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Celebrating Freedom

freedom image 1The time of our visit to the UK came and went so quickly!  We arrived safely back home in Thailand on Wednesday 29 July and now settling back into a routine.  We are taking some time off before going back to work at NightLight.

It was good to visit Churches we knew already and see some familiar faces, however it was also wonderful to link with some new churches and build new friendships; and spend time in worship with you all.

We hope that what we shared was encouraging, it is always a blessing for us to share how God is working in people lives, the transformation taking place, the hope and Good News being spread.

We are grateful for your role in bringing freedom to these women as well as the prayers and support which enable them to stay and thrive in freedom.

This is an update of some of the work that was continuing whilst we were in the UK.  It is amazing how much happens in your absence.

  • NightLight’s work with trafficked women continues to bring us face to face with amazing women with horrific stories who are overcoming and walking into freedom. Since April we have assisted 2 Ugandan, 1 Liberian, 1 Uzbek, and 2 Columbians in returning home. These women and their families have been greatly impacted by your prayers and support. We are presently assisting three others from Uganda and Colombia as well.

  • A young trafficked woman from Morocco is presently in our care. Please pray for her as she suffers from post traumatic stress and tries to walk through a difficult process to return to her country. 

    A Central Asian woman, in our care who was seriously ill. We were able to get her home safely where she could reunite with her family and receive medical treatment.

  • One of our women who has struggled to get off the streets and free of addictions for over 10 years agreed to enter a rehab centre in July.  NightLight will be visiting with her family in the northeast and then taking her to the centre up north. Please pray for her to have courage for this difficult journey.

  • The bakery completed their 12 week training course and in June had a graduation ceremony and celebration. They often doubted themselves and their abilities, but persevered and made some incredibly beautiful cakes. In the Autumn they will open for sales locally.

  • The outreach centre has been very busy with beauty salons twice a week, English class once a week, outreach parties, and a medical clinic. Women from the red light area come for care, conversations, and hope. As the women share their stories with our staff, they ask about Jesus. Four women have come to Christ through these visits.

  • On the June, 25 women and their children were treated to an outing at Safari World by the Evangelical Church free-birdsof Bangkok. For their missions service weekend they also partnered with us by playing live music in our coffee shop at night, and joining us on outreach. It was wonderful to have their support and presence.

    There is a lot of discouraging news around the world and we face challenges, which often seem impossible. We are so grateful for your prayers and support and we celebrate the goodness of God in bringing freedom and hope to so many.

The Spirt of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.

Isaiah 61:1 (NLT)

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NightLight Shines Bright

NightLight is a busy place and with new activities and projects launching, we have a lot of updates to share. We hope you will enjoy catching up on the news and will also be aware of how much your prayers and support contribute to all that is happening.

NightLight’s Outreach Centre Activities

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Nail painting at the outreach centre

We have been hosting medical clinics every couple months out of our outreach center in the red light area. The last few clinics have averaged around 40 women and ladyboys (transgenders) coming in for HIV testing and medical attention. The clinics are a great way to build trust in the neighborhood. On March 24th it rained a lot, but we still were able to receive 15 clients. It was a good opportunity to hear their stories and offer assistance. We are grateful to Dr. Katherine Welch of Relentless and a great team of international volunteers.

In February the outreach team made over 724 contacts with women from Thailand, Africa, Central Asia, and South America in the red light area. We gave gifts on both Valentines and International Women’s Day to bless the women and let them know that they are seen and loved. nail salon Three of our Thai women have now joined the outreach team as well.

English classes take place every week in the outreach center for women still in prostitution. We also open the center for hairdressing and nails once a week. As a result of these consistent events, the staff is able to build relationships and gain trust among the women in the community.

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Celebration cookies by The Baking Project

CityLight Coffee Shop
We were excited to celebrate the 1st year anniversary of CityLight Coffee in March.  The Baking Project made personalised cookies.  The coffee shop is a safe and welcoming space in the red light area. We are exploring ways to increase revenue so it can become profitable as well. If you are in Bangkok, come by for a great cup of coffee or non-coffees drink and a Panini sandwich!

