homemade cigarettes now.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:Verdana" lang="EN-GB">Na Bu is obviously mentally disturbed.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>She lives in the middle of rotting food and trash that she has largely created herself.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Some days it’s hard to make sense out of what she says.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The faithful dog that stays with her has become her hero and sometimes her god.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>She talks of conflict with others including royalty and celebrities.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>But I am convinced that with some care and regular medication, she will be able to get out of this situation.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>It doesn’t appear that she has any family to take care of her and the government social services haven’t found her, so I’m feeling like God has given me the task of befriending and possibly helping this woman to teach me something – though I am not sure what.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We’ll just have to wait and see what that is.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:Verdana" lang="EN-GB">It seems that my letters always have a story of someone who has experienced crisis in their lives.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Some of you may remember Jee May and A Pae, two people I have mentioned in previous letters.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>They are both doing really well now.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>In fact Sam and I just stayed in a house with Mijum’s family, the woman who looks after A Pae and A Pae is already speaking to me in Thai. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>And she’s playing like the little girl she is!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Wonderful.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Thanks for your prayers. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:Verdana" lang="EN-GB">Once again, thanks for being a part of our lives and partnering in serving the Lord in Chiang Rai. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>You are a blessing.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>I continue to pray that we can, in turn, be a blessing to others.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Thank you!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:Verdana" lang="EN-GB">Blessings,</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:Verdana" lang="EN-GB">Scott </span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:Verdana;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">and Tan Coats<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> Tue, 04 Oct 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/39568-jesus-is-concerned-about-our-hearts https://internationalministries.org/read/39568-jesus-is-concerned-about-our-hearts October 2009 <p>October&nbsp; 2009</p> <p>Dear Friends and Family,</p> <p>A faithful friend of mine&nbsp; who comes to visit us in Thailand about once each year challenged me to begin memorizing Bible verses with him and a small group of men working around the world.&nbsp; This week I was reviewing some of the verses and came across Micah 7:8,&nbsp; “Do not gloat over me my enemy.&nbsp; I may have fallen,&nbsp; but I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.” This passage always struck me as referring to God’s faithfulness when we have sinned and how He will forgive us,&nbsp; bring us back to His path and allow us to keep serving Him.&nbsp; But this week as I lay on my back with a herniated lower disc, this verse takes on a whole new meaning for me.&nbsp; It has actually been quite an encouragement to me as I find myself physically unable to stand or walk or even sit without constant pain.&nbsp; All I can do is lie down.&nbsp; After almost three days of lying down last week, I went to the office confident that I was on the mend only to find myself,&nbsp; seven hours later coming back home in more pain than I can remember. </p> <p>It’s funny how one can go from feeling strong and young one day to becoming totally dependent on loved ones to look after one’s every need the next.&nbsp; In late September,&nbsp; my middle son, Silas and I participated in mini-triathlon.&nbsp; We swam 750 meters, biked 20 kilometers, and ran(well, sort of) 5 kilometers.&nbsp; I didn’t lead the pack,&nbsp; but I did well and felt very much in shape.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Afterwards,&nbsp;&nbsp; I wasn’t even sore!.&nbsp; Then two weeks later,&nbsp; while bending over to pick up a badminton birdie,&nbsp; I felt something rip in my lower back.&nbsp; Immediately,&nbsp; I knew that I’d done it again.&nbsp; I popped that same old weak disc and it would be days - maybe weeks - before I’d&nbsp; be able to function properly again.&nbsp;&nbsp; So here I am, forced to rest when I don’t feel sick or tired-&nbsp; just in pain.&nbsp; </p> <p>God uses these things in our lives for a reason.