November 2011 Ban Dek Yin Dee Newsletter


The floods here have now claimed over 600 lives, and have affected nearly every area of Thailand. Praise God that our area is one of the few areas not flooded, but since most commercial items come from or through distribution centers in or around Bangkok, the shelves at the stores are missing many of the usual items. Those who were able just left Bangkok, so cars with Bangkok license plates are everywhere. Now the waters are receding and the leftover may be worse than the water. Stagnant water in the tropics quickly develops diseases, snakes (over 200 poisonous varieties here) come out of every nook and cranny, and many exotic animals have escaped from various zoos and other places (it seems to be a big thing – and not well regulated – for those financially able to keep a few in their homes) The worst probably are the many crocodiles – including some very large ones – that came from the flooded crocodile farms (some are for tourists and some are raised for skins, meat, etc.) Please pray with us that this disaster will cause some to look for He who is more real and more helpful than the dead idols in their temples or whatever inhabits their spirit houses (and never eats the food left out).

How quickly little children receive the things of God. Sarah, at 18 months, on her own, came, closed her eyes and laid hands on Moses when he injured himself. Praise God!

Please pray for the foundation’s final approval. A couple of snags have developed. The first was the closure of the government offices in Bangkok (floods) for nearly a month. That passed, there seems to be some reticence on the part of a government official. If you’re thinking “I don’t understand”, well, no one else seems to either. The only thing that we can do is to pray for God’s favor. Please join us in that.

Our helper didn’t last long. She regulated her diabetes very poorly and it got the best of her. When her doctor put her in the hospital for a few days, then as an outpatient for awhile, she decided she couldn’t handle it and didn’t come back. Another woman – much younger and also a believer – who said she was coming to work quit before she got here. Praise God that we had a Thai worker here when government officials visited. However, that puts us back where we were, asking for prayer for a helper.

We continue to thank God for all that He has done for us. This has been through your prayers, or through the many other ways that you have supported us. So, we also thank you. Yes, we do know that this is no longer November, but we started writing in November and a short note will come before Christmas.

May God’s Blessings Overwhelm You and Yours, Randy, Kathleen and the Rest of the BDYD Family

July 2011 Ban Dek Yin Dee Newsletter


Praise Reports and Prayer Requests Combined One of our Sunday school 8th graders, Yuki, has been diagnosed with liver problems for some time – now they say it’s her gallbladder. After a couple of days in little Kusuman hospital (visiting is like retuning to the 50’s), they are sending her to Sakon Nakorn Hospital – bigger and more modern, but 1 hour away. Her mom lives in Bangkok and is very sick (possibly AIDS), so she lives with her grandmother here. Very poor Grandma took Yuki to the hospital on her very beat-up old mini-bike – her only form of transportation. Please pray that we can make time to help since we offered to help with transportation – now that Yuki is in Sakon Nakorn – and pray for Yuki’s healing.

At rural hospitals here, someone has to stay with the patients. Yuki was in one large room with several other children, two of whom really touched our hearts. One (that’s her name – Nung in Thai), a 5 yr-old girl attended by her 7 yr-old sister and 12 yr-old brother (mother deceased, father planting rice), had bad sores all over her body from swimming in polluted water. What a smile she has! The other was a 1 yr-old girl with a very high fever, whose mother had the all-too-common look of disdain for us when we have Thai children (Nun, Moses & Sarah) with us. When we asked – twice – if we could pray for the child the only response was a blank stare. Then Nun asked if we could pray that God heal her child, and the response was an immediate “yes” and the attitude changed. The Baby was released shortly thereafter. Praise God! Please pray that this mother and the family to have a desire to come to know God.

We thank God for stirring our hearts anew by showing us the needs still waiting for Jesus in Kusuman. Please pray with us that – in spite of still not having help – the Lord will use us more in fulfilling the promise He made years ago that many in Kusuman will see the Lord in all His glory. Please pray that strongholds will be broken and the gates of heaven will be opened for God’s children from Kusuman.

Thank you. We are blessed to have you as our partners. Without you, the Word would not be being preached in Kusuman. Sorry that this newsletter was longer than usual.

Blessings to All, Randy, Kathleen and all the rest of the BDYD Family

P.S. Pray for us to have young legs and good tennis shoes as Sarah is walking and Moses is running.

May 31 2011 Newsletter from Thailand

June 2011 Ban Dek Yin Dee Newsletter   Hi Friends,   Praise Reports Much of our recent teaching has been on who Jesus is. We feel they have finally been receptive, perhaps because our hearts have been more focused on being a servant’s heart (all parents know demonstration works better than words). Servant leader is sometimes a difficult balance – and easy to forget in the daily routine of life – but this is the example Jesus gave us for good reason. Esther came to us believing that her real mother was dead and her handicapped stepmother was unable to raise her – apparently a story told to her at a previous orphanage. Esther had great fear of the stepmother taking her away. Esther’s aunt that brought her here simply called her the mom (a step-mom would be called the mom in Thailand). When mom showed up with her sister, the true story came out. Her real mother is mentally and physically handicapped, but very much alive, loves her, wants the best for her (in this case, to stay here), and just wants to know her. It was a very happy ending to a very sad story. Praise God!   Sometimes a reminder of how blessed we are shows up at our door. Last Sunday, 4 sisters showed up – the youngest a 2 year old in the picture with Moses – dressed in their Sunday best (clothes we would probably use for rags). They still looked beautiful. In America, and likewise, at Ban Dek Yin Dee, we have so much. God has blessed BDYD through many of you and we are very grateful. Thank you. May God continue to bless you mightily.   Prayer Requests Please continue to pray for Moses. There is definite improvement, but still times of severe itching and breathing and sleeping difficulties. Please also pray for the Sunday school children to grow in their relationship to the Lord and for wisdom, knowledge and ability – for us – of how to be the kind of examples and leaders that they need.   In Christ, Randy, Kathleen and the rest of the Ban Dek Yin Dee Gang