Employment and Job Training

Jewellery and Shirts
Sales were better in February and March, in part due to high number of visitors and teams. Due to the low sales last year and the financial stress we moved many of the women out of the business and into the foundation. We now have 8 employed in NightLight Design Company and 36 employed in NightLight Foundation. We need more sales, jewellery parties, and retail connections to increase revenue and allow us to hire more women.

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Training in The Baking Project

The Baking Project  We are excited to have recently been granted additional funding we needed to make this project successful. The women are in the middle of a 12-week training program learning food & hygiene, health & safety, sugar crafting, and baking skills.  So far what they are doing is beautiful and excellent in quality.

Child Care Center
We are averaging 17 children during the school year and closer to 25 during school breaks (happening now, which is their summer holiday’s). This month the children are going on a special outing to the Aquarium with a school group from an international school in Korea. The following week they will have an English camp. This is a really good opportunity for the children who live in the rural areas.  School will start up again in May and funding will be need to provide tuition assistance for around 35 children ages 3-19.

Thai New Year
NightLight closes over Songkran (Thai New Year) so the women can go home to their villages and participate in the family blessings. After a day of blessing gently with water it turns into a 3-day water festival (the worlds largest water fight!).  It is a lot of fun, but there are also a lot of accidents. Please pray for the women’s safety and for the time they spend with their families.

Anti-Trafficking Program

Transition House
We have had three women from Uganda enter the Transition House since the New Year. A mother and baby went home in January and a second woman went home in March. The stories are both horrific and amazing and the women continue to impact us as we assist them in transition and repatriation. The process is complicated with a lot of roadblocks and the team needs continuous prayer covering.

We are in immediate need of house mothers and volunteers to cover shifts at the house and help. The burden is heavy on the residential staff, which works overtime. Please hold them in prayer for endurance and strength, but also pray for the right people to come forward to help. There are many more women who need assistance, but at the moment our limitation is due to not enough people to help.

Repatriation and Assistance
The anti-trafficking team is visiting several trafficked women in the immigration detention center. We hope to advocate for them and accelerate the process for them to return home. Our Spanish-speaking team member has been working with a woman from Colombia and we hope she will return home next month. A big concern we have, is for a woman from Central Asia who is in a pretty serious medical condition and at high risk of dying here if she doesn’t cooperate with the necessary treatments. Please pray for wisdom and for her to understand the necessity of accepting assistance.

NightLight’s NeedsRetreat PictureNightLight has expanded its work into new areas and we appreciate so much your prayers, supports, donations and pledges, which makes it possible.

In celebrating Easter Sunday,  we also celebrate the new life we see in the women and children and the hope they have for their future. Thank you for being part of this transformation!

Thank you

Annie Dieselberg CEO / Founder of NightLight & Volunteers of NightLight

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Keep Praying

Another UK Summer has come and gone, the kids are going back to school and the UK Autumn is fast approaching.  Time does not stand still and neither does the work at NightLight.  There was a lot that happened during the Summer and in the period when we were in the UK on home assignment.

We invite you to read and discover the many different aspects of the work going on here in Bangkok and to join us in prayer.

Anti-Trafficking Program

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Assistance to trafficked women

There were four Ugandan women who were in the NightLight transition house during May, they have now all received assistance home.

In June NightLight were able to assist an Uzbek woman and invite her into the transition house.  Please pray for her as she will hopefully return home shortly.

There was an African trafficked woman who contacted NightLight for help from India; she was assisted by an NGO in India.  After waiting 8 months for her baby to be born, she finally returned home.  She called at the end of August to say thank you for all that NightLight were able to do for her.

Sadly, over the summer, one of the African women NightLight was assisting died before we could get her home.  It was very sad for all of the staff that were involved with helping her, it was good that she was able to spend her final days in a community of love and support rather than die alone on the street.

NightLight’s anti-trafficking team currently has 11 cases in various situations who are receiving assistance.  Pray for those in the immigration detention centre and for those who need to be in shelter, but are too afraid.

Pray for the laws concerning the women and the immigration process.  The red tape and ignorance we encounter, concerning the trafficked women we help, it is a real obstacle and challenge to provide safe and just repatriation.

