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September, October, 2016
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HAND TO HAND VILLAGE!!!!!!
We are so thankful to everyone who gave and prayed.. Hand to Hand are now the owners of a 1 rai property in Pattaya. We have been searching for several months and right at the end this land became available. The owner discounted it from 5.5 million baht to 4.5 million baht  for us. We prayed and felt like God said to offer her 4 million baht . We were reserved to do this as she had already discounted the plot heavily. Soon after the owner called us and said, " I am not sure why I am doing this, but I will sell you my plot for 4 million baht!" That was the final confirmation that we needed.

Now we begin the fun of designing and building our first 8 apartments which will provide housing for poor families in Pattaya. Before we begin construction we need to dump some landfill, so if anyone in the Pattaya area has some for free or cheap please contact us at info@handtohandpattaya.com
   PRE SCHOOL
The older students are progressing through the alphabet and the children know the names and sounds of the letters from a-r. The students can confidently write their names in English and Thai and many of them can also write the names of their friends too! We have been practicing reading whole sentences and listening to stories is more enjoyable as the students level of comprehension increases. It is a delight to see them role playing being a teacher during their free play time. They can read simple words in Thai and are learning how to read the tone marks too!

The younger students have been learning the numbers to 5 in both English and Thai script. There have been lots of fun activities matching sets to numerals and making comparisons between numbers too. Our fine motor skills are developing well with lots of practice tracing letters, numbers and shapes.

The students have been learning about how to stay healthy through eating, exercising and making sure we get enough sleep too!

Our bible focus has been on learning upon who Jesus is and how he had the power to heal many people. We have begun to learn about the Easter story... even though it is not Easter.. as we are studying the life of Jesus through the gospel of John!. We have been making crafts to help remember these stores too.

Kruu Ta has been teaching us sign language and we now know over 20 words! 

Friday mornings are filled with fun and energy as we do zumba classes with Miss Sheila, learning how to move and control our bodies.
GOODBYE AND HELLO!
We were sad to say goodbye to Khun May who has worked with us for so many years but we know we will see you again. We prayed blessings upon her and Sammy as they embark on a new chapter of their lives.
Hello Khun Nam who has come to us after graduating from the Fountain of Life program, which is run by the catholic church and is very similar to Hand to Hand!
KIDS CLUB
We continue to have lots of fun with the students at our kids club on Saturday which runs from 10am till 12pm. Every week we play games, sing songs, read the word of God and make crafts. We have a small women's group now too as many mums and grandmas choose to stay and they love to make the crafts too. They are always there ready to lend a hand.

We are teaching sign language to these children as well because 2 of our children in this group are deaf. This has opened up a whole new world of communication and they are excited to be able to express themselves. We are thankful for Jules who has been down to spend some time with us and she particularly loves to spend time with our deaf children, teaching them sign language and loving them!

Dor Lep is studying business and computer technology at a TAFE nearby and he is volunteering to teach our older students some basic computer skills. The first task is to design a new Hand to Hand brochure in in small groups!
 
DONALDSON COMPANY!
A huge thanks to the Donaldson company who sent money so that we could erect a small roof over our fence. Originally we had large hand to hand shades, but they have deteriorated due to constant sun and weathering. The new roof means that during monsoonal downpours, our outdoor area stay dry. A special thanks to Khun Mon who chose the colour... excellent choice!
NORWEGIAN MINI GOLF  HEROES!!!

Our Nowegian mini golf friends are heroes in word and action. Thanks so much for taking us shopping every week to spend 10, 000 baht on food and supplies. Whilst we were closed our heroes allowed us to shop and bless the El Shaddai family too!!!

BOSCH COMPANY
Last month we had to say goodbye to our friend Katrin as she returned to Germany. Thank you for all of the encouragement and support that you have given to us helping to raise support for our scholarship kids, teaching, baking and helping us to keep our wandering ducks in a row. We will miss you and hope to see you again soon! Thanks Emma for taking over the role of helping to keep us connected.

Other members of the Bosch company came to visit us and it was great to spend some time sharing about the bigger picture of Hand to Hand. There were donuts and treats for the children and staff too!

