We, at ARK International, pray this update finds you living in the abundance of the Love of the Lord!
It has had an incredible start to the first quarter for the 2011 Year! After the supply room fire at our office on November 7, 2010, losing about 50,000 Thai Baht in merchandise and supplies, we were quickly surprised to find so many of you responding to the tragic news. The LORD prevented any injuries to our team and we actually realized how much we depend on one another through that event. Our ARK director, Sopo Fakaua, put out the fire at approximately 8:30am, that Sunday after our 1st official Nak Suu Fundraiser the night before. The ARK International team spent the entire Sunday cleaning up the damage and repairing what we could.
December gave us and the children in our ministry a huge boost. It was an incredible time sharing the love of Jesus with many children who had never even heard His name spoken before. Both at our NAK SUU Rugby Academy and LIVE Life we were able to share the story of the good news in fresh new ways. The children even had a chance to participate in a small play telling the story of Jesus’ birth!
January snuck up on us! We realized we were in a brand new year, excited for all that is ahead. It, also, was a time to get back with each of our programs and reconnect after a brief break for the holidays. We prepared a new program for NAK SUU, seeing a group of children from a boys’ home in Bangkok come back to our program after months of early morning prayer and much communication with their directors. The boys in the home were as glad to be back at NAK SUU as we were to be with them again. It seemed like family had been reunited! Our Saturday program quickly went from about 40 children weekly to 80!
February, however, has been the busiest and most exciting month so far! Our NAK SUU Tigers Rugby Academy’s first ever-tournament, where they were also the sponsored charity, was quite a challenge both for our 80+ children and for our 8 person staff & the 16+ volunteers that blessed us by their participation and support!
Also, shortly after the tournament ended, in the middle of February, YWAM Thailand’s Dagmar Geiger and Ian Talbot hosted a leadership training meeting for our staff. We followed through by our yearly ARK Thailand vision meeting. While at the same time 14 students and staff from the YWAM Perth Sports DTS team and 8 staff and students from the Foundations in Counseling Ministry School arrived to help expand our programs and the opportunities that we had to share the love of the Lord all over Bangkok!
We have seen three new programs begin in the last month, also. Pod Groups, a small group program, focusing on deeper relationships with the children and their knowledge of how awesome God is has begun in 2 of our Communities and now LIVE Life 2 has begun in another neighborhood on the other side of Bangkok!
Please prayerfully consider joining our ARK Thailand team (see application on this site!) The HARVEST is plentiful, the workers are few…