Outreach Centre

English classes for Thai women; these are Thai women that do not currently work at NightLight, but are still in the bars.  Classes are beginning to grow as women learn of the opportunity to study.

The class for trafficked women has been a little more challenging since those who really want to study have been denied by their controller.  Pray for wisdom and breakthrough.

Two more successful health clinics in partnership with an organization called “Relentless”, were held during August.  A total of 44 people came over two nights.  One night was held in NightLight’s outreach centre and the second night was inside a brothel.

Outreach

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Outreach – Nana Plaza, Bangkok

The NightLight outreach teams continue to reach out twice a week in the red light area. We build relationships with many, but please pray for breakthrough in finding the ones who are desperate for an alternative.

We are excited to have three of our Thai NightLight women (who work at NightLight) join the outreach teams once a week.  Their passion is contagious.  Pray for them as they return to the red light area but with a new purpose.

 CityLight Coffee Shop

CityLight is a real beacon of light in the neighborhood of the red light area.  The addition of a food menu brings in more customers so the revenue is growing along with our opportunity to build relationships.  Pray for the team that serves in the coffee shop and for the relationships they are building.

 ChildCare Centre

NightLight now has more children from the community in the 2-5 year program than children of NightLight employees.  It is continuing to be a great opportunity to build healthy foundations for children and families.  NightLight is currently seeking funding and a new location so that the children have space to play outside and thrive.

NightLight Design

Jewellery 

NightLight T-shirts Screen Printing

NightLight T-shirts Screen Printing

Jewellery sales increased slightly over the summer as staff travelled (including us) and shared about the work.  However, sales are still short of what is needed to sustain the employment of the women and staff. Please pray for an increase in sales so that NightLight can flourish and grow.

T-Shirts

The silk-screened t-shirts have been selling well as we have added new designs and introduced them here and abroad.  We are excited at the potential of markets for the shirts.

Please pray regarding acquiring documents from the landowner on the building we currently using to screen print.  If these documents are not handed over, the silk-screening equipment will have to be moved.   This will have to be set up in a new location and will require funding to set up with correct electricity and building codes.

Bakery Project

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NightLight Bakery Project

Sarah is continuing to teach the women how to bake and decorate in preparation for our newest venture.  We are grateful for the funding we have received to date, which covers half of what we need to really set it up and launch well.  

Pray for funding, set up, planning, location, and contacts for marketing.

Saa Paper Flower Project

NightLight is trying to discern whether to continue this project or not.  The cost for export is high and we lack the right staff to really market it well in Thailand.  Please pray for discernment.  There are 5 women employed under this project.

Music Lessons

In the middle of September, Paul will begin teaching some of the ladies at NightLight how to play the bass guitar.  With the aim of them being able to play in worship during weekly morning devotions & at NightLight’s link church Song Sawng.

Spiritual Development

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NightLight – Spiritual Development

Jeff Dieselberg (Annie Dieselberg – CEO founder of NightLight husband) and his team continue to teach the women and guide them in their spiritual development.  Pray for the leaders as well as the women who are learning more about who they are in Christ and how to live life in freedom and dignity. 

Song Sawang Church (Church affliated with NightLight)

The church is maturing as the women have grown into positions of leadership.  It is such a joy to see them lead worship every Sunday afternoon.

The men continue to come and once a month have a men’s night out for discipleship and fellowship. Recently someone from outside commented on the big change she noticed in one of the men since he had come to Christ.  He plays drums in the church now and is reaching out into his community as well.

Please pray for staff needed for a number of full-time volunteer positions

Transition House Case Managers, Transition House Mothers, Coffee Shop Manager Assistants, Media and Communications, and Marketing as well as Thai staff in the area of Business manager, Silk-Screening Project Manager, and Administration.

NightLight is also in the process of moving forward to do a website re-vamp.  Please pray for wisdom as we research to find someone to do the work and for the strategic planning required for the layout.

It is easy to get discouraged when our hearts are big, and many areas are overwhelming.  God has been providing, growing and strengthening NightLight and we are grateful.  Your prayers are a big comfort and encouragement to us; it is a great reassurance to know that we do not stand alone in doing this work.

