There are many things to be thankful for everyday at YCF, and we would love to share snippets of our thanksgiving with you. In this page, we want to also share prayer request items, provide updates and to create a platform where we can showcase what we do at YCF.
Its a joy and privilege for us to keep you updated, we hope that you will delight in our sharing and do remember to keep us in your prayers.
31 March 2020
This month has been a hustling month for us all, as we have seen how the recent covid19 pandemic has affected not just Thailand but everyone globally. Due to the recent widespread of the virus, we have an important announcement to make, please refer to the image below.
Despite all the fear, uncertainty and uneasiness that covid19 has brought to us this month, we want to thank God for His goodness and protection over us all at YCF. As you know, it is the long school summer vacation in Thailand and schools will only reopen for the new school year in May. Many of our children have returned to their respective villages and we have informed their parents or caretakers of the measures to ensure the wellbeing of not just our children but their families’ to make sure they maintain good personal hygiene and keep track of the people they come into contact with and we have also encouraged them to not travel much and to stay home during this period of time. For the rest of the children who are staying at YCF during their school vacation, we will also be taking extra measures to safeguard their wellbeing. In the meantime as they would not be able to go out much, we have been keeping them busy with little chores around our home, cleaning, cutting paper, learning new skills, relaxing by allowing them to watch movies/television and to just play some sports in our yard. The children have also been informed of the virus and they are aware of it and we have been praying for the halt in the widespread and for the people who may be affected by it.18
In Thailand now, the country has set in place many precaution measures to ensure people are staying safe and maintaining good social distancing and practicing good personal hygiene. There has also been a curfew set in place at our village. However, thank God before the lockdown began, we were able to celebrate the graduation of one of our Grade 6 boys. He is the only one graduating Grade 6 this year, as compared to our large group of 10 children last year. He has done us proud and we are so pleased to see him advance to Middle School, he has also grown up so well and is now towering over the other children. We foresee that he will grow to be a tall man, and we continue to pray that the Lord will watch over him and guide his every step as he continues to grow and to stay close to the Lord.
We pray that the covid19 will get better, stay safe everyone and let’s continue to be united to fight this tough times together.
28 February 2020
We started the month by celebrating the holy matrimony of Khun Yupin and her husband, Khun Jakchai. Khun Yupin is one of the staff at YCF and she has been with us for so many years that she is so dear to us all. Being able to attend her wedding was a day of much joy and for us, it was a day we have been waiting and looking forward to for a long time coming. It was truly a joy witnessing the union of the two of them. We travelled to her village in Lampang to take part in a traditional Karen tribe wedding. It was such a beautiful day, the village church was decorated so elaborately with flowers and pictures of the couple and the bride looked stunning in her Karen tribe wedding attire and the groom looked handsome in his hand-woven Karen tribe costume too. The children were all so thrilled to be able to attend the wedding even though it took a 3.5hours drive to the outskirt village where Khun Yupin’s family resides at. We had such a scrumptious home cooked meal for lunch after the church service and we also had some of our YCF friends join us for Khun Yupin’s wedding, it was a really wonderful day. We are so happy for Khun Yupin and Khun Jakchai as they start life together as man and wife in Christ.
February was also the month where we also had another important event that we had been anticipating. It was the graduation of one of our big boys who has been in Bible Seminary School in Prachuap Kirikhan in Hua Hin. He has been studying there for the past 3 years and on 22 February 2020, we had the joy and privilege of being there to see him graduate and to receive his certificate. So proud of him and his achievement, and we are excited to see where the Lord will lead him and how the Lord will use him for His kingdom and his people.
Even though February is a short month, we did so much and also celebrated many things. One another thing we did this month was with our dear YCF friend, Edgar, Toto and Teacher Jean. They organised a bible study trip to the Hot Springs, where the children were about enjoy the outdoors and also to have a fun time learning more about the bible and our great Father in heaven. It was so fun, the children had so much fun and they enjoyed the learning aspect of the trip. Even for the older folks-the adults, they had a good time soaking their feet in the natural hot springs and we even had time to boil some eggs in the geyser. We are so blessed to have such great YCF friends who not only love us but also want us to continue to grow in the Lord and have our spiritual well-being in mind always. Thank you dear friends.
The children are looking to one thing in March, and that is the school holidays! Can’t believe that school will be out for them so soon again. Thank God for all His goodness and grace over us in everything. The world may shake and change, but Jesus our Lord, He stands firm and he is unchangeable.
Some precious shots of Khun Yupin & Khun John's wedding and of our boy graduating from Bible Seminary School. (Scroll to see more pictures)
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.