&nbsp;&nbsp; He has something to teach me,&nbsp; I am sure.&nbsp; And I am reassured by the passage in Micah that He will be my light and let me get up again. </p> <p>In other events, I was pleased this week when a group of 30 from our school,&nbsp; the Family Learning Center,&nbsp; went to the Hmong village where Tan and I visited last month and helped a poor widow and her children build a new house.&nbsp; She had been staying in a vacant house,&nbsp; but the owner had returned suddenly since our last visit, so she and the other five family members were sleeping in temporary arrangements.&nbsp;&nbsp; A number of people pitched in funds for some basic materials and while some of the high school students entertained village children,&nbsp; the rest helped the villagers to build this lady’s&nbsp; house.&nbsp; Three other widows in the village are expecting new houses now too.&nbsp; Oops.&nbsp; The needs never end. One young woman, about&nbsp; twenty years old with three small children,&nbsp; came up to my daughter and said&nbsp; “Tell your father that I’ll be calling to ask for a house too”.&nbsp;&nbsp; This young lady is so disparate,&nbsp; she is asking us to&nbsp; find an orphanage for her children. She’s willing to give them up&nbsp; so they can have a better life.&nbsp; We’re working on that one.&nbsp; Hopefully, we can find a place that will take both mom&nbsp; and her three little ones. </p> <p>Blessings to you all.&nbsp; Thanks again for your prayers and support, </p> <p><br>Scott and Tan <br></p> Sat, 31 Oct 2009 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/15097-october-2009 https://internationalministries.org/read/15097-october-2009 Abandoned Hmong Mothers Face Hardship <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>When something has happened that impacts me heavily, I usually take awhile to process it.&nbsp; Maybe after some time - a few days or weeks,&nbsp; if it’s still in my head, I figure it was something significant and so may&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; write it down.&nbsp;&nbsp; But today, (9 Sept 09) one of these events took place that I feel I need to write down now.&nbsp; </p> <p>Early this morning,&nbsp; with the kids farmed out at friends’ homes,&nbsp; Tan and I joined two of MMF’s staff,&nbsp; a Hmong pastor and a Thai leader from the local presbytery to visit the church where the Hmong pastor is serving.&nbsp; The village, 2 hours ride East of Chiang Rai, is located high in the hills just a few kilometers from the Lao border.&nbsp; It is large Hmong community made up two groups of Hmong;&nbsp; those who are considered Thai nationals and those who are recent immigrants from across the border in Lao or even Vietnam.&nbsp; Apparently, many of the immigrants have come because of religious persecution.&nbsp; They became believers, probably through Christian radio broadcasts and have been harassed because of it.&nbsp; </p> <p>After the service and a lunch together,&nbsp; several women came to us and asked that we’d visit them in their homes before we returned back to Chiang Rai.&nbsp; We agreed to visit a few of them.&nbsp;&nbsp; After 5 hours of visiting from house to house, I was reeling with what I saw and heard.&nbsp; Two out of three stories were essentially the same. </p> <p>Let me relate one:&nbsp;&nbsp; Dia (not her real name) is about 40 years old.&nbsp; She was very young when she married her husband.&nbsp; By the time she was 25 years old she’d had six children,&nbsp; four of whom had died.&nbsp; Her next and last child lived.&nbsp; It was a girl.&nbsp; Meanwhile,&nbsp; the husband,&nbsp; possibly frustrated with a the small number of offspring,&nbsp; took another wife.&nbsp; After some time, he began to abuse the first wife and even allowed the new wife to hurl insults at her and beat her as well.&nbsp; One day after 10 years of living in this abusive situation, he went after her with a machete.&nbsp; That’s when Dia decided that she’d had enough and asked for a divorce.&nbsp; Dia’s husband gladly agreed to this as he wouldn’t have to be responsible for her or her children.&nbsp; She moved out of his house into a 4 by 3 meter little bamboo hut with a mud floor.&nbsp; By this time her oldest son had a wife and 4 of his own children, so Dia moved into the hut with her two younger children who were in their early teens.&nbsp; Soon afterward a young man took Dia’s youngest daughter as his wife.&nbsp; She was 13 years old.&nbsp; Within months Dia found out she was going to be a grandmother – for the fifth time.&nbsp; About the time the baby was due Dia’s daughter was kicked out of her husband’s home apparently because his parents didn’t think she was a suitable-daughter-in-law.&nbsp; The son, though he appeared to care for his young bride, was unable to go against his father’s wishes and gave in to leaving her.&nbsp; Within weeks of moving back in with Dia, the teenager had a baby boy.&nbsp; So here was Dia,&nbsp; without a husband, living in a small hut with her two teenage kids and a new grandchild.&nbsp; <br>Then,&nbsp; three days ago,&nbsp; Dia was notified that her oldest son,&nbsp; had been arrested and charged with some as yet unknown crime leaving her to look after her daughter-in-law and her 4 young children.