Thank you so much for all your prayers and support.  We value you partnering with us in bringing freedom to women, men, and children in the red light areas of Bangkok and providing them with opportunities for holistic transformation. 

Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT)

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Events

We have had various events that have happened over the last month.  In mid- January, we had the wonderful privilege of welcoming 2 new BMS mission workers to Bangkok from the UK.  They are living in the same apartment building as us and will be staying in Bangkok until about mid-May to study Thai.  They will then move onto to Mae Sot to work with an organisation called Compasio.  It has been great having them around and has enabled us to see Bangkok again through fresh eyes.

NightLight staff wedding - February 2014

NightLight staff wedding – February 2014

On Sunday 2nd February Peter Dunn BMS Director for Missions visited and stayed with us for a few days; we greeted him at the airport and with no time to spare whisked him straight off to a wedding!  The wedding was for one of our NightLight ladies who got married at NightLight’s church plant ‘Song Sawng’.  It was a lovely wedding and we were very happy to have been invited to be part of her special day.  As a gift Sarah made and decorated the wedding cake, the day before, it was a full weekend!  Sarah is very hopeful that by the next NightLight wedding coming up on 3 May 2014, the wedding cake will be completed by the baking team.  Teaching the ladies cake baking/decorating is going well, please continue to watch this space.

On that same Sunday the long awaited General Election in Thailand took place.  The run up to the Thai election has been surround by lots of activity; on the 13 January, Bangkok was shutdown!  7 major intersections in Bangkok were closed off and are still to date closed.  At this stage both sides seem to be at stalemate and unfortunately since the election took place there is still no resolution.  We are near one of the closed down intersections, however we are safe, we do have to do detours on a daily basis to get around.  This is an area where your prayers are still greatly appreciated.  

At NightLight we have had much to thank God for.  We welcome you to join us in praising God and ask for your continued prayers for the work, women and staff at NightLight:

PRAISE

  • Praise God that we have been able to hire back 2 women to work at NightLight.
  • Praise God that one of our Thai staff got married at Song Sawang Church on 2 February.  Both of them are believers, please pray the Lord keeps them committed to Him and one another in their future together.
  • Praise God that the coffee shop is nearing completion. There have been many challenges in getting this project operational, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
  •  Praise God for on going partnerships with other organisations here in Bangkok. We are grateful that MST (Men and the Sex Trade) has begun their outreaches again to the men, based out of our outreach centre in the red light area.
  • Praise God for skill-specific volunteers who have come to regularly offer and be part of  the cake baking/decorating classes, sessions to equip NightLight women to be good mothers, prayer ministry, and English classes.
  • Praise God for a great team of volunteers ready to serve at NightLight’s transition house for trafficked women.
  • Praise God that we are currently assisting 2 trafficked women from Eastern Europe and 2 from Africa back to their home countries.
  • Praise God for how He has been taking care of  a total of 87 employees, staff & volunteers lives at NightLight.

PRAYER  

  • One of our full-time volunteers at NightLight has recently had major surgery.  Please pray for a speedy recovery and healing to her body.
  • Please continue to pray for the political situation in Thailand.  Since November, there has been lots of political division, which has led to city-wide protests in Bangkok and some violence. Pray for resolution to this tense situation, the protection of lives, and for God’s Kingdom purposes to be fulfilled in Thailand.
  • Many of the single mothers at NightLight have been tired and discouraged lately.  In Thailand, it is not uncommon for mothers to leave their children with relatives in the village while they work in the city, but this trend has led to family breakdown over generations in Thailand. Pray that these women at NightLight will be encouraged as they care for their children. Pray that they understand the importance of their role in their children’s lives, and that God will give them perseverance to mother their children.
  • Pray for the ministry of CityLight Coffee – construction is just about complete, and we are praying to be able to have our grand opening at the beginning of March.  Please pray for the construction to be fully finalised soon and for responsible Thai staff to come alongside this shop and ministry.
  •  Pray for orders for the various business projects at NightLight (jewellery, screen printing t-shirts, and paper flowers).  Since the New Year, 7 women have requested to return to work at NightLight, but we could only afford to take 2 back. Pray for orders to come in so we can provide work for these women.
  • Sarah along with another volunteer has begun the process of writing grants and doing general fund raising for the baking project.  Pray that God will provide them with the wisdom to know which grants to apply for and what to write.
  • Pray for Paul as he takes on a new financial project at NightLight.  Pray that God will provide him with knowledge and guidance.
  • From 19 February – 21 February all NightLight’s employees & volunteers will go on a spiritual retreat.  Pray for God to do a lasting work in each of our hearts.

