We hope this letter finds you well. We are very thankful for the support you guys have shown us in recent months. Thank you for reaching out to check on us, praying for us, and financially supporting us so that we can continue serving here.
During the shutdown here in Bangkok, we were able to continue meeting online with the students in our program. Our team was definitely a little nervous that it would be difficult to continue the program online. However, we were really pleased with how it went. The students continued to open up, ask questions, engage, and grow while meeting virtually. This was a huge praise! During this time of hardship for so many, our ministry has also been able to deliver meals to people in the community. It's been amazing to see the many ways people around the city have stepped in to love one another over the past few months. Thailand's cases have been very low for quite some time now, and so most things have opened back up. We've been meeting at the ministry this month, and it's been so wonderful to be back together again!
This week we had the privilege of moving in one of our students into university! Cream just graduated from the first phase of our restorative program. During the graduation, she shared her story of how the Lord led her to Samaritans and how He changed her life. She shared how she used to be hopeless, but that she'd found real hope in Jesus. Cream was passed from one family member to another throughout her childhood, because neither of her parents were involved in her life. She shared that she's found a true family at Samaritans. She got teary eyed during several moments throughout the graduation, and it was just such a special time of celebration!
Typically in the second phase students attend a job training center, however, it's been closed because of COVID. Cream shared with us that she's been inspired to continue her studies since she's been at Samaritans. Her motivation and determination is so exciting to see! She's studying Chinese and English.
We had such a fun day moving her into her dorm room! It was a day full of excitement and expectation for all that's to come! We're so proud of her!
Cream will continue the one year restorative program with Samaritans while she studies at a local university. She will continue to receive counseling and mentorship and she'll continue to study with us as well. It seems that she's settling into college life really well! Today, she brought her two new roommates to church! We're so excited to watch how Cream shares Christ's love with those around her!
Please pray for Cream as she's transitioning to college and for all the new things! Pray that we'd continue to disciple her well, and pray for her as she loves and shares the gospel with those around her!
We'd love prayer for wisdom in outreach and meeting new women during this time. The red light districts and bars are currently closed. We're trying to find different ways to reach out to the women who are really struggling and without work.
Also, we would really appreciate prayer for some of our family friends. They live right by the ministry, and they're always at the coffee shop supporting Samaritans. Their oldest son, Mookie, was diagnosed with cancer two weeks ago, and he has been in critical condition since then. Please pray for wisdom, healing, comfort, and peace.
Please let us know how we can be praying for you during this time.
Mary Blake & Currie