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p>All the while that Dia told us her story, she sat in her little hut holding one of her five grandchildren, while her daughter and daughter- in – law each held nursing infants and the other two children clambered for attention.&nbsp; Dia asked us to pray for her.&nbsp; She has become a believer only a few years ago and is wondering how this new Faith will help her to get through life as she’s no husband – meaning no clan to look after her -&nbsp; and a little band of helpless children and grandchildren.&nbsp; </p> <p>Every story we heard today was only a slight variation of Dia’s.&nbsp; In another case, a young mother knew that her recently deceased husband had died of AIDS and was wondering how many of her three children were HIV positive, but was too afraid of finding out the results.&nbsp; In every case, abandoned mothers in traditional Hmong society have little place to turn.&nbsp; It’s taboo for parents to take them back as they have already left the clan to be a part of the husband’s.&nbsp; They are truly unwanted by anyone.&nbsp; </p> <p>That’s why I was encouraged by Pastor Shalom who pastors the newly planted village church.&nbsp; It is he and his local congregation representing the community of Faith and it’s offer of love and concern for the whole family of believers that lives out the eternal hope we have in Jesus.&nbsp; These people have a lot to teach us.&nbsp; They know what it is to experience Grace, when they are able have hope in what would seem a truly hopeless situation.&nbsp; </p> <p>Please pray for these abandoned mothers, Pastor Shalom and this church as they reach out, and the MMF as we seek to encourage and strengthen the church and it’s pastor. </p> <p>Blessings,</p> <p><br>Scott Coats <br></p> Sat, 19 Sep 2009 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/14163-abandoned-hmong-mothers-face-hardship https://internationalministries.org/read/14163-abandoned-hmong-mothers-face-hardship Burmese Migrant Workers in Chiang Rai : Aseu’s Story <p>Burmese Migrant Workers Chiang Rai:&nbsp;&nbsp; Aseu’s Story</p> <p>Aseu’s life is filled with uncertainty. An ethnic minority worker from Myanmar, she came to Thailand more than 10 years ago in search of a better life. Alone, and without family, she eventually found work at a rubber plantation. The work was hard and the hours long, but as a single woman Aseu faced greater challenges. Every day she feared the unwanted advances of her male co-workers, who also worked at the plantation. Scared, she talked to her boss, who suggested she should marry a man named Amou, who also worked at the plantation. A hard worker, Amou was seen as a good potential husband. Aseu took the advice and married Amou. But life after their marriage was not easy and after the birth of their third child, a son, Amou changed. He became an alcoholic, violent and started beating Aseu. Then, after 10 years of marriage, Amou walked out on his family. Aseu was left with the enormous responsibility of raising her children alone. She managed to pick up some low paying work, but without enough money to rent a home, the family were forced to sleep in roadside huts and at the local bus station.</p> <p>Then one day the neighbour of a school run by Chiang Rai’s Grace Burmese Church, alerted staff to Aseu’s desperate situation. The staff found Aseu, brought her to the school and started helping her by finding her a job and a safe place to live. The church offered to pay Aseu’s rent for three months, while she was able to earn 130 baht ($US4) a day working at a restaurant. Aseu’s eldest daughter, 7, was also granted a ‘white card’, enabling her to have residency in Thailand and to attend school. She is now enrolled in first grade at Sahasat School, a Christian school for tribal children in Chiang Rai. </p> <p>Just when Aseu’s life appeared on the improve Amou tracked her down after two years of separation. Aseu was naturally frightened and feared for her family’s safety. She sought advice from the Grace Church pastor. The next day, Aseu’s daughter vanished from school. Aseu discovered Amou had abducted their daughter from school, promising to take her to buy a new school uniform. Two MMF staff, who have helped with the development of the Grace Church school, began the search for Aseu’s daughter. One staff member had spotted Amou earlier that day at an intersection in Chiang Rai. They returned to ask local shop-keepers if they’d seen him. He had told shop-keepers that if his ex-wife came looking for him to tell her he had gone to a town 40-kilometres from Chiang Rai. Staff travelled to the town to only to discover Amou had tricked them. The migrant assistance team returned to Chiang Rai, and used their Burmese community contacts to try and track down Amou and his daughter. After five-minutes someone called to say they had been spotted travelling on the highway on the southern side of the city. Staff drove to the scene and confronted Amou. They convinced him that the girl’s education was important and that it would be better for her to live with Aseu. He agreed, but a week later Amou returned to Aseu’s house. He asked to stay for two weeks while looking for work, but again got drunk and abusive and broke windows at the home. MMF staff again intervened telling him if he did not stop the violence or leave within two weeks they would call police.