We thank you greatly for your continued support, encouragement and prayers.  We appreciate all your emails and love hearing from you. 

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Sawatdii Phi Mai (Happy New Year)

Happy New Year!

We hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas.  Thank you to everyone that sent us cards and Christmas messages.  It is always very encouraging hearing from you, we really do appreciate it.

December & Christmas has come and gone so quickly.  With our day-to-day roles, a 2 day staff retreat and the addition of Christmas activities, we were very busy indeed; however it was a good busy providing us with a continued reminder of what the season is all about, what it means to imitate Christ.  Reaching out to others and the amazing gift we have every day, not just at Christmas time ~#Jesus – life, light, love, freedom, peace, joy, hope & grace.

With NightLight Thai church plant ‘Song Sawang’ (Thai word for send the light).  We had the privilege to spend some time with CFBT (The Christian Foundation for the blind in Thailand) a school for orphaned blind children with multiple disabilities. Slide2 It is always incredible to see the women of NightLight whom God has transformed & blessed, now reaching out to all these precious children, as they gave gifts to them, held them, sung to them and prayed over them.  A beautiful reminder of our God’s abundant amount of grace, our God of forgiveness and God who waits patiently for us and gives the gift of second chances.   This school reaches out to each child with love and care, knowing that even with their disabilities each child is teachable, each child still has hope.  As we looked around the room at so many children abandoned and remembered that God knows each one of these children by name, they are not forgotten.

On the night of Tuesday 17 December, NightLight International did a Christmas outreach. To women who are sexually exploited & have been trafficked in the Nana area – we sang Christmas carols in a brothel! We watched the faces of women lit up with joy and sing along with us. To women in the bars, and street walkers – 725 earrings + Christian tracks were given out. About 59 gift bags were given to women in the brothel & African women on the streets. To see God’s light & love pierce through and change a dark atmosphere is incredible. To witness women who generally have blank faces, when working in the in the bars and on the streets; receive a simple free gift and a smile break through and conversation with them that develops – it is not just a smile that bursts through but something has also touched their hearts.

Friday 20 December, all staff at NightLight reached out into the local Bangkok community visiting 2 hospitals, the homeless & the slum areas of Bangkok. Split into 6 teams, we again joined with women who were once victims and are now transformed; give back love, joy, hope & pray for the elderly at Bangkok Police Hospital; holding frail hands, smiling, speaking words of encouragement to the patients, carers & staff.  We watched them see weak eyes fill with tears from being touched by receiving their gift – with tears filling up in their own eyes. The team that we were in gave 62 gift bags, which touched 62 hearts. The reason for the season – #Jesus.

On the same Friday 20 December in the afternoon, we had our first time of celebrating Christmas Issan style (Issan is in the North East of Thailand and is where most of the women who work at NightLight come from).

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NightLight Issan Christmas Celebration

The Thai staff at NightLight organised everything.  We were all instructed to wear traditional Thai or Issan costume.  With ‘Luk thung’ (traditional Thai music) & a ‘Mor Lam’ (traditional Thai singer) singing vibrant & lively Issan Christian songs, the women of NightLight taught us how to ‘Ram thai’ (Traditional Thai dancing) we were ready to party.   It was a truly amazing experience and definitely lots of fun.

After this busy period we were very grateful to be able take a much needed

Relaxing by the Christmas  tree in Hua Hin

Relaxing by the Christmas tree in Hua Hin

break to Hua Hin (about 3 hours south of Bangkok); to relax by the sea and reflect on our year with NightLight and another year in Thailand.

