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September, 2014
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Our New School
Our building project is almost completed and the fist day of school in our new place will be the 28th of October. We will be closing for 2 weeks in order to sort and move all of our resources, which will be a BIG job!
 
The interior of the school is so close to being completed and now we can start to work on the playground outside. The Regents International School of Pattaya has donated their used playground equipment and we are very thankful for this kind donation.
 
A huge thank you to Winston and Sukanya from the Riviera Group and all the guys from the local fraternal society who have done all of the renovations for free and made sure that the project kept moving along at a steady pace.
Pre School
Suzi has begun to volunteer with us one extra day a week. She is an excellent teacher and she has been giving the children extra English classes on Wednesday mornings. We have been doing lots of fun crafts to help learn about our letters and had lots of practice singing our daily songs too.
 
We made toast with Ira and Irina when we learned about the letter ‘t’ and this was a very yummy activity.
 
In our Thai lessons we have been continuing to learn about the letters and sounds they make. The children are having lots of fun making craft projects to help them remember these letters and their sounds.
 
We have been learning about how God made the world and decorating a numbers each week to illustrate this.
 Prison
There have been lower numbers of inmates at the local prisons during our visits this month. The police are transferring the prisoners to the local courthouse earlier than usual, which means that by the time we arrive many of them have already gone to the court. We hare now starting our ministry earlier so that we can minister to as many people as possible.
International Child Protection Network  (ICPN)
Margie led another ICPN meeting in Bangkok on the 29th of September at the British Embassy. With the help of  her colleagues this group is becoming connected to more projects, which in turn bring more resources, wisdom and knowledge to the discussions. The focus of the group is to discuss child protection issues in Thailand and work together to make places safer for all children and adults.
Family Support  (Slum Ministry)
There have been some arrests in the slum community for theft offences and these people are now doing time in Nong Palai jail. The adults were stealing bags from pedestrians and then passing them onto their children who would run off with the stolen goods. This has left a few children without a parent or guardian and they are now being taken care of by extended family members. We are visiting their homes to make sure that they are safe.
Hospital
Thong Kla is now 3.6kg and he has been well during this month. Thank you to all who are supporting and praying for him. His mummy now has a smile on her face as she is relieved to see her son beginning to thrive!
 
The nurses contacted the foundation regarding a 46 year old French man who had been admitted without any money. Although he had recovered from his accident he was unable to return home as he had no return ticket or finances to pay his hospital bill. Hand to Hand was able to contact his mother in Paris who sent the funds to cover these costs and we purchased his ticket and assisted him to the airport.
 
Another gentleman from the UK is also requiring assistance to access funds to pay his hospital bill and return home. Although we cannot give any financial assistance to these patience we are able to help connect them with embassies, family and friends who can provide funds.
 
The nurses are very grateful for this assistance that we are able to give to the foreign patients. If you live in Pattaya and could spare some time each week to visit from foreigners in the local hospital please contact Margie at handtohandpattaya@yahoo.com.
Crossing
We are desperate to move into our new school as there simply is not enough room each week for the students to play games and make their crafts. We have been learning about how God made the world in seven days and reflecting on how powerful Gods words are.
 
Our ISE volunteers have been faithful to come and they prepare many of our crossing and pre school crafts. 

A big thank you to the Donaldson family who sponsored a trip the ‘Art in Paradise’’. We had so much fun standing, lying and falling into the 3D art pictures painted in the rooms. The students are still talking about it and treasure the photos that they have of the day.
Web Page
Agnes has been working hard to update our web page with all of the latest information, videos and articles. This is still a work in progress but take a look if you have some time. You can find us at www.handtohandpattaya.com
PAPA RAY
A big thanks to Ray who has been the glue holding our renovations of the baby home and maintenance projects together. He fixes our bikes, taps and has been responsible for ensuring all of our cupboards and tables look shiny and new. More importantly he is a grandfather to all our kids making each one of them feel special and loved. 
VOLUNTEERS
Ira from Finland and Irina from Sweeden joined our team this month. They are studying social welfare and have come to Hand to Hand to do a short internship. Both of these girls have been a huge blessing being willing to put their hand to anything that needs to be done.
Baby Care
Bill and Barb Jentz have arrived in Thailand to work at the baby care center. They have made a one year full time commitment and we are very grateful for their arrival and the skills that they have to share. Their son Robbie will be assisting on a part time basis and grandson Robbie has also come with them. We currently have 3 babies in our care that have come from single parent families. The center is not an orphanage as all the babies will be reunited with their mums. We have had one baby return to his home already and we are praying that Sumo can return to his home every evening starting in October.
JESTERS
The annual Jesters  Fair was a great day put for all of our staff and students. With unlimited free rides, food and games to play the children went away with bags of treats and prizes. A big thanks to all who worked so hard to make this day a success.
 
Prayer Points.
  • For the staff at our baby home as they work out schedules and routines.
  • For our volunteers as we pack up our preschool and move.
  • For the mum of Akiew who has TB.
  • For Tong Kla that his health would continue to improve.
  • For the staff of Hand to hand as we begin the process of sorting and cleaning in preparation to move.
  • For Geoff who is in the hospital and needs the funds to fly home.
  • For all of our children when we close the centre that they will be safe in their communities.
  • For the health of all of our staff, students and volunteers.
  • For the situation in Thailand that the world would know we are indeed safe.
  • For a clear direction for the government in Thailand.
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