&nbsp; Amou eventually left.<br>&nbsp;<br>Aseu’s life still has many unknowns. Aseu and her youngest two children still have no official legal papers, depriving them of the opportunity to attend Thai school. These children attend the Burmese school six days a week, including Saturday’s while Aseu works. Aseu still has many fears but she knows she has been blessed by the love and compassion of the Grace church members and MMF’s migrant assistance staff.</p> <p><br>Note:&nbsp; The Mekong Minority Foundation and Grace Church of Chiang Rai are working together to improve the plight of Burmese migrants in Chiang Rai. </p> <p>Article originally written by Alisa Coats.&nbsp; Thanks to Dr. Scott Downman for assistance in editing.&nbsp; </p> <p>July 2009</p> Thu, 13 Aug 2009 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/13608-burmese-migrant-workers-in-chiang-rai-aseu-s-story https://internationalministries.org/read/13608-burmese-migrant-workers-in-chiang-rai-aseu-s-story July 2009 <p>&nbsp;Dear Faithful Friends, Supporters&nbsp; and Family, </p> <p>Once again it kind of overwhelms me when I think about all of you and your faithful support to us so that we can continue to live and serve work.&nbsp; Just the other day,&nbsp; I was thinking about it and feeling so blessed by you all.&nbsp; You must be praying for us too, because we can feel God’s blessing on us.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p>In the last month or our regular routine was interrupted when school was out for the Summer.&nbsp; The first thing we did was take a family trip to see close friends,&nbsp; the Stouts,&nbsp; in Bangladesh.&nbsp; This picture was taken in front of an ancient&nbsp; Hindu temple in the North of&nbsp; the country.&nbsp;&nbsp; This trip was a great opportunity for us to experience a very different culture from our own here in Thailand.&nbsp; What a blessing.&nbsp; </p> <p>But life is not without it’s concerns.&nbsp; Amidst all we have to thank God for,&nbsp; we are also concerned for our close friends, Peter and Mary Quesenberry who have been living in our neighborhood and working with us at Mekong Minority Foundation had to return home for a period of time. Pete has been diagnosed with Lymphoma.&nbsp;&nbsp; He is undergoing tests and expects to start his treatment before the end of the month of July.&nbsp; It’s been&nbsp; quite a blow to us.&nbsp; We’ve been involved in each other’s lives daily - at home,&nbsp; at work and at church for more about 2 and half years.&nbsp; We’re praying that he’ll recover and the and their youngest son,&nbsp; Wynn will be able to come back and&nbsp; continue working with us.&nbsp; <br>&nbsp;&nbsp; <br>On the ministry side. it seems that after some months of reviewing, reassessing our direction and&nbsp; planning,&nbsp; things at the Mekong Minority Foundation have really picked up.&nbsp; God continues to use our team to make an impact in people’s lives.&nbsp; We are constantly reminding ourselves that we are serving a great God and that it is His ministry not ours.&nbsp; A&nbsp; school for migrant children that a local Burmese church has recently opened with MMF’s help has quickly shown us that the many of the migrant workers in Chiang Rai are&nbsp; leading a difficult existence.&nbsp; Alisa wrote a little story about one such family that we’d be happy to send you if you’d like.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p>PRAYER REQUESTS<br>•&nbsp;Peter and Mary Quesenberry as Pete starts chemotherapy. <br>•&nbsp;The Family Learning Center as it seeks to build it’s first classroom building to&nbsp; meet government standards.&nbsp;&nbsp; We have 5 months to raise about $300,000.&nbsp;&nbsp; So please pray for the Family Learning Center and it's future.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br>Thanks again for your prayers and for your continued support.&nbsp; </p> <p>May God Bless you richly,<br>Scott and Tan</p> Tue, 14 Jul 2009 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/15099-july-2009 https://internationalministries.org/read/15099-july-2009 Prayer Requests : November 2008 <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Palatino;">Dear friends,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Palatino;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Palatino;">We are so thankful for you and your support and prayers, and believing in the power of your petitions, we are asking you to pray for two special concerns during this season of Thanksgiving.