To top off the end of our year, Sarah’s brother, sis-in-law & nephew came to Thailand.  It was lovely seeing them and spending some quality time with them; it was made even better by the fact that we will get to see them all again in 5 months’ time!

Yeah! In 5 months’ time, we hope to be back in England from the 8 May 2014, on our first Home Assignment.  We will spend the first few days settling in and time with our home church, we will then be available on request as BMS Speakers from Sunday 18 May to Sunday 6 July 2014, including weekdays (we will be unavailable during the weekend of 14-15 June 2014).  Churches wishing to request us as BMS Speakers should use the Speaker Request form online at http://www.bmsworldmission.org/speakers Please note your request will need to be submitted by Monday 17 February 2014.

We thank God for all of our experiences in 2013 and really thankful for those of you who have prayed, emailed, written, brought us mince pies & Christmas pudding or supported us in any other way.  We look ahead excitedly to all that God has in store for us for 2014.  We hope that 2014 is a year of fruitfulness, peace and blessings for you all.

Please continue to pray for peace in Thailand in the midst of all the political protests; elections are due to take place on 2 February 2014.

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All systems go…

It has been all systems go since we started working full-time with NightLight on Monday 1 July.  We have hit the ground running and been involved with so much, no 2 days have been the same.  

We attended the annuel TBMF (Thailand Baptist Missionary Fellowship) retreat at the beginning of August.  It was a wonderful time of spiritual & physical refreshment and also great to catch up with so many other mission workers from around Thailand.  This also provided some much needed rest for Sarah as she managed to slip in the shower 2 days before the retreat; causing a minor fracture to the third toe on her right foot!  We are please to report 6 weeks later, it has healed well and she is walking around with no problems.

work in progressThe NightLight coffee shop that we have being requesting prayer for; finally on Monday 9 September, during our regular Monday volunteer staff meeting, we began to hear the sound of banging hammers.  Waiting for

De-construction & re-construction of CityLight Cafe

De-construction & re-construction of CityLight Cafe

the building work to start has been a long time coming, so the sound of crashing bricks, clanging tools  were the best sounds in the world!  We all started to cheer and clap!  The coffee shop which will be called ‘CityLight Cafe’; is situated in the heart of the red light district in Nana.  It will once finished be used to reach out to the many men that frequent the red light area, we are hopeful that men will use it as a safe place to think twice before going to the many bars in the red light area.  In the run up to this happening, we reported on the monthly outreach parties that we held and the surprising number of men that came to these parties; this was even when, the space was just an empty room void of furniture etc. just white walls!.  Thank God that building work has now commenced, we continue to pray for wisdom on how the space will be used and for the many lives that will be transformed there.  Besides the coffee shop on the other 4 floors, the outreach centre also houses the prayer room, conference room and a 24:7 prayer room.  Once the coffee shop is finished Sarah will be involved in running regular workshops to teach the women to make cakes, bread, sugarcraft etc. to supply the coffee shop and expat community.  Paul will be involved with reaching out to the men that come to the coffee shop.

God’s timing is perfect, with no idea when the coffee shop building work would start.  On Monday 2 September, we decided to take a leap of faith and start teaching the women how to make bread.  

Breading making workshop at NightLight

Breading making workshop at NightLight

Sarah is working with another volunteer on this and the “Baking” project is evolving.  The women are having  a great time & lots of fun.  Many of them making bread for the first time; the types of bread we are teaching, the Thai’s class them as bread for foreigners, so this is all new to them.  They are so proud of the bread they are producing, they have a right to be, they look fantastic, taste delicious and are excellent enough to be sold!  From October we hope to start supplying an International School in Bangkok and the Expat community.  We already have orders lining up.  It is amazing that God uses all gifts & talents for His honour & glory. Yes! Even ‘Baking!’   

Please pray that it will be a smooth process for the building of the coffee shop.  On Saturday 14 September.  One of our neighbours (a beer bar) to the construction project filed a complaint because the noise was disrupting her sleep at 1:30pm in the afternoon!  An inspector came and now he wants a bribe to let us continue.  The enemy trying to put a spanner in the works!  We will not be paying the bribe, please pray for no further trouble.  We hope that through our actions and words, we will be an example of Christ to our neighbours and the builders.