The following weekend some more ladies came to do baking with our scholarship kids. It was fun and the goodies tasted great too. 
GOH PAI CHURCH
One of our members in this church has undergone a mastectomy as she has breast cancer. She is also currently going through chemo which is made even more difficult as she lives in the slum making her very prone to infections. Please pray with us that God will heal her whole body!

We continue to worship every Tuesday with the help of the El Shaddai family band and we are so thankful for their sacrifice to come each week. There are always times to have fun, read the word, worship and receive prayer.

Khun Su who was a member of this community died last month from her diabetes disease. Please pray for here son Safe who is 16 as we look for a permanent home for him.
 
KHAO TALO CHURCH

The youth have expanded their worship team with 3 more boys who wanted to join. Together they are learning and teaching each other. It is such a blessing to see them rise up in leadership; loving, helping and serving each other.

The people in the community now do the cooking for the meal at the end of the service. Hand to Hand purchases the raw ingredients and the ladies take it in turns to cook. 

Prayer is always a special time in this community and the members will often ask us to visit the houses of the sick to pray for them. They are seeing the word of God in action and they are hungry for more!

JESTERS FAIR
 September means 'Jesters Fair' time. It was a great day where our staff and families had a day to enjoy together., There was plenty of free games, food and activities for the children and our children were also a part of the entertainment program. Thanks to all those who work so hard to make this fair a reality each year.
WORKING BEE
The parents and children of Hand to Hand joined together for a working bee to clean up the street leading up to our center. Weeds that were more than 1 meter high were chopped out before being loaded onto the truck. Many hands do indeed make light work and after 2 hours, our street looked amazing again!
PRISON MINISTRY

The world does not stop just because Hand to Hand was on break, so we found some time to visit the prison and minister to the inmates. Thanks Pastor Lisa for helping us and bringing some friends along too. Together we make up one body!

SLUM MINISTRY
The monsoonal rain and flooding cause an inconvenience for many of us, but for those living in the slum it can be a very difficult time. One family was sleeping when the water washed away their house whilst they were occupying it. Terrified that it would completely collapse they left in the pouring rain and sat under a tree as they had no where else to go. In the morning they came to us for help and we moved them into our 3 rooms that have recently been built in Soi Nong Yai. 15 people, 4 families all living in 3 small rooms was very difficult. A sponsor generously gave the money for us to quickly put up another room. With Aju as the supervisor the whole community is helping with the construction. This will be the last build we will do as we now own land to accommodate families like these. It will take approximately 6 months before any of our new housing is ready to move in so this is an emergency build.
THANKS WALLY!
A big thanks to Wally who came for a holiday but ended up working with us the whole time!!! Wally helped to us get some great pictures and assisted with the ministries that we do. He also helped to continue to develop the website for the VBCI School in India and he is able to continue this one he is back home. 
R.I.P. HIS MAJESTY KING BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ
The passing of his majesty king Bhumibol Adulyadej, has brought great sadness to the Hand to Hand family and the nation of Thailand. During this time of mourning the staff will continue to wear black as we remember all the great deeds that his majesty did, especially for the poor of this nation. The children are being taught about the many great things that he achieved and are encouraged to follow in his footsteps by trying their best each day at school. We have begun to make a display in our center and more will be added to it as we work through the grieving process. 

In honour of his majesty who worked so tirelessly, many of the decorations at the center are being hand made by the children and staff. As his majesty was a strong advocate of protecting the environment, we are using recycled materials wherever possible.
PRAYER POINTS!
  • For the Hand to Hand leadership as we begin to talk to builders and decide on designs for the apartments.
  • For our sponsors who give so generously.
  • For the people in the Goh Pai and Khao Talo churches, especially during this time of rain and flooding.
  • For our staff who minister in these churches, especially as we begin to restructure how we do things.
  • A long term (12 months or more) volunteer interested in our projects and administration.
  • For a clear direction for the government in Thailand after the death of the King.
  • For the health and safety of our children and their families.
  • For our little girl Apple, who is being reunited with her family.
  • For Khun Safe as he grieves for his mum and finds stable relationships.
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