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Palatino;">The school that our children attend is called the Family Learning Center. &nbsp;It was started by a missionary family as a Christian home school involving about ten kids from three families. &nbsp;Today it has grown to include about 75 children from both Thai families as well as expatriate. &nbsp;It's a wonderful little school. My wife, Tan, works in the library there and generally the kids are learning well and loving their experience there. &nbsp;But we have come to the point that the FLC needs to become legal or the Thai authorities won't allow us to operate. To do so, we need to have certified teachers, an approved curriculum, and a facility that meets the normal standards for a school. &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Palatino;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Palatino;">We don't meet any of the criteria. &nbsp;A facility that meets standards can only be built and that would cost us $300,000 minimum-and probably closer to 1 million dollars. &nbsp;We don't have any money to pay teachers so we are dependent on volunteers from United States. &nbsp;And, although we are working on it, we are short people to help develop our curriculum to become approved by the Thai education authorities.&nbsp;So please pray for the Family Learning Center and it's future. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Palatino;">Also, please pray for the children that attend and the teachers that are working at the FLC. One of our American Baptist missionary families, Chuck and Ruth Fox, are very involved in the school. They are on home assignment in the U. S. now, and we are praying they can help us to raise some support for the building project and find willing qualified teachers who can give of their time for a year or so. &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 12pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Palatino;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 12pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Palatino;">The ministry that I am involved in is a local foundation that works to enable local tribal leaders and communities to develop their own ministries that respond to the poor and needy and un-reached around them. &nbsp;We are just completing our first four years of existence and are in the process of determining how God would have us proceed into the next four years. &nbsp;God has blessed us greatly and our twenty-staff team is eagerly trying to work out our plans and raise the funds to continue. &nbsp;Please pray for the Mekong Minority Foundation and that God will guide us to serve his people in the Mekong sub-region where we work. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Palatino;"><br>Two requests, but it pretty much encompasses the little world that the Coats family is involved in right now. &nbsp;<br><br>Thanks again for your prayers and for your enquiries into our needs. <br><br><br>May God Bless you richly,</span></p> Fri, 14 Nov 2008 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/13493-prayer-requests-november-2008- https://internationalministries.org/read/13493-prayer-requests-november-2008- Update October 2008 <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">October 2008<span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">&lt;?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">Dear Faithful Friends and Family,</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">September has come and gone, and I am just getting to writing you all an update of our lives here in Chiang Rai.<span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">We’ve had a few new arrivals in Chiang Rai who, though may not have a direct role in the &lt;?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Mekong Minority Foundation, are considered part of the “family”.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Ruthie Simpson, a member of our Ridgeview Baptist Church in Danville, arrived in late August with our daughter Alisa, who had stayed on in the US a few more weeks after Tan and I and the boys returned. Ruthie is teaching at the Family Learning Center where the kids go to school and where Tan helps in the library.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Also, Joel and Trish Hoefle—American Baptist volunteers from Minnesota—just arrived in September with their three children.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Trish is going to be working with a Baptist-related ministry here in Chiang Rai called the New Life Center.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Joel is looking to see what God has in store for him to do here.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>It’s been good to get to know both the Hoefles and Ruthie.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Their hearts to serve the Lord have been an encouragement to us, and we’re sure they will be a great addition to our community here.<span style="">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">Something interesting happened to me (Scott) last week. A European Christian organization that specializes in sponsoring children and promoting education contacted me to say that they’d like me to connect them to good local people and organizations involved with kids, particularly in the border areas.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>It seemed good.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>So I gave them some contacts of local Christian leaders and leaders in Eastern Shan State, Myanmar, with whom we work.