With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord – “He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. – Ezra 3:11 (NIV)

Join us in thanking God:

  • For the spiritual & physical refreshment we had at the TBMF retreat.
  • That Sarah’s fractured toe has healed well.
  • For the building work that has now started on the coffee shop.
  • For the new bread & cake making project that has recently started.

Join us in praying:

  • For Paul to finish off the annual financial report accurately (he is translating a lot of it from Thai to English!).
  • For the new NightLight jewellery collection being launched at the end of end of September.  For production to finish on time.
  • For the jewellery sales to increase.  The sales from the jewellery provides the monthly salary for the women who have been helped by NightLight from sexual exploition.
  • Wisdom to know which  projects to undertake.
  • For the smooth process of constructing the coffee shop.  For understanding from our neighbours (which are both beer bars).  That we as Christians will act wisely so that our actions will be a witness to them.

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Transformation

For those of you that receive the BMS prayer guide this week 3 – 9 March is taking the time to pray for those, who remain vulnerable to abuse, sexual violence and exploitation.   

If you don’t receive the prayer guide please click on the below link to take you to the BMS website:

Praying against sexual violence – 3 – 9 March 2013 – BMS Prayer Guide

Please know that your prayers do make a difference.  Please read this account witnessed from one of the women currently working at NightLight:

How do we cope with the sad stories we hear so often?  This is question that is repeatedly asked.  We do encounter tragic stories, but we are also receiving the privilege of hearing and seeing lives transformed by God’s persistent love.  This is what compels us to reach out into the darkness over and over.

On Valentines Day we had a party in the NightLight outreach centre in the heart of the red light area (similar to the party held at Christmas time).  Eleven Nightlight women joined to help with the party.  Some painted nails, some taught women how to make jewellery, some did artwork with children, others played the guitar and sang, one gave facials, and others served food and greeted people as they entered.

We was sitting near to where *Minni  (a NightLight worker) was doing the nails of a young streetwalker.  We noticed the woman wiping tears so leaned closer to hear what Minnie was telling her. “Most people don’t care about women like us.  How many do you know who love streetwalkers?”  *Minni began to share – “But God loves us.  God doesn’t care about what we have done.  My life has totally been changed by God’s love.”  *Minnie was sharing her story of transformation from the streets into God’s family. She paused her nail painting to give the woman a hug and told her, “I didn’t used to care about other people. I was selfish, but now I find I really care about other people and when I see them hurting, I just want to hug them.”

*Minnie told the woman that if she needed prayer for anything we would be happy to pray for her. The woman said she had never felt this kind of love and when *Minnie spoke about Jesus she felt something warm that spoke to her heart.  We prayed for her and she cried. She said she felt lighter and more at peace.

*Minnie’s testimony comes from her life experience.  She was orphaned at a young age. She ended up on the streets when she had no Slide1way to provide for her child and grandmother.  As a streetwalker, *Minnie sought pleasure and significance through the men and the pleasures that their money can buy.  As she became addicted to a lifestyle of drugs, alcohol, and sex, *Minnie began to feel desperate.   Someone told her about Jesus. She prayed to Jesus asking him to get her out of this lifestyle and soon after she was directed to ‘NightLight’.   Now *Minnie is passionate about Jesus and longs to share Him with the women who are still on the street.  Watching *Minnie’s face light up as she shared about Jesus brought joy to our hearts.  Hearing her passion and vulnerability in sharing her life transformation spoke deeply to our hearts.

It’s women like *Minnie that make it all worth it. *Minnie was once one of these young girls at risk on the street but now she is a powerful witness for Christ.  Eleven women whose lives have been transformed came to the outreach party to serve and be a light to the very darkness that once exploited them.  The love they now know compels them.  The same love compels us and not only helps us cope but fills us with joy in the journey.

*Minnie – Her name has been changed to protect her identity.

Please remember that your prayers into these situations makes a difference.

“By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice and received what God has promised them” – Hebrews 11:33 (NLT)

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