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Well, after the European representatives had come back from their time at the border and meeting with various people, they met with me one evening.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>They explained to me that they were not impressed with the Christian people they met.<span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Why?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Because these Christian leaders were evangelists, planting churches, and “imposing” their faith on the children and upon the people with whom they worked.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Hmm.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>As a result, they will probably support a Buddhist children’s organization because they agree more with how the Buddhists do it.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Interesting, huh?<span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">I am used to folks who have different points of view than my own.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>In some cases I am able to understand and actually agree with some of their concerns that the Christians are too forceful with their religious teaching.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>But this time I was particularly bothered.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Some of the leaders with whom we are working in Myanmar are desperately trying to help their poor. They have very little, yet they struggle to make a difference in other people’s lives.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Myanmar has few schools in the villages, and about the only people who care enough to do anything are the Christians. The children’s futures have been dependent on the church and faithful leaders who establish homes for kids to live in the various towns and cities so that they can go to school. This person from the European children’s support outfit admitted that the people she met were very needy and she pitied them.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>But because she didn’t want these Christians imposing their faith on these children, she wouldn’t consider supporting their work.<span style="">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">That evening when I came home and thought about it, I began to ask myself what is “imposing our faith?”<span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Are not we Christians asked by God to tell people about God’s great gift of Christ’s salvation?<span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>If Christian are not showing the love of Christ and allowing these kids to hear about Jesus, then who will do it?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>You know what?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>I am proud of the people I work with. I consider it a privilege to help them help the poor and needy around them, and I am proud of them for witnessing to the people they help.<span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">One particular lady, Rev. Angela Shwe, is an inspiration to me in her sweet nature and tireless efforts.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Half Shan and half Lahu, Angela has been called to help the Wa people. Because of her acceptance by the Wa Baptist Convention, she has been elected General Secretary of one entire association, meaning she is responsible for both the social and spiritual development of over 50 congregations in some of the roughest territory of Myanmar.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>In addition to all her responsibilities as a church leader, Angela looks after an orphanage and a day care center for toddlers whose parents live in the border towns of Tachilek and Mae Sai. Angela has never married, which may be part of the reason she’s had time to learn seven languages. When asked about when she plans to have a family, she jokes that her orphan and day care children are her family.<span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>If I had just half the dedication and perseverance of Angela I’d be pretty happy with myself.<span style="">&nbsp; </span><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 35.1pt 0pt 0cm;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">As for me, I think it’s an honor to be able to help Angela, even if it’s just in little ways here and there.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>I plan to stick by her even if others think that she’s too evangelistic in her ways. This woman is truly a servant of Jesus.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">Thanks again for your part in keeping us on the field serving Him. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">Blessings, </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">Scott and Tan </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> Thu, 16 Oct 2008 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/13490-update-october-2008 https://internationalministries.org/read/13490-update-october-2008